Delivery: Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Brewery

This week I lucked out on my visit to Gonzo’s. I made it there on a delivery day and managed to get a couple shots of some equipment being unloaded. This in and of itself doesn’t seem like much. It can be hard to measure the changes that are happening when they are only incremental…

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…

Bank St. Farmer’s Market

I know I skipped my normal Friday post this week, but I had good reason for doing so. June 1st fell on a Saturday this year. June is the month where the Bank Street Farmer’s Market in Kalamazoo Michigan, moves into full swing. From June through October the market will be open three days a…

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…

Building the Oast (Hop Head Farms)

Hop Head Farms has been busy not only getting ready for this coming growing season but also with expansion. Back in February we took a look at the hop field expansion. This expansion will be taking their growing space from 15 acres to 30 acres. Their next big project is the buildout on their German…

Imperial Beverage Special events

Every once in a while I get to do something cool. This month I was invited to the Imperial Beverage trade show that was held in the early part of April. Now I know you are thinking, “what exactly is a tradeshow for a beverage distributor?” I wondered the same thing. In my mind I…

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…

Artisan Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is a tradition of the Native Americans.  It was a survival skill taught to the early settlers, in the process it has become part of our tradition now.  Though just as with much of farming we know less about how it is done than we think we do.  Even worse, much of what…