Thursday, September 04, 2014

Brewery Vivant's 4th Annual Wood-Aged Beer Fest Takes It To The Streets!

Written by  Paul Starr
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Brewery Vivant to host over 2,500 taste-trippers at the 4th annual Wood-Aged Beer Festival (WABF) on Saturday October 4, 2014, 1pm-8pm. This 21+ festival will showcase over 20 rare and limited edition bourbon barrel, wine barrel, and oak-aged beers. The Vivant kitchen will join the brewers outside, cranking out festival-style fare. Tickets are $12 and only available -- admission includes two beer/food tokens and a collector's edition tasting glass. Families are welcome, but children must be accompanied by a parent.
With an unprecedented demand for these unique, barrel-aged brews, Brewery Vivant has partnered with the East Hills Council of Neighbors and expanded the festival grounds into Cherry Street in front of the Pub. In years past the festival took place in the Pub's beer garden and last year in the Brewery's parking lot. "The growth of this festival speaks to West Michigan's beer palate, being able to appreciate these wood-aged beers," Says Brewery Vivant owner, Jason Spaulding. Indeed, with the proliferation of new breweries in Michigan, beer connoisseurs are privy to an abundance of flavors.

As the popularity of wood-aged offerings grows, more and more festivals celebrating this art spread across the country. WABF is one of the only large format festivals that offers strictly wood-aged beers all from one brewery-- all Belgian & French inspired, to boot.

Get a preview of "the art of wood aging" by coming into the pub, which is currently pouring three wood-aged offerings:

  • Whiskey Rooster: bourbon barrel aged Big Red Coq (hoppy Belgo-American red ale)
  • Cemetarian: Undertaker (Belgian inspired dark ale) Oak-aged with coffee beans and vanilla
  • Devastation: bourbon barrel aged Tree Bucket (Belgian inspired Double IPA) and Brewer's Grove "tree beer" entry.

Get your tickets early as this event is the highlight of the Fall beer season and will sell out. Not to be missed. The Pub will be open for business as usual on Saturday, 11am-midnight. The festival grounds are separate.

About Brewery Vivant

The brewery is located in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids, in a renovated funeral chapel built in the early 1900’s. Their staff of around 50 employees specialize in Belgian/French inspired beers and fare in a completely unique setting. Husband and wife partners Jason and Kris Spaulding opened the doors for business in December of 2010. They are the first commercial brewery in the nation to receive Silver LEED Certification from the USGBC. Additionally they are 100% renewable powered and are a certified B Corporation.

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.