Mark Duval Writes Without Limits, Explores Music Journey

Kalamazoo-based acoutic roots musician Mark Duval emerged onto the Michigan music scene around 2006. While he still considers himself new at the game, his songwriting speaks of thoughfulness, maturity and a sense of adventure.

Duval stopped by the Nonchalant Café Hour this week to discuss is latest musicial journey ahead of his show with his five-piece band Two Track Mind Saturday at Bell’s Brewery.

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Bell’s and De Proef Collaboration Update and the Michigan Winter Beer Festival: [KalamaBrew Podcast]

Bells-Van-TweeThis week on our regular chat with the fine folks over at KalamaBrew, blogger John Liberty fills us in on expected release of Van Twee, a collaboration brew between Bell’s Brewery and De Proef in Belgium.

Also in the podcast we hear about the lastest news on the hottest beer event in west Michigan all winter. What? That’s right, the annual Michigan Winter Beer Festival in Grand Rapids, Mich. presented by the Michigan Brewers Guild. Just a heads up, according to the KalamaBrew team tickets for the festival tend to go fast.

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Lynn Thompson Strives for Big Sound Like a Mack Truck

Grand Rapids-based musician Lynn Thompson is not shy about the sound he is going for with his band. The guitarist and singer says of his six-piece band, the Lynn Thompson Band, is going for a big sound like a Mack Truck.

Thompson stopped by the Nonchalant Café Hour Friday to discuss his music and what drew him to play his 12-string guitar and how from a very early age he new that writing and music were going to be in his future.

The Lynn Thompson band played Friday night at Bell’s Brewery in downtown Kalamazoo

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KalamaBrew Podcast: Bells expands line of mini kegs, Short’s Brewery outpacing expected growth

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On this week’s KalamaBrew podcast we discover local favorite and beer baron Bell’s Brewery is expanding its line of mini kegs to include its Best Brown and Two Hearted ales.

With much anticipated annual release of the Bell’s Oberon mini keg, the expanded mini keg selection is sure to please your beer palate.

Also on this week’s podcast tune it to find out the details on Bellaire, Mich.-based Short’s Brewery’s astounding growth figures. The tireless Joe Short, one of the region’s most creative brewers, has found his niche and is plowing ahead to get his beer in your refrigerator.

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Cheers!