Gregg Kuthe is the owner Drake’s Party Center on the corner of Drake and KL Ave. Many have noticed in the past few years Drake’s vast offering of craft beers and microbrews (and their mix’n’match 6 pack!). This has put them at the top of any Kalamazoo beer lover’s list of places to shop.
Craft Beer allows us to reach a wider customer audience. It’s a very fun and dynamic industry. There is always something new to try. Let’s face it – variety is the spice of life! I think customers have realized that the quality [of craft beer] has become much more consistent. They also understand that since many craft beers have a higher alcohol content, that they can drink fewer beers. In the end, they really are not spending much more than they would have on large quantities of inexpensive domestic beers.
My drinking buddy has an admirable goal in life – try to drink every beer ever made! Of course, I had to sample them with him. In the early years, we tasted some nasty stuff. Now, with the more consistent quality of domestic craft beers (and the fabulous selection at Drake Party Center), we are rarely disappointed. Overall, I have gravitated to darker beers. Stouts are probably my favorite style to experiment with. As far as a “go-to” beer, I’d have to go with Paulaner’s Salvator – it always tastes great!
Do you have a specific memory of craft beer’s impact on you? Hmm, 2011 Store Party, keg of Old Rasputin and a chain saw. Funny, looking back on it, but definitely not a combination I would recomend. Stick with just the Old Rasputin.