News for Michigan's craft beverage industry

Bookmark and Share

Michigan Craft Beverage Council banner


January 2021

Indoor Dining to Resume February 1

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has confirmed that indoor seating may resume on February 1, with restrictions. Guidelines for reopening include seating at 25% capacity, leaving six feet between tables, and a 10 p.m. curfew. Refer to this MDHHS infographic, and this Gatherings and Face Mask Order from January 22, 2021.

Jamie Zmitko-Somers Announced as New Agriculture Development Division Director

Jamie Zmitko-Somers

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell announced the selection of Jamie Zmitko-Somers as the department’s new Agriculture Development Division Director effective Monday, January 25, 2021.

Zmitko-Somers has been with the department for 23 years in various capacities, including Deputy Division Director, International Marketing Program Manager, and Acting Deputy Director for MDARD since May 2020. 

Zmitko-Somers graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration/pre-law. Jamie and her husband Don own and operate a farm in Henderson growing corn and soybeans. 

Read the full announcement. 

Employee Assistance Grants Accepting Applications through January 25

Applications are open for Employee Assistance Grants, administered through the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association Educational Foundation. Grant applications are limited to one per person, and the application period closes on Monday, January 25, at 5pm. 

More information about these grants can be found at

Michigan Craft Beverage Council Research Grants

A Joint Evaluation Committee of the Michigan Craft Beverage Council met on December 15, 2020, to review program grant applications. Recommendations were presented to the full Council on January 20. Expect a press release detailing the recipients of the 2021 grant program in coming weeks. Learn more about Michigan Craft Beverage Council's research program here

View final reports from previously funded research in Michigan Craft Beverage Council's reserach database

In this Issue:

Contact the Michigan Craft Beverage Council:

Michigan Craft Beverage Council
PO Box 30017
Lansing, MI 48909


Email the Council

Visit our Website

Facebook icon

"Like" the Michigan Craft Beverage Council on Facebook

Twitter icon

Follow us on Twitter @MiCraftBeverage

Instagram logo

Follow micraftbeverage on Instagram

LinkedIn icon

Follow Michigan Food and Ag Business Development on LinkedIn