After three years in Michigan, we catch up with Transient’s Chris Betts to talk shop.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI
We followed Founders Brewing to three Michigan hop farms as they sourced and harvested the blend of Cascade and Crystal for their annual ‘Harvest Ale’. In return, we witnessed the arduous and dedicated process of crafting a wet-hopped ale, and the growth of the Michigan hop industry.
Nestled in Plymouth, Michigan's 'Old Village' neighborhood, there's a quaint brewing operation with plenty of old Americana charm. The space itself is a pair of buildings that sit roughly ten miles west of Detroit, on a historic block. Here, on the street of its namesake you'll find Liberty Street Brewing. Fairly new to the Michigan brewing scene, this suburban spot is growing up quickly – from homebrew experiments to taproom to production facility in all of about 5 years. Recently, one of our guest writers, and former Liberty Street regular, Nick Costa shared a beer with owner and brewer, Joe Walters to get the basics on 'LS.'