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Great Lakes Beer Festival continues its run at Dow Diamond in Midland

Third annual festival date set for Aug. 17 There are a lot of beer festivals in Michigan, but there’s only one Great Lakes Beer Festival, an annual celebration of the craft beer community that takes place at beautiful Dow Diamond. The Midland ballpark, home of the minor league baseball team The Great Lakes Loons, has

Up-North Vibe Lives Large in this Michigan Destination

There isn’t anything ordinary about the Brighton Howell Area, a region that really shines as a destination during the summer months a destination where Michigan’s Up-North vibe lives large, especially during the summer months. As home to some of the state’s largest events, finest breweries and delightful dining options, the Brighton Howell Area has transformed

Historic Muskegon Brewing Company Emerging From the Depths of Lake

One hundred forty-eight years after its debut, the Muskegon Brewing Company label ends its 67-year hiatus. Sourced locally at Pigeon Hill Brewing Company and with the blessing from David Messke, the original owner’s great grandson, owners Emily and Ryan Leestma have resurrected the native brand. Giving it a new spin and together with the Pigeon

Best of the Best: 2023 Michigan Breweries

Best Beer Selection   Winner: Rustic Leaf Brewing Company rusticleafbrewingcompany.com 7200 Highland Rd, Waterford Twp, MI 48327   Finalists: Tri-City Brewing Company The Highway Brewing Company   Best Brewery   Winner: Rustic Leaf Brewing Company rusticleafbrewingcompany.com 7200 Highland Rd, Waterford Twp, MI 48327   Finalists: The Highway Brewing Company Tri-City Brewing Company   Best Brewery

Best of the Best: 2023 Michigan Brewery Marketing, Design & Education

Best Beer Label   Winner: Pigeon Hill Brewing Company – No Diggnity pigeonhillbrew.com 895 4th St, Muskegon, MI 49440   Finalists: Rustic Leaf Brewing Co.  – Charles Von Streusel City Built Brewing Company   Best Beer Name   Winner: North Grove Brewers – Maria Has No Friends northgrovebrewers.com 8735 Water St, Montague, MI 49437  

Best of the Best: 2023 Michigan Brewery People

Best Beertender   Winner: The Highway Brewing Co. – Gail Kowalczyk highwaybrewingco.com 209 W Houghton Ave, West Branch, MI 48661   Finalists: Rustic Leaf Brewing Company – Jared Zoner Loaded Dice – Ben Lipinski   Best Chef   Winner: The Highway Brewing Co. – Brent Garrison highwaybrewingco.com 209 W Houghton Ave, West Branch, MI 48661

Best of the Best: 2023 Michigan Craft Beer

Best Amber   Winner: Rustic Leaf Brewing Co. – Rustic Leaf Amber rusticleafbrewingcompany.com 7200 Highland Rd, Waterford Twp, MI 48327   Finalists: Amber Ale – Bell’s Angry Bride – The Highway Brewing Company   Best Brown Ale   Winner: Rustic Leaf Brewing Co. – Charles Von Streusel rusticleafbrewingcompany.com 7200 Highland Rd, Waterford Twp, MI 48327

Best of the Best: 2023 Beer Destinations

Best Beer Event/Festival   Winner: U.P. Beer Fest – Michigan Brewer’s Guild mibeer.com 120 N. Washington Sq, Ste 1050B Lansing, MI 48933   Finalists: Michigan Brewer’s Guild Summer Beer Fest Great Lakes Beer Festival   Best Beer Garden   Winner: Hop Lot Brewing Co. & Beer Garden hoplotbrewing.com 658 S W Bay Shore Dr, Suttons

Best of the Best: 2023 Michigan Distilleries & Wineries

Best Craft Cocktail   Winner: The Highway Brewing Company – Firehouse Old Fashioned highwaybrewingco.com 209 W Houghton Ave, West Branch, MI 48661   Finalists: Redline Brewing Company Three Bridges Distillery & Taproom – Smoked Old Fashioned   Best Bourbon     Winner: Journeyman Distillery journeyman.com 109 Generations Dr, Three Oaks, MI 49128   Finalists: Detroit

Best of the Best: 2023 Michigan Ciders & Meads

Best Hard Cider Winner: Tandem Ciders – Smackintosh tandemciders.com 2055 N Setterbo Rd, Suttons Bay, MI 49682   Finalists: Rustic Leaf Brewing Co. – Crisp Kringle East Channel Brewing Company   Best Hard Cidery Winner: Northern Natural Cider House & Winery nothernnaturalwinery.com 7220 Chief Rd, Kaleva, MI 49645   Finalists: Vander Mill Suttons Bay Ciders