Beer, Wine & Spirits in Comstock Park

$25 for Admission and Samples for One at Lakeshore Brew Fest on Saturday, October 11 ($35 Value)

Lakeshore Brew Fest

West Olive

Beer festival on the shores of Lake Michigan offers samples of brews and cider from seven local producers; highlights include food and music

$35 $25

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$15 for 2 Muskegon Oktoberfest Evening Entries at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex on 10/4 ($30 Value)

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex

Muskegon

The evening of German-inspired activities starts with a beer-tasting trail and merrily continues with live bands and entertainment

$30 $15

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Wine Tasting and Architectural Tour for Two or Four at the Henderson Castle (Up to 55% Off)

French Restaurant at the Henderson Castle

Kalamazoo

Sample six of Henderson Castle's estate-label wines, such as meritage and riesling, and tour the castle, which was established in 1895

$94 $45

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$25 for Two-Day German Festival with Beer Mugs and Food and Drinks for Two at Old Town Oktoberfest (Up to $40 Value)

Old Town Oktoberfest

Old Town

Two-day festival with live music from alternative-rock headliners, German and American beer, and German foods such as spaetzle and bratwurst

$40 $25

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Baroda Founders Wine Cellar (Up to 47% Off)

Baroda Founders Wine Cellar

Baroda

Each guest samples seven wines, five classic varieties and two speciality wines, during the winery visit

$16 $10

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Private Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Chateau Aeronautique Winery (Half Off)

Chateau Aeronautique Winery

Rives

After a winery tour, guests sample wines fermented from Michigan grapes paired with snacks alongside an airplane hangar and grass runway

$100 $50

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In addition to sating stomachs with pulled-pork sandwiches and entertaining ears with live music, Cellar Brewing Company's dedicated staff fills glasses with libations fresh from its microbrewery, winery, and artisan distillery. The restaurant's plush, leather sofas sit beneath its rust-hued ceiling, and at a blond-wood bar, bartenders serve house brews and a variety of wraps and sandwiches. A glass of stout awakens taste buds craving a darker brew, and the cellar's servers pluck bottles of Michigan Apple Delight wine directly from in-house wine trees to complement sun-dried tomato and turkey sandwiches and soft pretzels.

500 E Division St
Sparta,
MI
US

The sommeliers of the recently opened Rogue River Winery, under the management of Jay Johnson, want their guests to learn about and love wine as much as they do, even providing do's and don’ts of wine drinking on their website. They fill appropriate glassware with blends created on the premises, which are perched atop the wooded banks of the Rogue River, and also pour notable wines and sangria from neighboring Michigan vineyards. A tasting room with burgundy walls, a reflective double-sided bar, and soft contemporary lighting welcome guests for leisurely wine-and-cheese tastings, and visitors can also enjoy a spacious outdoor patio. The winery also hosts corporate events, as well as bachelorette parties where brides-to-be can blend their own wine.

10 East Bridge Street Northeast
Rockford,
MI
US

Michiganders looking for local flavors might find more than they expected in Rockford Brewing Company's fleet of beers. In addition to being brewed locally, the team works closely with West Michigan farmers to source seasonally fresh ingredients for their creations. These flavors come to fruition in such beers as the Raspberry Duality, brewed with 150 pounds of handpicked raspberries and no artificial flavorings, and the Obsession beer, which is a session rye pale ale. The tasting room features much of the woody character of its beers, with guests sitting at Bavarian communal seating and filling its speakers with a soundtrack of radial saws.

12 E Bridge St
Rockford,
MI
US

Cherries from Michigan bedeck rainbow trout from a farm in Harrietta. Mrs. Dog’s Disappearing Mustard, from Grand Rapids, drapes across sausage made from lamb raised on a family farm in McBain. Though many of the ingredients at Bar Divani are local, the chefs draw culinary influences from around the world. They dunk Bay of Fundy salmon in walnuts and apple horseradish relish, and combine dollops of aged cheddar-cheese grits with small plates of cajun-spiced black tiger shrimp. The trio of lamb sliders prance through a range of flavors, from sweet cinnamon honey yogurt to pickled carrot and pistachio butter.

The earthy scent of simmering bourbon barbecue sauce suits the warmly hued dining room, where light dances off rich wooden accents. An illuminated wine cellar showcases 40 varieties, allowing patrons to find the ideal pairing for any dish or discretely cheat through the Wine Connoisseur Weekly crossword. Servers cut among bronze columns beneath exposed-brick walls, leaving a wake of aromas that hint at alligator and exotic grains of paradise as they visit curved booths swaddled in ornate fabrics.

15 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

January 30, 2013 was a big milestone for the team at Cranker's Restaurant & Brewery. The date marked the release of their first-ever bourbon-barrel-aged beer, appropriately titled the Barrel #1 Bourbon Porter. But Cranker's taps were no strangers to innovative beer or the high-pitched squeals of happy pint glasses. The brewery had already racked up awards at the World Expo of Beer for their Professor IPA, Crankenstein Amber Lager, 5th Voyage Coconut Porter, and Honey Kolsch.

That last brew, the Honey Kolsch, is the beer of choice when ordering a basket of Cranker's fish and chips with homemade tartar sauce. Indeed, the bartenders and servers are always happy to make beer-pairing suggestions for their homey entrees. For Detroit-style coney dogs, for instance, they recommend their Bulldog Red Irish Ale. Or if diners show up early, they pour Oakenshield Stout to go with eggs, sausage, and other breakfast staples. They also have the perfect substitute should diners want a less potent beverage: a cool glass of homemade root beer, either served by itself or as a float.

454 68th St SW
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Jaden James Brewery isn't the Bonga family's first foray into the world of sippable fermentation. In the same space where they now create specialty beers, they've spent years crafting wines from the fruits of Michigan's bountiful vineyards and orchards.

"So many people come for the wine, but we often get one half of a couple who says, 'I like beer,'" says Bob Bonga. The brewery's current selection includes a cream ale to be savored between bites of pretzels, a Russian Imperial Stout, and an oatmeal porter that Bob characterizes as "wonderfully dark, with roasted tones of chocolate and coffee." The juice of apples harvested in northwest Grand Rapids goes into hard ciders.

The family also prepares a short list of snacks for visitors. In the future, the Bongas may grow their menu further by distilling their own liquors.

4665 Broadmoor Ave SE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US