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Lincoln Park's Fort Street Brewery to close at the end of July
Fort Street Brewery in Lincoln Park will close at the

A limited menu of sandwiches and pizza will be served while the last of the beer is tapped

Griffin Claw Brewery and Buddy's Pizza team up for Bocce IPA
Buddy's Pizza and Griffin Claw Brewing have teamed

This is the second collaboration for the pizza chain and Birmingham-based brewery

Stroh's to release new IPA exclusively in Michigan
Stroh's to release new IPA Perseverance exclusively

Perseverance is a new session IPA from Stroh Brewing Co., and it’s only being sold in Michigan

Blake’s launches new cider, proceeds benefit LGBTQ rights organization
Proceeds from Blake’s Rainbow Seeker will fund a $40,000

Blake’s will donate $40,000 of proceeds from Rainbow Seeker will to the Human Rights Campaign

KBS week starts Monday in Detroit and Grand Rapids
KBS week is March 5-10

Winter is waning, spring is creeping in, and for beer lovers in Michigan, that means KBS Week is here

Very Stable Genius beer taps Thursday
Axle Brewing Co. will release Very Stable Genius beer

Axle Brewing Co. will donate proceeds to Ferndale Radio

Ferndale brewery to release 'Very Stable Genius' beer
Very Stable Genius beer will be releases by Axle Brewing

Axle Brewing Company is releasing a beer inspired by a recent tweet from President Donald Trump

Bell's Hopslam ships this week
Bell's Hopslam hit bars and retailers this week.

Popular seasonal double India pale ale hits bars and stores in lower Michigan this week

First look at Founders' Detroit taproom
Founders' Detroit taproom seats 250.

Founders Brewing Company opens its Cass Corridor taproom Monday

Founders to open Detroit taproom Monday
Founders Brewing Company will open its Detroit taproom

Ticket go on sale Saturday to reserve bottles of barrel-aged limited release CBS

Bløm Meadworks planning Ann Arbor debut in 2018
Blom Meadworks is expect to open next year in Ann Arbor.

A new meadery is being planned for downtown Ann Arbor next year from one of the co-owners of Chicago's Begyle Brewing

Take a tour of Brew Detroit's production facility
Brew Detroit brewer Ken Belau moves a full keg of Stroh’s

The Corktown beer makers have started booking tours of the 68,000-square-foot facility

10 beers to seek after Detroit Fall Beer Festival
Roak Brewing's Flavorful Five, a summer release, continues

After the weekend's popular event, serious Michigan craft beer drinkers should look for these brews

Founders begins hiring process for Detroit taproom
This is an artist rendering of the new Founders taproom

Grand Rapids-based brewery will open a Detroit location this winter

Short's Brewing collaborates with metal master Speedcult
Short's Brewing Company's Speedcult Lager will be released

Short's Brewing Company will release Speedcult Black Lager Wednesday

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