Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Recap of Greenbush 4th Anniversary Party

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Sawyer’s Greenbush Brewing Co. recently celebrated their 4-year anniversary on Wednesday June 10th with a day-long celebration featuring contest and prizes, specialty tap lists at both the pub and annex, and the release of the anniversary Village Idiot IPA on draft and in bottles. I stopped down early with some friends for the bottle release at the annex at 11 a.m. Village Idiot is an 8.5% ABV IPA hopped with Citra, Mosaic, & Centennial hops and was available in bottle (with no limits) at the annex as well as on draft at both the annex and the pub. My friends & I all found the anniversary ale to be very delicious. Other specialty taps available at the annex included Mr. Hyde sweet stout on nitro, BA Vanderbush brewed with Vander Mill cider, and Brother Hezekiah, a barrel aged version of the brewery’s popular Brother Benjamin Imperial IPA.
While the annex was featuring a special burger bar out on the patio especially for the anniversary event, my friends and I opted to head over to the pub side for some lunch and to check out the additional specialty tap releases. The Greenbush Brewing Co. kitchen is well regarded for the BBQ, and the 3-meat sampler is a great option which includes choice of beef brisket, pulled chicken or pork, and Texas hot link sausage. Village Idiot was also featured among many choices on tap at the pub and we were very impressed with the barrel-aged There are Owls in the Roadhouse raspberry porter. We chose to sit at the bar to enjoy our brews and lunch and had a great experience.

Greenbush Brewing Co. featured hourly taproom raffles during the afternoon as well as bocce and cornhole tournaments at the annex. Prizes included gift cards, merchandise, and cases of select bottled beer. The tournaments started in the evening with 12 team double elimination for cornhole and 8 team double elimination for bocce. The anniversary proved to be a day of food, fun, and great brews and I recommend anyone who has not paid a recent visit to plan a stop. The annex is often featuring specialty bottles releases and some amazing brews are to be found on tap all the time between the pub and the annex.

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.