Monthly Archives: April 2014

A Flight of Flights

The Livery Brewery, Benton Harbor, MIAs soon as the snow receded, we had to get out to experience some Michigan. Since there were not a lot of fresh food options, we took a one-day SW Michigan Beercation.



First Stop – The Livery
Located in a former horse livery built-in the late 1800s, the ambiance was historical chic. The old, Benton Harbor grain elevator still hangs from the ceiling in full view of the second floor artwork. The beer was great. We tried a flight including: Paris Roubaix pale ale, McGilligans IPA, Smash (single malt; single hop) IPA, Freak Belgian-Indian red ale, Dixie Irish stout, and Polar Vortex maibock.

pretzel bites at The LiveryThe house-made spent grain pretzel bites were warm and delicious. I also enjoyed the vegan sandwich. The staff was friendly and hospitable.




Beer at The Livery

Beer at The Livery

grain elevator at The Livery

grain elevator at The Livery










Paw Paw Brewing Co. mug clubSecond Stop – Paw Paw Brewery

Usually, I go for wineries when the this area. Not this time. As we approached the white metal building, it had the feeling of a local watering hole. This was apparent also by the small rooms lined with hand-made pottery mugs for the mug-clubbers. We munched on peanuts and enjoyed a beer flight.

Beer flight at Paw Paw Brewery

We drank Red Arrow rye, Two Paws IPA, Black Talon IPA, Citra Melon, and Black River oatmeal stout.




beer list at Latitude 42 Brewing Co. Third Stop – Latitude 42 Brewing Co.

This one’s been on my list for a while, and it seemed like a great time for a stop. The building is beautiful and features a beautiful granite bar-top in the middle of the room. We enjoyed a six-beer flight of cask conditioned Spank Dog pale ale, Melon Head dry hopped pale ale, Red Beards India red ale, Powerline porter, Hoppin Pils, and cask conditioned Blackout oatmeal stout.

The smell of the brick over pizza got me when I walked in, and we ate a simple pizza topped with Michigan basil. The menu also included MI greens, with more local food choices to be added as the season progresses. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Latitude 42 Brewing Co.

beer flight Latitude 42 Brewing Co.Michigan basil pizza at Latitude 42



It was a delight to experience such different buildings and brews all within a short drive of each other. No trip near Kalamazoo is complete for me until I top by People’s Food Co-op. That was the last part of the day trip.

There's beer at People's Food Co-op too!

There’s beer at People’s Food Co-op too!




MI Local Foodbeet Welcome to the new MI Local Foodbeet! After nearly four years on Blogger, the Foodbeet has been moved to WordPress – with a big expansion of information. And, room to grow!

My goal is the same: to help you to find, prepare, eat, and preserve seasonal food. Please take a look around the site, and let me know what you think. You’ll find extensive Getting Started information and two tabs for seasonal eating – one for cooked food and one for raw food.

All of the audio links for WYCE’s The Local Feed are located on one page now. Check them out for the weekly updates.

The recipes and food preservation will be indexed as they are written. The index links to the Blogger pages are available also. Some of the Blogger posts will be reworked for the new site, and some will be re-posted for Throwback Thursdays.

And, there’s a new Amazon shopping page with my favorite books and cooking supplies. Purchasing through this page will help to support my work. I don’t charge farmers, restaurants, wineries, etc. when I write posts about them. But, there are costs involved with this website and travel expenses.

I hope that you enjoy the site and visit often. Thanks for reading. ~ Theresa