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If you’ve always wanted to walk up to a bar and pour your own draft beer, that dream is now a reality. In Michigan, a new bill has passed, allowing Michiganders to pour their own beers, wines and pre-mixed cocktails.

The bill that made the change is Senate Bill 656, which passed earlier this week and amends the Michigan Liquor Control Code of 1998 to let tabletop and wall-mounted taps to be installed.

“Michigan has one of the largest craft beer industries in the country and this bill will improve safety for Michigan consumers and our hospitality industry,” Senator Jim Runestad, who put together the legislation, said in a statement. “Michigan can now join 45 other states that currently allow self-dispensing technology as an option for busy establishments. The technology adds additional safety measures to limit and track the amount each individual consumes and reduces the touches on each individual glass.”

As for how other states handle this, self-serve alcohol is usually handled via a card system. Customers give the waitstaff, bartender or host a credit card when they get there, and they get a self-serve card. This card keeps a record of how many ounces you have poured. Then, when you leave the bar, you give back your self-serve card, and they charge your credit card on file. As someone who worked at a bar in college, I can’t imagine having the customers do this on their own. It certainly would have cut into my tips. I’m not sure how I feel about this, since many waitstaff depend on alcohol sales to make good tips, but maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised that it doesn’t. Hopefully it doesn’t take away from the earnings for hard-working waitstaff.

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20 Best Michigan Ice Cream Shops

It’s spring, and today it actually feels like it across much of Michigan. Of course, this is Michigan, which means at any given moment we could be graced with snow and ice, even mid-spring. But, right now, warm weather and ice cream are on the mind.

I simply love ice cream. It’s probably my favorite food. The more chocolaty and decadent and cookie dough-laced, the better. Here in Michigan, we have an array of incredible ice cream shops, some that are open seasonally and others year-round. There’s lots of ice cream to go around, whether you prefer soft-serve (not for me) or regular.

Pure Michigan has put together a list of the best ice cream shops in Michigan. If anybody knows their Mitten ice cream, it’s Pure Michigan, since they handle all the touristy stuff around the state. Read on for the full list. The Pure Michigan crew was able to hit most areas of the state, including the U.P, so there are a broad range of ice cream shops on the list. I actually hope to hit all of them at some point, but that might be too unrealistic a goal!

I actually added my own picks to make this list 20, since some of the Pure Michigan picks have sadly closed. My main pick was the MSU Dairy Store on the campus of Michigan State University. If you’re ever in East Lansing, it’s really something you have to experience. They make all of their own ice cream, and since MSU is an agricultural college, you know it’s some of the best-tasting stuff around. I also included Quality Dairy, which is known for its fantastic ice cream around mid-Michigan. If you have a favorite ice cream spot that was left out, reach out to me on social media and let me know.

  • 20 Best Michigan Ice Cream Shops You Need to Visit

    This list is via Pure Michigan, with five additional shops added item, including the MSU Dairy Store, from me.

  • Milk & Honey Cafe and Ice Creamery - Traverse City

    Milk & Honey Cafe & Ice Creamery | Traverse City, MI 49684

    Milk & Honey Cafe and Ice Creamery is a family ice cream shop and espresso bar serving products made with high quality ingredients from local sources.

  • House of Flavors - Ludington

  • Marion’s Dairy Bar – East Tawas

  • Country Cone & Fudge Shop – Harrisville


  • Plainwell Ice Cream - Plainwell

    Espresso Flake is back!! For scooping and 1/2 gallons.

    Posted by Plainwell Ice Cream Co. on Sunday, March 20, 2022

  • Moo-ville Quality Ice Cream - Nashville

    Moo-Ville Quality Creamery

    Your family fun destination for old-fashioned down-on-the-farm fun, freshness and ice cream parlor. Come for a visit to see our dairy farm in operation and watch as we turn farm-fresh milk into delicious dairy products you can take home. MOO-Ville also has cheese, ground beef patties, cream cheese, sour cream, and local maple syrup.

  • Village Ice Cream and Cafe - Dimondale

    It was wonderful seeing so many familiar faces as well as meeting some of our new Guests. We are open today...

    Posted by Village Ice Cream & Cafe' on Monday, April 4, 2022

  • Jersey Junction Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor - Grand Rapids

    It’s officially patio season ☀️Thanks @thegrguide for stopping by!

    Posted by Jersey Junction on Friday, March 18, 2022

  • The Blue Moon Ice Cream Shop – Ovid

    Strawberry Dole Whip is this weeks flavor!🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦Enjoy as is or twist with vanilla, enjoy in a slush as a glacier! Make it a sundae with marshmallow topping 🤩 YUM!!!!!All Dairy Free!!!!

    Posted by The Blue Moon Ice Cream Shop on Sunday, April 10, 2022

  • Guernsey Farms Dairy - Northville

    Guernsey Farms Dairy

    Guernsey Farms Dairy has been family owned and operated since 1940. Our products are made using only the finest ingredients specially formulated by founder John McGuire. Guernsey Farms Dairy Restaurant and Store are located at the same site as our dairy processing plant.

  • Treat Dreams - Ferndale

    Treat Dreams

    Smooth and creamy vanilla frosting perfect for frosting any type of dessert. This recipe is quick and easy to make but is loaded with great flavor. When you need a quick and tasty vanilla frosting, it's hard to beat this recipe. And because it uses pudding mix and a couple other ingredients you won't find ...

  • Cook's Farm Dairy, Inc. - Ortonville


  • Falling Rock Cafe - Munising

    Falling Rock Cafe & Bookstore - Munising, Michigan

    ORDER ONLINE We are a locally owned coffee shop and café conveniently located in downtown Munising; a perfect location for both travelers and residents. We provide free wireless internet, homemade food with vegan and gluten-free options, custom roasted coffee and gourmet tea, and yes, we do have delicious Jilbert's Dairy Ice Cream!

  • Rapid River Dairy Flo – Rapid River

    Rain or shine, it's ice cream TIME! Opening Wednesday April 13th!

    Posted by Rapid River Dairy Flo on Tuesday, April 12, 2022

  • MSU Dairy Store - East Lansing

    Dairy Store

    The MSU Dairy Store's Anthony Hall location will open Wednesdays through Sundays from 12-9 p.m. this summer. See you soon!

  • Quality Dairy Ice Cream

    An extra topping never hurts! 😀

    Posted by Quality Dairy on Monday, March 21, 2022

  • Detroit Water Ice Factory

    Our popular Motown Mint Chocolate Brown Bag Popcorn is back for its second year, but only through the end of this...

    Posted by Detroit Water Ice Factory on Wednesday, March 2, 2022

  • HattieGirl Ice Cream and Foods, LLC

    Our founder James Render met this lovely lady at University Foods in Midtown in Detroit today while stocking the freezer...

    Posted by HattieGirl Ice Cream and Foods on Saturday, April 2, 2022

  • Milk & Froth Ice Cream

    Milk & Froth

    Ice cream made from scratch in small batches. With classic and vegan options, don't miss this Detroit staple.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!