Saturday, November 24, 2012

Rockford Brewing Co. takes Beer Hounds for a Walk

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Rockford Brewing Co. debuts 6 beers for pub crawl on year's busiest bar night

Debuting 6 taps for a pub crawl on the busiest bar night of the year is both a stroke of genius and a little insane, but Rockford Brewing Co. was able to pull it off with style. My friends and I met up with RBC’s own Seth Rivard at an information booth / open house at the brewery showcasing great progress toward the December 20th Grand Opening date. Pint glasses, T-shirts, growlers, and various merchandise were available along with flyers showcasing the beers and a map of participating pubs for the crawl.
Seth gave us a personal tour of downtown Rockford and joined us for beers as we started with the O’Briens Red at Sam’s Joint followed by the Sheehan’s Stout at Rockford Lanes, both excellent examples of their corresponding Irish beer styles. It was at the second destination that we were already hearing rumours of long lines and orders already being put in for more kegs as pubs were quickly going through their night’s supply. Fortunately, Rockford Brewing Co. was able to keep the beer flowing throughout the night.

One of the first pubs to order up more kegs was the Rogue River Tavern which was featuring the White Peak Wheat. We made sure to visit there next so as not to miss out on any beer. This very drinkable German style wheat is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Our next destination, Reds on the River was filled to capacity but we were able to get in after making dinner reservations. The Hoplust IPA was a great compliment to the restaurant’s excellent food. The complimentary bread was delicious as were the meals which included seafood, burgers, salads and soup.

Our last two destination proved to have my personal favorite beers of the night. First up was the Rogue River Brown at Grill One Eleven which has the absolute perfect balance of malt and hops. Brewmaster Jeff Sheehan met up with us here and was happy to share with us the details of all of his various brews. Next followed a visit to the Corner Bar for the Carriage House Ale; This beer is an easy drinking, very balanced almost session beer clocking in at 5.9% ABV. The Corner Bar stayed open an extra hour until thirsty beer drinkers finally deplenished the last keg. A total of 30 kegs of beers were distributed throughout the night, and good news is that you should be able to continue to find Rockford beers on tap throughout downtown Rockford until next month’s Grand Opening!

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.