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BEER SNOB


This friend only drinks out of a pint glass, has more bottle openers on their keychain than keys and ignores the special in lieu of a better pint. In the Beer Snob’s world, macrobrews don’t exist. BY B E N DARC I E


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The Michigan Brewer’s Guild puts on beer festi- vals four times a year, the


two major fests being winter (February) and summer (July). The winter fest, held at 5/3 Ballpark in Comstock Park, has been called “a day better than Christmas” by many West MI beer lovers. “Last year we had around 60 breweries represented,” says Executive Director of the MBG Scott Graham. “It’s a great thing to do in February when there’s not much else to do. Get outside and enjoy some Michigan beer.” Tickets go on sale on the first of December,


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and would make any Beer Snob’s winter complete.


Michigan Brewer’s Guild Festivals michiganbrewersguild.org


DRINK


The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange offers a com- pletely unique drinking


experience that any Beer Snob would flip over. Every day at 6 p.m. the exchange starts, allowing the prices of all 29 micro taps to fluctuate up and down depending


EAT


on how much they sell in the last trading period (each lasts fifteen minutes). Occasionally, the market crashes, dropping all beer prices to their absolute lowest point for five minutes. The exchange closes at midnight, providing the most unique happy hour in the region.


Kalamazoo Beer Exchange 211 E. Water St., Kalamazoo kalamazoobeerexchange.com, (269) 532-1188


LISTEN


There’s just something about good beer and blues that just goes to-


gether. Take your Beer Snob to the next Four Finger Five show to get their fill of great brew and blues. This West Michigan power trio offers everything from classic slow blues to aggressive modern blues.


Four Finger Five fourfingerfive.com


Graydon’s Crossing is one of the only places in the city that maintains an


excellent selection of microbrew as well as a wonderfully diverse menu. Most items on


the menu not only feature a suggested beer pairing but a wine pairing as well. “The menu changes every month, and the pair- ings with it,” says Head Chef Aaron Burrows. “We sit down and taste the beers


… and then I try to mirror that in my food. I do a lot of cooking with beer too.” Most places have an awesome beer selection or an awesome menu. Graydon’s has both.


Graydon’s Crossing 1223 Plainfield NE, Grand Rapids graydonscrossing.com, (616) 726-8260


WATCH


Beer Wars is a West Michigan-based docu- mentary all about the


constant struggle between the smaller breweries in the U.S. and the massive macrobreweries that dominate beer sales nationally. The film explores the “truth behind your favorite beer label” and pro- vides an intensive, behind the scenes peek into our national beer industry, bringing to light the true “David vs. Goliath” industry facing our favorite brews. Available digi- tally and on DVD.


Beer Wars beerwarsmovie.com


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