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  • Courtesy Eastown Veterinary Clinic

    Dr. Lynn Happel update

    Back in 2013 when I was conducting my regular interviews, I chatted with Dr. Lynn Happel of Eastown Veterinary Clinic. Well, she’s been making the news a lot recently,…

  • Anchor's Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout label. Photo via

    Anchor Brewing stout pays tribute to clipper

    I try a lot of beers from a lot of breweries, but I don’t have editorial space to review most of them, so I’m going to start doing so here on GrandConversations.…

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    Grand Rapids Beer is released

    Last month, my first book was released! Grand Rapids Beer: An Intoxicating History of River City Brewing hit store shelves on January 26 and I’ve received a variety of media…

    MittenBrew Podcast

    Last fall, I began hosting a podcast for At first it was occasional, but recently, I’ve increased my frequency, hopefully to once a week in…


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