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.
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.
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.