Allegan, Battle Creek and Two Grand Rapids Beers win medals in 2022

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It looks like the golden age of craft beer in West Michigan is continuing. Five beers brewed in the region won medals at the last World Beer Cup.

The band’s gold medalist hails from The Mitten Brewing in Grand Rapids. It’s a dark beer, Triple Crown Brown. He describes it as “an English session, malt-based Brown Ale with a light chocolate and roasted malt character”.

But that wasn’t the only medal awarded to The Mitten. His “Rye Baby”, which is an imperial red IPA, won a silver medal.

Remaining in Grand Rapids, Brewery Vivant won a silver medal in the “historic” category for “Lange Wapper”.

Moving on to Allegan, his Schaendorf Brewing Co. won a silver medal for “Ryetail.” And finally, in Battle Creek, where Territorial Brewing’s “Berry, Berry, Quite Contrary,” a Brut Rosé Lager that boasts 7% ABV also won a silver medal.

After what seems like a decade of Covid, going to these brewers’ websites whets the appetite even more for a tasting, as they all seem to have many great choices that haven’t necessarily won any awards, but at the very least one worthy of sampling.

The World Beer Cup, which bills itself as the “Beer Olympics”, claims to be “the most prestigious beer competition in the world”. It’s a trade group that promotes small craft brewers, and for that you have to raise a glass, and it highlights small but tasty beers that some of us wouldn’t have known.

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