You’re Invited: LIVE Google+ Hangout on Michigan’s Craft Beer Industry

UPDATE: This Google+ Hangout has ended. Thanks to everyone who tuned in live and sent in questions! View highlights from the Hangout below, or see a full replay on the Pure Michigan YouTube page. For more on Michigan’s brewing industry, visit


Mark your calendars! This Thursday, September 27 at 11:00 a.m. ET, we’ll be chatting live with experts in Michigan’s craft beer industry from around the state.

With some 100 active Michigan breweries, there’s plenty to talk about when it comes to Michigan craft beers. From upcoming festivals to thriving local brews, we’ll be covering it all in this 30 minute live Hangout.

To submit questions for the chat, leave them in the comments section below, on our Google+ or Facebook pages, or by using the hashtag #PureMichigan on Twitter. Then, tune in on Monday on Google+, our YouTube page or right here on the blog! You’re also welcome to submit questions on these channels as the chat is happening.

Participants will include:

We’re looking forward to chatting live with these experts before their businesses open for the day! If you aren’t able to join us live at 11:00 a.m., we’ll be posting a full replay of the chat right here on the blog later this week.

Start sending in your questions today!

From Our Community: Fall in Pure Michigan

The official start of fall is this weekend! In honor of that, we asked fans on Facebook and Google+ “what does fall in Pure Michigan mean to you?”

From cool, crisp days at the cider mill to football games, homemade apple pie and fall color tours, fall means something special to everyone. See a roundup of some of our favorite responses below, and let us know what you’re doing this weekend to kick off the start of fall in Michigan!

“The beauty in color, the smell of crushed leaves that just fell from the trees. The fog rolling off the pond in the morning and the cool quietness just before I start my bike to enjoy this great state of Michigan trails.” – David Oliver

“Football. Tailgaiting at college and Lions games. Throwing the football. Fall in Michigan is just the best!” – Edward Kowalczyk

“Driving up to the U.P for a color run, Fall makes me happy, look forward to it every year, beautiful skies, beautiful trees , beautiful pit fires, it doesn’t get any better than a Yooper Fall.” – Richard Kuklinski

“It means our annual family Fall Campout at Hartwick Pines State Park and Logging Camp the first weekend in October! Our parents started the tradition about 52 yrs ago….This year we will have about 10 campsites and 40 people, including 3 new babies!! We are soooo blessed!” – Mary Jane Noteware-Cotta

“Canoodling in downtown TC with friends or lovers, Spiced Chai Tea at Brew TC, and fall hikes on the Sleeping Bear Dunes = Pure Michigan, Pure Romance!” – Dee Deering

“I love the way the air smells! So crisp and clean and the way the leaves crunch under foot. The colors are beautiful and the chilly mornings make my coffee taste even better!!! I love fall in Michigan!!!” – Chanda Arnold De Sutter

“Fall in pure Michigan to me means going to Blake’s Cider Mill in Romeo. Moved down to North Carolina in 2006 and I miss my mitten!!!” – Lenore Yeszin

“Definitely the best time of year anywhere in the world….” – Brent Mathews

“It means salmon running at the Hamilton Dam, deer season about to be here, trapping and ice fishing are just around the corner ye’haa!!! Can’t wait.” – Matt Johnson

Camping! Crisp, cool mornings with a campfire. Mmmm” – Stacy Gatz

“It means trees changing colors.. .Which leads to awesome tree tunnels down back roads in MI along with pumpkins cider and doughnuts and great sights to be cherished.” – Jennifer Sommers

 “ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Grand Valley Football, apples-donuts-cider, great selection at the farmers market, chilly wonderful nights.” – Samantha Prater

 “It means HOME to me!” – Laura Gronseth

“It means northern brewery tours!” – Jenny Yarbrough Erickson

 “The end of summer. :( It is when every hillside becomes a beautiful tapestry of amazing color. Cool nights, hot bonfires, and more great Michigan times with friends and family.” – Caryn Charter

 “I spent my first Pure Michigan fall on my honeymoon! I fell in love all over again. We stayed at Chateau Chantal, the colors were so beautiful and I’ve been trying to get back there ever since.” -  Vanessa Ray Hansen

“That I wish I was in Michigan!!!” – Blanche Ann Stoutmeyer

“Pure Michigan to me is the sun setting over Lake Huron, a chill in the air and the smell of a campfire in the distance…….AHHH home! ♥” – Lacie Kay Sidell

What’s New on Pure Michigan’s Social Channels (Plus a Giveaway!)

Thanks to fans like you, Pure Michigan has recently expanded its social media fan-base, surpassing 400,000 Facebook fans and 500,000 eNewsletter subscribers in August. Additionally, we’ve expanded our presence into new social media platforms like Instagram, Pinterest and Google+

Social media has given us the opportunity to share the events, destinations and natural beauty Michigan has to offer, while also providing a forum for people to share their experiences and engage with the Pure Michigan brand and our community. This ongoing engagement among the community has helped Pure Michigan continue to be one of the top-ranked state tourism agencies, with Think Social Media naming it the second-best social media presence among all state destination marketing agencies in the nation.

Thank you for tweeting, pinning, hashtagging and being a part of our online community! Learn more about recent achievements here. 

As a small token of our appreciation, we’re giving away fun prizes to celebrate the Pure Michigan 400 to three lucky fans who tell us in the comments below what their favorite Pure Michigan summer event is. Submit your comments (along with your email address) by Monday, August 13th. Only one comment per email address, please. On Monday, August 13th at 5:00 p.m., we’ll randomly pick three winners and send each their prize. We’ll contact you using the e-mail address you provide (we won’t share it or sell it to anybody).