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Bottoms Up! These Seven Grand Rapids Bars Sold The Most Liquor In 2015

2015 was a record year for liquor consumption for the State of Michigan, according to a report released this week by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

While Grand Rapids' consumption didn't match the 16 percent statewide increase, we did have a slight uptick led by these seven bars that made the top 100 list.

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Global Beer Maker Anheuser-Busch InBev Makes Takeover Bid For Rival Miller
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Beers Americans Are No Longer Drinking

Your beer may not be fashionable these days. Are you losing any sleep over this?

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Want To Be A ‘Brewsader’? All You Need To Do Is Drink Lots Of Local Beer [Video]

Experience Grand Rapids launched its 'Brewsader' program yesterday. It works like this: drink lots of local beers from GR breweries, and they give you free stuff.

Is that all? I do that anyway. 

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Quartz Writes About The Craft Beer Renaissance In Grand Rapids

Quartz, a web site devoted to the 'new global economy', has posted an article about how craft beer helped revitalize downtown Grand Rapids.

It's a good read, and nice to see good things spoken of about our home town on a national level.

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HopCat Goes Nationwide

An infusion of 25 million dollars in cash from a Texas investor will allow Grand Rapids based brewpub HopCat to expand nationally over the next few years.

Let me put it to you this way, in five years, if you tried to have one beer at every HopCat, you'd be pretty wasted.

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Downtown Drone Footage Of Grand Rapids [Video]

This drone footage from Marcus Rit makes downtown seem almost peaceful. I especially love the still shot up the river near the end.

Good work, Marcus!

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Craft Beer Means Big Bucks To GR Economy [Video]

The growing craft beer industry in Grand Rapids is a boon to the local economy, both in terms of jobs and profits. Overall, the beer industry is worth $6.6 billion dollars to the State of Michigan.

That's great, another reason to crack open a local brew!!

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Science: There Are Four Types of Drunks — Which Are You?

Researchers at the University of Missouri spent some time crunching some numbers and figuring out how to classify drunks.

The researchers found that drunks fall into one of four different categories – which all have very clever names.

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Where to Eat in Grand Rapids?

I can't begin to tell you how many times I get asked Do you know a good place to eat in G.R.?”

Well, now I'll know where to send them!

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Magic Teabag Will Turn Your Crappy Beer Into Craft Beer [Video]

Here in Grand Rapids, we take our beer drinking seriously, so I'm not sure how we're going to feel about a tea bag for your pint glass. Unless, it makes the beer better. Maybe? No?

Regardless of how we feel about it, it's happening. A special teabag has been developed to transform ordinary bland lager into a taste-explosion craft beer.

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Ain’t Gonna Be Nothin’ But Finger-Lickin’ Good Chicken Served at King of the Wing

On Wednesday you may see more people reaching for a glass of milk or extra ranch dressing to cool the burn!

It's hard to believe it’s already time for the third annual King of the Wing. It's at Grand Woods Lounge, 77 Grandville Avenue SW in Grand Rapids, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday (March 25).

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Did This Guy Just Open a Beer Bottle with a Piece Of Paper? How?! [Video]

There are life hacks and then there are life savers.

In the most important development since the can opener, someone has found a way to open a bottle of beer using just a piece of paper. 

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