craft beer http://michiganradio.org en State could soon pop the cap off microbreweries – or at least lift it http://michiganradio.org/post/state-could-soon-pop-cap-microbreweries-or-least-lift-it <p>Michigan craft breweries are cheering the state Legislature for passing bills to ease some state regulations.</p><p></p><p>The state House sent the bill package to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk Thursday.</p><p></p><p>One bill would double the amount of beer Michigan microbreweries could produce every year.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:19:44 +0000 Jake Neher 16847 at http://michiganradio.org State could soon pop the cap off microbreweries – or at least lift it Hip hops: Growers needed to serve booming craft beer industry http://michiganradio.org/post/hip-hops-growers-needed-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 http://michiganradio.org Hip hops: Growers needed to serve booming craft beer industry Bell's Brewery coming to Grand Rapids airport http://michiganradio.org/post/bells-brewery-coming-grand-rapids-airport <p>A popular Kalamazoo craft beer brewer will open a location soon in the Grand Rapids area.</p> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 19:46:13 +0000 Associated Press 14431 at http://michiganradio.org Bell's Brewery coming to Grand Rapids airport Bills in Lansing would ease restrictions on craft brewers http://michiganradio.org/post/bills-lansing-would-ease-restrictions-craft-brewers <p>If there's one thing that can bring state House Republicans and Democrats together, it's a batch of Michigan craft beer.&nbsp;</p><p>The bi-partisan legislation would also allow larger brewers such as Bell's and Founders to open more than one location in the state.</p><p>Among other things, the House Bills 4709, 4710, 4711 would double the number of barrels that microbrewers could produce each year.&nbsp;</p><p>Democratic state Representative Andy Schor says the economic impact of Michigan's craft brewers should not be underestimated. And he says the legislation would only enhance that impact.</p><p>"Right now, they're bumping up against a cap that was created 20 years ago. The industry has just lit on fire and is expanding, so we're going to allow for that expansion."</p><p>Beer and wine distributors in Michigan have long been opposed to easing restrictions on craft brewers. But after months of negotiations, they have decided to support this legislation.</p><p><em>*This post has been updated.</em></p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:31:23 +0000 Jake Neher 14351 at http://michiganradio.org Bills in Lansing would ease restrictions on craft brewers Politics prompt Bell's Brewery to skip Michigan Summer Beer Festival http://michiganradio.org/post/politics-prompt-bells-brewery-skip-michigan-summer-beer-festival <p>YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - A well-known Michigan brewer is pulling out of a major beer festival because of planned political fundraising at the event.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2013/07/bells_brewery_pulls_out_of_lar.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+kzgazette_news+%28Kalamazoo+Gazette+News+-+MLive.com%29">Kalamazoo Gazette reports </a>Bell's Brewery Inc. won't participate in this weekend's 16th Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti after the brewer's founder and president Larry Bell learned about the Protect Michigan Craft Beer Political Action Committee's plans.<br><br>Bell says he finds it "distasteful" to involve politics in the Michigan Beer Guild event.<br> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 17:11:19 +0000 Associated Press 13709 at http://michiganradio.org Politics prompt Bell's Brewery to skip Michigan Summer Beer Festival