Letter from the editor, January 2024

There’s an old adage, a suggestion for would-be authors that goes like this: write what you know.

Walking on Sunshine

I don’t know about you, but in the summertime I come alive.

Turn and face the change

Changes. They are all around us. In the way we educate and the way we consume everything from information to medicine, adjustments are constantly being made to our society, hopefully for the better.

And so it begins…

Aloha! Welcome to my inaugural issue of Grand Rapids Magazine.

Farewell, friends.

Hi everyone. It’s been a good ride, but unfortunately this issue is a bittersweet goodbye as my time at the helm of Grand Rapids...

Drinks with Pat

A few weeks ago, I mentioned Cork & Fork at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Drinks with Pat: Popular vs. trendy

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of tasting some delicious beers from St. Louis-based Schlafly Beer.

Drinks with Pat: Attributes of alchemy

Before Atwater Brewery opened its location in Grand Rapids, I ventured over to Detroit to chat with then-owner Mark Rieth to see what it was all about for Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Drinks with Pat: The subtlety of the craft

One of my favorite breweries in the area is Cedar Springs Brewing Co.

Drinks with Pat: The ol’ oat soda

Today is International Beer Day — yes, yet another made-up holiday that encourages us to drink or eat more.

Drinks with Pat: Locality matters

One of my favorite things about the world of food and beverage is terroir.

Drinks with Pat: Reinventing the flavor wheel

There’s an argument that Woodford Reserve is one of the first true craft distilleries.

Social Misfits, Naughty Bettie to host brunch and burlesque event

A downtown Grand Rapids eatery has teamed up with a local lingerie boutique to take dinner theater to a new level.

Drinks with Pat: A never-ending journey

The craft beer scene in West Michigan was completely different in the mid-90s.

Drinks with Pat: The flavored whiskey boom

This week, a pretty cool whiskey brand founder was in town.

From Heritage Hill to pickleball, we’ve got it all

Somehow, we’re deep into summer 2022. How did that happen?

Drinks with Pat: Not your dad’s ice cream

It’s summertime, and sometimes there’s nothing better on a hot, humid evening than a scoop of ice cream.

Drinks with Pat: Women and Whiskey

There’s a really cool whiskey event in Grand Rapids this weekend.

Drinks with Pat: Hey, that’s my friend Collin!

A year or so ago, I was scrolling through my Instagram, as a millennial is apt to do, and I saw my childhood friend Collin O’Brien rocking out on drums.

Drinks with Pat: Five years of Thornapple

Shortly before leaving for Las Vegas in 2017, I shot a segment of "Beer Beat with Pat" on WZZM 13 at Thornapple Brewing Company, at 6262 28th St SE in Grand Rapids.