GRAND RAPIDS — For lovers of beer, cider, mead, music and comedy, the 6th Annual Great Brew Ha Ha! was a perfect date for Valentine’s Day weekend.
Grand Rapids-area Brewery Vivant, Cellar Brewing Company, Founders Brewing Co., Perrin and The Hideout were among the over 40 drink vendors whose libations were sampled by patrons. Several breweries had staff on hand describing specific offerings, including Right Brain Brewery’s Ryan Engemann, Resident Beer Geek., who explained what goes into the brewery’s popular CEO Stout.
The stout, which was the brewery’s first-ever bottled beer released in 2012, contains chocolate, espresso and oatmeal flavors — hence the CEO name.
The brewery also brought favorites such as Northern Hawk Owl Amber Ale, Will Power Pale Ale and Naughty Girl Stout.
Several vendors also peddled beer-related gifts for that special someone, while the Michigan Beer Film crew was present to sell DVDs and answer questions about the project.
Brave souls, or perhaps those who simply had enough to drink to feel brave, could ride the mechanical bull set up among inflatable safety equipment in the center of the action.
Music from the local comedy duo Bimini Brothers, long-known for their satirical lyrics, could also be heard in the arena as the evening wound down. On Saturday evening attendees were treated to comedy from nationally-known Pat McGann and Al Jackson.