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View Poll Results: Which is the best West Michigan brewery?
Founders, Grand Rapids 5 22.73%
Bells, Kalamazoo 14 63.64%
New Holland, Holland 3 13.64%
Voters: 22. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-01-2010, 05:29 PM
 
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Living in West Michigan, we have some of the best breweries in the world, all within an easy drive.

Just for fun, lets do a Holland-Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo shoot out:

If you have recently had beer from all three breweries, which brewery do you think is the best?

I'm sure I have forgotten some of the smaller brew pubs, Lawton, Hastings and ...??? Feel free to mention your favorite West Michigan brewpubs as well.

Which brewery is the best?
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:38 AM
 
Location: NE philadelphia
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hard to pick one
since I have spent the most time at bell's that got my vote...i love olde penninsula too for a brew-pub.........
I miss west michigan beer!!
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:04 PM
 
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You left off so many though. Saugatuck Brewing Company and Schmoh's are just a couple that should be on the list. The stout at Saugatuck Brewing's "Lucky Stone Pub" is awesome!
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:03 PM
 
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Where is Schmoh's?

I know there are a lot of brewpubs, I just listed the major breweries. It might be fun to list all the brewpubs, and then try them all out!
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Where is Schmoh's?

I know there are a lot of brewpubs, I just listed the major breweries. It might be fun to list all the brewpubs, and then try them all out!
Schmohs is on Patterson Ave in Grand Rapids. You can get their beer at Hopcat.

I picked Founders, but there's definitely some Bell's and New Holland varieties that I like.
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:48 AM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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Don't miss Short's up near Traverse City. I think they're my favorite after Bell's.
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:20 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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I LOVE Bell's! Even after spending 6mos in the UK sampling all of their beer, nothing compares to Bell's <3
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I think Bell's has the best overall product lineup while the other two have better specialty beers. My opinion of Bell's took a big hit though when we went to visit the brewery and basically everyone there was a dick. In fact practically everyone we encountered in Kalamazoo was a dick. I'm not sure if there was something in the water, but it was quite a bizarre experience. The only place besides our B&B that treated us hospitably was Olde Peninsula, which really made me want to like their beer more than I ultimately did.
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
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Bells -hands down. I love grabbing a pint of Two Hearted Ale at the Eccentric Cafe or in the Beer Garden. Such a great atmosphere.
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Old 01-22-2010, 08:40 AM
 
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Quite simply, Bell's is a regional-- if not national -- treasure. W. Michigan should be proud to have Bells. And btw, Bells is Chicago's unofficial favorite craft brewery (that's saying a lot because we have Goose Island, Two Brothers, Half Acre locally). When Bells distribution was interrupted in 2007 in Chicago, it was a topic of angst and conversaiton for all beer drinkers.

Agree w/ poster above about Two-Hearted. Its is the essence of a craft IPA. I need to make a trip to the Eccentric Cafe.
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