Saturday, June 09, 2012

CitySēn Lounge closes out Holland's Tulip Time with exlusive beer tasting

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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CitySēn Lounge closes out Holland's Tulip Time with exlusive beer tasting

Holland's CitySēn Lounge closed out this year's Tulip Time festival in a big way with a beer tasting featuring a multitude Michigan breweries in part to help the lounge decide what beers to add to future menus. The CitySēn Lounge is located on the first floor of the CityFlatsHotel, the first Midwest LEED Gold Certified Hotel. Here is a list of participating breweries: Shorts, Detroit Brewing Company, Atwater, Brewery Vivant, Bell's, Founders, and Dark Horse.
CitySēn Lounge closes out Holland's Tulip Time with exlusive beer tastingThe beers available at the event were all of the bottled variety, primarily focusing on mainstays of the various breweries although a few seasonal and specialty beers were included as part of the selection. The Lounge itself offers 4 taps which are rotated frequently. The current draft selection (All Michigan beers,) includes Bells, Founders, and Shorts. Also popular here is the Happy Hour, every Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 PM, which include discounts on select drinks and appetizers. Every Thursday night from 7 PM to 10 PM is Sushi Night.

CitySēn Lounge closes out Holland's Tulip Time with exlusive beer tastingParticipants were given a complimentary commemorative beer glass and three beer caps each to vote for their choice of favorite beer. I won't tell you which ones I voted for, but I can tell you that Short's very worthy Soft Parade appeared to be attracting many of the votes. Some of my personal favorites included Vivant's recent release Big Red Coq, Founder's Double Trouble, and Arcadia's B-Craft Black Double IPA.

Entertainment was provided by The Moses Mares Project with a blend of Latin funk and jazz, and light appetizers were provided by CityVū Bistro.

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.