I headed over to Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids' East Hills neighborhood on Friday to learn more about the new stout named after West Michigan's driving nemesis.

As it turns out, it's pretty darn good.

Jason Spaulding allowed me to sample Brewery Vivant's new Pothole Stout. It turns the brew is very flavorful and has a pretty light touch for a stout. I give it a thumbs up.

Jason told us how the stout came to be, and how he's using some of the publicity from it to get the vote out Tuesday, May 6, in the Grand Rapids city special election. The city is asking voters to approve an income tax renewal to pay for streets, sidewalks and rights-of-way.