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Grand Rapids, Michigan continues its reign as Beer City USA, thanks to dozens of craft breweries and a culture that appreciates quality beer. -EXAMINER.COM

Grand Rapids breweries include: • • • • •

Founders Brewing Co. Brewery Vivant Rockford Brewing Company Cellar Brewing Company Jaden James Brewing

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Gravel Bottom Brewing The Mitten Brewing Company Cedar Springs Brewing Company The Peoples Cider Co. High Five Co-Op

A PLAC E TO PLAY Greater Grand Rapids has a rich craft brewing culture that promotes tourism and fosters the local economy.

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White Flame Brewing Company Schmohz Brewery Osgood Brewing Pike 51 Brewing Company Grand Rapids Brewing Company

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HopCat Harmony Brewing Company The Hideout Brewery Perrin Brewing Co. B.O.B.’s Brewery

Here are some fast facts on what makes Grand Rapids breweries so unique:

• Founder's Brewing Co. has been named the 3rd best brewery in the world (, and it serves one of the planet's top 10 beers. • Hopcat has been designated the #1 brewpub in the nation ( and for the last several years the #3 beer bar on earth. • Brewery Vivant was one of Midwest Living's top 25 new places in 2012. • Grand Rapids was named one of the top 10 Best Vacation Cities for Beer Lovers. • More than a dozen craft breweries are located in the metro region - and new ones are popping up all the time! It's the perfect time for a tour of our incredible breweries and beer bars. Grand Rapids was just named one of the Top 10 Best Vacation Cities for Beer Lovers - so pack up your thirst and come on over!

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GRAND RAPIDS RANKS AS NO. 3 ‘MID-SIZE’ MARKET IN US FOR JOBS Grand Rapids is one of the best job markets of its size in the country. The Grand Rapids-Wyoming market ranks third in the ranking of “Best Mid-size Cities for Jobs” posted last month by Forbes. The local market is moving up Forbes’ annual ranking, placing eighth in 2013 and tenth in 2012. The Grand Rapids market had 410,200 jobs in 2013 and saw job growth of 9.7 percent over the last five years.

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GR RANKS 6TH IN NATION FOR NONRESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION JOB GROWTH The job market for nonresidential construction in Grand Rapids grew at a faster clip since 2011 than in most metropolitan areas across the country. The Grand Rapids-Wyoming metro area ranked sixth in the nation for the largest percentage growth in nonresidential construction from 2011 to 2014, according to a recent report from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). In that period, nonresidential construction jobs in the area grew by 18 percent, the report stated.

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