Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pike 51 opens up the brewhouse for inaugural 2012 Fall Fest

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Pike 51 opens up the brewhouse for inaugural 2012 Fall Fest

Pike 51 Brewing Co. has had a lot to celebrate since it’s grand opening as part of the Hudsonville Winery in June earlier this year. The original tap lineup has been expanded to fill most of the 16 available taps with new beers such as the Wheatwacker Session IPA or Ticket to Rye’d and growlers are now available to take your favorite brews home with you.
For Fall Fest, Pike 51 opened up the brewhouse to the public for food, music, and the beer. Commemorative pint glasses and t-shirts were available individually or as a package deal, first pour included. The new fest brews including lagers such as the Octoberfest Vienna and Gold Foil were deliciously paired with traditional German style fare featuring bratwurst and pretzels. The two-day festival included a double dry hopped version of Satisfied Mind Double IPA which proved popular by selling out fast.

Several musicians were booked for the event. I caught Erik Callaway’s set of acoustic rock covers and Joe Seely’s first set which leaned a little more towards the country. Closing out both nights was Jason Eller. Pouring beers was a “who’s who” of the local Grand Rapids beer scene; I chatted a little bit with Wob who most recently made his mark at the Hideout with the collaborative Beer City Pale Ale. I also bid farewell to Chef Ryan. Fall Fest marked his final week with Pike 51 as he is moving on to further develop his skills in the culinary arts. His nearly world-record breaking mohawk has almost seemed to be a permanent fixture in recent months at Pike 51 and he will most certainly be missed.

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.