Explore the Pour

Explore Michigan's Wine and Beer Culture

For seven months we traveled across the state in search of the stories behind Michigan's growing wine and beer culture. From Mackinaw to Baroda, Grand Rapids to Detroit we've captured stories about the people who make wine and beer for the people who like to drink it.

While Explore the Pour is no longer being published in print, you can still read these interesting stories here on our website. All seven issues will remain on this site for you to read, enjoy and share with your friends over a lovely chardonnay or nicely crafted IPA.

The story isn't over

Maybe you are as passionate about Michigan wine and beer as we are and want to continue sharing the story. If so, contact us and let's talk. As long as Michigan's wine and beer industry continues to flourish, who knows what's around the corner for Explore the Pour?

Was your winery or brewery featured Explore the Pour? Want some copies of your story to pass on to customers? Limited print copies are still available for purchase at a minimum of 25 copies. Contact us to arrange delivery.

July 2014

July Issue of Explore the PourFounders Brewing Co. lead the way in the 'extreme beer' movement and continues to this day. The Grand Rapids brewery is well known not only here in Michigan, but across the country, for producing excellent beer. Come explore Founders and its founders, Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers, in this month's cover story. You'll also find great beer in Traverse City where we stop into another brewery known for experimentation, Right Brain Brewery. Wine lovers will enjoy stories on White Pine Winery and Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery. In July, we also explore the 'D' and Grand Haven, MI to see what our state has to offer in beer and wine from one side to the other.

Read the July edition of Explore the Pour online


June 2014

June Issue of Explore the PourMackinaw Trail Winery is a family business. The Stabile family has a long history of wine making in Michigan and Mackinaw Trail Winery is growing on the experience of that tradition. Read about them as well as Uncle John's, Rochester Mills Beer Co., and Jamesport Brewing Company in our June issue. We also take a trip to Frankenmuth, take a closer look at the history of brewing beer in Detriot, and get tips on your next festival experience.

Read the June edition of Explore the Pour online




May 2014

May Explore the PourThis month our cover story features Michigan's oldest and largest craft brewery, Bell's. Everyone seems to have a favorite Bell's beer, from Oberon to Two Hearted Ale, their beer can be found around the country. We also catch up with Brys Estate, who's undergoing a large expansion this year, Lemon Creek Winery and Grand River Brewery. Our destination is the beautiful Marquette, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula, and our columns include a Q&A with Drink My Beercast, food pairings from Brewery Vivant, and how to choose proper wine glasses.

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April Explore the PourApril 2014

Robert Begin had a vision for a winery combined with a bed and breakfast. His vision turned into Chateau Chantal, where you can stay in fantastic accommodations and wake up in the morning to vistas of the sprawling vineyard and the Grand Traverse Bay. Read about Chateau Chantal, along with Modern Craft Winery, Harmony Brewing and Atwater Brewing in the April issue. We also visit Jackson as our desitination and Old Mission Peninsula for a weekend trip, and hear from Chef Amy Sherman on what she's drinking this spring.

Read the April edition of Explore the Pour online



March Explore the PourMarch 2014

It's getting closer to summer outside and that means a lot of great beer and wine festivals are upcoming. Be sure not to miss a single one with our March issue! Inside you'll find a full calendar of events for festivals in Michigan for 2014. The Michigan Wine and Beer Festival held at Michigan International Speedway is our cover story. This festival brings out the best in Michigan beer and wine at a very unqiue venue. Read the story for details on all of the great events that they have going on this year in May. As well, find stories on the Michigan Brewers Guild festivals and the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival.

Read the March edition of Explore the Pour online



February 2014 Explore the Pour

February 2014

Our second issue of Explore the Pour is now out and we have a great line-up of stories for you this month. Learn about Short's Brewing Company and their roots in Bellaire, Michigan in our cover story. Then explore other great spots around the state with Bowers Harbor Vineyards, Saugatuck Brewing Company and Contessa Wine Cellars. We'll also explore Beer City USA, Grand Rapids and pair beer with winter warm up foods. If you're more of a wine person, find tips for planning the perfect wine weeked in this issue as well.

Read the February issue of Explore the Pour online

January Issue of Explore the PourJanuary 2014

It's here! The January 2014 issue of Explore The Pour is now out, and we can't wait for you to see it. Click on the link below to read the digital version--for free! Learn about Leelanau Peninsula's Brengman Brothers Crain Hill Vineyards, the U.P.'s Ore Dock Brewing Co., the best wines to pair with your favorite comfort foods, Michigan's "liquid gold"...and much more! 

Read the January issue of Explore the Pour online