Michigan has had a big week if you're a beer lover. Not only did Grand Rapids get named 'Beer City USA' for the fourth year running, we also had a brewery in southwest Michigan that was named one of the best in the country. And now, our own Governor is teaming up with one of our biggest social industries to bring a new brew to life.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made the trip down to Kalamazoo on Thursday to immerse herself in the world of craft beer. She's teaming up with the talented staff at Bell's Brewery for  the creation of a very special beer in honor of her and the state, 'Governor's Whitbier.'

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This brand-new brew is a celebration of everything pure Michigan. It incorporates locally sourced ingredients like Michigan peaches. Crafted with care, 'Governor's Whitbier' serves as a flavorful testament to the state's vibrant agricultural industry and thriving craft beer scene.

The unveiling of 'Governor's Whitbier' is perfectly timed for the upcoming Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism, slated for April. Governor Whitmer expressed her enthusiasm for the conference, emphasizing its pivotal role in promoting the Pure Michigan brand and bolstering the state's tourism sector.

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Craft beer holds a special place in Michigan's heart, with the state gaining recognition as a hub for exceptional brews. Governor Whitmer's decision to showcase craft beer at the conference underscores Michigan's growing reputation in the beverage industry.

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By championing 'Governor's Whitbier' and embracing Michigan's rich brewing heritage, Governor Whitmer is not only raising a glass to the state's agricultural prowess but also to its spirit of innovation and community.

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