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Brewery gets into tax debate with 'Pothole Stout'

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A brewery in western Michigan is getting into the debate about a city streets tax proposal with its "Pothole Stout."

The Grand Rapids Press and columnist Neal Rubin of The Detroit News report that $1 from pints of Brewery Vivant's limited-release beer sold at the Grand Rapids brewpub was being earmarked to support the campaign backing Tuesday's ballot issue in the city.

The Belgain-style stout also is sold in cans at the brewpub. The brewery's owner Jason Spaulding says the beer wasn't made specifically as a campaign promotion tool, but the name was inspired by a commute where potholed roads were prevalent.

A number of other local issues are on Tuesday's ballot, including a $21.5 million bond proposal to improve the Baldwin Public Library in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham.

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