While my brother and his girlfriend were in town, the three of us went on a short road trip for fun and a little business. My bro works for a company that sells custom goodies (hats, tees, stickers, etc.) for breweries so we headed off to Indiana and Michigan in search of some good brews. So glad he's my brother.
First stop was 3 Floyds Brewing Company in Munster, Indiana. It's a little eclectic place with a delicious menu and tasty beers. I drank Gumballhead and ate pork tacos and BBQ pork mac & cheese. It was a good start. We then headed south to Indianapolis and stopped at Scarlet Lane Brewing Company for a couple beers. Love that they deliver kegs in the hearse which you can see in the photo collage below. We ended the evening at H20 Sushi and had the most amazing desert (I know...weird for a sushi place). It was two warm oatmeal, maple, pecan cookies served with a mocha whipped dipping sauce. Yeah. I could have eaten ten more. The next day we hit a farmer's market in downtown Indy where they were giving out free houseplants for National Houseplant Day. Had no idea that was even a holiday. And then we headed north.
Next stop was Kalamazoo, Michigan to visit Bell's Brewery. I'm a Bell's fan and I've heard about this place from a friend who also loves Bell's. It was a great stop and I would definitely go back. Then it was off to Grand Rapids, Michigan where we visited Founders Brewing Company, Mitten Brewing Company and Brewery Vivant. Founders was huge and they have a really nice outside eating area. The sandwiches we had were awesome and I would highly recommend trying one. And Brewery Vivant was just gorgeous. It's in an old church in a nice little neighborhood with some cute places to shop.
The second night in Grand Rapids we went to the Grand Rapids Art Museum to see a few of the ArtPrize exhibits. ArtPrize is a contest featuring a ton of artists displayed throughout the city and the public votes on their favorite. My favorite, and possibly the most beautiful thing I've seen in a long time, was Intersections by Anila Quayyum Agha. It is a large wood cube that is laser cut with this intricate pattern and it's hanging in a room with a light in the middle which reflects the pattern onto the walls. It was stunning...
And finally our last stop on our way back to Chicago was beautiful South Haven. Loved seeing Lake Michigan from the other side! We did a little shopping and had the best cheese Danish ever at The Golden Brown Bakery. It was the perfect end to a perfect little road trip.