GRAND RAPIDS — If past years are any indication, ArtPrize will once again be a huge success in the city of Grand Rapids.
Enter breweries and craft beer bars into the mix, and you’ve got a double ultra super fantastic winning combination.
For the fifth year, breweries will once again be exhibiting art throughout ArtPrize. As breweries have become more and more of a community space, art has followed.
This year, Founders Brewing Company has stepped up and has become an official sponsor — for beer, of course — throughout the festival. With it comes Founders beer served at all official ArtPrize events, and even an ArtPrize-specific beer — Inspired Artist Black IPA.
But other breweries are getting in on the fun too. Below is a preview of breweries and craft beer-centric bars showcasing artwork throughout ArtPrize.
Founders Brewing Co.: Home to the official beer of ArtPrize. Founders is known for IPAs and dark beers, but they also experiment with some crazy stuff. Mainstays include All Day IPA, Dirty Bastard, Centennial IPA, Porter and Rubaeus. For a great way to say goodbye to summer, try Porter and Rubaeus mixed! Seven ArtPrize entries will be showcased.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company: The newest brewery downtown, GRBC is known for its upscale and rustic atmosphere, matched with some great food (try the sausages) and brews. For those looking for an easy-going entry into the craft beer world, you can’t get much better than Silver Foam. 12 ArtPrize entries will be showcased.
HopCat: Voted numerous times as one of the best beer bars in the world, HopCat is known for its extensive beer list and great (and filling) food. Located right downtown, HopCat features a wide array of Michigan craft beer (including some of its own). Seven ArtPrize entries will be showcased.
Mitten Brewing Company: Also a newer brewery to the area, the Mitten has become one of the most popular breweries in town. Outfitted with a baseball theme (Go Tigers!), the Mitten makes some great, easy-drinking brews…and the occasional that you’ll want to sip on. My favorite? The Vanilla Milk Stout. And if you’re going for lunch and dinner, you can’t say no to some of the best pizza in town. 10 ArtPrize entries will be showcased.
The B.O.B.: The recently revitalized B.O.B.’s Brewery has become a great place for your typical bar fare, matched with a flavorful craft beer. Beers rotate regularly, but some of its seasonals are top-notch. The four-story building will feature artwork throughout, so be prepared to do a lot of stair climbing. Just a warning for families — at night, this place turns into a club from top to bottom. A whopping 110 ArtPrize entries will be showcased, both in and outside the building.
Pyramid Scheme: The Pyramid Scheme not only serves great beer, but it has concerts on a regular basis. The bar highlights its wide array of beers from Short’s Brewing Company, but also has a few more local-centric brews. Note that the Pyramid Scheme does not serve food, though you are welcome to order delivery. Seven ArtPrize entries will be showcased.
McKay’s Downtown: With several Michigan beers to choose from, and a unique culinary menu, McKay’s offers a friendly environment with great food and drink options. Eight ArtPrize entries will be showcased.
McFadden’s: Just like the B.O.B., McFadden’s can get a bit loud and rowdy at night. Despite this, McFadden’s has a great selection of food and craft beer that would suit anyone. Three ArtPrize entries will be showcased.
Ritz Bar & Grille: Amazing, cheap hot dogs? Check. Great beer? Check. Sparty? Check. The Ritz has a decent craft beer list, including some local brews. But where else can you find potato chips and chili on a hot dog?!? Four ArtPrize entries will be showcased.
Peppino’s: One of the best sports bars in town, Peppino’s specializes in great pizza, sandwiches, wings and more. On game days, Peppino’s can get packed, so best get there early. Eight ArtPrize entries will be showcased.
JD Reardon’s: A bit away from downtown, JD Reardon’s is located in the Boardwalk Condominium building. The bar-restaurant offers 24 beers on tap, with quite a few from Michigan. Pub-style food is taken up a notch, with specialties like egg roll mozzarella sticks ready for the taking. Four ArtPrize entries will be showcased.
Rockwell / Republic: This downtown upscale lounge is known for its unique food — especially sushi — as well as a great drink selection. In addition to craft beer, Rockwell / Republic also offers a deluxe martini list. Nine ArtPrize entries will be showcased.
Tavern on the Square: Located in the heart of downtown on Ionia Street, Tavern on the Square has several beer options to pair alongside its small plates menu. Three ArtPrize entries will be showcased.
SpeakEZ Lounge: Go back to the prohibition era and visit SpeakEZ Lounge, a relatively new restaurant with unique beer options and eclectic, price-friendly food items. Three ArtPrize entries will be showcased.
The Grand Woods Lounge: With a rustic, cabin-like interior, Grand Woods has a wide variety of drink options, as well as a relaxing outdoor porch. Four ArtPrize entries will be showcased.
ArtPrize starts Wednesday and runs through Oct. 3. For more information, visit artprize.org.