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5 flavorful Michigan breweries worth the drive
5 flavorful Michigan breweries worth the drive

(Anne Erickson, Lansing State Journal)-- For many Michiganders, summer and beer go hand-in-hand. Drive through Mitten towns on any given summer weekend, and you’ll likely spot folks sitting on their front porches, sipping on the cool, flavorful drink.

Michigan, of course, has endless top-notch choices when it comes to craft beers and Michigan-made brews. In fact, our state is currently fifth in the U.S. in the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, according to Pure Michigan.

So, raise a pint and get to know a few great Michigan breweries and distilleries.

Founders Brewery Co.

• Where: Grand Rapids

• About it: Since 1997, Founders Brewery has made a name for itself as the top beer stop in Grand Rapids. The Founders Family focuses on craft beers, and they have a simple philosophy: “We don’t brew beer for the masses. Instead, our beers are crafted for a chosen few, a small cadre of renegades and rebels who enjoy a beer that pushes the limits of what is commonly accepted as taste. In short, we make beer for people like us.”

• Online: www.foundersbrewing.com

• Tweet ’em: @foundersbrewing

• Friend ’em: www.facebook.com/foundersbrewing

Grand Traverse Distillery

• Where: Traverse City

• About it: The Grand Traverse Distillery is known for its high-quality whiskey and vodka and holds the title for Michigan’s largest micro-distillery. The distillery offers a selection of unique vodkas, including True North, True North Cherry, What Vodka and Chocolate Vodka. Aside from vodka and whiskey, special spirits include Peninsula Gin and rum that’s in the works.

• Online: www.grandtraversedistillery.com

• Tweet ’em: @GTDistillery

• Friend ’em: Search “Grand Traverse Distillery” on Facebook

Arbor Brewing Company

• Where: Ann Arbor, with addition locations in Ypsilanti and even India

• About it: Downtown Ann Arbor just wouldn’t look the same without Arbor Brewing Company, which has stood tall in the city for nearly two decades. Founded by husband and wife team Matt and Renee Greff, Arbor Brewing Company offers a variety of unique craft beers and local foods. Arbor Brewing Company new offers three locations to enjoy its choice brews, including Ann Arbor (ABC Brewpub), Ypsilanti (Microbrewery) and even Bangalore in India (ABC India).

• Online: www.arborbrewing.com

• Tweet ’em: @ArborBrew

• Facebook ’em: www.facebook.com/arborbrewing

Dark Horse Brewing Co.

• Where: Marshall

• About it: Local beer lovers know the name Dark Horse. The Marshall-based brewery and tap room is home to some of Michigan’s most unique beer varieties and experimental brews. Dark Horse’s annual Crawfish Boil happens every summer, with this year’s edition June 14. The Crawfish Boil features two stages of live music and, yep, all-you-can-eat crawfish.

• Online: www.darkhorsebrewery.com

• Tweet ’em: @DarkHorseBrewCo

• Friend ’em: www.facebook.com/DarkHorseBrewing

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

• Where: Kalamazoo and Comstock

• About it: Oberon. That’s all you have to say to get a beer lover’s attention. Bell’s is the brewery behind the oh so recognizable summer drink, as well as Michigan-made brews: Amber Ale, Kalamazoo Stout, Lager Beer, Oarsman Ale and Porter, to name just a few. Bell’s in Kalamazoo also features the Eccentric Café, offering some unique, small-batch brew options.

• Online: www.bellsbeer.com

• Tweet ’em: @BellsBrewery

• Friend ’em: www.facebook.com/BellsBreweryInc