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Since Lauren Is Gone, Craig Does A Beer Blog!

By the time you read this, Lauren will be on a flight to go see Phish, the jam band playing concerts this weekend. And since she is gone, and beer news has happened, I'm taking over her beer beat!

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Anheuser-Busch Opposes Short’s Brewing Co.’s Chocolate Wheat Porter

Beer giant Anheuser-Busch opposes an attempt by Michigan's own Short's Brewing Co. to register the name Chocolate Wheat in association with any beer, ale or porter.

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Courtesy of The Rapid
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The Rapid’s New Silver Line Promises More Efficient Commute [Infographic/Video]

Monday marks the debut of The Rapid's new $39 million Silver Line, which is described as the area's first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

The bottom line is this: You'll be able to get from 60th Street to Michigan Street NE and the Medical Mile in less than a half hour. That is 40 percent faster than you can get there using current bus routes with The Rapid.

And like everything else in Grand Rapids -- Beer City USA, there's a brew to celebrate the occasion!

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Courtesy Frankenmuth Brewery
Courtesy Frankenmuth Brewery
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Frankenmuth Brewery Re-introduces Famed Old Detroit Amber Ale

You've heard the phrase "out with the old, in with the new". Well, how about "in with the old?"

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ArtPrize Sneak Peek with Founders’ Mosaic Promise

ArtPrize will be here sooner than you know it!

The "Worlds Largest Art Competition" returns for it's 6th year September 24- October 12, 2014.

And while yes, I’m excited for the art, I have to admit I’m more excited for the beer!

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Photo by George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images
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Being Drunk Is No Excuse

You may want to think twice next time you blame alcohol for your bad behavior, because according to new research, that excuse doesn’t fly anymore.  It seems excessive drinking doesn’t actually impair our ability to control ourselves, it just makes us care a lot less about the stupid things we do.

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Hoppy IPA Day!

I’m not really sure who declared it and you know what? I don’t even care!

Today, August 7, is IPA Day!

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Crack the Hidden Code on Right Brain Brewery’s Cans and You Could Win a Trip to Traverse City

How would you like to enjoy some delicious beer from Right Brain Brewery and win a trip to Traverse City?

Sounds pretty good, right?

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First Parklets Being Installed at Grand Rapids Brewing Co. Today [Video]

Last month the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority approved a $40,000 grant to allow BarFly Ventures to install parklets in front of their restaurants Stella's Lounge, Grand Rapids Brewing Co., and McFadden’s Saloon.

Today, the first of those parklets are being installed in front of the Grand Rapids Brewing Company.

So, what’s a parklet?

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Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Sample New Brews, Delicious Food with Alaskan Brewing Co. at Logan’s Alley [Video]

2014 Summer Craft Beer Festival participant Alaskan Brewing Co. is in town!

On Wednesday, July 30, Alaskan Brewing Co.’s brew crew will stop by Logan’s Alley, 916 Michigan St. NE in Grand Rapids, for a day to celebrate craft beer.

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The U.S. Hasn’t Seen This Many Breweries Since 1870

According to the Brewers Association, the US now has the most breweries it’s seen since 1870!

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Michigan’s Dark Horse Brewing Co. Gets Reality Show on The History Channel

Very exciting news for the Michigan craft beer community: Dark Horse Brewing Co. from Marshall is getting a reality show!

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