New Equipment: Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg

I had hoped to make it to Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Brewery (one of the new breweries in Kalamazoo, Michigan) on Thursday in order to catch shots of their new equipment coming in, but life sometimes gets in our way. This time it wasn’t me. It turned out that the equipment was delivered on Wednesday instead.…

Construction: Boatyard Brewing Company

Boatyard Brewing in Kalamazoo, Michigan is up and running. You would think this means it is time to celebrate. Instead they are working as fast as possible to get their building ready for their larger brew tanks. Their 15 barrel system is still about 5 weeks away from being delivered so they are still working…

Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Update

During the course of a strange day yesterday, I did get some pics of the work in progress that is Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Brewery. This place is growing by leaps and bounds right now. Gonzo mentioned that they should be getting the brew system within the next couple weeks. I will have more shots when…

Calories Vs. Content

I love a good conspiracy. So as it happened today when I was seeing some articles about alcohol nutrition labeling I had to check it out. Granted I think this is a good idea. We as consumers have a right to know what chemical cocktail is in the products we are consuming. But when it…

Michigan Beer Film

You may not have heard. Rhino Media Productions is making a film showcasing the rise of the brewing industry in Michigan. Michigan beer is on the rise. As we saw recently, of the top 4 spots in the voting for Beer City USA 3 of the spots were taken by Michigan Brewing cities. Beer City…

Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Brewery

Beer isn’t flowing yet.  It is still a few months off.  But in the grand scheme of things that isn’t as long as it feels.  Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Brewery, in Kalamazoo, Michigan,  is making huge strides toward opening. On the outside looking in these things never seem to go as fast as we want them…

WMU Bitterness Lab

In the fall of 2012 I was checking around for places that can measure hop bitterness in beer (read about it in my post “Finding Bitterness“). At the time Western Michigan University was in the process of putting together a lab to support the huge beer scene in Michigan. I received an email recently from…

Bell’s Tap Take Over

The start of American Craft Beer Week found me at Central City Tap House in downtown Kalamazoo. They were hosting a Bell’s tap take over and I was hoping to find their Kal-Haven ale. A beer commemorating the Kal-Haven trail. The Kal-Haven trail follows the old railway from Kalamazoo to South Haven. This 33.5 mile…

Beer City Wrap Up

The results came in earlier this week. Grand Rapids, Michigan has been crowned Beer City USA for the second year. But this year they do not share the title. Of the 56,000 votes cast, Grand Rapids garnered 27,000. This was a climb from last year when they had claimed roughly 17,000. Kalamazoo edged out Asheville,…

Meet The Breweries

There are any number of ways to spend a Friday night. But you don’t often get to spend a Friday meeting the people behind the new breweries in your neighborhood. As part of the events for the vote for Beer City USA, the leaders of 4 of the new breweries coming into Kalamazoo gave the…