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Tapistry Brewing Co.
In Southwest Michigan on the coast of Lake Michigan sits the small town of Bridgman. Just south of St Joseph and along I-94, the coastal town sees a lot of seasonal tourism as well as having a close-knit community of year-round residents. It was this sense of community as well as the improvements going on in town that attracted Tapistry Brewing owners, Joe Rudnick and Greg Korson to Bridgman.

Tapistry opened its doors in Bridgman just over a year and a half ago. Located in the downtown area, the pair renovated an old building just one mile from Lake Michigan for the brewery. The building has a 5,000 square foot space for the production side and a neighboring 2,200 square foot place that serves as the taproom. The space features the original façade, to help maintain the look of the historical downtown, but the rest of the space has been completely remodeled to serve the needs of the new brewery. Read More >

Long History of Viticulture in “New World” country of Australia
To the average consumer Australia has become known for one thing: big, burly, high alcohol and overripe Shiraz. While there are certainly examples of this style being made there, Australia as a group of wine regions has much, much more to offer.

Despite its status as a “new world” country, there is a long history of viticulture in Australia. The first vine cuttings were brought to the colony of New South Wales in 1788 with commercially successful vineyards recorded as early as the 1820s. After surviving a phylloxera outbreak in the 1870’s, regions such as the Barossa valley have thrived and are now home to many of the oldest producing vines on earth. Read More
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New & Exciting Things for Imperial Beverage in 2015
At Imperial, time flies as we are making plans for our future: recruiting new, exciting brands, planning for growth of our company to better support our customers, and creating new ways to do the work we do well, better. A few of those things are listed here. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to explore some of these great new options for Imperial Beverage customers! Read More >

Open Minded to All Beer Possibilities
Adapted from material found at ShortsBrewing.com
When a 22-year-old brewer named Joe Short registered Short’s Brewing Company as a business in the state of Michigan, Short’s as we know it today was born. With a solid understanding of brewing and a desire to brew bold, flavorful and extremely creative beer, Joe felt that people would travel to get the products that Short’s would create. Read More >

Sean Minor: a Family Man…and a Family Business
Inevitably, the first question of a winery owner is usually about winemaking philosophy.  “What methods do you employ? Tell us about your wines.  What makes them special?”  But when meeting Sean Minor and learning of his business philosophy (rather than just the winemaking), you realize his wines could only be truly understood with the understanding of why he decided to make his own wines. Read More >


AHA National Homebrewers Conference (NHC) coming to the mitten!
June 12-14 in Grand Rapids, Michigan
• 55 different seminars
• 80 expert speakers - the rock stars of the homebrewing world
• Keynote address by our Michigan pals, the Founders founders
• A welcome reception and toast spotlighting Michigan¹s finest commercial brews
• Club Night - wacky and tasty as ever!
• Thousands of delicious homebrews
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South African Possibility
Possibility Abounds With South African Portfolio
As with many of us that buy, sell, or trade wine, we put our faith in publications that have built their reputation naming the next trend. In fact, not only have their tions been built, but also those whose management puts faith in the words pages. Wine Spectator is just one of those trusted institutions: one that names coming trends, calls them out, and covers them as they soar.

September 2013’s edition of Wine Spectator calls out South African wines as relevant and notable on the wine landscape. The coverage also remarks on a number of South African scenic stops, not unlike the Cape of Good Hope. Read More >

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