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Author: Nate Reens

Nate Reens has 20 years of experience as a reporter and editor working in Michigan and Georgia. He has covered the bloodsports of politics and government - fitting for finding fun in the Capital City - tracked the actions of police and court systems and led reporting teams. A Michigan State fan since birth, Nate watches too many Spartan games each year and once pulled muscles in his back when Korie Lucious hit the game-winning three-pointer against Maryland in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Nate plans to thoroughly research the Makers and Shakers Trail.

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I'm a sucker for big, brawny stouts. And coffee. And chocolate. Give me one of the three, I'm a happy camper. Get me two in a brew, I'll salute you. Combine all three, I'll worship the ground on which the brewers walk. 

That's what makes it easy to make the rounds around Lansing, where creative craft beer, soon-to-be legendary liquors and winsome wines are making their mark as part of the Makers & Shakers beer, wine and spirits trail

The thirsty tour around Greater Lansing has grown to 17 stops in just a matter of a few years. The taps, outside of a few mainstays at each brewery, are liable to rotate seasonally, just as the distillers are dedicating time to try new cocktail recipes.  

The next time you decide to go for a leave of libation, keep these stops in mind: 

This post was submitted by guest blogger Nate Reens.

When it's NCAA March Madness tournament time, with basketball that starts at noon and stretches late into the night, it goes without saying that sports fans are in hoops heaven. The die-hards and the casual viewers can find the perfect spot to watch games at any number of Lansing-area bars and restaurants. Whether rooting for your favorite team, taking the underdog or just hoping your bracket isn't busted, here are our six favorite spots.