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Explore The Pour July 2014 : Page 3

Editor’s Pour Stevens and Engbers, both longtime home brewers, have played a big role in their city’s recognition as a happening place to enjoy world-class brew, particularly as they returned to their roots, as they say, and grew what became known as Founders Brewing Co. “We started creating the beers that we wanted to drink,” says Stevens, Founders CEO, of their well-known brew including Dirty Bastard, a high gravity Scotch ale, and session ale All Day IPA. Dan Gretzner II, a regular contributor to Explore The Pour, provides a closer look at this mid-Michigan operation. Read his feature on page 5 to learn how the Founders name came to be, how the brewery’s specialty beer KBS is an imperial stout with some seriously loyal fans, and how the business is giving back to its community. An hour or so west of Grand Rapids, on the shores of Lake Michigan, you’ll find the beachside town of Grand Haven. Soak up the sun, stroll the quaint downtown, explore the area’s trails, enjoy local food and drink – our Weekend Trips feature is sure to jumpstart your summer planning. Our Destinations piece this month, meanwhile, focuses on our largest city Detroit and the myriad things to do during your next visit to Motown. Other features in this issue: the aromatic white wines of White Pine Winery near Paw Paw; how red wine is gaining momentum in northern Michigan; creative beer brewing at Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City; and the one-room schoolhouse that’s home to Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery. If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to lots of exploring this summer—amid our stunning landscapes as well as at our many breweries and wineries. We’d love to hear about your adventures— if you haven’t already, please check us out on Facebook ( and on Instagram ( Be sure to use hashtag #explorethepour in your posts so we can see what you’re drinking and savoring this summer! Happy Sipping! Heather Heather Johnson Durocher, Editor 2 { July 2014 } Photography By Joel Gaff -Endurance Evolution in Traverse City N early 20 years ago, well before Michigan’s craft beer scene cracked wide open, Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers opened Canal Street Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids—the city that eventually would earn the title “Beer City, U.S.A.”

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