Brewers Grove tour recap of Grand Rapids

17 Grand Rapids area breweries participated in the latest “Beer City” collaboration effort and this time around the emphasis was all on the trees. Every brewery involved contributed at least one tree-inspired beer recipe ranging from smoked beers, barrel-aged beers and even fruit beers. I spent the launch week visiting breweries to sample as many of the tree beers as possible, and visited a personal record of over 2 dozen breweries in one week’s time!
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Recap of Michigan Brewers Guild 16th Annual Summer Beer Festival

Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park is the home to Michigan Brewers Guild’s Annual Summer Beer Festival, one of several events hosted throughout the year. I’ve previously attended the Winter Beer Festival in Comstock Park, but this was my first year to check out the long-running Summer Beer Fest, and like many of the Brewers Guild events this year’s event was a sellout with over 6000 attendees. Note: if planning to attend one of these events, be sure to book your hotel weeks if not months in advance!
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8 Reasons to Vote Grand Rapids Beer City USA 2013

We're in the last two days of voting for Beer City this year, and there's no better time to cast your vote! Now is the time! Remember, you can vote once a day on each web-capable device you own.
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Grand Rapids Beer City USA 2013 - The Time to Vote is Now!

There is no question 2012 was great year for Grand Rapids and beer. A record number of brewery openings included Eastown’s Harmony, Mitten Brewing, and Grand Rapids Brewing Company as well as both Pike 51 and White Flame in Hudsonville, Perrin in Comstock Park and Rockford Brewing Company. Additionally Grand Rapid’s most successful brewery Founders celebrated their 15-year anniversary in style which included the release of their 15% Bolt Cutter Barleywine. But perhaps the defining moment in 2012 was the nomination and securing of the title Beer City USA in a tied vote along with previous year victors Asheville, North Carolina.
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Recap of Chilly, Blues and Brews at The B.O.B.

Put on by the Gilmore Collection, the Grand Haven Blues Festival has been going strong for two decades. This year a new “East”event Chilly, Blues, & Brews has been added and hosted by Grand Rapid’s The B.O.B. The chili cook-off is unique as each recipe in the competition features a Michigan beer, and a variety of breweries were on hand featuring their own entries. The B.O.B.’s own beers were featured in many of the recipes and other breweries on hand included New Holland, Rockford, White Flame and Schmohz.
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Grand Rapids Society of Beer introduces Beer City Grand Series

When the Grand Rapids Society of Beers announced their latest collaborative beer among local breweries would be a series of Imperial-strength brews to debut during Grand Rapids Beer Week, I knew I was due for another brewery tour. Dubbed the Beer City Grand Series, this collaboration was similar to last Grand Pumpkin release last fall, with each participating brewery offering up their own recipe with a common theme, and this time the theme was to brew some of the biggest and strongest beers the breweries have to offer.
Published in Beer Releases
Sunday, March 10, 2013

Chilly, Blues & Brew at The BOB

Chilly, Blues & Brews at THE BOB - Grand Rapids

Chili cook-off will benefit inaugural Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo cycling event
The BOB will host an outdoor chili cook-off Saturday, March 23 to benefit the inaugural Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo, a cycling race to support skin cancer research.
Published in Winter Events

Grand Rapids Society of Brewers

The breweries of Beer City USA are at it again! Stop in the week of February 18th to try the next big thing at participating breweries - The Beer City Grand Series!! The Grand Series is a brewer’schoice Imperial beer that showcases the talents of your local micro brewers. Visit for a up to date list of participating breweries.
Published in Beer Week Events

B.O.B.'s Brewery taps the Peanut Butter Stout with $1.00 beer specials

Friday November 16th at 4:30 PM marked the Peanut Butter Stout tapping party at B.O.B.’s Brewery in downtown Grand Rapids. The event included live music provided by Sam Kenny at 5:00 PM and a contest to guess the number in a peanut-filled growler with many prizes including Gilmore Collection gift cards of up to $100. The Stout was available for a limited time for $1.00 pours and the already insanely cheap $25.00 lifetime mug club memberships were discounted to $20.00 for attendees. Mug Club membership includes $1.00 pours on Thursdays, discounted food, and of course an engraved mug.
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Hideout Brewing Company launches new collaborative Beer City Pale Ale

Hideout Brewing Company was my first stop on my list to try the new Beer City Pale ale, as their brewmaster Wob is a ringleader of sorts for this new Grand Rapids collaborative brew. The hoppy new beer was an immediate hit among my friends and I, and the focus of many conversations overheard throughout the well attended brewhouse - the Michigan hops being a key factor for many, like myself, who prefer to keep things fresh and local.
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