In addition to 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 signature cocktails, mixed with their top-shelf liquors. 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.
When Bill White and his future wife, Jenn, first moved in together, they soon realized they had one possession in common: a Williams Brewing kit. It wasn't long before the couple started homebrewing in their garage, a hobby that gradually transformed into White Flame Brewing Co., the first brewery in the formerly dry city of Hudsonville. Specializing in American-style ales, the microbrewery now yields everything from a spicy rye ale to a chocolaty oatmeal stout.
Thirteen beers and one cider grace the company's 48-seat taproom, where visitors can sample pours and catch the game on flat-screen televisions throughout the bar. In-house cooks craft a handful of bar bites, though White Flame invites guests to order delivery from nearby restaurants, too.The brewery even sends patrons on their way with beers-to-go in quart-sized howlers, half-gallon growlers, or beer-filled kiddie pools.
Located inside a brick-hewn building reminiscent of a grand castle, the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery recounts the history of the company’s former brewery, which dates back to 1844. Visitors tour Pabst’s corporate offices, take photos with a statue of Captain Frederick Pabst, and drink tall pints of the brewery’s concoctions. The gift shop stocks vintage Pabst memorabilia, including steins, shirts, and artwork. Best Place’s halls and courtyards can also be rented for banquets, weddings, and other events.
For casual American-style cuisine, burger-loving diners head to Water Street Brewery. Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Water Street Brewery's menu does not offer low-fat options. The bar at Water Street Brewery is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer. Take the kids along too — Water Street Brewery is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love. Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight. Be sure to check out Water Street Brewery's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
For drivers that fail to find luck on the street, the nearby garage is another option.
An average meal at Water Street Brewery will set you back about $30. Water Street Brewery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
During the Festival of Trees, the Muskegon Museum of Art opens its doors for guests to frolic through a winter wonderland of themed trees and seasonal décor. Partygoers can grab an hors d'oeuvre and jam along with a live blues band, a dance-floor motivator even better than pistols rhythmically fired at dancers’ feet. In time for snow season, staffers deck the halls of the museum with holiday decorations and custom-designed spruces to lighten the mood. Revelers can snag potent nog from the cash bar and take sips while viewing the mechanical movements of a model train set, or track down your pet scone's long-lost relative in the gingerbread village. During the festivities, patrons can explore the museum's hallowed halls, which contain exhibits including celebrated paintings, sculptures, and cultural artifacts.
The two-acre outdoor skating rink might be Muskegon Winter Sports Complex's crown jewel, but there's a lot more fun to be had on attractions at the 400-acre facility. The forested wonderland features a giant luge, a kid-friendly sledding hill, a 15K cross-country ski trail, and a vast snowshoe area. The fun continues long after the snow melts and the snowmen head off to their summer homes too, with a summer luge that keeps the thrills rolling on lightning-quick wheeled sleds.