Journeyman Distillery

The Hop Review's Best Moments of 2014

The Hop Review's Best Moments of 2014

As we all do at this time of year, it's time to look back at 2014. If we do say so ourselves, it's been quite the year for The Hop Review. We've been lucky enough to sit down with no-less than 28 of the craft beer industry's most knowledgeable, passionate, and driven people. This is all on top of the many events we've attended and the countless other awesome folks we've come across; many of who we plan to chat with throughout the next year.

Industry Chat: Bill Welter of Journeyman Distillery

Industry Chat: Bill Welter of Journeyman Distillery

THREE OAKS, MI

On a recent Sunday drive back to Chicago from Michigan, we ducked off I-94 into one of our favorite 'craft' honey holes, in West Michigan. Just up the road from Greenbush Brewing lies another must-visit: Journeyman Distillery. With a beautiful space, strong community ties and a hearty relationship with Chicago and the city's brewing scene, we were curious to chat. We sat down with founder Bill Welter to discuss the path of starting a distillery in a tiny, once-dry cottage town in Michigan.

Beer Travels: To Kalamazoo and Back Again

Beer Travels: To Kalamazoo and Back Again

MICHIANA, MIDWEST

Two thirds of The Hop Review have roots in Michigan. Despite that fact, neither of us have spent much time in the southwest part of the state and, perhaps more egregiously, haven't taken the time to stop in Kalamazoo (widely considered the second best beer city in Michigan) for a brew on our way back to Chicago.

On an recent May Saturday morning, we woke up early, jumped in our car, and set out on a mission to change that. Luckily for us, there are more than enough beer-themed distractions scattered between Chicago and Kalamazoo to break up the trip and allow us the opportunity to check in with some of the Midwest's finest breweries along the I-94 corridor.