April 17, 2021

Craig Manning | Author

Welcome to Beer Valley

Aug. 15, 2020

It’s no secret that Northern Michigan has become something of a craft beer Mecca. From Short’s in Bellaire (the third biggest brewery in the state in terms of production volume, after Bell’s and Founder’s) to the collection of breweries scattered around Downtown Tr... Read More >>

TC Whiskey’s Barrel Proof Cherry Whiskey

Aug. 15, 2020

On its journey from the barrel to your glass, most whiskey is diluted with water to reduce its strength. Not so with Traverse City Whiskey Co.’s limited edition “Barrel Proof” whiskeys, which are bottled at cask strength. TC Whiskey has been releasing Barrel Proof editio... Read More >>

Listen Up: The Latest & Greatest Spins

Aug. 8, 2020

So 2020 has not been a particularly great year for arts and entertainment. Film releases have been delayed. Concert tours and music festivals have been canceled, with no indication of when they might realistically return. The lights won’t come back up on Broadway until at least 2021... Read More >>

Say You Were a Fan First

Aug. 8, 2020

Who are the next big bright stars on the Michigan musical landscape? Who’s the next band to become a local favorite — or, maybe even more than that, a true national or international act? We can’t claim to have a crystal ball, but we do think these four artists have a cer... Read More >>


Aug. 1, 2020

Which northern Michigan businesses are best positioned to thrive in the aftermath of COVID-19? While the pandemic has been devastating for many industries, it has also created opportunities elsewhere. Northern Express flagged six local businesses that are poised for growth going ... Read More >>

Northern Michigan’s Most Iconic Eats, 2020 edition

July 25, 2020

Even in the best of times, a remarkable dish from a local restaurant is a joy, a comfort, and a reminder of the best that life can be. It’s safe to say that 2020 has not been the best of times, but in an odd way, that’s only made the bright spots feel that much brighter. Suffi... Read More >>

High-drama FBI Raid on Alleged TC Forgery Ring

July 18, 2020

On the morning of Tuesday, July 7, the scene in the dirt-and-gravel parking lot of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in rural Leelanau County looked like something out of a movie, or maybe an episode of White Collar: Dozens of FBI agents and members of northern Michigan law enforce... Read More >>

July 16 Update: Farmfest Will NOT Go On

July 11, 2020

Just days after our July 13 issue went to print with the story (below) heralding the triumphant — albeit scaled-down and very COVID-19-cautious — plans for Farmfest 2020, we learned that the 23rd annual show wouldn’t go on, after all. Festival founder and host Stacy ... Read More >>

Hand Me My Highball, Doll

July 4, 2020

Why is it that some cocktail styles endure while others fade away? Just about any bar in the world will serve you an old fashioned, or a Negroni, or a whiskey sour, or a Manhattan. Nothing against any of these concoctions (we love them as much as you do), but with a limitless number of po... Read More >>

The National Cherry Festival That Wasn’t

June 27, 2020

In any other year, Traverse City would be gearing up for its biggest week of its busiest season. The city’s world-famous National Cherry Festival regularly draws a half-million visitors to the area for festivities ranging from concerts to parades to road races to pie-eating contests... Read More >>

LGBTQ+ Up North: How Far Have We Come?

June 20, 2020

In 2019, the Up North Pride Traverse City Visibility March drew more than 6,000 attendees. It’s an event that has become, in the six years since it began, the single largest LGBTQ+ Pride march in the state of Michigan.

But Traverse City wasn’t always known for bein... Read More >>

On the Hunt for WWII Aircraft Under GT Bay

June 13, 2020

Dozens of World War II aircraft are lost somewhere beneath the waters of Lake Michigan, and students and faculty from the Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) could play an important role in recovering them.

Last summer, the Office of Coast Survey — part of the National Ocean... Read More >>

The Must-Have Toys of Summer 2020

June 6, 2020

Your mission this summer: Spend as much time as possible playing outside in the sunshine. Without the usual slog of graduation parties, weddings, and other all-day commitments squeezing the next three months of your summer-weekend schedule, the time is right to seize the season your way. ... Read More >>

The Ultimate U.P. Brewski Tour

May 16, 2020

“We love beer. You love beer. Let’s get together.”

That motto is inscribed on many cans of beer cranked out of Blackrocks Brewing in Marquette, one of the largest breweries in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s a particularly resonant thought right now,... Read More >>

Boom or Bust Time

May 9, 2020

What do you do if your favorite restaurant is closed, and you’re wary about wandering into a grocery store? For many local households, the answer has been to rely more heavily on northern Michigan farms.

While the North’s agriculture industry is facing its own challeng... Read More >>

Arrested Development?

May 2, 2020

Affordable housing is a dilemma that northern Michigan has been contending with for years. On the one hand, few would argue that the region needs more low-cost housing options for hospitality workers and other low or mid-income residents. On the other hand, few developers are willing to i... Read More >>

Two dudes on an 8,000-year-old mission to resuscitate ... dirt?

April 25, 2020

“Very few cultures worldwide have really learned how to build soils. Most cultures rise and fall, and when they crash, they've usually taken their soils with them.”

That’s the wisdom of Tim Overdier, a retired Northport-based soil scientist who has spent his c... Read More >>

A Kinder, Gentler Beer

April 18, 2020

Could climate change impact what’s in your pint glass?

In late January, brewers and beer drinkers alike packed The Workshop Brewing Company in Traverse City’s Warehouse District to find out the answer to that question. 
The brewery was the venue for a &ldq... Read More >>

The Filling Station Microbrewery in Traverse City

April 11, 2020

When The Filling Station Microbrewery opened in Traverse City on March 5, 2012, it was a unique proposition. For one, the brewery was situated in an old train depot, originally built in 1927 and still carrying much of its old-time charm. For another, northern Michigan’s status as a ... Read More >>

Weed Takes Root: A Look at the Newest Addition to Up North Retail

April 11, 2020

Depending on your perspective, recreational marijuana’s arrival in northern Michigan was either very poorly timed or got here at precisely the right moment. Michigan voters elected to legalize non-medical adult-use marijuana throughout the state in November 2018.
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