ARMADA, MI – Blake’s Hard Cider located at Blake Farms is gearing up for its 3rd Annual Cider Dayze Festival on August 26 and 27.  In partnership with the Armada Lions Club, this beer, wine and cider festival is one of the largest of its kind in Michigan.  “Its really about raising money for a great organization that focuses on giving back and community; we’re thrilled to be able to achieve this, while hosting a fun and local event” says Lions President, Steve Jerzewski.

Although the festival is only going on its 3rd year, it has grown organically through word of mouth to over 50 breweries, wineries, and cideries. Some of the biggest breweries in the country will attend this year’s event, from well-known names like Founder’s and Ballast Point, to new comers like Fillmore 13 of Pontiac. “We love that this is a predominantly “Michigan-made” festival and that it’s not exclusive to only craft beer like many others are. As the second largest apple producing state in the world, we take pride in our state’s ciders” says Marketing Manager, Chelsea Iadipaolo.

The festival has not only added more craft beverages, but more outdoor games too.  The Fowling Warehouse is providing boards for free play all day, along with free yoga classes for ticket holders both Saturday and Sunday. The Silent Disco tent is a crowd favorite, and with live music all day, there’s something for everyone.

Tickets are available at the door, rain or shine, must be 21 or over to attend. Designated driver tickets also online at www.ciderdayze.com.

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ARMADA, MI – Blake’s Hard Cider located at Blake Farms is gearing up for its 3rd Annual Cider Dayze Festival on August 26 and 27.  In partnership with the Armada Lions Club, this beer, wine and cider festival is one of the largest of its kind in Michigan.  “Its really about raising money for a great organization that focuses on giving back and community; we’re thrilled to be able to achieve this, while hosting a fun and local event” says Lions President, Steve Jerzewski.
Although the festival is only going on its 3rd year, it has grown organically through word of mouth to over 50 breweries, wineries, and cideries. Some of the biggest breweries in the country will attend this year’s event, from well-known names like Founder’s and Ballast Point, to new comers like Fillmore 13 of Pontiac. “We love that this is a predominantly “Michigan-made” festival and that it’s not exclusive to only craft beer like many others are. As the second largest apple producing state in the world, we take pride in our state’s ciders” says Marketing Manager, Chelsea Iadipaolo.
The festival has not only added more craft beverages, but more outdoor games too.  The Fowling Warehouse is providing boards for free play all day, along with free yoga classes for ticket holders both Saturday and Sunday. The Silent Disco tent is a crowd favorite, and with live music all day, there’s something for everyone.
Tickets are available at the door, rain or shine, must be 21 or over to attend. Designated driver tickets also online at www.ciderdayze.com.
SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE: Use MITTENBREW during your ticket purchase and receive $10 off!

cellarmen's

Cellarmen’s first-ever bottled release, Beet Your Meade, is a Beet and Black Currant Saison Mead that will be sold at their Hazel Park taproom on August 5th in celebration of National Mead Day. The magenta hued honey wine is made with all-Michigan ingredients, including a red beet varietal that was brought over by Cadillac and his landing party when they arrived in Detroit, and is now grown Biodynamically in the city. The mead also is made with Michigan Wildflower Honey and Black Currants from Coons Farm in Coleman, MI.

Beet Your Meade is the first in Cellarmen’s “Farm-to-Glass” series celebrating Michigan-grown produce and honey. The beets are sourced from ROI Urban Farms, Detroit’s first Biodynamic farm, orchard and compost operation. Biodynamic agriculture is a type of organic farming that uses holistic and self-sustaining methods to achieve ecological, social, and economic sustainability.

“By incorporating Biodynamic produce, Cellarmen’s is reaching for the highest standards in their products” said Jamie Meyers, owner at ROI Urban Farms. “The payoff is higher quality and better nutrition. It’s pure, unadulterated Michigan fruits, vegetables and honey.”

The 13.5%abv 375ml bottles cost $60 and will be available at Cellarmen’s on August 5th. In addition to the bottled release, Cellarmen’s plans to release up to a dozen new meads and ciders on draft that day. The TruckShuka food truck will also be on site for the event.

summer beer fest

In the beginning, 1997 to be precise, there were approximately 30 breweries with membership in the newly minted Michigan Brewers Guild. The purpose of their inception was to form an alliance to promote our state’s emerging beer industry and advocate in legislative matters. Two decades later, with their support and guidance, that number is 239 and growing. More than half of the current members helped celebrate this milestone anniversary at the 20th edition of Summer Beer Festival in Depot Town.

The Guild’s first sanctioned beer festival took place in their inaugural year with a couple dozen breweries and approximately 600 attendees. Eleven of those original participating breweries have returned for this year’s festival, although not all of them have been present at every festival in between.


This weekend’s celebration nearly broke the perimeter of Riverside Park and exemplified the exponential growth realized over twenty years, with more than 145 breweries serving over 1,140 beers, and a two day total crowd of 12,000 people enjoying the wealth of choices.

Several of the breweries participating in last weekend’s edition were also celebrating their 20th anniversary and have grown alongside the Guild. In 1997, Founders Brewing Company was a relatively small operation whose back door read “Canal Street Brewing.” Dark Horse Brewing Co began its first incarnation in downtown Marshall as a now-closed gastropub that would blossom into an entire compound of craft businesses in it’s second life. Dragonmead Microbrewery was formed and preparing to open. Atwater Brewery began producing German style lagers in Detroit’s historic Rivertown district, adding more locations as their range of beers expanded. CJ’s Brewing Company set up shop in Commerce Township, later opening a second location in Plymouth. Woodward Avenue Brewers began “putting the ‘ale’ in Ferndale” and hasn’t stopped. The list of breweries with proven staying power goes on.



Inevitably not every beer business succeeds. As the years have come and gone, so have some of the breweries. Fortunately for enthusiasts there’s a steady stream of new breweries willing to take their place in the game. Those new to the MBG festival circuit this summer include Transient Artisan Ales, Greyline Brewing Company, Speciation Artisan Ales, and several others. Breweries are able to participate as members when they’ve satisfied the Guild’s requirements including a waiting period.

The seasonal festivals planned in 2018 are sure to impress with steadily bigger numbers representing the ever-expanding beer scene as the Michigan Brewers Guild reaches the equivalent years of the legal drinking age in our Great Beer State. In the meantime, enjoy the remainder of Michigan Craft Beer Month and toast a hearty cheers to 20 years!

 

belgian beer week

WESTLAND, Mich. – The seventh annual North American Belgian Beer Festival (NABBF), the largest exclusively Belgian-made beer festival in the US, leads off a new national Belgian Beer Week. The event, sponsored by the Consulate General of Belgium/Flanders Investment and Trade and major importers, will be held near Westland Shopping Center. This year there will be two sessions; one on Friday July 14 and a second session Saturday July 15.

This year’s event will have its largest contingent of brewers in from Belgium to the US at one place and time. “One would have to go to Belgium to meet this many Belgian brewers and even then it would be hard to talk with so many,” said the Festival’s Michigan-based organizer Roy More. Belgian beer experts will be on hand representing over forty Belgian craft breweries to discuss the 160 beers being offered. “This event is for those who care about what they drink and want to learn or to learn more about some of the best beers in the world,” said More.

Belgium is recognized by many experts as one of the world’s top beer nations, with Belgian brewers creating more recognized styles of beer per capita than any other country. The Michigan festival is the start of a national Belgian Beer Week. After Michigan’s group gathering, brewers individually will fan out across the country for other showcase events from California to New York, from Texas to Vermont. “The U.S. Belgian Beer Week aims to garner appreciation for arguably the best brewers in the world. These are the original, authentic craft brewers who started brewing beer generations ago for their village, and today export their brews to countries all over the world. One week of recognition for these pioneers in brewing is a long time coming here in the U.S.” – Steve Villani President, Global Beer Network

Tickets and more Festival information are available online.

About Consulate General of Belgium/Flanders Investment and Trade

Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT) promotes international enterprise in Flanders in a sustainable way as a key factor in the social and economic development of the region. FIT does so by supporting the international activities of Flemish companies and by attracting foreign investors to Flanders.

 

Oxford, Mich — Since opening its doors in April this year, HomeGrown Brewing Company has enjoyed enormous success and support from the community. Over 400 people attended the Grand Opening, mug-club pre-sales sold out, and the brewery has sold over 15,000 pints.

“Our biggest sellers seem to be our IPA, Oxford Ale, and Whitbier, but our Whamber – an original style we coined – is also proving very popular,” said Head Brewer Joe Powers.

“We also got a great response to our seasonal Michigan IPA, which we made from all-Michigan ingredients,” Joe said. “To be able to source everything from hops to yeast in our own state is incredible, and makes for a top-quality beer.”

“Now that we are up and running we are able to engage more with some local events and get some feedback on what people want,” said owner John Powers.

HomeGrown Brewing Company has recently begun its outdoor summer concert series. Over 60 people attended the opening performance on July 1, which featured Michigan artist Anthony Christie.  “One thing we got a lot of requests for was live music, so we realized how important that is – especially in the summer,” said General Manager Jeff Powers.

The free “Backyard Concert Series” will run most weekends, with artists playing in the new outdoor addition to the downtown Oxford brewery. Anthony said he was delighted to be the first performer at the brewery, and that support for local artists is important. “It always seemed to me that the people who take the time to appreciate and enjoy a good craft beer also seem to be the ones who are more apt to enjoy good vibes and good music,” said Anthony.

The concerts add ambiance to the beer garden atmosphere of the new patio at HomeGrown, which features fire-pits, bench seats, and picnic tables. “We are really excited about our outdoor area – it’s arrived just in time for summer and it’s such a great spot to relax with a pint,” said John.

HomeGrown is something of a family affair for the Powers clan. Owners John and Marie keep a hand-on approach with John as the Master Brewer. Their eldest son, Joe, has returned from Australia to work as Head Brewer. Second son, Jeff, oversees the front-of-house as General Manager, Joe’s wife Kate assists as Media Liaison, and the youngest sibling Katie leads the Social Media program.

“Between engineers, cooks, artists, managers, and journalists – we feel very lucky to have so much collective knowledge in the family and we love seeing that transform into a great local business,” said Marie.

 

grand river brewery

While growing up in Jackson, MI, I saw tons of businesses come and go in the downtown area. It was always sad watching a memorable place close, but it was intriguing to see what comes next.

grand river breweryAbout 4 years ago Jackson’s next big thing was the opening of Grand River Brewery. They brought a new kind of spunk to Jackson by reviving an 85 year old building and giving it a new unique style. Grand River renovated the entire place and added a kitchen, column still, and a 15-barrel steam powered brew house.

“We see downtown as having a lot of potential and being up and coming,” said John Burtka, owner of Grand River Brewery. “We wanted to be one of the first ones here to help establish new investment in downtown Jackson.”

Grand River’s brew house is home to the award winning Monkey Mouth IPA and several other delicious beers. They also have wine that they make with Michigan grapes grown at local vineyards. Not only that, they also are a craft distillery that distills whiskey, vodka, gin, and rum.

“We didn’t want customers not coming to our taproom because one person out of four in that party wanted a mixed drink. So we started distilling too,” said Burtka

grand river brewery

Grand River Brewery is also planning to expand their beer distributing within Michigan so more people can enjoy their tasty beers.

But don’t wait for the beer to come to you! Go to the beer and bring all your friends because there is something for everyone. Grand River Brewery is a great place to grab some amazing food and drinks, and a great place to see how hard work and determination can have such a positive influence on a city.

On June 28, celebrate GRB’s 4 year anniversary at their Annual Pig Roast and beer release. They’ll be debuting the new Pinky ‘N Da Grain Raspberry Gose. Billy Lewis and The Soulbacks will be playing a live set from 6PM-9PM.

Plates are $16 and include a 1/2 lb. of pork, bbq sauce, slaw, potato salad, corn on the cob, and a slice of watermelon.

grand river brewery

 

After weeks of rumblings among industry insiders, and days of speculation on social media, the news concerning potential changes at Arbor Brewing Company has been officially confirmed. Ownership is shifting, but the company’s roots will stay in Michigan.

arbor brewingArbor Brewing Company, one of Michigan’s oldest craft beer brands, has joined the Farm + Ferment family of Michigan-based hospitality businesses, that includes Michigan Hop Alliance, Northport Farms, Baia Estate Vineyard, Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina, Bacco Ristorante and Cloverleaf Fine Wine, through an acquisition by ABC Brew Holding, LLC and ABC Brew Production, LLC.

“It’s such an amazing opportunity to be able to join this group!” René Greff, a founding co-owner of ABC said. “We’ve heard nothing but good things” regarding Farm + Ferment, she added.

Farm + Ferment’s ABC Brew Holding, LLC and ABC Brew Production, LLC have acquired the membership interests of Arbor Brewing Company founders Matt and René Greff, and the other investors, in both Arbor Brewing Company, LLC and Corner Brewery, LLC, respectively, and engaged the Greffs in a 10-year agreement. Along with the business assets, ABC Brew Holding, LLC will have exclusive brand rights throughout North America. Greff Brewing Services, LLC will retain exclusive rights to Arbor Brewing Company throughout India, and the two entities will share the brand rights throughout the rest of the world.

“In an era of craft breweries being gobbled up by multi-nationals, we couldn’t be more pleased to be joining a consortium of local, independent Michigan operators representing the best of our industries,” René Greff said. “This strategic partnership will allow both the Arbor Brewing Company Brewpub and Microbrewery to continue to grow and thrive in an evolving craft beer marketplace, and it will free Matt and I up to do what we love best – promote and grow the brand here and abroad.”

According to René, the couple is planning to extend their annual stay in India next Spring to attend to the needs of the company there but will remain active and involved in Michigan as well.

“Acquiring a brewery fit perfectly with our long-term strategy,” said Mike Collins, managing principal, Farm + Ferment. “We’ve been very successful with our wine and hop businesses, and are continuing to expand the Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina brand. We were in the initial planning stages of a new brewery when we started discussions with the Greffs. We all knew right away that this was an ideal situation for everyone.”

Collins goes on to say that all current employees will remain, and ABC Brew Production, LLC has plans to expand the Ypsilanti location and eventually open additional brewpubs around the state.

Brian Tennis of Michigan Hop Alliance told MittenBrew.com “Farm and Ferment is a new entity that will focus on our hopyards, vineyards, and orchards as well as the new brewery and the winery being built in Northport.”

Tennis’ role will continues to be focusing “on our hop operations, including running the day to day Michigan Hop Alliance business. As well as overseeing our hopyards, brokering hops both foreign and domestically, and to work closely with our network of over 600 breweries around North America and Europe. I’m obviously very excited about working with everyone at ABC and will be providing the brewery with the best hops available with a stronger focus on Michigan grown ingredients.”

 


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