Stormcloud releases first ‘saizy’

FRANKFORT — Stormcloud Brewing Company announced the release of its first saison-style beer, according to a release from the business.

Commander X-2 is commemorating the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon. The release states Commander X-2 has a “blast of Comet and Galaxy hops.”

The beer, 6.5 percent alcohol by volume, is on tap in Stormcloud’s pub and tasting room in Frankfort.

Leelanau a best wine region finalist

NEW YORK — Leelanau Peninsula is one of 20 finalists for Best Wine Region in the USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards for 2019.

The country is home to 244 American Viticultural Areas and a panel of wine industry officials picked the top 20 locations.

Readers can vote daily for their favorite wine region at until Aug. 12 at 11:59 a.m. The winners will be announced on Aug. 31 at noon and later in USA Today.

The Kocktail Club card launches

TRAVERSE CITY — Killer Kocktails has launched The Kocktail Club card, which allows the card holder “exclusive offers and deals” at bars and liquor stores in the area, according to a release.

Among the business partners with the Kocktail Club card are Grand Traverse Distillery, 123 Speakeasy, Sorellina, Harrington’s By the Bay, Ram’s, Silver Spruce Brewing Company, Slate, McGee’s 31, McGee’s 72, Red Mesa and Bon Vin Wine and Beer.

Cards are active for a year from the purchase date. More information is available at

Apprenticeship info session slated

SCOTTVILLE — An informational session on apprenticeships will be held on Aug. 16 at West Shore Community College in Scottville.

Presenting the luncheon are Northwest Michigan Works and Michigan Works West Central. The event is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Center Stage Theatre located on Stiles Road.

Dave Jackson, apprenticeship training representative for the U.S. Department of Labor will lead the session. The event will also feature an employer panel discussing registered apprenticeship programs.

Reservations are required by Aug. 9 for the free session.

To reserve a spot and lunch, email or

Foundation seeks applicants

JACKSON — Nonprofit organizations can apply for up to $250,000 each in the first Prosperity Awards from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

Projects fall into three categories in support of economic development in Michigan: neighborhood revitalization, arts and culture and entrepreneurs. Full eligibility requirements are available at

Nonprofit groups need to submit letters of intent by Aug. 9. The Foundation will evaluate submissions and invite the top applicants to submit a complete application by Sept. 5.

REAP funding still available

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Farmers, small businesses and agricultural producers are encouraged to apply for financing through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program.

The USDA has more than $400 million available in loan guarantees for renewable energy and energy efficiency systems, according to a release.

The USDA accepts applications for REAP funding throughout the year. Anyone interested in applying can contact the USDA Rural Development in Michigan at 517-324-5157.

More information about U.S. Rural Development is available at

Consumers OKs electric car rebates

JACKSON — Consumers Energy approved more than 125 rebates for electric vehicle charging stations in the state.

Ninety-two of the rebates are for Consumer’s PowerMIDrive program that provides chargers at workplaces in public locations. These rebates are for $5,000 each.

The public charging stations to receive the most rebates so far are in Kent (11), Jackson (8), Calhoun (7) and Saginaw (5) counties.

Michigan Mittens visit White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The third annual Made in America Product Showcase was held at the White House last week.

A business from each of the 50 states attended the event. Representing Michigan was Michigan Mittens of Pontiac.

The company produces a range of products that highlight the state. The company is best known for mittens that have a map of the Lower Peninsula on one of the mittens and a map of the Upper Peninsula on the other.