Where were you on Repeal Day?

You may not be aware of this, but December 5th is the official date in 1933 when Prohibition was repealed in the United States. The law was a weird one where by federal rule, booze was legal again. But the states have jurisdiction over how alcohol is handled within their boundaries. This has led to…

Hop Head Farms: Open House

Ever feel like so much is happening around you that you just can’t keep up? That has been the brewing community around me lately. So much is happening it is hard to be every where at one time. It has been a while since I was last up at Hop Head Farms. In the eternity…

Gonzo’s: Are you ready for this

Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Brewery is counting down the minutes till they open. (Maybe that’s an exaggeration). But really, they will officially open within the next week or so. As it is right now, they have been doing what new places do to work through the bugs. It is called a soft opening. Customers can get…

Rupert’s Brew House Opening Day

As I sit here trying to come up with something clever to say to open this post, I realize that to do so is a bit superfluous. In the end, isn’t it really about the beer anyway? That was what today was about. Rupert’s Brew House opened today. One of the handful of new breweries…

Gonzo’s Sneak Peak

Good things come to those who wait. That’s what I have heard anyway. Sometimes though you get to be lucky and get in on the sneak peak. I spent a short time over at Gonzo’s soon to be open Bigg Dogg Brewery. Kalamazoo is in for a treat. I could go on and on right…

Tour: Tibbs Brewing Company

You can’t keep a good city down. Mother nature has tried. She ripped through Kalamazoo with a Tornado in the 80s and the city not only survived but grew. There is a new tornado hitting the city now. We have a whirlwind of breweries popping up within the city and surrounding area. Earlier this week…

Kalamazoo Beerfest

Beerfests, they’re all the rage. Seems they are popping up everywhere. Thing is, that’s a good thing. We are in the middle of a beer renaissance and as crazy as this might sound to those inside the “bubble” not everyone actually knows anything about it all. I know that last sentence sounded a bit off…

Gonzo’s Brew Day

Opening day is getting that much closer. Of course with that on the horizon the amount of work at the brewery is ramping up. Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Brewery in Kalamazoo started brewing over the past weekend. You might think that this is the easy time as they are only getting ready for opening day. But…

Garden

Here we go with the status report for my garden this year. The drought last year was horrible. We did get some production out of the garden but the heat just wouldn’t let up and our plants did not fare well at all. This year is a polar opposite. We have had steady rain and…

Expansion: Hop Head Farms

Progress like this is a beautiful thing. This was a hot day. Not unexpected in Michigan during the summer, But still it was toasty. To see the building crew pushing through to get this build out finished, you gotta admire the dedication. The oast build out at Hop Head Farms in Hickory Corners is moving…