beer en The rise and fall of Michigan's Stroh family <p></p><p>Many of us are more than a little curious about the lives of the rich and famous.&nbsp;</p><p>In the mid-1800s, Bernard Stroh came to the U.S. and began selling beer in Detroit.</p><p>The business grew and prospered, but around 150 years later, the family company was bought and broken up.</p><p>Kerry A. Dolan of <em>Forbes</em> chronicles the rise and fall of the family in her piece, <em><a href="">How to blow $9 billion: The fallen Stroh family</a></em>.</p><p>From Dolan's story:</p><blockquote><p>The Stroh family owned it all, a fortune that FORBES then calculated was worth at least $700 million. Just by matching the S&amp;P 500, the family would currently be worth about $9 billion.</p><p>Yet today the Strohs, as a family business or even a collective financial entity, have ceased to exist. The company has been sold for parts. The trust funds have doled out their last pennies to shareholders. While there was enough cash flowing for enough years that the fifth generation Strohs still seem pretty comfortable, the family looks destined to go shirtsleeves-to-shirtsleeves in six.</p></blockquote><p>Frances Stroh, a fifth generation family member, is working on a memoir about the family.</p><p><em>h/t Lester Graham</em></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:13:15 +0000 Mark Brush 18314 at The rise and fall of Michigan's Stroh family Hip hops: Growers needed to serve booming craft beer industry <p>A new non-profit association is trying to strengthen the supply chain of Michigan-grown hops.</p><p>Hops are one of the main ingredients in beer. The plants grow vertically, up to 25 feet or more, so you don’t need a huge farm to grow one of the main ingredients in beer.</p><p>Rick Chapla is vice president of business development at The Right Place, an economic development group based in Grand Rapids. He sees real potential for urban farmers to try growing hops.</p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16553 at Hip hops: Growers needed to serve booming craft beer industry Stateside for Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 <p>On today's show, we took a look at key election results from around the state, from marijuana to gay rights. How did you vote?&nbsp; And what's the take away from Election 2013?</p><p>Then, we spoke with Michigan singer-songwriter Stewart Franke as he takes us inside his battle with leukemia.</p><p>And, we talked Michigan beer. A new film looks at the craft beer scene in our state.</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t has been quite a journey for a candidate who got booted off the primary ballot, was going to fold his tent and walk away, then was urged to mount a write-in campaign, swept the primary and today, is the new Mayor-Elect of Detroit.</span></p><p>Mike Duggan has become Detroit's first white mayor in 40 years, beating Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek has covered the Duggan campaign and was at the victory party last night. She joined us today.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:11:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15168 at Stateside for Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 New film about Michigan beer to premiere at the Fillmore Theatre <p>There's an intriguing movie premiere happening Thursday night at the Fillmore Theatre on Woodward in downtown Detroit.</p><p>"The Michigan Beer Film" will be screened along with samples of some of the Michigan brews featured in the film.</p><p>We're always happy to talk about Michigan beer here on Stateside, so we welcomed the producer and director of "The Michigan Beer Film", Kevin Romeo. He joined us today from Kalamazoo.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview about.</em></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:58:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 15167 at New film about Michigan beer to premiere at the Fillmore Theatre Not all craft brewers excited about bills to lift restrictions in Michigan <p>A state House panel kicked off debate Tuesday about easing restrictions on Michigan’s craft brewers. It’s considering legislation that would double the amount of beer micro-breweries could produce each year.</p><p></p><p>The plan would also loosen regulations on brew pubs and larger producers such as Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo.</p><p></p><p>But Bell’s founder Larry Bell says some of the measures would hurt his company’s ability to compete with smaller brewers in Michigan. For example, they would let more restaurants brew their own beer, instead of buying it from others.</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 01:36:26 +0000 Jake Neher 14365 at Not all craft brewers excited about bills to lift restrictions in Michigan In this morning's headlines: microbrews, Great Lakes and climate change, bankruptcy affects MI bonds <p><strong>Proposal could ease restrictions on microbrewers</strong></p><p>"State lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow Michigan’s craft brewers to expand. Among other things, the bills would double the number of barrels microbrewers could produce each year.&nbsp; They would also let larger craft brewers such as Bell’s and Founders open second locations in the state," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Climate changing Great Lakes levels</strong></p><p>"Experts say there's no guarantee that placing structures in the St. Clair River would elevate Lakes Huron and Michigan to their normal levels because they might not offset the effects of a warming climate," the Associated Press<a href=""> reports. </a></p><p><strong>Detroit bankruptcy affects Michigan's borrowing ability</strong></p><p>"Michigan cities and school districts sold $71.5 million worth of municipal bonds in August. That’s the lowest amount of monthly bond issued for the state since 2003. It’s a sign that Detroit’s bankruptcy is hurting municipalities’ ability to borrow money," Sarah Cwiek<a href=""> reports. </a></p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:32:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14347 at In this morning's headlines: microbrews, Great Lakes and climate change, bankruptcy affects MI bonds Michigan's craft beer industry is growing, calling for stricter water control measures <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan loves its beer.</span></p><p>That's just about the only conclusion you can make about the news that <a href="">Michigan is number five in the nation in the number of breweries and eighth in craft beer output</a>.</p><p>Scott Graham is the executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, and he joined us today to talk about the industry’s growth.</p><p>And, we also spoke with a Michigan brewer who is calling for tougher clean water standards.</p><p>A dispute is bubbling and brewing between environmentalists<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and business groups over whether to expand wetlands and waterway protections, long-delayed updates of the federal Clean Water Act.</span></p><p>The environmentalists hope these updates will give the EPA more muscle with which to protect our waters.</p><p>Many Michigan business groups take the position that this would be costly and would not pack much benefit.</p><p>Joining the side of the environmentalists are 20 craft beer brewers, including seven from Michigan. They've written to President Obama to argue that pure clean water is essential to making good beer.</p><p>Among the Michigan brewers pushing for stricter water control measures is Jason Spaulding, owner of Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids. He joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:35:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 13580 at Michigan's craft beer industry is growing, calling for stricter water control measures Stateside for Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 <p>A state House panel in Lansing has kicked off a series of hearings on Common Core. You may have been hearing about the Common Core lately. They're a set of nationwide school standards put together by the National Governors' Association and they're being debated around the nation. We spoke with Michigan School Board President John Austin, a supporter of Common Core, and state Representive Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills), an opponent of the standards.</p><p>And, Michigan is seeing a lot of growth in its craft beer industry. We took a look at what’s behind this growth and what some Michigan brewers are doing to protect our waters.</p><p>Also, photographer Susan Webb joined us today to talk about her exhibit in the Kelsey Museum of Archeology, which links 20<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;century Detroit to the ancient city of Petra.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he latest word on new car sales in Europe is not anything that's bringing cheer at GM, Ford and Chrysler headquarters.</span></p><p>New car sales in Europe have just suffered their worst June in seventeen years, and the six-month number is the worst in 20 years.</p><p>Let's look at what's behind this protracted free fall in European car sales.</p><p>Reporter Russell Padmore from the BBC in London joined us today.</p><p>And, what do these European car sales numbers mean to folks at the Ren Cen in Detroit, Glass House in Dearborn, or the Tech Center in Auburn Hills? In other words, how are the poor sales in Europe affecting GM, Ford and Chrysler?</p><p>For that we turn to auto analyst Michele Krebs who’s with <a href=""></a>.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:06:14 +0000 Stateside Staff 13582 at Stateside for Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 'Mobile canning' comes to Michigan breweries <p></p><p>Michigan was recently ranked fifth on USA Today's list of craft brew states in the country.</p><p>Over the past three to four years Michigan has seen a large growth in microbrewies.</p><p>There has been recent&nbsp; buzz within the microbrewery scene in Michigan with news that the state's first 'Mobile Canning' line is being launched.</p><p>Microbreweries around the state will be able to get cans of their brew onto store shelves without having to invest in costly canning equipment.<br> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:54:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 12257 at 'Mobile canning' comes to Michigan breweries 8 breweries in Michigan take ‘clean water pledge’ <p>The Natural Resources Defense Council has recruited eight craft breweries in Michigan for a new campaign to promote clean water by supporting strengthening federal regulations like the Clean Water Act.</p><p>“When you talk about beer you have to talk about water,” said Jason Spaulding, co-owner of Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids. “It’s not as sexy as talking about malt or hops or things like that.”</p><p>;feature=player_embedded</p><p>Spaulding says about 90-percent of beer is made up of water. He says if you want a great locally brewed lager, IPA or pilsner; you need clean water.</p><p>“Doesn’t matter how many hops or how much malt you put in it, if your water is not good your beer is not going to be good,” Spaulding said. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 19:03:36 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12067 at With winter caps, Michiganders celebrate the tapping of a summer beer <p>It might not feel like it outside, but warmer temperatures are around the corner.</p><p><a href="">MLive</a> has A LOT (including live coverage from Bell's Brewery) on the release of one of Michigan's favorite brews:</p><blockquote><p>At least 64 Oberon kegs are ready to be tapped at Bell’s and at least four ‘Oberon Kings and Queens’ were crowned at midnight keg-tapping parties across the state. The brewery opened early on Monday for the event.&nbsp;</p><p>Oberon is a seasonal ale in most markets, but is sold year-round in Florida, Arizona and Puerto Rico. The summer beer is fermented with Bell's yeast, spicy hops and fruity aromas, giving it a light malty taste, most commonly complemented with an orange peel.</p><p>The opening day is held at the end of March every year, to coincide with the start of the baseball season and more sunshine. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:33:50 +0000 Mark Brush 11851 at With winter caps, Michiganders celebrate the tapping of a summer beer Stateside: Beer, microbreweries and brew pubs in Michigan <p><em>The following is a </em><em>summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>The 8th Winter Beer Fest is happening in Grand Rapids this weekend.</p><p>Tickets sold out in only about 13 hours. That&nbsp; got us wondering about the craft beer industry in Michigan.</p><p>After some research, we discovered that Michigan ranks fifth in the nation in number of breweries, microbreweries and brew pubs.</p><p>We had President and CEO of Founders Brewing Company, Mike Stevens join us and speak on the subject of beer.</p><p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:29:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 11298 at Stateside: Beer, microbreweries and brew pubs in Michigan Cheers for beer! Grand Rapids offers a toast, celebrates “BeerCity USA” title <p>A new You Tube video features a tour of 15 breweries with loads of people giving a toast to the <a href="">“BeerCity USA”</a> title bestowed upon Grand Rapids earlier this year. Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell joined in, although he and city council celebrated with their own press conference a few months ago.</p><p>;v=7BMQ6cc5DJs</p><p>Ashville, North Carolina and Portland, Oregon; those are the cities known for their microbreweries. But Grand Rapids?</p><p>“We’ve in the industry put in a lot of time and a lot of effort. We deserve it for sure, yeah,” Steve Smith assured me. You’ve got to love Smith’s title; chief beer geek at <a href="">HopCat.</a> The bar was named the third<a href=";sort=latest&amp;start=20"> “Beer Bar on Planet Earth” </a>by Beer Advocate magazine this year.&nbsp;&nbsp; Sat, 13 Oct 2012 19:42:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9478 at Cheers for beer! Grand Rapids offers a toast, celebrates “BeerCity USA” title Judge to decide if Flying Dog can sell latest beer in Michigan <p>Should the state of Michigan&rsquo;s liquor control commission be allowed to ban the sale of a certain beer based on its name? That&rsquo;s the question a federal judge in Grand Rapids will decide, following arguments this week.</p><p>People can buy several kinds of <a href="">Flying Dog beer </a>in Michigan already; In-heat wheat, Doggie Style pale ale, and Horn Dog barley wine for starters.</p><p>The state of Michigan argues the name of Flying Dog&rsquo;s latest beer is a &ldquo;sexist, derogatory and demeaning portrayal of women.&rdquo;</p><p>Alan Gura is the brewery&rsquo;s attorney.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;The liquor commissioners don&rsquo;t happen to like the name of Flying Dog&rsquo;s Raging Bitch beer. They think it&rsquo;s very offensive, we simply think that&rsquo;s too bad.&rdquo; Thu, 09 Jun 2011 20:02:53 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2832 at Judge to decide if Flying Dog can sell latest beer in Michigan Flying Dog sues state Liquor Control Commission over free speech <p><a href="">Flying Dog Brewery</a>, a Maryland-based beer maker, is suing <a href=",1607,7-154-10570---,00.html">Michigan&#39;s Liquor Control Commission</a> for violating its free speech rights.</p><p>The Brewery applied for a license to sell its 20th anniversary commemorative beer &quot;Raging Bitch&quot; in 2009. The beer&#39;s label included the following text:</p><blockquote><p>Two inflammatory words... one wild drink. Nectar imprisoned in a bottle. Let it out. It is cruel to keep a wild animal locked up. Uncap it. Release it....stand back!! Wallow in its golden glow in a glass beneath a white foaming head. Remember, enjoying a RAGING BITCH, unleashed, untamed, unbridled- and in heat- is pure GONZO!! It has taken 20 years to get from there to here. Enjoy!</p></blockquote><p>According to <a href="">Business Wire</a>, the Michigan Liquor Commission barred the sale of the beer claiming the &quot;beer&#39;s label &mdash; designed by renowned British artist Ralph Steadman &mdash; is &#39;detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare.&#39;&quot;</p><p>Michigan is the only state, of the more than 40 states where the beer is sold, to ban it. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:06:27 +0000 Mark Brush 1819 at Flying Dog sues state Liquor Control Commission over free speech