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AboutAimee Jackson – PorchDrinking.com

Aimee Jackson

Aimee Jackson

I grew up in West Michigan but fell in love with craft beer while attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (Go Blue!). After graduation, I returned to the west side, and I am currently a School Social Worker at a local public school. My first date with my husband, as well as many dates after that, was spent exploring the best of West Michigan's brewery scene. Our camping and travel adventures have also continued to be inspired by our quest to visit as many of Michigan's breweries as they can. Other hobbies include running, watching college sports, DIY home projects, gardening, and hanging out on Lake Michigan.

Posts By Aimee Jackson

Event Recap | The 11th Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, & Food Festival

November 19, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Walking into the 11th annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, and Food festival was an overwhelming sensory experience. The excitement and chatter of thousands of festival goers filled the air, in addition to music being provided by local musicians. The smell of tacos from Lindo Mexico and pulled pork from Slows Bar Bq, just a few of the local eateries on site, teased my taste buds. Although I enjoy wine and cider, my eyes were drawn immediately to “Beer City Station,” the area of the festival dedicated to over 60 brewery tents lined with taps and ready for me to explore. My husband and I bought our tasting tickets and set out on our culinary adventure.
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2018 Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, & Food Festival Preview

October 29, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The 11th annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival is quickly approaching, and there is no better way to spend a cold fall night than with these tasty comforts. With over 1,500 different beers, wines, ciders, and spirits from the around the world, there is something for everyone to enjoy- not to mention the delicious local food samplings! The festival takes place over the course of three days (Thursday, November 15-Saturday, November 17), and live music from local musicians will be provided throughout.
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2 Days, 2 Nights | Southwest Michigan

October 11, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Now that summer is officially over, a weekend getaway to the Great Lakes State may not be high on your travel bucket list. However, fall is the perfect time of year to travel north, as the opportunity awaits to get two tours for the price of one! The changing colors of Michigan’s beautiful landscape provide a stunning backdrop for a craft beer tour in Southwest Michigan.

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New Holland Brewing | Lost Dune Blueberry Ale

September 11, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

After a long, cold winter, west Michiganders emerge from hibernation to find paradise on the sandy shores of the Big Lake. However, in the blink of an eye, those precious days are slipping away and I find myself clinging tightly to the refreshing flavors of one of my favorite summer golden ales, Lost Dune. This New Holland Brewing Company seasonal should be at the top of your list if you are looking for a beer that truly represents the flavors and history of the craft beer scene in west Michigan. Not only are the blueberries in the brew grown on Michigan’s West Coast, but the beautiful artwork on the can brings to life the experience of climbing our sandy mountains and dipping your toes in the water on our shores. Read More