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Grand Rapids Voted A Top Vacation Destination…..for Beer!

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We’re proud to say Grand Rapids is Beer City USA.  But now it’s being called one of the best getaways for beer lovers.

Say that again?

There are 2,000 craft breweries in the United States, according to the Brewers Association craft beer interest group. That means there’s a great craft brewery waiting in just about every corner of the country.

In a recent report on Yahoo,  a travel writer says the heart of Michigan’s craft brewing industry lies in the 50 mile stretch between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. The writer compliments Founder’s Brewing in Grand Rapids, Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo and New Holland Brewing Company in Holland.

The writer, Jason Notte, says “Kalamazoo-based Bell’s has become one of the Top 10 craft brewers in the country by volume, and its Oberon Pale Wheat Ale is a summer staple.”

He goes on to say, “Bell’s has some friendly craft brewing neighbors in Battle Creek’s Arcadia Brewing and Kalamazoo’s Olde Peninsula Brewpub, but there’s a bigger payoff about an hour north on Route 131 in Grand Rapids. Founder’s Brewing has become as well known for high-powered concoctions such as its 12% alcohol by volume Devil Dancer Triple IPA and 7.2% ABV Centennial IPA as it has for its hard-to-find breakfast stouts that have a sad habit of disappearing from shelves as soon as they’re stocked.

For greater extremes, however, beer lovers have to head to Holland, where New Holland Brewing has been experimenting with beers such as its oak barrel-aged Dragon’s Milk strong ale, its barrel-soured Blue Sunday sour beer and its chile- and coffee-concocted El Mole Ocho.”

Happy sipping, beer lovers.  It looks like you’re living in the right place!

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