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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 Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

Assuming the public school system didn’t crush your soul, learning is a great activity. It expands your viewpoint. It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. It is important for your personal growth. Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment.

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain

But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

Here are some tips for installing the habit of continuous learning:

1. Always Have a Book

It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time.

Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities in my day I can read about a book per week. That’s at least fifty each year.

2. Keep a “To-Learn” List

We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study.

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Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

3. Get More Intellectual Friends

Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart, but people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you.

Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

4. Guided Thinking

Albert Einstein once said,

“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

5. Put it Into Practice

Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on C++ isn’t the same thing as writing a program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush.

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If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

In this information age, we’re all exposed to a lot of information, it’s important to re-learn how to learn so as to put the knowledge into practice.

6. Teach Others

You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning.

Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.

7. Clean Your Input

Some forms of learning are easy to digest, but often lack substance.

I make a point of regularly cleaning out my feed reader for blogs I subscribe to. Great blogs can be a powerful source of new ideas. But every few months, I realize I’m collecting posts from blogs that I am simply skimming.

Every few months, purify your input to save time and focus on what counts.

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8. Learn in Groups

Lifelong learning doesn’t mean condemning yourself to a stack of dusty textbooks. Join organizations that teach skills.

Workshops and group learning events can make educating yourself a fun, social experience.

9. Unlearn Assumptions

You can’t add water to a full cup. I always try to maintain a distance away from any idea. Too many convictions simply mean too few paths for new ideas.

Actively seek out information that contradicts your worldview.

Our minds can’t be trusted, but this is what we can do about it to be wiser.

10. Find Jobs that Encourage Learning

Pick a career that encourages continual learning. If you are in a job that doesn’t have much intellectual freedom, consider switching to one that does.

Don’t spend forty hours of your week in a job that doesn’t challenge you.

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11. Start a Project

Set out to do something you don’t know how. Forced learning in this way can be fun and challenging.

If you don’t know anything about computers, try building one. If you consider yourself a horrible artist, try a painting.

12. Follow Your Intuition

Lifelong learning is like wandering through the wilderness. You can’t be sure what to expect and there isn’t always an end goal in mind.

Letting your intuition guide you can make self-education more enjoyable. Most of our lives have been broken down to completely logical decisions, that making choices on a whim has been stamped out.

13. The Morning Fifteen

Productive people always wake up early. Use the first fifteen minutes of your morning as a period for education.

If you find yourself too groggy, you might want to wait a short time. Just don’t put it off later in the day where urgent activities will push it out of the way.

14. Reap the Rewards

Learn information you can use. Understanding the basics of programming allows me to handle projects that other people would require outside help. Meeting a situation that makes use of your educational efforts can be a source of pride.

15. Make Learning a Priority

Few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

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