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Founder Chat: Tim Suprise of Arcadia Ales

Founder Chat: Tim Suprise of Arcadia Ales

KALAMAZOO, MI

To wrap up our West Michigan beer tour, we had the chance to meet up with one of the state's craft trailblazers. Tim Surprise has been part of the beer scene for well over two decades, and began Arcadia Ales 18 years ago, in 1996 out of Battle Creek. 

Kalamazoo is no stranger to great brews; it's already finished near the top of a few annual 'Beer City' lists. So, it wasn't a huge surprise when the Arcadia team chose the city as their location to expand into a sparkly new 30,000 SF facility. Influenced by British-style ales, the brewery has long been practicing open fermentation. But now, not only will they have the space and equipment to explore other brewing processes – but also other styles, products, yeast strains, and of course: up production. Amid this expansion and during the week of their grand opening, Tim took time out of his busy schedule to welcome us in to see how it's all coming together... 

THR to Help Judge Cask Ales at HQ Beercade's Firkin Fest

THR to Help Judge Cask Ales at HQ Beercade's Firkin Fest

LAKEVIEW, CHICAGO

Us here at The Hop Review are excited to announce that we will be helping judge beers at the first What the Firk? Firkin Festival at Headquarters in Lakeview. Really, we are pretty stoked about this one – 25 of the best breweries in the land, providing some of their rarest brews in the form of cask-conditioned ales. What better way to kick off our role as "experts" than at one of the coolest new bars in the city, and with some superiorly top-notch breweries? There is no better way. At least we think not...