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Top Five Bars to Host Your Fantasy Football Draft

August 2nd, 2018 by

It’s fantasy football season again, and with that comes the best part of the whole ordeal: the draft! This is a time of limitless possibilities, before your starting running back tears his ACL and you’re […]

BOC Classic: The World’s 10 Most Beautiful Beer Bottles

July 31st, 2018 by

Though we frequently pay homage to the art inside the bottle, the receptacle itself can lend itself just as much to a great drinking experience. We’ve gone through the best of the best, and judged these 10 to be the most drop-dead gorgeous beer bottles in history.

Westmalle beer bottle and box

Welcome to the Beer O’Clock Team, Sasha Gale!

February 24th, 2018 by

We’d like to extend a warm, Beer O’Clock GR welcome to the newest member of our team: Sasha Gale. After learning to love wine and cider while working in northern Michigan, Sasha made her way […]

2017 Beer O’Clock GR ArtCrawl Map!

September 19th, 2017 by

Much like the affable Slim Shady, those plucky dinosaurs who returned to present-day New York City to tell their story in that adorable 1993 family favorite, and Nick, Brian, Howie, Kevin, and A.J… …the Beer O’Clock […]

Q&A with Jessica from Craft Beer Cellars

August 21st, 2017 by

Recently Beer O’Clock sat down for a Q&A with Jessica Beeby, one of the co-owners of the Craft Beer Cellar, a new bar located at 404 Ionia Ave SW, in downtown Grand Rapids. Craft Beer […]

10 Best Things To Do With a Party Bus in Grand Rapids

August 16th, 2017 by

Look, we’re all about balling on a budget (if you’ll forgive the cringeworthy phrase). And, as anyone who’s ever hopped out of a car and been seen doing it, there’s no bigger baller move than […]

Party After Hours at John Ball Zoo!

June 26th, 2017 by

Hey Beer O’Clockers! Our friends over at John Ball Zoo are offering a wonderful event that is sure to be one of the highlights of summer 2017. Their event, ‘Rock, Roar, and Pour’, will be […]

Dog-Friendly Bars in Grand Rapids: Summer 2017 Edition

May 30th, 2017 by

Updated for the summer of 2017, we present Beer O’Clock GR’s “Dog-Friendly Bars in GR” list. With Senate passing a law to allow dogs on restaurant patios, we have expanded our list for the newcomers. […]

Irish on Ionia 2017 – Two More Days!

March 16th, 2017 by

Irish on Ionia 2017 event details

6 New(ish) Grand Rapids Bars You’ve Got to Try

February 28th, 2017 by

The Knickerbocker Brew Pub & Distillery-New Holland Brewing Co. Offering a full drink menu featuring the craft beers you love, artisan spirits, hand crafted cocktails, and a full menu of food, this is a must […]

The Official Beer O’Clock Super Bowl Drinking Game

February 4th, 2017 by

It’s happening. Beer O’Clock is releasing the first of our extensively-tested, FDA Approved* officially-licensed drinking games. We’re going to be doing a bundle of these, so keep an eye out as we release the ones […]

Best Grand Rapids New Year’s Eve Bashes to Celebrate the End of 2016

December 23rd, 2016 by

Since downtown Grand Rapids won’t be holding their New Year’s Eve party in Rosa Parks Circle this year, many people may be asking themselves, “where should I go to watch that ball drop this New Year’s Eve?” Beer O’Clock has you covered with bars that are guaranteed to be a good time.

Top Four Grand Rapids Bars to Visit on Thanksgiving Eve

November 22nd, 2016 by

Not that we’d ever need an excuse to go out and tip back a few cold ones with friends, but let’s be honest, additional motivating factors never hurt.  Luckily, the list of great bar nights […]

Best Cheap Bars In Grand Rapids

November 18th, 2016 by

Being broke in a city isn’t an easy task, especially when you want to have a good time with your friends at the local watering hole. Whether it’s easttown, west town, or downtown – we have you covered with our favorite cheap bar destinations for when you only have a couple dollars to your name.

Ze German (Breweries) are coming (to Grand Rapids)!

January 13th, 2016 by

We already know that Grand Rapids is Beer City USA – but if a recent trend continues we might soon be known as Bier City USA. An influx of German-style brewery openings in Grand Rapids […]

The Power is in your hands

October 26th, 2015 by

The staff at Beer O’Clock GR want to remind you that while you’re out checking out the booming Grand Rapids bar scene – keep us in the loop! If you find a bar that’s not on […]

Sign up for the 1st Annual Chop N’ Hop!

August 5th, 2015 by

Join GR’s own Pure Mitten Hops and O’Connor’s Home Brew Supply for the 1st Annual Chop N’ Hop on Saturday, August 29!  For only $45.00 you get the chance to tour a growing hop farm, […]

GR’s Beer City Runner Brewery Shuttle is a Must-Ride

December 18th, 2014 by

The Beer City Runner is pretty much a dont-miss, with a route that goes to six of Grand Rapids’ breweries and gives you the chance to eat, drink, stay as long as you’d like.

Beer City Runner

10 Things Every Grand Rapids Football Bar Must Have (And a Few It Shouldn’t)

November 3rd, 2014 by

Cheap beer? Check. Bar games? Check. Shirtless, hairy, unsightly dudes all done up in team color paint? …Uh, well, maybe not.

10 Things Your Favorite Football Bar Must Have

6 Intoxicating Grand Rapids Fall Events You Can’t Miss

October 20th, 2014 by

There’s a lot going on in Our Fair City and its surrounds. Most times you can’t make it to everything that you want to get to because of the sheer volume of events. Time to […]

5 Upcoming Grand Rapids Bars We’re Irritatingly Excited About

October 13th, 2014 by

New Grand Rapids bars are popping up all over, but there are a select few that we’re really excited for, because of what they mean for the city.

New Holland Brewery Grand RApids

The Best Way to See ArtPrize? Beer O’Clock’s ArtCrawl

September 20th, 2014 by

Download the ArtCrawl Map and Start Crawling! (PDF, 1.2MB) ArtPrize is pretty great. Downtown GR is hopping. People are everywhere, and the shops, restaurants and bars are doing brisk business. It’s downtown Grand Rapids at […]

BarFly Ventures. Owner of Hopcat, Announces BBQ and Tiki Joint for Downtown Grand Rapids

September 18th, 2014 by

GRAND RAPIDS, MI., September 18, 2014 – BarFly Ventures today announced plans to open The Shrunken Head, a BBQ and tiki joint, offering authentic slow-smoked barbecue, homemade sides, craft beer, wine, and tiki-inspired cocktails at […]

The Shrunken Head GR

Grand Rapids Brewing Co., Stella’s Lounge and McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon to offer outdoor spaces for dining and drinks

August 4th, 2014 by

Grand Rapids Brewing Co., Stella’s Lounge and McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon to offer outdoor spaces for dining and drinks

The Microviewery – Vote for us!

June 23rd, 2014 by

So, we’re going to bug you all for a week. But, we have a really good reason. Promise. We here at Beer O’Clock GR, love beer. So, we want to bring you more opportunities to […]

Where to Watch the World Cup in Grand Rapids

June 12th, 2014 by

Once every four years, a magical bromide blankets the earth, and everyone is ecstatic, except for 90% of America. Yes, I’m talking about the World Cup. We LOVE the World Cup at Beer O’Clock GR. […]

where to watch the world cup in Grand Rapids

What Bars in Grand Rapids Can I Bring a Dog To?

May 29th, 2014 by

Being erstwhile Portlanders (and I also having been a momentary Montanan), the Beer O’Clock GR team are all huge fans of pets in the places where we like to drink. There was a time when […]

dog friendly bars in grand rapids

Grand Rapids Guides: 5 Best Family-Friendly Happy Hours

May 24th, 2014 by

These 5 places have the low-key atmosphere, tolerant attitude and cheap enough booze to get through a couple hours in public with the kids.

Family Friendly Happy Hours Grand Rapids

Top 5 Laid Back Bars in Grand Rapids

May 16th, 2014 by

Sometimes it takes everything I have to leave the house. Those nights you need something laid-back. See Beer O’Clock GR’s top 5 Grand Rapids laid-back bars.

Grand Rapids Guides: Top 5 Laid-Back Bars

Elk Brewing: Passion and Tenacity at Grand Rapids’ Newest Brewery

May 12th, 2014 by

We stopped in at Elk Brewing for pre-open beers with co-owner Erik Karns. What we found was a long-delayed Grand Rapids brewery that was worth the wait.

Elk Brewing Intro

Siciliano’s Big Brew at the Calder (Downtown Grand Rapids)

April 30th, 2014 by

For the second year, Siciliano’s Market will be hosting the Siciliano’s Big Brew at the Calder, a homebrew day in which 48 teams brew a batch of Siciliano’s own “Brew City Brown”, an all-grain beer, live […]

Sicilianos Big Brew at the Calder

Grand Rapids Guides: Best Bar Patios in GR

April 19th, 2014 by

Oh my god! Did you feel that? It was…. warmth. The nearly forgotten feeling of warm air caressing the skin of Grand Rapidians is causing us to hope, in the deepest, quietest way, that the […]

Grand Rapids Guides: Best Grand Bar Patios

Craft Beers of Michigan: Eat My Short’s

February 16th, 2014 by

If drinking from a glass, Short’s Publican Porter pours out nearly black in color. Seriously, the only thing stopping one from thinking they’re about to drink used motor oil is the creamy brown head that forms near the top of the glass.

Craft Beers of Michigan: Here’s To A Happy New Beer

January 5th, 2014 by

If you feel the need to chase away your winter blues like I have recently, you could do a whole lot worse than heading to the store or to Holland, Michigan to pick up some Paleoozas from New Holland Brewery. Drinking a gallon of expired eggnog would be a far more ill-conceived venture, for example.

Craft Beers of Michigan: A Brief Detour into Hell (a.k.a. Ohio)

November 24th, 2013 by

Ohio, the land where dreams and presidential elections go to die. Also, my car on the turnpike that one time. Ohio, where their state motto is, “You don’t have to be a miserable son of a bitch to live here, but it sure helps!” Ohio, home to the glorious city of Cleveland, which itself is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the ghost of fat Drew Carey.

Bob’s Sports Bar: Not a place to bring your kids

November 9th, 2013 by

Bob’s is a throwback, a little piece of the past frozen in time. It’s a bar where you can get drunk and curse without worrying about offending somebody’s mother. Which is good for me because I am an emotional person when I watch sports, I tend to drink heavily and spit venom, and the last thing I need is some suburban track-suit giving me the stink-eye because she brought her kids to the bar and expects everyone to act accordingly. This is not a place to bring yor kids.

Craft Beers of Michigan: I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo

October 12th, 2013 by

Having recently decided to get back into the dating scene, I thought it proper to fill out an online dating profile. As I am pressed for time and had to do this column as well, […]

Trattoria di Stagione: Proper Italian without a Trip to the Hinterlands

September 29th, 2013 by

Julia Child famously said “anyone can make a bowl of pasta but it takes a skilled chef to put out a fine French meal.” The great writer was not a fan of Italian, which she […]

GR Beer Review: Founders Mango Magnifico

September 23rd, 2013 by

By Edward Hawkins “Sweet with a little bit of kick,” or so I’m told. I have quite the resistance to such things myself. You see, the only thing that could rival my love for beer […]

Craft Beers of Michigan: An Idiot’s Journey

August 30th, 2013 by

Hello, friends. Yours truly here has been summoned by the evil overlords at Beer O’Clock GR to write a beer column for this here website, though I’m not entirely sure why. Is it because they […]

A Fresh, Positive Outlook at Pub 43

April 17th, 2013 by

Well kids, the shit-show is finally over. The snow, the icy breeze, the, 6,000 white-knuckled miles of bobsledding my stupid car down 96 to 31, to 104 and back are now a distant memory. And […]

Chili Dogs and Beer: Our Roving Reviewer Goes Rogue (and Visits Monarch’s Club)

April 5th, 2013 by

By Ben Brugger Well folks, this is the end. Or the beginning I suppose. After only four reviews and a minor brush up with one of the staff, the people at Beer O’clock have decided to kick me […]

LB’s Lounge To Feature Oskar Blues Brews During Tasting Event

March 24th, 2013 by

The taste of the Rockies is coming to Grand Rapids.  No, were not talking about THAT taste of the Rockies, we’re talking of course about Oskar Blues Brewery! The Colorado based brewery is headed east to the Mitten […]

LB’s Lounge: The Best Happy Hour in GR — If You Can Find It

March 8th, 2013 by

​LB’s Lounge is an excellent place for an after work beer, with plenty of room, a laid-back feel and​ what may be the best happy hour​ in the city right now. Our intrepid roving reviewer Ben Brugger gave it test run.

Grand Rapids Guides: Best Boozy Grand Rapids Brunch

March 3rd, 2013 by

Everyone has eggs. The best brunch is all about the drinks. Beer O’Clock GR gives you the best Grand Rapids brunch n’ booze specials at local joints.

Grand Rapids Guides: Best Boozy Grand Rapids Brunch

A new article? Yes, it’s the Brewery Vivant review!

January 3rd, 2013 by

I’m pretty sure I’ve been to Brewery Vivant at least ten times since I was commissioned to write this review almost four months ago. I have no idea what’s taken me so long, but for […]

Meanwhile…at the Meanwhile.

August 25th, 2012 by

By Ben Brugger Me and Julio down and out at The Meanwhile. There is a life sized hammerhead shark hanging over the bar. I almost feel like that one sentence should be the entire review […]

Founders Brewing: Where the Dirty Bastard is to Die For

August 3rd, 2012 by

By Ben Brugger My assistant gave me a look before we made it to the door. It was one of her what-the-hell-were-you-thinking types that she has honed to the point where she is able to […]

Area brewers collaborate to create “Beer City Pale Ale”

July 17th, 2012 by

In honor of Grand Rapids recent designation by the magazine Beer Advocate as “Beer City USA,” members of the Grand Rapids Society of Brewers have collaborated to create their very own “Beer City Pale Ale.” […]

O’Connor’s Home Brew Supply Store Expands and Relocates

July 17th, 2012 by

As the Michigan beer scene continues to boom, it is no wonder that O’Connor’s Home Brew Supply is exploding right along with it. In the 15 months since they first opened their doors, O’Connors has found their groove as the only dedicated home brew supply store in Grand Rapids.