2016 Short’s Anniversary Party

Short’s annual party is on tap for Saturday April 30, 2016 from 4-10 PM.

Starcut Ciders released in Traverse City on Wednesday


Starcut Ciders Tap Handles

Short’s Brewing Company will be releasing Starcut Ciders in Traverse City tomorrow – Wednesday, February 11th. A Starcut rep will be on hand at each tapping to share more about the ciders. Get the schedule of tappings below.

Made with Antrim County apples from Altonen, Boals, Friske and King Orchards and Jeff Dewey, Starcut has been on tap at Short’s in Bellaire since November. Short’s Head Brewer Tony Hansen has led the development of Starcut Ciders and says, “This launch is the final step in what has been a very exciting project that started over a year ago. We spent a lot of time researching, procuring and transforming local apples into Northern Michigan style cider. Now that we have our cider-making program developed, we’re ready to share it with a broader audience.”

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BBQ Bash at Left Foot Charley next Thursday!

Left Foot Charley Cider

Next Thursday (January 22nd) from 5pm-9pm Left Foot Charley invites you to their Mid-Winter Summer BBQ Bash, Cider Release and Menu Takeover featuring summer tunes with a reggae flavor, a fire pit and fun for everyone.

It’s a chance to throw off the Polar Vortex and get your July on with the release of a new medium dry cider from Boals’ Farm in Antrim County and an amazing menu to pair with their wines and ciders designed by Chef Keil of Bay Town Kitchen.

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Low Bar’s 1-Year Anniversary Celebration

low bar 1 year anniversary celebration

TC’s speakeasy, Low Bar, turns one on Friday, December 5th, the 84th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. To celebrate both occasions, they are inviting you to join them for the Repeal Day Celebration Friday & Saturday featuring performances by Traverse City-based burlesque troupe the Northern Starlets.

No-BlendersOf course, there will be something to wet your whistle. “We’re working on a couple different versions of the Moscow Mule, all created with our house made ginger beer. In addition to the classic, we’ll have a Kentucky Mule (with bourbon) and a Mexican Mule (with tequila) available at our anniversary party,” says Low Bar co-owner Jim Smolak.”

There’s also a special Blake Elliott show Thursday the 4th – stay tuned to the Low Bar Facebook for all the details.

Last year we ran a feature on their opening that begins:

We had a chance to sit down at the new Low Bar with Matt Cozzens and Jim Smolak to talk about their new venture. Matt & Jim own 7 Monks Taproom and on December 5, 2013, the 80th anniversary of the end of prohibition, they opened a speakeasy-style establishment in the basement just next door to 7 Monks.

Evan Mixes It Up“I’m big on atmosphere when it comes to bars,” explains Jim. “We wanted to create something completely different down here.”

They have done just that. Low Bar is quiet & candlelit with no TVs, windows or distractions, the perfect place for conversation and appreciation of their outstanding beverage selection developed by Executive Chef Joe Hess, bar manager Evan McKolay and mixologist Mickey Humpula. You’ll never hear a blender, and in addition to an impressive selection of top shelf bourbons, scotches and other spirits and a full range of classic 30s era cocktails – Cosmopolitan, Old Fashioned, Side Car, Hemingway – the Low Bar drink menu features a number of custom drinks.

“We locked the guys in Low Bar to see what they could come up with and they delivered!” Matt says. “These are epicurean drinks. We call them “Concoctions” and hope they can help you break the mold of settling for a rum and coke.”

Read on for the rest and a Low Bar photo gallery!


Holidazzle benefit for the Great Lakes Children’s Museum

great-lakes-childrens-museum-holidazzleHolidazzle is a ladies-only benefit for the Great Lakes Children’s Museum featuring light appetizers, drinks, prizes and a holiday market.

The highlight of the fundraiser is a sparkling toast sponsored by Black Star Farms featuring their delicious bubbly, Bedazzled. Every glass will have a prize, and one lucky winner will receive a rough cut emerald!

Visit greatlakeskids.org for more about the event and click here to register today.

Perennial Polyculture Parade with Seth Bernard


The Grand Traverse Edible Trails Project invites you to join them this Sunday at 3 PM for the Public Perennial Polyculture Parade with Seth Bernard!

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Empire Hops Festival this Saturday


This Saturday (October 4) the village of Empire goes straight to the heart of craft brewing with the first annual Empire Hops Festival.

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Chickens at the Opera House ~ Sunday, Oct 19

Chickens at the Opera House

The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan is hosting a fun and educational event celebrating the latest trend in backyard gardening…chickens! Adults, children and families are invited to celebrate the backyard chicken on Sunday, October 19 at 3 pm at the Traverse City Opera House.

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River’s End Block Party coming Sept 27th!


On Saturday, September 27th a brand new event debuts in Traverse City, the River’s End Block Party featuring great music, excellent food, fantastic beer & wine and lots of fun!

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