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Grand Rapids, Mich. — March is Women’s History Month. International Women’s Day lands on March 8th annually, and since 2013, this day has also marked International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day, or IWCBD. IWCBD was founded by a female group of brewers in the U.K. who came together to collaborate and brew in their local communities. Led by Sophie de Ronde, these ladies decided to take a local idea and make it global to celebrate women and craft across the world.

To spread word of the event across the pond, de Ronde reached out to the Pink Boots Society, a U.S. organization with chapters in many of the 50 states. Denise Ratfield, head of Pink Boots Society’s social media at the time, helped launch IWCBD here in the U.S.

Since then, IWCBD has grown every year, and every year a new brewing theme is announced to challenge brew teams to get creative with ingredients and processes. In past years, recipes have been made to follow such themes as “Unite Exotic” and “Unite Local.” This year’s theme is “Unite Forage,” encouraging the use of wild yeast or local fruit, spices or herbs.

According to the official IWCBD map, over 80 breweries across the world have registered their collaboration brew days. They are joined by social groups, non-profits, local businesses and other craft companies who support the brews and the women making them.

Here in Michigan, there are 18 registered brew days on the official IWCBD calendar, and that’s not including breweries who did not register! These breweries are joined by local non-profits, craft ingredient companies, women’s social groups and more.

This year, one Michigan non-profit is actively promoting more emphasis, encouragement and support into IWCBD: Fermenta: A Women’s Craft Collective. Fermenta has made growing education and awareness for women in the fermented food and beverage industry its mission since the group was founded in 2014.

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Fermenta’s membership and executive board started reaching out months in advance to breweries and organizations to encourage more participation in 2019’s “Unite Forage’ IWCBD. Most brew days are open to everyone, allowing a chance to learn the brewing process, meet craft industry professionals and network with others. IWCBD encourages participating breweries to invite employees and community members to brew at the facility, bringing women together who are passionate about beer.

Following the footsteps of Pink Boots Society and working alongside other Michigan social groups and networking organizations, Fermenta has confirmed collaboration brew dates at the following breweries*:  

Batch Brewing Company, Beards Brewery, EagleMonk Pub and Brewery, Earthen Ales, Our Brewing Company, Perrin Brewing Company, Rare Bird Brewpub, Saugatuck Brewing Company, Short’s Brewing Company, Witch’s Hat Brewing Company, HomeGrown Brewing Company, Waypost Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery, Grand Armory Brewing Company, Redline Brewing Company, Silver Spruce Brewing Company, Bier Distillery, Fillmore 13 and Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse.

Michigan organizations, businesses and groups who are also participating include: Girls Pint Out-Holland, Girls Pint Out-Ann Arbor & Ypsilanti, Girls Pint Out-Petoskey, Flint Area Brewers, Mushroom Head Malt Company, Pink Boot Society-Grand Rapids and Craft Cultures.

To find registered brew days around the world, check the IWCBD map online at www.unitebrew.org.

To get more information on Michigan IWCBD, follow Fermenta on Facebook or ask your local brewery.

 

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Michigan Author to Read & Sign Novels at Craft Beer Bar

Ferndale, Mich.—Liz Crowe, an Ann Arbor-based author of over twenty romance novels, will be reading and selling/signing books from the Brewing Passion series at M-Brew in Ferndale on Thursday, February 28 from 6-9 p.m.

 

Tickets for the event are $35 and include:

Pizza, pasta and salad

Six Flight-sized drink tickets

Meet and Greet with Liz

Raffle with beer swag baskets (including some of Liz’s books)

 

M-Brew has organized an entire evening around the theme of “love and craft beer” and will be donating a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to Planned Parenthood of Ferndale. Beers from the following breweries will be included in the flights:

Shorts Brewing

Petoskey Brewing

Odd Side Ales

Drafting Table Brewing Company

Austin Bros Beer Company

Brewery Vivant

Cranker’s Brewery

Atwater Brewing

 

Liz is a brewery founder and former owner. She’s spent years as a craft beer marketing, social media, and sales consultant, and now provides beer and wine consulting for local bars, restaurants and stores in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties on behalf of Arbor Beverage. The majority of her successful romance novels are set in and around the craft beer world. The Brewing Passion series includes five novels, all of which will be available for purchase at the event for $12 each.

 

Purchase tickets here.

Learn more about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2271377346518976/

 

brewers grove

Tree Beer Release kicks off on Feb. 15

Grand Rapids, Mich. — From Feb. 15-Mar. 15, many of your favorite Grand Rapids breweries will be serving tree-themed beers to support increasing the city’s urban forest and tree canopy. Brewers Grove is an annual collaboration between Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Beer City Brewers Guild that raises funds for a tree planting and tree-beer party in the fall.

Participating breweries, distilleries and cider houses have created tree-themed beers to sell during Experience GR’s Beer Month GR. When the month wraps up, they’ll make a donation to Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, a nonprofit organization working to empower people to cultivate vibrant parks, green spaces and trees in the city.

The funds raised from tree beer sales will be used for a community tree planting and tree-beer party where the public can chat with brewers, plant trees and enjoy music and yard games. The trees planted will improve tree diversity in the city, provide a source of food to wildlife and park users and replace removed ash trees lost due to the Emerald Ash Borer epidemic.

“Everyone can agree that we need great green spaces and parks and that planting trees is a good thing,” said Jackson VanDyke, president of Beer City Brewers Guild. “Planting trees is also a concrete way that we can all participate in giving back to our city and the citizens who support us.”

Tree Beer Month will kick off with a celebration at Harmony Hall on Feb. 15.

brewers groveThroughout the month, fans will be able to find tree beer at 26 participating brewers. Harmony Brewing Company will offer DePeach Mode: Peach Gose a traditional Gose brewed with coriander and salt, and fermented on fresh peaches. Brewery Vivant’s feature is Nordhouse IPA brewed with juniper berries, MI-grown Chinook hops, and their farmhouse yeast. It is made in homage to the sprawling juniper trees in the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area. Elk Brewing will offer Black Trumpet Ale brewed with wild harvested mushrooms that mainly grow on Beech, Oak or other broad leaved trees. Black Trumpet mushrooms tend to leech a blackish color and will give a nice earthiness to the beer.

Brewers Grove started in 2013 when local brewers with the Beer City Brewers Guild asked Friends of Grand Rapids Parks how they could give back to parks and public spaces. Since its inception, 159 trees have been planted and over $30,000 have been raised for Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.

The event helps the City of Grand Rapids get closer to its goal of 40 percent tree cover, adopted in 2011 Green Grand Rapids plan on the recommendation of the City’s Urban Forestry Committee.

“In addition to helping achieve the City’s tree canopy goal, we also want to increase the city’s tree canopy because of all the health, economic, safety and energy benefits trees bring to our community,” said Tori Power, development coordinator at Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.

Learn all about Brewers Grove on the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks website.

About Beer City Brewers Guild

As a group of greater Grand Rapids area brewers, in collaboration with beer-centric businesses, the Beer City Brewers Guild works to celebrate, promote and raise awareness of the craft brewing culture in the Grand Rapids community. The nonprofit guild was founded in 2016 to function as a vehicle for collaborations, charitable giving and knowledge sharing around the subject of craft brewing.

About Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is an independent, citizen led, nonprofit organization founded in 2008, working closely with but separate from the City of Grand Rapids. Their mission is to empower people to cultivate vibrant parks, trees and green spaces in the Grand Rapids community. The organization envisions thriving parks and a sustainable urban forest that actively supports the community’s economic, environmental and cultural health.

rockford brewing

Rockford, Mich — Rockford Brewing Company will be hosting a weekend long party on Friday December 21 and Saturday December 22 to celebrate its 6th year of business. Attendees can expect a specialty food menu, discounts, beer releases, live music and more.

On Friday December 21 from 11 am – midnight, patrons can bring in a stein and fill it with 32 ounces of select beer for $5, enjoy a Bavarian themed menu, and also have a chance to win gift cards and mug club memberships throughout the day. Popular country/pop artist Kari Lynch will be performing at 8:30 p.m. In addition to food, beer and entertainment, Rockford Brewing Company gift cards will be discounted as followed: $20 for $25 gift card or $40 for a $50 gift card.

The following day, Saturday, December 22, will be a holiday extravaganza with holiday-themed trivia (teams of four) starting at 4 p.m. with mug club memberships for the winning team, an ugly sweater party, “A Charles Dickens Christmas” inspired menu, and a holiday set from local rockabilly band Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys at 8:30 p.m. Plus, all merchandise will be 50% off.

Rockford Brewing Company will be releasing two new beers: an imperial oatmeal coffee stout, and an amber ale.

Seth Rivard, Co-owner of Rockford Brewing Company, comments on their growth over the years, “We’ve had an exciting six years in the Rockford community and now we want to throw a party for all of those who supported us,“ said Rivard. “Since inception we’ve opened a kitchen, started bottling and canning our brews and putting them into statewide distribution, won awards, and more. We not only want to celebrate our business, but the customers and staff who have helped us get to where we are today.”

Rockford Brewing Company focuses on three things: quality, community, and culture. Founded in 2011 along the scenic Rogue River and White Pine Trail, RBC believes in celebrating the drinking and food culture from around the world while utilizing the best ingredients West Michigan has to offer. They are also a music and artist venue, showcasing local talent and providing a gathering space for all. Brewing beers and creating food that are both innovative and familiar, RBC is your home away from home.  


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WHAT: Bell’s Brewery is expanding its Dark Night, Darker Beers celebration following the success of its Michigan-focused event in 2017. This year, celebrations will be held across Bell’s distribution footprint.

These events will celebrate the longest night of the year (the Winter Solstice) with multiple Bell’s stouts on tap including two specialties that rarely travel beyond the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo. The exact lineup will vary from event to event, but below are some of the stouts that will be available:

  • Trumpeter’s Stout (4% ABV) – Originally debuting as one of the “10 Stouts of November” in 2001, this beer has seen a couple of recipe tweaks over the years. This latest version takes the same hop and malt profile as the previous and adds a small amount of lactobacillus for a low-alcohol, incredibly drinkable and flavorful session stout.
  • Bear Hug Imperial Stout (9.5% ABV) – Brewed with a careful selection of caramel and roasted malts, the end result is a moderate, smooth roasted maltiness that is warming and gentle, but still firm. Bear Hug is an Imperial Stout that showcases hop aroma without being overly bitter.
  • Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout (5.5% ABV) – A little brewers’ magic transforms locally roasted Arabica beans and a variety of specialty malts into a creamy, intense coffee stout. Arabicadabra is brewed with a cold coffee extract made at the brewery using a combination of fair trade, organic Nicaraguan coffee beans and Sumatra coffee beans. Lactose is also used for creaminess.
  • Cherry Stout (7% ABV) – Tinted ruby-black, Cherry Stout gains its signature tartness from 100% Montmorency cherries grown in Michigan’s Traverse City region. Rather than doubling up on sweetness, this tart cherry varietal serves as a counterpoint to the warm, dark chocolate notes from the malt bill. Lightly hopped for balance, this beer is one of the cornerstones of Bell’s stout portfolio.
  • Expedition Stout (10.5% ABV) – One of the earliest examples of Russian Imperial Stouts in the United States, Expedition Stout offers immensely complex flavors crafted specifically with aging in mind. A huge malt body is matched with a heady blend of chocolate, dark fruit and other aromas.
  • 30th Anniversary Cherry Stout Reserve (9% ABV) – This version was brewed in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Bell’s Cherry Stout, another specialty beer that was first brewed in 1988 as a nod to a local homebrew club in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It has grown to be one of the most anticipated beers we brew at the brewery every year. This version is brewed with whole cherries and oak chips. Coming in at 9.0% ABV, this commemorative batch is a celebration of what Cherry Stout means to the brewery.
  • Whiskey Barrel Aged Cherry Stout (9.3% ABV) – Aged for up to 12 months in whiskey barrels, our signature Cherry Stout evolves into something even more flavorful and complex. Notes of oak, vanilla and dark chocolate are intertwined with tart Michigan cherries in a stout that seduces the palate.
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout (13.4%) – This beer is a 12 month barrel-aged version of our award-winning Expedition Stout.
  • Special Double Cream Stout (6.1%) – Named for its velvety smooth, creamy texture, this incredibly rich stout is brewed with 10 different specialty roasted malts chosen for their notes of rich mocha and espresso. Dark and sweet tones intermingle with a soft, roasty finish.

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As part of this celebration, a special Bell’s Dark Night, Darker Beers 2018 Untappd badge will also be available to anyone who checks into a Bell’s stout during the week of Dec. 15. It will be available to unlock until midnight on Dec. 22.

WHO: Bell’s Brewery is Michigan’s oldest and largest independent craft brewery. For decades, stouts have held a special place in its portfolio from the year-round Kalamazoo Stout to Expedition Stout not to mention Black Note and so many more.

WHY: The Winter Solstice, also known as the longest night of the year, is a perfect time to celebrate a style that so many love and appreciate. Brewing a wide variety of stouts is one of the ways Bell’s celebrates its independence. This is a unique opportunity for Bell’s beer fans to sample and enjoy both rare and readily available stouts during a time of year that pairs so perfectly well together with dark and roasty beers.

WHEN: Dec. 16-22, with some events held on Friday, Dec. 21 at 5:23 p.m. to coincide with this year’s Winter Solstice (event start times may vary from location to location).

WHERE: Locations across Bell’s distribution footprint, visit bellsbeer.com for more information and updates as they become available.

 

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Detroit, Mich. — From September 14 to September 16, Batch Brewing Company will be celebrating their 4th Oktoberfest since opening their doors in 2015.

While the brewery dons lederhosen and the requisite decorations, they also reassume their alter-ego as Batch Brauerei, focused entirely on the Oktoberfest experience. Throughout the weekend of celebration, Batch Brauerei’s beer menu will be entirely made of German-style beers, with the exception of their Feelgood Tap collaboration with Hatch Detroit ‘The GORGAntuan’.

batch brewingThe weekend will feature German-style food, as well, highlighting Chef Matt Johnson’s take on Oktoberfest fare, including half roasted chicken, cheese spatzle, and pretzels, among other items.

German music, food, and beer are all a part of Batch Brauerei’s Oktoberfest party, one of the highlights of the brewery’s year. Their Festbier is available on draft at the brewery, as well as in cans. The event is open to the public and free to attend, but a ticketed option exists, which includes a meal, 1L stein, a beer, and reserved seating. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Batch Brewing Company has been voted as Best Microbrewery / Brewpub by both Metro Times and Hour Detroit, Best Brewery in Michigan according to Yelp, and was chosen as the #3 Best New Brewery in Michigan by MLive in 2016. Winners of Hatch Detroit in 2013, Batch Brewing Company opened their doors in early 2015. Batch Brewing Company’s original location is at 1400 Porter Street in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, and recently launched the Batch Brewing Company Funk Room at 2841 East Grand Boulevard.

 

WHAT AND WHY: To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Ashley’s Pub in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Bell’s Brewery has brewed a special commemorative batch of beer. Ashley’s 35th Anniversary Ale is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout with an ABV of 8.5%. It will only be available on draught.

Bell’s previously brewed a Brown Ale to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Ashley’s in 2013. Larry Bell also celebrates 35 years with Bell’s Brewery this year. Bell founded the Kalamazoo Brewing Co., specializing in homebrew supplies and ingredients, two years before the brewery sold its first commercial craft beer.

 

Jeff More, co-owner of Ashley’s Pub in Ann Arbor helps brew a special anniversary ale at Bell’s Comstock Brewery.

 

“Ashley’s exists to help people to have a great time. One of the ways we do this is by offering great beers like Bell’s. We’ve been serving Bell’s continuously since Larry first started to bring his beers over to us back in the mid-1980s” Roy More, Co-Founder of Ashley’s said.

“It is not how many lines of beers a place has, but the beers on the lines. That’s why we offer Bell’s,” he added.

 

 

WHO: Bell’s Brewery is the oldest and largest independent craft brewery in Michigan and the 7th largest craft brewery in the country. Ashley’s Pub is one of Bell’s earliest supporters and one of the oldest pubs in the state.

 

WHEN: A week-long celebration beginning Sept. 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. with at least 15 different draught beers including Bell’s Honey Hearted, Hopsoulution Double IPA, Octoberfest, Pomegranate Oarsman, Uberon, Larry’s Latest IPA, Larry’s Latest Fruit Ale, Two Hearted, Best Brown, Amber Ale and more. These beers will be available while supplies last at Ashely’s Ann Arbor location only.

Other anniversary events in Ann Arbor are:

  • Monday, Sept. 17: Trivia Night, 7-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18: Barrel Flights (2014 Black Note, 2016 Black Note, Saturn, Whiskey Barrel Aged Cherry Stout), 6-10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19: Brewers Happy Hour (food and beer pairing), 6-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 20: Mystery Tapping (Black Note fans will want to take note, and no, it’s not Black Note), 6 p.m.

 

WHERE: This limited, anniversary stout will only be available on tap at Ashley’s Ann Arbor (338 South State St.) and Westland (7525 N. Wayne Road) locations in addition to Bell’s Eccentric Café (355 E. Kalamazoo Ave.) in downtown Kalamazoo.

 

 

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Detroit, Mich. — Batch Brewing Company has debuted their September Feelgood Tap beer the ‘GORGAntuan’ as a fundraiser for Hatch Detroit and named in honor of founder Nick Gorga. The brewery will be contributing $2 from each glass of GORGAntuan sold to Hatch Detroit.

Hatch Detroit was established in 2011 to support the growth of independent retail in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. One of the organization’s most recognized programs, its annual contest, introduces 10 aspiring entrepreneurs to the city, ultimately awarding one business with a $50k grant from Comerica Bank, and $200K in support services. In 2013, Batch Brewing Company won Hatch Detroit’s business incubator contest, and has since gone on to grow and expand, including their new facility ‘The Funk Room’ on East Grand Boulevard in the North End neighborhood.

feelgood tapThe fundraising concept was launched in 2015 at Batch Brewing Company. The Feelgood Tap has since gone on to become a 501c3, fundraising for nonprofits across Michigan through craft beer sales. More than 35 breweries, bars, and restaurants have partnered to raise money through the Feelgood Tap.

“The Feelgood Tap was a part of our business plan from early on,” said founder Stephen Roginson. “It was important to us that we were doing more than making beer and making money. The community has provided tremendous support to our business, and Hatch Detroit has been a big part of that. It’s our honor to pay that forward.”

“Stephen and his team at Batch Brewing are the perfect example of why we started Hatch Detroit, to support incredible entrepreneurs who recognize the pivotal role they play in their communities,” said Nick Gorga, founder of Hatch Detroit. “We are thrilled and humbled that Batch has chosen Hatch Detroit as its Feelgood Tap beer and we hope the GORGAntuan is a huge success for both Batch and Hatch.”

The GORGAntuan is an Imperial IPA ringing in at 10% ABV. Medium-full bodied, smooth mouthfeel and notes of tropical fruit, candy sugar and pine. It will be available at Batch Brewing Company throughout the month of September.

Batch Brewing Company has been voted as Best Microbrewery / Brewpub by both Metro Times and Hour Detroit, Best Brewery in Michigan according to Yelp, and was chosen as the #3 Best New Brewery in Michigan by MLive in 2016. Winners of Hatch Detroit in 2013, Batch Brewing Company opened their doors in early 2015. Batch Brewing Company’s original location is at 1400 Porter Street in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, and recently launched the Batch Brewing Company Funk Room at 2841 East Grand Boulevard.

 

About Hatch Detroit:

Hatch Detroit is a Michigan based 501(c)(3) organization supports both existing and new retail initiatives in the cities of Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck. Hatch Detroit was founded in 2011 to give residents and aspiring entrepreneurs a voice in the redevelopment of Detroit. Beyond its annual contest, Hatch Detroit provides funding, exposure and mentoring in support of its alumni entrepreneurs. Together, Hatch Detroit alumni have opened 34 businesses, employ over 500 people, and have invested over $6.5 million in their businesses. To learn more, visit www.hatchdetroit.com.