Michigan

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.'

Brewer Chat: Pete Hasbrouck of Greenbush Brewing

Brewer Chat: Pete Hasbrouck of Greenbush Brewing

SAWYER, MI

We've talked up the Michigan brew scene a lot here lately at The Hop Review; and with good reason. The state has long been pumping out some of the country's best craft beer for a couple decades now and their industry has had a direct influence on our the booming Chicago scene. Greenbush Brewing Co. is situated 12 miles across the Michigan border in Sawyer. While the proximity to Chicago makes for a convenient homeward bound pit stop along I-94, the excellent food, constantly rotating tap list, and friendly atmosphere are reason enough to make Greenbush a Michigan destination. Headbrewer Peter Hasbrouck is charged with concocting the bevy of brewery year rounds, seasonals, and one off beers that can be sampled in an increasing footprint throughout the Midwest. We grabbed a few minutes of his time to find out a little more about the Michigan staple what makes the man behind the magic tick.