Beer author to share Grand Rapids Brewing Co.’s history

Pat Evans will host “The Curious History of Grand Rapids Brewing in Muskegon” on March 18. Courtesy Pat Evans

Why would a company named Grand Rapids Brewing Co. bottle its product in Muskegon?

Author and former Business Journal reporter Pat Evans is returning to West Michigan to answer the question and share his research on the surprising history of Muskegon beer. “The Curious History of Grand Rapids Brewing in Muskegon” will take place at 5:30 p.m. March 18 at the Lakeshore Museum Center, 430 W. Clay Ave.

The event coincides well with the museum’s latest exhibit “Cheers! A History of Brewing in Muskegon.”

“Our exhibit content manager, Aaron Mace, came across this book in research. The author now lives in Las Vegas, so it’s a rare opportunity to talk to him while he’s back in town,” said Jackie Huss, program manager at Lakeshore Museum Center. “It’s a little known fact that Grand Rapids Brewing Co. operated out of Muskegon, so it’s a great opportunity to learn more about Muskegon’s unique brewing history.”

Evans, author of “Grand Rapids Beer: An Intoxicating History of River City Brewing,” was a reporter for The Grand Rapids Business Journal for five years. He also regularly contributed to Grand Rapids Magazine as a food and sports writer.

“Not a lot of history books cover beer. I think beer is often forgotten,” Evans said when the book was released in 2015. “I think people will be surprised that there’s that much of a beer history … to know that Grand Rapids Brewing Co. back then was bigger than Founders is now.”

Copies of Evans’ book also will be available for purchase and signing.

This event is free to all Muskegon County Residents. Noncounty residents can register at

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