Traverse City Beer Week came to a close over the weekend, and the 7 Monks Twelve Tap Taco Takeover highlighted the best the week had to offer.
The event featured 12 Short’s brews paired with four new and adventurous tacos. The menu offered suggested pairings for each taco, but participants were able to explore on their own.
The taco menu included a Classic Thanksgiving Taco and a Crawfish and Chorizo Stuffed Taco. The Classic Thanksgiving Taco was stuffed with turkey and sweet potato casserole and topped with a cranberry ginger chutney in a fried flour tortilla. This taco paired nicely with Short’s Paterfamilias, a cider/beer blend.
The Crawfish and Chorizo Taco took things in a different direction with crawfish and chorizo stuffed into a taco along with mustard greens and haystack onions. This “gumbo-esque” taco paired well with Hellacious Rock.
7 Monks hosted a variety of events throughout the week, each highlighting the originality of this region’s beer. The Taco Takeover did this, while also showcasing the area’s creativity with food. Where else can you get a Thanksgiving taco?

Gravity Taphouse Grille hosted VIPs on Monday, offering 64 taps and a variety of food menu options. The eclectic, industrial atmosphere includes a full bar, private gathering spaces and an outdoor heated patio.

Gravity will open to the public this Friday, and is located at 3210 Deposit Drive in Grand Rapids. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 4 p.m. For more information, visit gravitytaphouse.com.

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There was a lot to learn on Sunday as Brewery Ferment hosted Homebrewer’s Day as a part of Traverse City Beer Week.

Bryan Snyder, owner of Bad Teacher Brewing Supply, was on-site to guide attendees through the brewing process. Bad Teacher Brewing Supply recently celebrated its second anniversary and has seen a steady increase in business.

Schedules have slowed down from the summer, fruit has been harvested and the weather has gotten cooler.

“We’re entering our busy season,” stated Snyder.

Bad Teacher Brewing Supply is one of the few brewing supply stores in the area, and also offers educational workshops regularly. Beer week was a great opportunity for Snyder to reach out to a broader audience.

And Brewery Ferment was the perfect location for the event to take place. Dustin Jones, co-owner and head brewer of Brewery Ferment, is known for his experimental small batch brews. Focusing on local ingredients in small batches allows him to stay true to a recipe, without having to worry about large scale distribution.

Jones and Snyder worked together on the homebrewed belgian ale, brewed outside in the snow and rain. Participants were able to see the brewing process from start to finish. Ferment also offered beer specials and had the Lions game on TV.

Brewery Ferment is hosting a variety of other events throughout Traverse City Beer Week. To view the full schedule of events, visit http://www.traversecity.com/events-523/.

There was a lot to learn on Sunday as Brewery Ferment hosted Homebrewer’s Day as a part of Traverse City Beer Week.
Bryan Snyder, owner of Bad Teacher Brewing Supply, was on-site to guide attendees through the brewing process. Bad Teacher Brewing Supply recently celebrated its second anniversary and has seen a steady increase in business.
Schedules have slowed down from the summer, fruit has been harvested and the weather has gotten cooler.
“We’re entering our busy season,” stated Snyder.
Bad Teacher Brewing Supply is one of the few brewing supply stores in the area, and also offers educational workshops regularly. Beer week was a great opportunity for Snyder to reach out to a broader audience.
And Brewery Ferment was the perfect location for the event to take place. Dustin Jones, co-owner and head brewer of Brewery Ferment, is known for his experimental small batch brews. Focusing on local ingredients in small batches allows him to stay true to a recipe, without having to worry about large scale distribution.
Jones and Snyder worked together on the homebrewed belgian ale, brewed outside in the snow and rain. Participants were able to see the brewing process from start to finish. Ferment also offered beer specials and had the Lions game on TV.
Brewery Ferment is hosting a variety of other events throughout Traverse City Beer Week. To view the full schedule of events, visit http://www.traversecity.com/events-523/.

Upper Hand Brewery, a division of Bell’s Brewery, celebrated its grand opening today, just over a year after breaking ground in Escanaba.

The brewery features a 20-barrel brewing system capable of producing about 200,000 gallons of beer per year. Three beers — UPA (Upper Peninsula Ale), Escanaba Black Beer and Upper Hand Lager will be available outside of Escanaba on draft beginning this week. Bottles will be released beginning in December.

Both draft beer and bottles will only be available in the Upper Peninsula region.

“To be able to open a brewery in the U.P. fulfills a lifelong dream for me. I couldn’t be prouder to open the doors of this great facility here in Escanaba,” said Larry Bell, founder and president of Bell’s Brewery in Comstock.

A public open house is planned for Dec. 6 from Noon to 5 p.m. at the brewery.

GRAND RAPIDS — New Holland Brewing Co. and Rockford Construction announced Tuesday its plans for a multi-purpose construction project on the corner of Bridge Street and Broadway Avenue NW. The project will bring New Holland to Grand Rapids’ West Side, in addition to residential and retail space.

“Today’s announcement is another example of investing in the community as Grand Rapids’ growth continues,” said Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell. “We look forward to having New Holland Brewing Co. as a business here.”

The New Holland space will include a distillery tasting room, a brewery and restaurant. New Holland expects its part of the project will create approximately 150 jobs.

The brewery will also house it growing sour beer program (known as The House of Funk) at the new location, as well as produce whiskey on-site.

Plans also include brewing a monthly specialty beer in which a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Westside Neighborhood Association.

“We have been waiting a long time for the perfect opportunity to come along in Grand Rapids and I’m so excited that an opportunity presented itself on Grand Rapids’ West Side,” said New Holland President and Co-founder Brett VanderKamp. “I have fond memories of summer weekends and holidays at my Grandparent’s house on Widdicomb Avenue and day’s spent at Richmond Park.”

The demolition of the current buildings will begin in March 2015. New Holland expects to open the location in early 2016.

A crisp fall night, a pint of Smackintosh, and only the stars to light up the night’s sky made Glasses and Galaxies an event worth attending Friday night at Tandem Ciders in Suttons Bay.

Tandem Ciders partnered with the Leelanau Conservancy Friday night for the event. This unique event raised awareness for the conservancy, while also promoting products made in Leelanau County. Tandem Ciders offered a free pint of hard cider to the first 50 guests while the Leelanau Conservancy promoted awareness of the county’s preservation efforts.

Dick Cookman, a former astronomy professor at Northwestern Michigan College, was on-hand to provide background about telescopes and the night’s sky. Once the sun had set, guests were able to enjoy a dark sky lit up only by stars and a pint of locally crafted hard cider. Glasses and Galaxies captured the essence of Leelanau: the best of what nature has to offer.

To see what else Leelanau County has to offer, visit http://leelanauconservancy.org.

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HOLLAND — The Carhartt Woodsman collaborative brew won’t be the only thing at center stage when New Holland and Carhartt kickoff The Road Home to Craftsmanship tour. The tour, which starts Sept. 20 at Earthworks Harvest Gathering in Lake City, will also feature New Holland’s newly-renovated Stop & Taste Trailer.

The 34-foot 1947 Spartan trailer is geared up with 20 beer taps, a lounge outfitted in Carhartt upholstery and a wet bar.

The tour ends at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colo. on Oct. 2. Additional locations include:

  • Sept. 21: Grand Trunk Pub, Detroit
  • Sept. 23: New Holland Brewing Company, Holland
  • Sept. 24: Sugar Maple, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Sept. 25: Subterranean, Chicago, Ill.
  • Sept. 27: El Bait Shop, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Sept. 29: Reverb, Omaha, Neb.
  • Sept. 30: Mountain-View GPS Cookout, exact location in Colorado to be announced via GPS coordinates

New Holland and Carhartt fans can follow the trailer’s journey on New Holland’s blog. The Carhartt Woodsman, an American Pale Ale, will be available in stores Sept. 21.