The Best Michigan-Brewed Beers For Fall

The Best Michigan-Brewed Beers For Fall

Fall in Michigan means crisp mornings, spiced cider, warm donuts, and of course — speciality Michigan beer. Michigan brewers are known around the country for crafting delicious and complex beer for every season, but this year’s pick of fall-focused brews are especially spectacular. From Pumpkin Spice Latte to Oktoberfest and S’mores flavored concoctions, read through […]

A Weekend Up North In The Soo

The thought of dropping 21 feet in a kayak in the matter of minutes sounds daunting. You’d expect to be cascading down rapids, paddling furiously to stay upright as water careens about you, right? Well, this is a different kind of thrill ride—it’s one through the Soo Locks. Instead of traversing currents, you’ll be bobbing […]

15 September Michigan Events That Aren’t Just Oktoberfest

15 September Michigan Events - The Awesome Mitten

It’s true, there are other events in Michigan during the month of September that are not just Oktoberfest. Before we get into all of those, there are people who might come to find out when they can celebrate. So here are some Oktoberfest celebrations you can attend. Oktoberfest Celebrations across the state Frankenmuth begins the […]

10 Reasons Ludington Is One Of Michigan’s Best Beach Towns

As one of West Michigan’s top summer destinations, Ludington is a fantastic place to enjoy a multitude of activities. Relaxing beaches, tours, shopping, unique dining, and so much more make this town ideal.  There’s no shortage of great options for a fun-filled road trip to this beautiful beach town. The Downtown Ludington’s thriving downtown area […]

13 Michigan Events And Festivals In August

13 Michigan Events And Festivals In August - The Awesome Mitten

Are you looking for some activities to keep you busy in August? Check out this list of events! Lunch in Lavendar – Every Wednesday – Boyne City Every Wednesday throughout the month of August Lavender Hill Farm is giving you the opportunity to enjoy all they have to offer. For just $20 you are provided […]

Leaving Michigan: 13 Things You Miss Most When You’re Gone

Growing up in Michigan, I’ve always loved the wonderful things about our state—the people, the food, the lakes, the beautiful scenery, and the ability to show strangers where I live on the palm of my hand. But part of me has also taken the simple pleasures our Great Lakes State for granted. Like some Michiganders […]

20th Anniversary Of The Michigan Beer Festival

If Thursday isn’t the only day of the week you feel thirsty, you’re in luck. The Michigan Brewers Guild has your back and they’ve got a nice, cold brew for you too. Historic Depot Town provides the quaint and charming location for the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival. This year, it takes place July […]

June Michigan Events To Start The Summer Out Right

June Michigan Events To Start The Summer Out Right - The Awesome Mitten

Summer’s in the air as June starts. The kids are out of school, the weather is improving. No matter where you live there’s something for you to do. Take a day trip, plan a staycation, or spend the whole weekend somewhere else. While checking out these events, make sure you’re also checking things off your […]

Brew Tour: Eastern Market Brewing Co.

Eastern Market has been a Saturday staple in Detroit since 1891. It provides weekends full of fresh produce and local vendors. With the rise of Detroit over the past couple of years, the spirit of the city has never been so bright. The community is starting to grow organically. Local, small businesses are taking up […]

10 Michigan Events You’ll Want To Attend In May

May is a time for flowers to bloom and Michigan to come alive with awesome events to attend. Whether you’re into beer, food, tulips, or art, there’s something for everyone around the Mitten this month. Downtown Traverse City Art Walk — May 5 — Traverse City A local favorite, the Downtown Traverse City Art Walk will […]

14 Places You Must Celebrate National Beer Day In Michigan

While everyday is a great day to drink a beer, National Beer Day is right around the corner.  Celebrate in style. Michigan is a mecca for craft beer. From our tantalizing tap filled restaurants to our bodacious breweries, the Mitten has craft beer steeze. You can throw a frisbee and hit a brewery or tap house […]

8 Springtastic Events You Must Attend In April

Eight Springtastic Events You Must Attend in April - The Awesome Mitten

Spring is here! It’s time to go outside, revisit our beautiful cities, and be active within our communities. Read on to see what is taking place in The Mitten during the month of April. Tiger’s Opening Day – April 7th – Detroit Nothing says “spring” quite like Opening Day. Forget Memorial Day, Opening Day is the […]

March Events To Round Out A Fantastic Michigan Winter

Awesome Mitten + March Events to Round Out a Fantastic Michigan Winter

March is a great month to enjoy a variety of exciting end-of-winter events around the Mitten State. Sample fresh maple syrup, slip in a snowshoe hike, catch a show, and much more. Whichever event you chose, it’s sure to be a great way to round out another beautiful Michigan winter! STOMP: Clinton Township – March […]

February Events To Love In The Awesome Mitten

February Events in Michigan - The Awesome Mitten

There’s so much to love about Michigan in February! From classic winter festivals to amazing productions, beer festivals, races, and more. The opportunities are endless! So mark your calendar and plan on attending some of these fun and exciting events. Lion King on Broadway: Detroit – February 1-26 The Lion King on Broadway is coming […]

Celebrating Michigan’s Birthday With 10 Of Our Favorite Facts

180 years ago, on January 26th, 1837, our beautiful mitten became the 26th addition to the United States. Here at The Awesome Mitten we’re celebrating Michigan’s birthday with our annual bake-off and the newly added Michigan Scavenger Hunt. We’re not the only ones celebrating our favorite state! Our friends over at DTE Energy gathered a list of 180 […]

Michigan’s Birthday Scavenger Hunt

Michigan’s birthday is almost here again. Our Annual Michigan Birthday Bake Off is underway and people are voting on our Facebook page for their favorite cake! (psst…. you can too. Click here.) Along with our baking competition, we wanted to create a contest that everyone could be a part of! Introducing the Michigan Birthday Scavenger […]

The Ultimate Place To Grab Coffee, Food, Movies, And More In Metro Detroit

What was your last night out like? You may have gone out to eat, rushing through dinner so you could get decent seats at the local, mainstream movie theater. You may have missed out on the good seats inside the theater because you waited in line too long for popcorn. Your experience might have been stressful, impersonal, and […]

Kalamazoo History Puts Michigan On The Map

kalamazoo history map of Michigan

Kalamazoo, the popular small town in the southwestern portion of the Awesome Mitten, is rich in culture, civil rights heritage and innovation. I spoke to several residents to gain a deeper appreciation, and Kalamazoo history is incredibly fascinating. Here 10 reasons why this small town should gain your intrigue as well. Titus Bronson and Kalamazoo […]

3 “Unknown” Breweries In Northern Michigan

The Awesome Mitten - "Unknown" Breweries in Northern Michigan

Craft beer is a huge industry in Michigan, and Northern Michigan is capitalizing on the expertise and passion in the area. Do you want to check out a brewery in or around Traverse City, but avoid some of the crowds? I recommend visiting some of the “unknown”  breweries that have a lot to offer and […]

Underrated Places In Grand Rapids

The Awesome Mitten- Underrated Places in Grand Rapids

We all know about the great local spots in Grand Rapids.  What about the hidden gems, the oft-overlooked spots that aren’t as flashy or don’t get as much hype?  Here’s a guide to some of the most underrated spots in GR. Eat: Choo Choo Grill Don’t believe the hype, Stella’s does not have the best […]

4 Reasons Grand Rapids Should Be Your Next Weekend Getaway

4 Reasons Grand Rapids Should Be Your Next Weekend Getaway - The Awesome Mitten

Grand Rapids is having a “moment”.  A visitor who returns after some time away will notice an abundance of new shops, restaurants, and, of course, breweries.  The town’s got a bit of youthful swagger to it.  Perhaps it has a chip on its shoulder after enduring years being known as “Bland Rapids”.  That nickname no […]

Find Sanctuary in Grand Ledge at Sanctuary Spirits and Brewery

bottles of liquor from Sanctuary Spirits

Brewing and distilling start out simple: fermenting things. Vodka, whiskey, bourbon, stout, IPA, and porter all start out as grain, while wine, brandy, and cider start out as fruit. Knowing what to do next is where the art and craft come in, and the guys from Sanctuary Spirits and Brewery just celebrated their second anniversary of proving they have […]

Can’t Miss May Michigan Events

Capturing the Colorful Holland Tulips of Spring

Finally, May is here! It is a sign that summer is just around the corner. College kids are coming home and the boats are going in the water for the start of fishing season. With the rising temperatures, now is the perfect time to go outside and enjoy the blooming flowers. With Mother’s Day and […]

Just the Awesomest: Short’s Anni Party XII Recap

When a brewery shuts down a city block, it’s gotta be worth it – and at Short’s, it always is. Last Saturday, we had the distinct pleasure of attending the twelfth annual Short’s Anni Party in downtown Bellaire. We tasted amazing new beers and ciders (if you’re in to sours, Peachy Pom Pom cannot be […]

Food, Wine and Adventure in Mid-Michigan – Jackson #MittenTrip

Art of the Brick at Ella Sharp Museum

I have much love and pride for my hometown, Jackson, Michigan. When I tell people I am from Jackson, they’re usually familiar with one of three things: The Parlour (too cold for ice cream), The Cascade Falls (not open until Memorial Day) or the prison. While the prison has historically been a sore spot for […]