Monday, August 08, 2016

Hopstock to Celebrate Grand Rapids Area Breweries, Cideries, and Distilleries on Saturday, August 13th.

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Hopstock is a brand new festival being put on this year by the Beer City Brewer’s Guild and is featuring over 30 Grand Rapids breweries, area food trucks, and local bands. The event is scheduled for Saturday August, 13th at the Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The event will also include beer education sessions presented by Ben Darcie which are scheduled from 6:45 p.m to 7:15 p.m. and again at 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Among the breweries participating in Hopstock are some of Grand Rapids premier breweries including the likes of Founders, Brewery Vivant, and Hopcat. Many specialty beer releases are planned for the event including Pike 51’s YAY, S’mores! Stout, Crankers Ill Connect DIPA, and BOB’s Brewery’s Hoptics Prickly Pear Hibiscus Gose. The complete list of available beers is available here:

Coldbreak Brewing Equipment is also sponsoring IPA Island which will feature an IPA from each brewery. Also featured at the event will be local spirits from Grey Skies Distillery and Long Road Distillers, as well as local cider from The People’s Cider Co., Sietsema Cider Mill, and VanderMill Grand Rapids.

Local bands Dragon Wagon, The Legal Immigrants, and The Concussions will be performing throughout the festival and providing food for the event will be A Moveable Feast, Two Scotts BBQ, Pronto Pups, and Ferris Coffee. Tickets are available online via the following link: Advanced tickets are $35 and include 10 tasting tickets and special 8 oz. stubby festival can. VIP tickets are $45 and also includes one hour early entry and an upgrade to 15 tasting tickets. Each tasting ticket is good for one 4 oz. pour.

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.