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So as we near the end of 2013, I thought we’d better take a moment to update the list of craft brewers in and around “Beer City, USA.” As in last year’s list, I apologize for the “local” nature of this list, but this is focused near my roots and hope this is helpful to locals.
For those of you in Beer City, have you tried them all? Am I missing any?

METRO +/- 20 minutes from downtown (18 open / 10 in planning):
B.O.B.’s Brewery
Brewery Vivant
EB Coffee & Brewpub (Caledonia…existing restaurant, brewery in planning)
Cedar Springs Brewing Company (in planning)
Cellar Brewing (Sparta)
“Dutton Project” (in planning)
Elk Brewing (in planning)
Founders Brewing
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
“Grand Rapids Project” (moving location…in planning)
Gravel Bottom (Ada)
Grill 111 (Rockford…existing restaurant, brewery in planning)
Harmony Brewing Company
Harmony Brewing II (former Little Mexico…in planning)
Hideout Brewing Company
High Five Co-op (in planning)
Jaden James (Kentwood/Cascade)
Mitten Brewing Company
New Holland Brewing (Grand Rapids location…in planning)
Osgood Brewing Company (Grandville)
Perrin Brewing (Comstock Park)
Pike 51 (Hudsonville)
Rockford Brewing (Rockford)
Schmohz Brewery
Two Fisted Brewing Company (Jenison…in planning)
White Flame Brewing Company (Hudsonville)

NEARBY +/- 45 minutes (12 open / 5 in planning):
57 Brew Pub & Bistro (Greenville)
Barking Cat (Wayland…in planning, but apparently abandoned & therefore not included in the totals above)
Big Lake Brewing (Holland)
Blue Cow Cafe (Big Rapids)
Cranker’s (Big Rapids)
Fish Hook (Muskegon…in planning?)
“Fremont Project” (Fremont…in planning)
Middle Villa Inn (Middleville…but apparently for sale)
Muskegon Brewing (in planning, but also apparently abandoned & not included)
New Holland Brewing Company (Holland)
“Newaygo Project” (Newaygo…in planning)
Odd Side Ales (Grand Haven)
Old Boys’ Brewhouse (Spring Lake)
Our Brewing Company (Holland)
Pigeon Hill (Muskegon…in planning)
Saugatuck Brewing (Saugatuck)
Tripel Root (Zeeland…in planning)
Unruly Brewing (Muskegon)
Walldorff (Hastings)

That’s quite a list, all within roughly 45 minutes. It’s also a significant increase over one year ago…with 15 more area breweries actually open and 6 more in planning. Of those that are open, I’ve not tried the new Crankers in Grand Rapids or the Middle Villa yet, so there’s still work to do this year, although I’d better hustle to try MVI before it’s too late as it’s rumored to be for sale or pending close.

All of us at BAF wish the newcomers the best of luck as well.

Again, if I’m missing any that someone is aware of or in planning, please add them in the comments.

UPDATE (23.1.14): several new projects in planning added.