Bell’s Brewery

UTR-Webmaster Episode 319

(269) 382-2338 8690 Krum Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49053 www.bellsbeer.com They were Michigan’s first microbrewery and one of the oldest craft beers east of the Rockies… ring a bell? I thought so. If you guessed Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, you probably already know that Michigan is one of the microbrew hotbeds in the entire USA. There are now more breweries here …

The People’s Cider Company

UTR-Webmaster Episode 318

(616) 322-7805 P.O. Box 6005, Grand Rapids, MI 49516 www.thepeoplescider.com Let me ask you something. What’s the most fun thing you can make with apples? If you said apple pie, you might want to read the next few paragraphs. Jason Lummen is the CEO, staff and chief bottle washer at The People’s Cider Company, a brand new business in Grand …

Ugly Dog Distillery

UTR-Webmaster Episode 310

(734) 433-0433 14495 N. Territorial, Chelsea, MI 48118 www.uglydogvodka.com If you’re the kind of person who occasionally needs a little hair of the dog, have I got a vodka for you! Ruger, a German shorthaired pointer, is the inspiration and namesake for Ugly Dog Vodka, an award-winning spirit that’s made right in Chelsea. Now, even though Ruger helps out quite …

Founders Brewing Company

UTR-Webmaster Episode 212

(616) 776-2182 235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 www.FoundersBrewing.com Every time we come to Grand Rapids, the crew and I always end up spending at least one evening enjoying frosty cold adult malted beverages at Founders Brewing Company. It’s a brewery and restaurant that’s literally become a destination for beer lovers who love food, and food lovers who …

Blue Water Winery and Vineyards

UTR-Webmaster Episode 210

(810) 622-0328 7131 Holverson Rd., Carsonville, MI 48419 www.bluewaterwinery.com I’m talking about Blue Water Winery and Vineyards. It’s a classic, award-winning vineyard that’s doing it right, right here in Michigan. Connie Currie and her husband Steve Velloff came to Lexington over a decade ago and discovered both a community and a microclimate that loved what they wanted to do. What …

The Tap Room

UTR-Webmaster Episode 207

(734) 482-5320 201 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, MI 48197 www.taproomypsi.com Ypsi has great food downtown and great places to live in town. But how ’bout a unique place to tip back a few frosty cold adult malted beverages with some friendly conversation? No problem. If you’re looking for a cool place to rub elbows with some real characters, The Tap …

The Mitten Bar

UTR-Webmaster Episode 206

(231) 843-7616 109 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431 www.mittenbar.com Next, we ran into a brand new watering hole in Ludington that features all drinks Michigan. That’s right, if it’s made in the Great Lake State and makes you feel funny, it’s probably there. It’s called The Mitten Bar, and on the sign outside you’ll see the words, “A Michigan …

Motor City Wine

UTR-Webmaster Episode 203

(313) 483-7283 1949 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216 www.motorcitywine.com Most people don’t think of Detroit as a wine destination. But because of the renaissance happening there, Detroit is becoming the place to be for a lot of great reasons. So, why not wine? Remember, there are only two kinds of wine in the world. The kind you like and the …