4 Michigan Drives To Make The Most Of Fall

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We may hate to admit it, but summer is winding down. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back in season, my mother is already talking about Halloween, and I just pulled out my first flannel shirt. The realities are settling in that fall is here. Although summer is when we usually spend the most time on the […]

Michigan Brewers Guild’s Detroit Fall Beer Festival

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Michigan Brewers Guild.  The Michigan Brewers Guild is a nonprofit organization founded by Michigan Brewers to celebrate the state’s brewing community and promote all things Michigan craft beer. In October of 1997, the Guild started with a meeting of Michigan craft brewers in Saginaw, according to the […]

10 Michigan Craft Beers To Try On St Patrick’s Day And Where To Find Them

Michigan is the fifth largest craft beer state. It is a fascinating subculture that has inspired generations of beer connoisseurs, both drinkers and brewers. The growing interest in craft beers created such a market within Michigan, it can be likened to a modern day parallel of the wine culture in Napa Valley. It showcases a […]

11 Michigan Events to Fall into October

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As the air begins to chill and the leaves change hues, fall is an exciting reality for Michiganders. October is here and it’s time to embark on autumn festivities and fun. Whether your idea of fall fun includes tasty seasonal treats, a haunted night out, carving a pumpkin, or enjoying the bright hues of the leaves, […]

Rain Can’t Ruin a Holland #MittenTrip

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No matter how early I intend to leave Detroit, my trips to West Michigan always seem to have me on the road longer than anticipated. Regardless, the excitement over a #MittenTrip to Holland made the ride with my travel buddy worthwhile. Both of us had varied experiences in the lakeside town that concerned vacations during […]

5 Michigan Summer Cocktails to Make at Home

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Great cocktails are made even better if fresh ingredients are used. The freshest ingredients are available during the summer, especially here in the Mitten State. A ton of drink recipes are available online. However, we wanted to make sure we got a local, seasonal twist on the best summer drinks to make at your home […]

A Parade Of Patios: The Best Outdoor Bar Spots In Michigan

Michiganders know how to make the most of each of the four seasons, and in the summer that often means a lot of time outside. Thanks to the Great Lakes and a thriving craft brewing industry, this usually involves a trip to the beach with a beer in hand. We do eventually have to return to work and […]

Capturing the Essence of Summer with Short’s Nicie

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Whether you’re enjoying a day at the lake or you’re watching America’s favorite pastime, every Michigander knows that a Michigan craft beer is the perfect accent to a perfect summer day. For me, that means sipping on a Short’s Brewing Company’s “Nicie” – formerly known as “Nicie Spicie.” Nicie is an American Wheat Ale brewed with orange zest, lemon […]

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 […]

As If They Could Get Any Awesomer: Short’s Anni Party XII

Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through the nose, out through the mouth. Can you smell the glory? Our favorite brewery is turning twelve and gearing up for a block party for the ages – mark your calendar now for Short’s Anni Party XII, coming up quickly on April 30. Better still, you have now […]

Exploring Cereal City: A #MittenTrip to Battle Creek

When you think of Battle Creek, you probably think of cereal, since both Kellogg and Post have manufacturing facilities within the city limits. But there is so much more to the city than breakfast! On our recent Mitten Trip, we set out to dig a little deeper and find the lesser-known gems that the area has […]

Short’s Brewing Company is Making Changes

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Although playing outside and going on snowy adventures makes for a fantastic #MittenTrip, I have to admit that my visit to Short’s Brewing Company was definitely a major highlight of a recent wintry trip to Bellaire. More than anything, the experience was a testament to quality and passion. From the food to the beer to […]

A #MittenTrip Guide to Bellaire’s Winter Wonderland

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As most good Michiganders know, the way to enjoy the winter is to revel in it and play outside. I have been a pretty terrible Michigander for a while now; I have stopped doing anything outside except for the occasional late night sledding adventure with friends. However, I knew that the opportunity to spend a […]

#LoveThisPub Contest & Giveaway!

Who: The Awesome Mitten + Short’s Brewing + Bellaire B&B When: February 8th – 14th @ 11:59pm EST Where: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Prize: (1) $50 Gift Card to Short’s Brewing + 2-night stay at Bellaire B&B How to Enter: Everyone has their favorite place to grab an adult beverage, and this Valentine’s Day, we’re giving […]

Petoskey and Harbor Springs: A #MittenTrip Full of Surprises

During this past weekend, I was lucky enough to embark on a little northern Michigan adventure up to Petoskey and Harbor Springs area on my very first #MittenTrip. I was so excited for the trip because even though I have lived most of my life in this gorgeous state, very little time has been spent north […]

Northern Michigan Summers Deserve the Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival

Although I may spend my days and nights in Detroit these days, I was born and raised in all of the splendor that is Northern Michigan. One of the things that idyllic upbringing taught me was that summers are important and should be celebrated. For several summers in a row, Porterhouse Productions brings the Traverse […]

A #MittenTrip Guide To The City On The Bay: Marquette

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I never considered myself a stranger to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I’ve taken in the falls at Taqhuamenon Falls, hiked along the rocks at Pictured Rocks, and made designated pasty runs across the Mighty Mac to St. Ignace. However, Marquette was the one city in particular that I never had the opportunity to explore. When Awesome […]

#MittenTrip: A Guide to Port Austin, Another Kind of “Up North”

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When I was in college at Michigan State University, I would always laugh when my friends told me about their “up north” adventures in “The Thumb.” Since I’m from Traverse City, I had very specific views about what those kinds of adventures should entail. As with most things, I got older and learned that I […]

Small, But Mighty: Mackinac Island Is An Adventure

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You know what is worse than a Monday? A Monday after a weekend on Mackinac Island. This week is going to be a struggle, I can feel it. With a majority of the island closed during the winter months, as soon as summer hits thousands of vacationers flock to the island for a day, a week, […]

Good Food, Great People, Beautiful Views: Leland

Weekend road trips are some of my all-time favorite trips to take. They’re generally affordable and force you to explore within a three-hour radius of home, which is something we don’t do nearly enough. One of the challenges that is a side-effect of a weekend trip is finding the balance between making the most of the […]

Celebrate 11 Years of Beer at the Short’s Anni Extravaganza

Celebrate 11 Years of Beer at the Short's Anni Extravaganza - Awesome Mitten

By now, you know how much we love beer. The cool part is we also know how much YOU love beer. You read our beer stories, you like our beer posts, and you join us for beer-related games and events. That makes writing this post pretty tricky — let’s be honest, beer isn’t a hard […]

Suds and Snow

Who says festivals are just for the summer? It is becoming more and more common for beer and music festivals to take place year round, and that includes outdoor winter festivals. Traverse City is no exception to this trend. Quickly approaching is the 9th annual Suds and Snow Festival on March 7th, from 1:30pm to […]

Short’s Brewery Takes Over HopCat Detroit Opening

The anticipation had been eating away at me since the announcement that HopCat was coming to Detroit, and life was about to be grand. A Michigan beer advocate, resident of Midtown and well rounded bar fly, it was refreshing to see some craft beer culture coming to the city to help round out some of the […]

Traverse City Beer Week

Traverse City Beer Week: It has finally arrived and is undoubtedly one of the best weeks of the year. Though it is literally impossible to squeeze in every single event; read on to discover which ones I have chosen as “must-do’s” this week:   Monday, November 10th at 7PM: Right Brain Brewery’s Beer dinner with Chef […]

Short’s Cast: Michigan Craft Beer for your Ears

Short’s Brewing Company has always been an innovator in the Michigan craft beer game since their inception. From their unique marketing strategy, wacky logos,  and a beer variety unlike any in the world, Short’s is always turning heads. Now they have taken it one step further: welcome to Short’s Cast, a weekly podcast brought to you by the wonderful […]