There's news brewing across the country that Traverse City is one of the best places to indulge in unique craft and specialty beers.
Traverse City recently made the top 5 list of
America's Beeriest Beach Towns
Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Hailed as northern Michigan's largest craft brewery, Short's Brewing Co. recently expanded its Elk Rapids production facility to help up with increasing sales, which officials say have been rising about 40-percent each year.
The booming brewery business is also cultivating the hops agriculture industry in northern Michigan.
There are more than 400 acres of hops growing in Michigan, with more than half of the production in Benzie, Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties.
Rob Sirrine, Community Food Systems Educator with the MSU Extension Office says the area has the perfect weather for hops crops.
"We are in the 45th Parallel, which is where you find hops being produced all over the world. We also have well drained soils," said Sirrine.
Researchers at the MSU Extension Center in Michigan's Upper Peninsula are also working on redeveloping the malting barley industry for the state. Michigan used to boast 400,000 acres of malting barley. Last year, just 8,000 acres were cultivated.
The full list of America's Beeriest Beach Towns:
1. Charleston, South Carolina
2. Pacific City, Oregon
3. St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida
4. San Diego, California
5. Traverse City, Michigan
Traverse City made headlines earlier this month after Livability.com ranked the area as a Top 10 Foodie City.
, Traverse City made fifth on the list because residents embrace restaurants and take pride in knowing where their food comes from.