Grand Rapids, Michigan
Michigan is the star of the Midwest's brewing scene and Grand Rapids is the de facto beer capital. The town of 200,000 is also home to more than 40 breweries and anchored by the stalwart Founders Brewing.
Best Brews, Breweries, and Bars
Start your tour of Grand Rapids with a stop at the Mitten Brewing Company. It's a newer addition to the scene with rock solid offerings across the board, though we recommend starting with a Country Strong IPA or the easy-drinking Triple Crown Brown.
Next, hit HopCat, possibly the best craft beer bar in the state. While it has its own brewpub, the big draw is the extensive tap list that's heavy on Michigan's finest ales and lagers.
Finish your visit with an evening at Founders. In addition to producing many of the country's most sought-after beers — get your Kentucky Breakfast Stout in April — the beer hall-style taproom also provides some of the best live music around.