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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan

At the end of long day visiting breweries in Grand Rapids, I finally made it to the brewery named after the city.  The brewery is located right downtown a short distance from hotel and other breweries.  We arrived about 10:00 pm on Friday night and the place was packed.  I was surprised at the level of patronage at all of the Grand Rapids Breweries that I visited. 

We were told there would be a 30 minute wait and after leaving a cell number for them to call, we discovered an opening at the bar where two of our party of four could sit.  Eventually, some folks left and we had four seats.  After just a few minutes, we received the call that a table was ready.  Since we weren’t eating, we decided to stay at the bar.

They had a good selection of beers.  We tried several of them.  All were really good, but none stood up to the beers we had sampled at breweries earlier in the day. My two favorites were Philanthropist and the La Noir Vitesse (which I think means Black Speed).  The service was excellent, but the beer tenders were far too busy to chat much.  After the first pint, we decided to order a few appetizers.  The mac and cheese was really good as were the scotch eggs (what a concept!).


This brewpub lives up to its namesake Beer-City USA.


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