New Beer Friday, Starving Artist Edition (October 4)


Steve and Barb with Andy from Starving Artist

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

Each September, our friends Pat and Marcie MacAulay book a week-long stay at a cottage on Bear Lake in Northern Michigan’s Manistee County. Barb and I never miss an opportunity to hook up with our good buddies so it’s become a late summer tradition for us to meet for lunch and drinks at a couple of Northwest Michigan watering holes.

When Barb and I make the 45-minute drive north to where the MacAulay’s are sojourning, we might hit Stormcloud Brewing in Frankfort, Iron Fish Distillery in Thompsonville or the Blue Slipper, a quaint little tavern in Onekama. When Pat and Marcie travel south to the vicinity of our cottage, we may opt to stop at one of the area’s excellent breweries, Jamesport or Ludington Bay. If we’re in the mood for rubbing elbows with some friendly locals, we’ll hit Charlie’s Bar, a nice little dive in Scottville. One place we never fail to hit on our southbound excursions is Starving Artist, a nano brewery located on a rural road just outside of Ludington.