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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Woman Robs Candy-Selling Kid for Beer Money [Video]

Sometimes you just really need a beer.

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Summer Craft Beer Fest 2014
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Thanks for Coming to Party with WGRD at the Summer Craft Beer Fest 2014 [Photos]

Today's Summer Craft Beer Fest was a huge success, thanks to all of you that came out and had a great time with us!  Thank you!

Lots of amazing beers, great food, live music…the Summer Craft Beer Fest had it all!  And, we were in a really nice place, John Ball Park, so it was a really nice place to hang and have some beers with friends!

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Guy Pours Beer with His Forehead [Video]

This may be the greatest trick you'll ever see.

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Summer Craft Beer Fest 2014 – Pike 51 Brewing Sampling [Video]

Today, I got to sample some amazing beers at Pike 51 Brewing Company in Hudsonville.  They're part of our 2014 Summer Craft Beer Fest, happening this Saturday at John Ball Park.

If you haven't tried their brews, you owe it to yourself to stop by and do so.  They're very smooth beers, and don't assault you when you drink them, even the ones with higher alcohol content!  I really like how smooth they all are.

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Fourth Annual Summer Craft Beer Festival: July 19 at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids

The Summer Craft Beer Festival is returning.

The fourth annual Summer Craft Beer Festival is 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 19 at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids, and is co-sponsored by 97.9 WGRD, Channel 95.7, 98.7 WFGR, 100.5 The River and 1410 AM The Touch.

At Summer Craft Beer Festival, enjoy samples of more than 100 beers, ciders and mead from some of the country’s best craft breweries -- currently at about four dozen confirmed and still counting!

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Summer Craft Beer Fest Isn’t Only Beers – Check Out These Ciders We’ll Get to Sample!

The Summer Craft Beer Festival is coming up next weekend, on July 19th at John Ball Park.  There will be something like 120 different craft brews you can sample, great food, live music...and ciders!

I will admit to being more of a cider guy than a beer guy, so I was really excited to get invited out to Sietsema Ciders this morning, to sample the ciders they will be bringing to the Summer Craft Beer Fest on the 19th!  I jumped in the car with the lovely Lauren from our sister station WFGR and headed out to Ada.

Andy, who's 4th generation apple farmer and hard cider maker, was our guide through their different ciders.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Guy Breaks Beer Mile Record [Video]

James Nielsen had a goal: break the record for the beer mile.

"What's the beer mile?," you ask.

Basically, you drink a beer, then run a lap. Do that four times around a standard track and field oval.

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Want to Know How to Drink All Night Without Getting Drunk? Of Course You Do!

It's the age-old question: How do I stay up and drink all night without getting drunk?

Okay, maybe not an age-old question, but probably something everyone in college asks.  And us old people, when we're out drinking and want to impress that hot girl we probably don't have any chance with.  Don't ask about my life, seriously.

There's a guy who knows beer, Jim Koch, the co-founder of the Boston Beer Company, and he learned a little trick to help break up the alcohol before it enters your blood-stream!

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Everybody Sounds Insane to Someone Who Doesn’t Drink Coffee

Hi, my name is Johnnie, and I don't like coffee.

(PAUSE FOR ALL THE GASPS TO SUBSIDE)

I never have.  I don't like the flavor, the smell, how it tastes when someone you're kissing drank it...the only bit that's okay is the first 10 second when the bag is opened and you get that initial smell of the beans.  After that, get it away.

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Celebrate! For Today is National Beer Day!

Today is National Beer Day...and while it's not an official holiday where we'd get the day off (it totally should be), it's a great day, celebrating an actual good law.

Never thought you'd hear about a good law, right?

It's the Cullen-Harrison Act, and allowed people to sell and drink beer again!  Sometimes politicians get it right.  Rarely enough that Holidays are celebrated when they do!

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Klingon Beer Takes ‘Star Trek’ Obsession to New Heights

If you ever make it to Sto-Vo-Kor, the Klingon heaven, there's a good chance you'll be chugging lots of Warnog.

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Not to Ruin Your Drinking Excuse – But St. Patrick’s Day is Completely Made Up

Every year for St. Patrick's Day, people dress up in the most bizarre green work clothes they can find, and then leave work early to go drinking green beer ferociously all night.  Not that I'm against leaving work early, dressing oddly, or drinking ferociously.

By all means, let's go!

But just so you know, there are some things about this holiday that have been kept quiet for a long time.

It's no Irish.  At all.  Not even a little bit.

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