GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Brewing Company tapped a collaboration Belgian Black IPA entitled La Noire Vitesse on Wednesday night for High Five Co-op Brewery’s third membership buy-in party.
Towards the back of GRBC’s rather large taproom, High Five board members were represented via logo tees and other merchandise, including stickers, buttons, pint glasses and beer koozies.
Dressed in the classiest combination of argyle and tweed, Nick LaVelle, president of High Five, commented on the recipe-building process.
Members of High Five approached the award-winning brewers at GRBC, with the idea to brew a black IPA, which was an idea that the 80-something members of High Five collectively came up with. Since GRBC had recently run a black IPA through their taps, the assembly of brewers had decided to keep things fresh and do a black IPA with a Belgian yeast.
LaVelle stated that when developing the recipe according to GRBC’s high-end, organic standards, “we wanted to use as much Michigan hops and Michigan organic product as we could, and then supplement with hops that were traditional of Belgian beers.”
Needless to say, the final product was a wonderfully balanced waltz of the estery yeast, fruity and spicy hops, and roasted malt character. The beer poured with a dense, light brown head and with a complex aroma that could stop traffic, and although they packed 72 IBUs into the beer, it felt quite smooth, and exhibited no excessive bitterness or harshness.
High Five has nine board members, including LaVelle, a vice president, secretary and treasurer. Not only will the board members all take part in deciding what types of beers will be served when the co-op opens its fully functioning pub, but so will all of High Five’s members.
As well as receiving the typical benefits of your run-of-the-mill mug club membership, all High Five members will be a legal part-owner of the brewery.
Thus far, the brewery’s funding events have gone quite well, with the hope to move into its own pub sometime next year.
High Five plans to add online membership buy-ins, so stay tuned for details on that and the next event by via the brewery’s Facebook page.