Traverse City, Mich. – Seven years ago Matt Cozzens and Jim Smolak had a dream to bring great beer and great food to Traverse City. They dreamed big, opening their craft beer bar with an almost unheard of 46 taps; wine, cider, local mead; and an ever changing bottled beer selection. Fast forward to today and 7 Monks Taproom – thrice named to Draft Magazine’s 100 Best Beer Bars in America – is celebrating a monumental anniversary.
According to co-owners Matt Cozzens and Jim Smolak, it’s time to party. And they plan to do just that on Sept. 22 as they present the “7 Monks Experience” from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Back Abbey.
“This celebration captures the best of our past 7 years of friendships created through beer,” said Cozzens.
Those friendships will be highlighted with 7 different brewery tents:
Short’s Brewing Company Tent featuring multiple past 7 Monks Taproom anniversary ales/lagers plus this year’s edition; Gratitude – a hoppy farmhouse ale
Odd Side Ales Tent featuring the 7 Monks 7th Anniversary Dank Juice IPA
Local’s Tent featuring Low Bar, Filling Station and Earthen Ales
Schilling Beer Co./Resilience Tent featuring Travese City friends who operate these great breweries out in the White Mountains of New Hampshire
Trappist Tent featuring Chimay, Rochefort, and other Trappist gems
Founders Brewing Co. Tent
Left Foot Charley Winery and Tandem Ciders Tent
Taqueria Las Lagunas food truck will be on site in the Back Abbey, and Timed Tappings will take place throughout the event, including:
4 p.m.: Transient Artisan Ales (Bridgman, MI)
6 p.m.: Speciation Artisan Ales (Grand Rapids, MI)
8 p.m.: HOMES Brewery (Ann Arbor, MI)
10:30 p.m.: Mystery Tapping
No party is complete without live music, and 7 Monks is ready to serve up the best.
“We are thrilled that we will be joined by Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish and The Go Rounds,” said Smolak.
Tickets are $7 each and include your first pour (12 oz.) of any draft beer featured in the Back Abbey. Event tickets may be purchased by visiting 7 Monks Taproom in Traverse City or by going online to ?. Additional drink tickets will be available to purchase on-site for $5 per 12 oz. draft pour. Attendees must be 21+ to enter the Back Abbey.
About 7 Monks Taproom:
7 Monks Taproom is a craft beer bar and gastropub that has twice been named one of America’s Best Beer Bars by Thrillist and to Draft Magazine’s 100 Best Beer Bars in America for three consecutive years. With a heavy focus on Belgian Ales, especially Trappist beer, European ales and lagers, 7 Monks also offers a variety of wine, cider, and the best craft beers from Michigan, the United States, and the world. 7 Monks-Traverse City is located at 128 S Union St and 7 Monks-Grand Rapids. Visit them online at 7MonksTap.com.