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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 since 2003.
"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 winery boasts a complete collection of wines including red, white, blush, and dessert wines and also features a milieu of delicious fruit wines, made with fruits harvested from local orchards and farms, including pear, strawberry, and apple.
The family also prepares a short list of snacks for visitors. During their visit, guests can pick up a few recipes, browse the extensive collection of wine related gift items, and even create their own customized bottle labels. In the future, the Bongas may grow their menu further by distilling their own liquors.
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