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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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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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