Craft Brew Capital of the World

Grand Rapids

A.K.A. Grand Rapids, Michigan, and as mentioned in last Friday’s post, it’s where Josh and I spent our weekend!

Josh and I have a deep love of West Michigan. It’s a place where we vacation, where we got engaged, and where we dream of living when we’re empty nesters (that’s WAY down the line…)- so it’s always a nice treat when we make the trip up north.

This trip was a quick get-away for us, just to get out of the house and do some exploring. While we were there we had some great food and even greater beer. Some of the best craft beer that I’ve had the pleasure of tasting in quite some time. I must say it’s nice to just get up and go travel on the weekends- we’re definitely going to have to try out some new cities!

One of the best experience’s we had in Grand Rapids was at the restaurant where Josh’s brother works as a chef, Trillium Haven, for brunch. It was such an incredible experience because 1) We knew the chef, and 2) it was the best dang breakfast that Josh and I had ever had. And that really says a lot because we usually pass on anything to eat before noon.

Based on the recommendation of the chef and our waiter, I tried the Kale Eggs Benedict and it changed how I view breakfast food. It was that delicious. The brown butter hollandaise is absolutely out of this world. I’m still dreaming about it…

Kale Eggs

The restaurant itself is quite new and is slowly gaining notoriety for their creative and organic menus. They were recently voted Best New Restaurant for their efforts in the culinary market by Grand Rapids Magazine. What makes this restaurant unique is their emphasis on being farm-to-table, meaning that they take pride in growing and producing their own menu items at their farm so that they are a fresh and natural as can be. Groovy, right? Next time we’re in G.R., we are definitely going for another visit, hopefully for some fresh salmon!

But what is a trip to Grand Rapids without some quality craft beer? Josh and I were able to go to two breweries this time around, and we enjoyed each beer we tried. Our first stop was The B.O.B. (Big Old Bar), which if you ever find yourself in G.R., you need to check out. It is a four-story building with a different restaurant and bar on each level- one level even has a comedy club! It’s quite a lot of fun to see all the different menus and venues that all operate within the same building.

The BOB

Our other brewery stop this weekend was HopCat Brewery, where we stopped in to have a beer and catch up with Josh’s brother. I had my favorite brew of the weekend here, the Bobby Brewche, a nice dark and somewhat smokey beer just for me. I’m kicking myself for not bringing a growler of it home, but there’s always next time I suppose…

HopCat

Josh and I sure had a heck of a good time gallivanting around Grand Rapids- it is without a doubt one of my favorite places I have ever been to and I am already looking forward to the next trip to G.R.

Have you guys been taking any road trips lately? Or do you have a big trip planned on the horizon? We’re always looking for new places to visit and would love to hear your recommendations!

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