The Michigan Brewers Guild wanted something very specific when it turned 15: it asked the state’s breweries to concoct a 15th-anniversary ale for its summer beer fest. Chef and home brewer Amy Sherman, host of Great American Brew Trail, went behind the scenes at the celebration, where she interviewed local breweries’ staff members about their celebratory brews. Reports like these are typical of her show, Great American Brew Trail, for which she travels to microbreweries across the country and unveils the creative and culinary processes behind beer.
All-wooden decor and warm crimson walls invite families to fill their stomachs with seafood and classic American dishes in Beechwood Inn Restaurant's comfortable atmosphere. The Dutch broaster chicken tempts taste buds with secret seasoned De Zwaan windmill flour, the wood-grilled certified angus beef steaks tempt tastebuds, and the perch fillets come crispy and golden brown.
Tree Huggers at Home's name isn't merely whimsical—it's a philosophy. The eco-conscious business aims to put the Earth first in all of its services. Its bulk grocery store, for instance, stocks completely vegetarian products, many of them vegan and sourced from Michigan. The staff members also research each product to ensure its status as sustainable and eco-friendly. The ever-growing inventory spans items such as tempeh, Dayia cheese, assorted grains, and dried fruit, along with household products such as green toiletries and cleaners for a less chemical lifestyle.
The shop's focus on less wasteful living extends beyond the products themselves. All items are package-free, relying on guests to bring reusable containers such as canvas bags or old mason jars. That environmentally-conscious touch extends to Tree Huggers' recycling center, which accepts materials not often picked up curbside. The organization's team members also travel off-site to homes and businesses, giving consultations and workshops on healthful practices.
When Ed Dunneback founded his business in 1925, he didn?t have to rely on anything fancy to attract attention?just freshly harvested apples and other fruit. Today, third and fourth generations of Dunneback women carry on Ed's tradition at the same location. Not much has changed on the farm since the '20s; the property still produces the same fresh fruits it did some 80 years ago, plus cherries, pumpkins, and hops. Located inside a nearly century-old barn, the farm's bustling market slings seasonal produce, as does the bakery, where housemade donuts and pies bake to golden-brown fruition within ovens. Visitors can work up an appetite picking their own pumpkins or while navigating through the Art of Farming corn maze, complete with trivia questions about pop culture, agriculture, and history.
Grand Village's stable of technicians systematically preens the pelts of grimy vehicles to restore showroom-quality sheen. Smudges and blemishes are buffed out during a soft-cloth wash and towel dry while crumb-sucking hoses scour upholstered terrain for vagabond bits of lunches from yesteryear. Regaining transparency, windows are washed to illuminate a freshly dusted dashboard and center console, and underbellies receive a meticulous spritzing. Polishing gurus gloss exteriors to a lustrous finish with applications of multiple waxes, including Rain-X and a triple-coat wax to help wagon shells ward off water and kamikaze dragonflies. Purged of road dregs, tires are furbished and shined before wagons get adorned with air fresheners, symbolizing their graduation to the upper echelons of purity.