It’s that time of year again. We’re only a month away from Brewery Vivant’s biggest, baddest, woodiest party of the year—their Wood-Aged Beer Festival (WABF). The Grand Rapids mainstay is hosting this year’s event Saturday, September 19th in the parking lot behind the pub. Things are a little different, with two tasting sessions: Afternoon (1-4 p.m.) and Evening (5-8 p.m.) scheduled, to allow for more people to enjoy 20 plus limited, rare, and exclusive beers in an intimate beer-centric environment.

The Vivant scratch-kitchen will have festival foods available should hunger arise. Tickets are $35 and include 10 tokens, a collector’s edition tasting glass, and access to some incredible beer. Limited tickets available online at or directly through

More fun info: This will be the “Wooden anniversary” (as per Victorian tradition) of WABF at Brewery Vivant as they celebrate their fifth festival and fifth year in business in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids.
“We’re hoping with more tokens in your glass from the start, less people on the grounds at once, and a map to guide you, this year’s festival will be the best one yet,” said Kate Avery, Abbess of Beer and Director of Sales & Marketing. “The brewers have been plotting for this unveiling since last November. It’s their big party with big flavors. We’re glad to share it with more enthusiasts by offering two sessions this year.”
Wood-aging beers hearkens back to the earliest beer brewing traditions when vessels were all made of wood and brewers worked to blend flavors into drinkable liquid. Unique flavor profiles arise in the already flavor-forward craft beers when aged in wood. Expect old favorites from the vault, as well as new, never-before-tasted experiments. Love Shadow, the bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout makes a triumphant return to the tap handles, as well as a cellared Wizard Burial Ground (2014 vintage bourbon barrel-aged quadrupel).

Get your tickets ASAP, as this one usually sells out. MittenBrew will be there and we hope you will be too!

Note: The Pub will be open for business as usual on Saturday, 11am-midnight. The festival grounds are separate.

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