foreigner

WLAV presents a very special Grand Rapids event when legendary rock band Foreigner members will stop at a local brewery to try beer, meet the area people and play a short acoustic set.

 

Kentwood, MI – The newly opened Broad Leaf Local Beer will welcome Foreigner band members on Saturday August 10 from 6-9:00 PM for a ticketed event ahead of their sold-out Sunday concert at Frederik Meijer Gardens. The evening is billed as a VIB (Very Important Beer) event where attendees can enjoy a beer with band members, pose for photographs, and enjoy a short acoustic song set. 

Foreigner band members Michael Bluestein and Bruce Watson are big fans of beer, and love to try the local beer in the towns they visit. “Michael and I especially try to get out and see what craft beers are being made in the area,” said Watson. “We always ask bartenders, ‘Do you have anything local on tap?’ That’s the first thing we always ask,” he added. The two band members are such big beer fans that they have taken the first step into the Cicerone beer program and are both Certified Beer Servers. 

Foreigner is responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Hot Blooded,” “Cold As Ice,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is”. 

broadleaf“We are really excited and honored to host the band at the brewery. I grew up listening to their songs and having a chance to share a beer with these guys is a brewer’s dream come true.” says owner Jason Spaulding. “I understand Michael loves Pilsner beer and our ‘Cult Pils’ is one of the beers we are most proud of from our new brewery. It is only available at our two locations so it is as local as it gets” adds Spaulding. “I can’t wait to pour one for him”. 

“The Foreigner show at Meijer Gardens sold out in less than ten minutes” says tap room manager Jared Rader. “The people of the area definitely love this band. We have the last tickets available for this show along with a chance to meet the band members in person. It is going to be a great night” he adds. 

 

Event Details:

Tickets for the VIB event go on sale July 18 only through the brewery’s website. There are 28 premier tickets ($199) which include admission to both the Saturday VIB event at Broad Leaf Local Beer and the sold-out concert on Sunday August 11 at Frederick Meijer Gardens. There will be an additional 100 tickets ($50) available for the Saturday VIB event.

All tickets will go on sale on a first come first serve basis at 6:00 PM Thursday July 18. Broad Leaf Local Beer will be closed to the public starting at 4:00 the night of the event. Tickets are only available online and purchasers must be 21 years or older for the Saturday event. 

Broad Leaf Local Beer’s tap room is open now with beer, cider & wine service and guests are allowed to bring in take-out food from other area restaurants. The Grand Opening is scheduled for Wednesday August 7, 2019 when their kitchen will be fully operational. Expanded hours including lunch service are planned and will be announced ahead of the Grand Opening date. 

 

About Us

Broad Leaf Local Beer is a Certified B Corporation and one of the first brewpubs in the city of Kentwood. At our tasting room, we focus on flavor exploration, building community and finding the connections between industry and the natural environment. Broad Leaf will explore what it means to be a modern American craft brewery with a wide range of classic and boundary pushing beer. Broad Leaf Local Beer is under the same ownership as Brewery Vivant. The two breweries operate with a similar ethos but have different beer and food focuses. 

 

craft beer month

 

(LANSING, Mich) – Legislators in Lansing have recently declared July as “Michigan Craft Beer Month” with the introduction of House Resolution No. 135 and Senate Resolution No. 61, noting the brewing industry’s long-standing history, impact on both the tourism and agricultural interests and the ongoing contributions to the overall economy of the state.

Formed in 1997, the Michigan Brewers Guild operates as the non-profit trade organization representing craft brewing interests around the state. With more than 290 member breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs spread out from coast to coast to coast – throughout both Peninsulas, in rural and urban areas – it’s no wonder Michigan is known as “The Great Beer State.” Currently Michigan ranks #4 nationally for the overall number of breweries, at 350+, according to the Brewers Association.

The highlight of “Michigan Craft Beer Month” is the 22nd Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival, July 26-27 at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town – along the banks of the Huron River. Featuring nearly 150 breweries and more than 1,000 unique beers, this is the largest of the Guild’s four annual festivals (the others being the UP Fall Beer Festival, September 7 in Marquette; Detroit Fall Beer Festival, October 25-26 at Eastern Market in downtown Detroit; and Michigan Winter Beer Festival, February 21-22 at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, just north of downtown Grand Rapids). More than 35,000 people collectively attend the Guild’s annual festivals.

 

SR61 was introduced by Senator MacGregor and HR135 was introduced by Representatives Farrington, Chirkun, Clemente, Crawford, Garza, Gay-Dagnogo, Haadsma, Jones, Kuppa, Lasinski, Love, Manoogian, Sabo, Shannon, Slagh, Sneller and Warren. The House Resolution reads:

Whereas, Michigan craft brewers are a vibrant affirmation and expression of Michigan’s entrepreneurial traditions, operating as community-based small businesses and providing employment for more than 17,000 workers; and

Whereas, Our state has craft brewers in every region of the state and more than 300 craft brewers statewide; and

Whereas, Michigan ranks fifth in the nation for overall number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs; and

Whereas, The Michigan Brewers Guild celebrates Michigan Craft Beer Month each year by hosting a Summer Festival in July; and

Whereas, Craft brewers in Michigan support state agriculture by purchasing hops, malted barley, wheat, beet sugar, cherries, apples, and numerous other fruits, herbs, spices, and vegetables grown here; and

Whereas, Michigan craft brewers promote Michigan’s spirit of independence through a renaissance in handcrafted beers like those first brought to our state by European settlers and produced here by our forefathers, including Bernhard Stroh, for the enjoyment of the citizenry; and

Whereas, Striving to educate legal drinking-age residents, Michigan craft brewers convey awareness about the differences in beer flavor, aroma, color, alcohol content, body, and other complex variables, beer history, and gastronomic qualities of beer; and

Whereas, Michigan craft brewers champion the message of responsible enjoyment to their customers and work within their communities to prevent alcohol abuse and underage drinking; and

Whereas, Craft brewers in Michigan produce more than 100 distinct styles of flavorful beers, the quality and diversity of which have made Michigan the envy of many states, contributing to balanced trade with increased Michigan exports and promoting our state’s tourism; and

Whereas, Michigan craft brewers have shown a successful business model by contributing more than $700 million in labor income with a total economic contribution of more than $2.4 billion, thriving and expanding by furthering their economic importance to the state; and

Whereas, Michigan craft brewers are vested in the future, health, and welfare of their communities as employers providing a diverse array of quality local jobs, as contributors to the local tax base, and as committed sponsors of a broad range of vital community institutions and philanthropic causes, including not-for-profit housing development associations, chambers of commerce, humane societies, athletic teams, and medical research; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved by the Senate and House, That the members of this legislative body commemorate July 2019 as Craft Beer Month and recognize the contributions that Michigan craft brewers have made to our state’s communities, economy, and history; and be it further

Resolved, That we commend Michigan craft brewers for providing jobs, improving the balance of trade, supporting Michigan agriculture, and educating residents about the history and culture of beer, while promoting the responsible consumption of beer as a beverage of moderation.

The Michigan Brewers Guild is the network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Michigan Brewers Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025.

 

single

The West Side brew hall announces new series of singles nights

Tired of using dating apps that implore you to swipe left or right and reduce yourself to a few flattering selfies and a one-sentence bio? Wish you could just meet and chat with other single people with a shared love of craft beer? You’re in luck.

Harmony Hall is taking the “e” out of “eHarmony” and making it easier for single craft beer enthusiasts to find a spark, face to face. The beer hall is hosting its first “Single & Ready to Mingle” event this Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m.

“Craft beer is a great conversation starter, and our space at Harmony Hall is a perfect place to mingle,” said Kristine Kaechele, event manager at Harmony Hall. “Join us for good beer, craft conversation and a fun, low-pressure environment.”

single

There will be no speed dating or games at this singles night. Instead, Harmony Hall will serve a special “Single & Ready to Mingle” flight, which will come with a flight sheet filled with craft beer-focused conversation starters. The flight will include a beer brewed just for the event.

“We were inspired by a consensus among members in the Facebook group DrinkGR who were single and wanted opportunities to bond over a shared love of craft beer,” said Harmony Hall co-owner Heather Van Dyke-Titus. “We wanted to offer a safe, gimmick-free space for single craft beer lovers to make a connection.”

It’s time you started looking for love in all the right places. Visit Harmony Hall this Friday evening and make a crafted connection with another appreciator of all things microbrew.

farmers market

The popular local market will kick off on Thursday, June 20

 

CEDAR SPRINGS, MI  — Cedar Springs Brewing Company has announced that its summer farmers market will return for the third year.

The market will take place on Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. starting June 20 and running through September. Vendors will set up in the Heart of Cedar Springs—a grass lot behind the fire station on Maple Street in Cedar Springs near the German-inspired brewery.

farmers market“We’re excited to bring back our farmers market and once again share quality, locally made goods with the rest of the Cedar Springs community throughout the summer,” said David Ringler, Director of Happiness at Cedar Springs Brewing Co.

The local market features vendors from all over West Michigan selling fruits, vegetables and other value-added homemade products. This year’s edition will welcome new vendors as well as returning favorites such as Newton’s Family Farm, Dorothy and Toto’s Kettle Corn and Busy Mom Bakers.

Pets are also welcome to accompany their owners to the market.

“Bring your leashed fur babies for an afternoon of shopping!” Ringler said.

The CSBrew Farmers Market will coincide with the brewery’s popular recurring Jeep Night—a gathering of Jeep enthusiasts featuring live music and product displays. This summer’s Jeep Night series will begin June 20 at 6:00 p.m.

More community events at the market will be unveiled throughout the summer.

A new event series launching this summer, Dream Ride Night, will celebrate classic, modified and fun rides on two or four wheels. It will begin June 18th.

“Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates on upcoming market events,” Ringler  said.

The CSBrew Farmers Market is currently looking for sponsors. If you or your business is interested in sponsoring the market, or a market event, please reach out to opportunity@csbrew.com for more information.

reo town

 

The 7th Annual Lansing Beer Fest is coming back to REO Town, Lansing on Saturday, June 15th on Washington Ave. between South St. and Elm St. from 4-9pm, with special VIP entry starting at 3pm.

This year’s festival features live music, just like years past. Headlining this year is The Band Mint, they blend psychedelic funk and hip-hop lyricism, with supporting acts by The Gasoline Gypsies and Handsome Pete.
 
In addition to great music, this year’s festival is hosting 30 different breweries, cideries, distilleries with 100 different selections. New this year is a bourbon table which will have 10 different bourbons to sample. While sipping on your favorite adult beverage you can shop from the wide range of vendors.
 
Like last year, there will be a Giant Chess and Checkers, Giant Connect Four and new this year is Putterball. It’s like beer pong but you putt instead of throwing a ball.
 
The food choices are to be just as excellent with options from Shove It Pizza Truck, featuring the hottest pizza options, Picnic A Food Truck, organic, gluten free, vegan and delicious eats, and From Scratch Food Truck, serving fresh Mediterranean options. There’s sure to be a delicious option for everyone.
 
General Admission tickets (4pm entry) can be purchased in advance for $30 and $35 at the door, and includes a Logo Sampling Glass as well as 10 Sampling Tickets. VIP tickets (3pm entry) can be purchased in advance for $40 and includes a Logo Sampling Glass plus 15 Sampling Tickets.
 
Must be 21 to attend. This year we changed the DD ticket to an entry ticket for $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. You gain entry into the festival with the ticket but doesn’t include drink tickets.
 
The festival proceeds benefit the REO Town Commercial Association.
 
Learn more about Lansing Beer Fest at: http://LansingBeerFest.com

 

burning foot

The one-of-a-kind beer fest will take place on Muskegon’s scenic Pere Marquette Beach on August 24, 2019

 

Muskegon, Mich. — For the fifth year in a row, Lakeshore Brewers Guild is hosting the Great Lakes region’s only on-the-beach beer festival. Burning Foot Beer Festival returns on August 24, 2019. This year’s edition promises more breweries, bigger bands and better sound.

“We’re really upping our game this year,” said Burning Foot Beer Festival Chairman Allen Serio.

Eighty breweries from around the Great Lakes region will be represented at the festival. Festival goers can sip world class craft brews and munch on food offerings from six local food vendors, all while exploring the gorgeous natural scenery that permeates Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon, Michigan.

The festival will feature a “Hop Up” Art Tent with brewery inspired art by local and regional artists. Attendees can also look forward to the flaming “Hop Tower” installation, interactive element charging stations and more.

burning foot

Every year, Burning Foot Beer Festival brings in a mix of acclaimed local and national musical acts, and this year is no exception. The festival will have two stages, one main stage and one waterfront stage for acoustic acts. The music will kick off with high-energy country performer Matt Williams. The lineup also includes regional bands like Tropadelic and the Melophobics. Nineties alternative band Sponge will also perform, and the headlining band is national act Everclear, known for ‘90s hits like “Santa Monica” and “Father of Mine.” Check out the full band lineup on the Burning Foot Beer Festival website.

The experience promises to be one of a kind.

“Once you see that sunset over Lake Michigan on an August night while you’re drinking good beer and listening to great music—you can’t beat it,” Serio said.

Festival goers don’t need to worry about getting home after the festival, either—with the purchase of camping tickets, they can camp on sites right next to the festival grounds.

“You get down there, you spend the whole day at the beach, you enjoy this great festival, and then you can sleep right next door and wake up and hear the waves 20 feet away, crashing on the shore,” Serio said.

Tickets for the festival will first be available at a ticket release party hosted at the downtown Muskegon beach volleyball courts located behind the Western Market chalets on Saturday, June 8 from 12-4 p.m. The party will feature draft beer and music, and all tickets will be on sale without a processing fee before they are released online. General Admission tickets will also be available at a discounted rate of $45.

Online ticket sales will open at 5 p.m. on June 8, with General Admission tickets at $50, “Sandbox” VIP tickets at $125 and Designated Driver tickets at $20. Festival goers interested in camping can purchase tent tickets at $50 per tent and RV camping tickets $100 per site. Shuttle tickets are $10 each.

Participating breweries include:

MICHIGAN

  • Arclight

  • Arbor Brewing Company

  • Ascension Brewing

  • Atwater Brewery

  • Barrel & Beam

  • Batch Brewing Company

  • Beards Brewery

  • Bell’s Brewery

  • Big Hart Brewing Co

  • Big Lake Brewery

  • Boatyard Brewing Co

  • Brew Detroit

  • Brewery 4 Two 4

  • Brewery Vivant

  • Brooks Brewing

  • Cedar Springs Brewing Company

  • Cellar Brewing Co

  • Cheboygan Brewing Company

  • City Built Brewing Company

  • Clam Lake Beer Co

  • Cranker’s Brewery

  • Creston Brewery

  • Distant Whistle

  • Drafting Table Brewing Company

  • Dragonmead Microbrewery

  • Draught Horse Brewery

  • Eastern Market Brewing Co.

  • ELK Brewing

  • Fetch Brewing Co

  • Final Gravity Brewing Co

  • Founders Brewing

  • Grand Armory Brewing

  • Griffin Claw Brewing Company

  • Harbor Light Brewery

  • Haymarket Beer Company

  • Lansing Brewing Company

  • Ludington Bay

  • Midland Brewing Company

  • New Holland Brewing Co.

  • Newaygo Brewing Co

  • North Channel Brewing

  • North Pier Brewing Company

  • Odd Side Ales

  • Old Nation Brewing Company

  • One Well Brewing

  • OpenRoad Brewery

  • Our Brewing

  • Perrin Brewing

  • Petoskey Brewing

  • Pigeon Hill Brewing Company

  • Pike 51

  • Railtown Brewing Company

  • Rake Beer Project

  • Right Brain Brewing Co.

  • River’s Edge Brewing Co.

  • Rochester Mills Beer Co.

  • Saugatuck Brewing Co

  • Schmohz Brewing

  • Short’s Brewing Company

  • Silver Harbor

  • Sister Lakes Brewing Company

  • Speciation Artisan Ales

  • St Ambrose Cellars

  • Starving Artist Brewing Co

  • Stormcloud Brewing Company

  • Tantrick Brewing Co

  • Tapistry Brewing Company

  • Territorial Brewing Co.

  • The Mitten Brewing Company

  • Thornapple Brewing Company

  • Three Blondes Brewing

  • Trail Point Brewing

  • Unruly Brewing Company

  • Vander Mill Cider

  • Watermark Brewing

  • Waypost Brewing Co.

  • White Flame Brewing Co

INDIANA

  • Central State Brewing

ILLINOIS

  • Revolution Brewing Co.

WISCONSIN

  • Sprecher Brewery

fermenta michigan

Lansing, Mich. — Fermenta Michigan’s spring educational seminar will allow participants to learn more about the importance of water in production processes. FRESH WATER. GREAT TASTE is on Sunday, June 2, at Lansing Brewing Company, from 12-4 p.m. Speakers from government, brewing, and distilling entities, as well as waste water experts will be featured during a four-hour summit on the most important ingredient of any fermented beverage.

Speakers include:

Representative Sheryl Kennedy, Michigan’s 48th District. Rep. Kennedy will discuss PFAS and its effects on water quality in Michigan.

Alyssa Hughes, from Ann Arbor Distilling, will give a hands-on demonstration of water use in distilling and spirits.

Jason Caya, from Tenacity Brewing Company, will speak about navigating the Flint water crisis as a Flint-based brewery.

Tyler Glaze, Quality Director of Shorts Brewing, will speak about the importance of water types and brewing.

Annie Weidert, Regional Manager for the Americas for BioGill, will discuss wastewater solutions.

Rudy Othmer of Enereco will discuss water characteristics and brewery applications.

There will be a question and answer period after all presentations.

Tickets are $25 for Fermenta members and $30 for non-members. The ticket price includes presentations, one beer, and light appetizers. Purchase tickets using this link: https://freshwatergreattaste.eventbrite.com/

 

fermenta michigan

 

new holland

The brewery has partnered with three outfitters to celebrate the milestone anniversary

Holland, Mich.  — New Holland Brewing Company has partnered with REI Co-op, Merrell and Woosah Outfitters to celebrate 100 years of Michigan State Parks. Together, the partners have crafted a special beer and will host a series of events to benefit the state’s scenic parks.

“This partnership with Michigan State Parks is our way of showcasing the natural beauty that our state has to offer and the amazing parks that allow people to access these beautiful places,” said New Holland Brewing Company Brand Manager Adam Dickerson.

Nearly 100 years ago, the Michigan State Parks Commission was established to acquire natural lands for use as public parks. This year, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is celebrating those 100 years by highlighting the history of the parks and encouraging the public to support their future.

“The centennial is an opportunity to look back and give forward; to celebrate the 100 years of memories made in state parks, but also to engage and empower the next generation of state park enthusiasts to take action and ownership for the next 100 years,” said Ron Olson, chief of the Parks and Recreation Division for the Michigan DNR.

New Holland Brewing Company partnered with REI and Woosah Outfitters to create a special beer for the occasion.

Lake and Trail Lager is a copper lager, perfect for drinking after a day of hiking Michigan’s scenic state park trails. It will be released in six packs of cans and distributed only in Michigan. This beer will support Michigan State Parks and the centennial anniversary.

Woosah Outfitters Founder and Owner Erica Lang designed the Lake and Trail Lager cans. Using her signature woodcut technique, she drew inspiration from spending time in Michigan’s great outdoors.

“I wanted to capture some of the magic and bliss I feel hiking on Michigan trails—like catching the sunrise and sunset, feeling so small surrounded by the towering rows of pines and of course that big view of the lake,” Lang said. “The scene I carved combines all of these feelings into one beautiful trail.”

A release party for the beer will take place on June 29 at Woosah’s outdoor garden space and coffee shop, Outside Coffee Co. Woosah will be unveiling new gear in the shop and offering free beer outdoors with live music performances throughout the evening.

A series of hike and beer dinners to benefit Michigan State Parks will feature New Holland beers paired with a three-course meal. The “Trail to Table” dinners will take place at Leelanau State Park in Northport on July 27, P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon on July 28 and Island Lake State Recreation Area in Brighton on September 21.

The P.J. Hoffmaster “Trail to Table” event will be women only, in celebration of Genevieve Gillette, the “First Lady” of Michigan State Parks. Funds from this event will benefit the Gillette Nature Center.

“Genevieve Gillette was a pivotal leader in the early days of the state park system, and she is the namesake of the nature center for which we are raising funds,” Dickerson said. “We also wanted to provide an environment that is welcoming and comfortable for women craft beer drinkers, when so many other beer events tend to be very male oriented.”

new hollandNew Holland has partnered with REI and Merrell to provide added experiences to the “Trail to Table” events. Attendees will start the day with Merrell shoe demos and an approximately two-hour guided hike sure to provide scenic views of some of Michigan’s most beautiful landscapes. Following the hike, guests will have opportunities to connect with local REI experts, play yard games and enjoy the park before partaking in a beer dinner. The beer dinner will be set within the park and will feature a three-course meal with New Holland beer pairings. Each attendee will receive a complimentary REI Co-op Flash 22 Pack, courtesy of REI. Tickets are available online for $75 each and are capped at 75 tickets per event.

“As we open our new store in Grand Rapids, we are thrilled to support Michigan State Parks and the outdoor places that make this region special,” said Jessica Ganss, REI Grand Rapids store manager. “Our state parks provide some of the best opportunities to hike, camp and paddle, and this investment will help ensure they remain accessible for the next 100 years.”

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the “Trail to Table” events will benefit the hosting parks.

“From helping to generate funding for a track chair at Island Lake, to raising money for new, accessible playgrounds at Leelanau State Park, this partnership is helping state parks be relevant to everyone who visits and values them,” Olson said.

Helping to fund initiatives like these is a key reason New Holland has brought these partners together.

“We want to encourage others to give back to Michigan State Parks,” Dickerson said. “The events are the perfect way to financially support the state parks while participating in an amazing experience that will be sure to live on as a great memory for those who attend.”

Learn more about the partnership and purchase tickets for the “Trail to Table” events on New Holland’s website.

Lake and Trail Lager Release Party

Celebrate the release of the Lake and Trail Lager brewed in collaboration with REI and Woosah Outfitters to support Michigan State Parks. Enjoy free beer and catch live music outdoors, and check out new Woosah gear in the shop.

When: June 29, 2019

Where: Outside Coffee Co. at Woosah Outfitters, 738 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Trail to Table Beer Dinners

Join New Holland, Merrell, REI and Michigan State Parks to hike the trails at one of Michigan’s beautiful state parks, and then refuel with a three-course meal paired with New Holland beers. Things will kick off with a shoe demo from Merrell, followed by a hike through the hosting park. Attendees will receive a complimentary REI Co-op Flash 22 Pack, courtesy of REI. Tickets are available for purchase online for $75 each, with a 75 ticket cap for each event.

  • Leelanau State Park, Northport, MI
    July 27, 2019

  • P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, Muskegon, MI (women only)
    July 28, 2019

  • Island Lake State Park, Brighton MI
    September 21, 2019