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…

Bilbo’s Pizza

In 1976 John Hindman and Charlie Konett were merely college friends. But it was then that they decided to also become business partners. The original Bilbo’s pizza came from this decision. Little did they know they would build a business that would not only last over 35 years but also be a haven for their…

St. Julien Winery

Every once in a while you get to do something really cool, something completely unexpected.  And it is in those times that you are happy you stepped outside the normal day.  Last week while hanging out with the brewers from Right Brain and Paw Paw we made the trip across the street (literally) to St.…

Paw Paw Brewing Co.

I was able to steal some time recently and had the opportunity to visit Paw Paw Brewing Co.  The tasting room can be found in what used to be a coffee shop.  For as small as the building is, it is amazing that they fit as much inside as they do.  Seating is rated at…

Bell’s Production Brewery

Recently Bell’s Brewing Co. has opened up the production facility for guided and self guided tours.  I know, I know, I was there for the tour of the new facility when they opened it to the public a few months ago.  The difference now is they not only have a guided tour on the weekends…

Tempo Vino Winery

Normally when you picture a winery, you envision a palatial estate in the country.  But the world is changing.  The world of a boutique winery means a smaller foot print and smaller batches of wine.  This smaller size means that you can set up in an area where you might never have expected a winery to exist. …

Bravo Restaurant

Off the beaten path (well not really) actually just set away from the hustle and bustle of down town Kalamazoo, you can find Bravo Restaurant in what seems like the middle of nowhere.  This sets them in a unique position away from college party bars that proliferate down town.  Essentially, the restaurant is across the…

Bell’s Production Brewery Expansion

At the start of Craft beer week Bell’s Brewery officially opened their new expansion, culminating with a walk through open house during the weekend.  The new 200 barrel brew system will enable them to reach a capacity of 500,000 barrels per year.  This is pretty impressive, but it was when I read their brochure and…

Timing is everything (part 2)

So here it is. This is the whole reason for my trip to Ann Arbor.  My hunt for the elusive A2 Beer Wench has brought me to her home turf.  And what happens, to my ultimate chagrin, my hopes, my dreams, denied… Instead I am greeted by a perplexed brewer (Oliver) who berates me with…