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You MUST Visit These Breweries if You Ever Visit Michigan

You MUST Visit These Breweries if You Ever Visit Michigan

Michigan. It is the only fresh water peninsula in the USA. It is also well known for the Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island fudge, and its abundance of lakes, forests and incredibly unpredictable weather. It is home to the Kellogg Company, Post Cereals, and the Ford Automotive Industry.

Something else that makes this great state even more distinctive is the strong love residents have for craft beers. So much so that the micro brewing industry is climbing at an extraordinary rate. In a lot of cities you can probably expect at least one brewery that you can visit for a great tasting beer, and amazing food. But Michigan has many. If you ever have the chance, you should definitely visit a few of these breweries. Here are a list of 20 of some of the best, and most well known breweries in the State. (All links in the headings!)

1. Arcadia Brewing Company- Battle Creek, MI

Located in downtown Battle Creek, Arcadia brews 19 different British-style ales. Stop on in for a good beer, good food, and the free smell of Kellogg and Post cereals being made on both sides of you!

2. Territorial Brewing Company-Springfield, MI

If you are a fan of German-style beer, and German-inspired cuisine, you must visit Territorial Brewing Company.

3. Dark Horse Brewing Company-Marshall, MI

Located in Marshall, MI, east of Battle Creek. Dark Horse Brewing Company has swept the floor in multiple brewing competitions. They offer several seasonal beers, and experimental beers, as well. They offer tours on Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5:00 pm. An admission fee of $10 per person includes a complete tour of their production facility, a tasting of six beers in their VIP Loft and a DH pint glass.

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4. Bell’s Brewery-Kalamazoo, MI

Bell’s is Michigan’s oldest craft brewery. Famous for beers like Oberon, and their Two-Hearted Ale, Bell’s is one of the favorites among locals.

5. Olde Peninsula Brewpub-Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo’s first brewpub, they offer over 8 hand-crafted ales on tap that are brewed on site, as well as American cuisine. It was voted Kalamazoo’s favorite downtown restaurant, and there are many good reason why.

6. Midtown Brewing Company-Lansing, MI

Stop in here for great small town beers, food made from scratch, and amazing hospitality. They offer entertainment throughout the week and make you feel welcome.

7. HopCat East Lansing-East Lansing, MI

HopCat offers 100 craft beers on tap, the biggest selection in Michigan. They specialize in Michigan brews, but offer different styles from all over the world too.

8. Harper’s Restaurant and BrewPub-East Lansing, MI

Their beers span from Pale Ales and wheat beers to IPA’s and Stouts. They also have great food, and live music Wednesday-Saturday.

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9. B.O.B.’s House of Brews-Grand Rapids, MI

B.O.B.’s House of Brews is an award winning brewery located in the lower-level of the “Big Old Building”. They have four beers that remain on tap and a selection of seasonal beers. Stop in and see for yourself what makes them an award-winning brewery.

10. Founders Brewing Co.-Grand Rapids, MI

Founders focuses on craft beer and refuses to go “mainstream”. They are a must-visit place in Grand Rapids, and the establishment has also become a highly respected brewery worldwide.

11. Grand Rapids Brewing Company-Grand Rapids, MI

The first USDA Certified organic brewery in Michigan, and one of less than two dozen in the country. They only use organic, locally grown hops. They are definitely making a name for themselves in the Michigan brewery scene.

12. Detroit Beer Company-Detroit, MI

The Detroit Beer Company occupies the first two floors of the restored Hartz Building on Broadway in downtown Detroit across from the Detroit Opera House. They offer a wide selection of craft beers made on site, and a delicious American cuisine menu. There is something for everyone here.

13. Atwater Brewery-Detroit, MI

Atwater Brewery was founded in March of 1997 with the purpose of carrying on the rich history of breweries in Detroit. Their brewing process is over 200 years old. You are sure to get a great tasting beer rich in history and tradition here.

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14. Brew Detroit-Detroit, MI

Brew Detroit runs small batches, and keep things new and creative. Be sure to check out what they have on offer and enjoy a delicious craft beer.

15. Kilkenny’s Irish Public House-Traverse City, MI

An Irish themed pub, they craft their house ales and lagers with care. For good beer and a good time, you should definitely go and check it out.

16. Mackinaw Brewing Company-Traverse City, MI

They have 6 hand-crafted beers, and some amazing smoked meats. This is the place to enjoy good drinks, good conversation and good food.

17. Cheboygan Brewing Company-Cheboygan, MI

15 miles from Mackinac City, Cheboygan Brewing Company is a re-established local brewery crafting award-winning beers well known throughout all of Michigan.

18. Arbor Brewing Company-Ann Arbor, MI

Ranked Brew Pub Magazine’s “Best brewing in the Midwest” (Michigan Microbrewing). They offer amazing beer and food, unforgettable service, and they have everything from TV to shuffle board to keep you entertained.

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19. Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery-Ann Arbor, MI

The Blue Tractor specializes in hoppier, more astringent lagers and pilsners. They serve American comfort food ranging from baby back ribs, homemade mac and cheese, and even beer can chicken.

20. Grizzly Peak Brewing Company-Ann Arbor, MI

Grizzly Peak brews craft beer that you can watch being brewed from outside, or inside of the restaurant. They also offer a variety of wood-grilled foods to compliment their craft beers.

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8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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