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Craft Beer

Wolverine State Brewing Co

This week, Art and Soul is about the culinary arts. 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Jessica Webster, local food writer and host of 89.1 WEMU's The In Crowd, and special guest Patti Smith.  The three talk about the craft beer scene in Washtenaw County...


734 Brewing Company
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Craft beer has become a major industry in Michigan, but it's been mostly run by white males.  A new brewery opening in Ypsilanti's Depot Town seeks to change that.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly sit down with Alex Merz, Brian Jones-Chance, and Patrick Echlin, co-founders of 734 Brewing Company, which opens for business on June 2.


There was once a time when it was easy to throw around the term "craft beer" and know exactly what you were talking about. For decades, craft was the way to differentiate small, independently owned breweries – and the beer they make – from the brewing giants like Coors, Budweiser and Pabst Blue Ribbon.