michigan beer & wine trails
has been a producer of wine and beer almost from the beginning of
the modern era. Tthe first Michigan vineyard was planted
around 1800 near Detroit. The first Michigan wines produced for
commercial sale were made in the mid- to late-1800s in Southeast
Michigan. By 1900, Michigan was one of the top wine producing states
in the country.
Today more than 70 wineries are operating on more than 10,000
acres of land. Michigan has unique micro-climates that produce
both sweet and dry wines from grapes grown in Michigan, grapes that
thrive in the soils and climate of the Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
Beer lovers are not forgotten on the Michigan Beer and Wine
Trails, breweries have been crafting Michigan beers since the late
1830s. Since the mid-1990s, microbreweries in Michigan have been
experiencing a resurgence; they brew everything from stouts and ales
to lagers. One of our favorite brew pubs is the Jamesport
Brewing Company in Ludington, Michigan. They produce an
excellent dark stout.
There are several beer festivals throughout the year and around the
state, where it is possible to taste beers from many Michigan
breweries all in one location.
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