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Brewed for Us: Founders Brewing Co.

Brewed for Us: Founders Brewing Co.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI

Coming of age in Michigan at the time of the craft beer renaissance sure had its benefits. For three quarters of The Hop Review, we've been fortunate enough to cut our teeth on beers like Centennial IPA, Red's Rye, and Dirty Bastard. Flash forward 15 years, and Founders Brewing Co. is one of the most respected breweries in the world. We recently sat down with co-founder Dave Engbers and Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki, to discuss what it's meant to maintain the brewery's "Brewed for Us" culture through astronomical growth, why Midwest IPAs are best, and what exactly defines 'fluid suicide.'

Beer Travels - Boston, MA

Beer Travels - Boston, MA

With only two visits under my belt, the city of Boston and I have a love hate relationship. I admit that the majority of my negative feeling comes from their sports team which are, in my opinion, the most over hyped and cocky set of teams and fans in any city in America.

Having said that, my visits to Boston have proven my earlier assumptions about the city wrong. Who knew you shouldn't base impressions of a place on sports! My time in the city has shown me a glimpse of a city with a culture quite unlike any other and a proud beer history to match.

A previous visit to Boston had restricted me to exploring the center of downtown. As I tell anyone visiting Chicago, you've really got to get out of the tourist areas to find out what a city's all about. With limited time, I took the quick ride across the Charles River to Cambridge. Home of both Harvard and MIT, Cambridge is unlike any place I've been before. My definition of a "college town" consists of all night parties on week nights, cheap food as a primary source of sustenance, bars that smell like bad decisions and, most of all, cheap beer. Cambridge, while I'm sure it checks off these boxes if that's what you're into, is home to a wealth of fine food and beer options.