winter beer fest

(LANSING, Mich) – Attendees at this year’s 15th Annual Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival on Saturday, February 22 will find more than 130 breweries offering samples of 840-plus different beers. Admission to the festival is for those 21 years of age or older, with valid I.D. required.

Tickets for the one-day event, held from 1-6pm outside at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park just north of downtown Grand Rapids, are available online for $55 (plus a $5 online service fee from EventBrite). Each ticket comes with 15 tokens which are exchanged for a 3 oz. sample of beer (certain higher-priced specialty selections may require additional tokens per sample). The detailed Beer List can be viewed online or is available in the official app from BeerFestList (iTunes and Google Play).

Those wishing to enter the festival an hour before the general public – when a handful of special beers will be available for sampling – should look at becoming an Enthusiast Member at an annual rate of $55. Other benefits include VIP ticket pre-sales for all festivals, members only events and MiBeer swag (a t-shirt, hat or bag).

This year’s entertainment includes Slumlord Radio on the stage from 1:30-3pm, followed by the ceremonial tapping of the festival keg and singing of the Michigan Beer Fight Song, then rounding out the day with Stone Soup and the Broken Teeth from 4-5:30pm.

For more about Winter Beer Festival, especially for those new to the event, the FAQ page provides details about everything from parking to designated driver tickets to what is allowed to be brought into the festival.

The MBG 2020 festival schedule includes:

  • Winter Beer Festival – Saturday, February 22 at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park
    Tickets on sale now
  • Spring Beer Festival – Saturday, May 16 at Turtle Creek Stadium in Traverse City General admission tickets go on sale on Thursday, March 5 at 10am
  • Summer Beer Festival – Friday, July 24 & Saturday, July 25 at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti
    General admission tickets go on sale on Thursday, April 30 at 10am
  • U.P. Fall Beer Festival – Saturday, September 12 at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette
    General admission tickets go on sale on Thursday, June 25 at 10am
  • Detroit Fall Beer Festival – Saturday, October 24 at Eastern Market in Detroit
    General admission tickets go on sale on Thursday, August 6 at 10am

For more on each festival, visit MiBeer.com/events.

The Michigan Brewers Guild was formed in 1997 and held its first festival in July 1998. Today, the Guild hosts five festivals dedicated exclusively to Michigan craft beer produced by its more than 290 member breweries (a number that increases on a monthly basis).

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.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry contributes more than 21,000 full-time jobs and $872 million in labor income, with a total economic impact of over $2.5 billion. In terms of overall number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #4 in the nation—supporting its title as “The Great Beer State.”

 

light hearted

COMSTOCK, Mich. – The eagerly awaited Light Hearted Ale from Bell’s Brewery is now available.

A Low-Cal IPA with only 110 calories, Light Hearted is the newest year-round release from Michigan’s largest independent craft brewery.

With a 3.7% ABV, it is the latest addition to Bell’s Hearted family (Two Hearted is available year-round; Double Two Hearted will return in August).

“We did not just set out to make a lighter version of Two Hearted. We wanted to brew the best tasting, low-cal IPA we could. It all begins with quality ingredients. Balance, hoppiness and aroma are all there,” said Larry Bell, Bell’s president and founder.

While Light Hearted may not share the exact ingredient list as Two Hearted (Bell’s flagship IPA is brewed with 100% Centennial hops), it does share many of the defining characteristics that make Two Hearted what it is.

“One thing we did not do, was take a shortcut; no corn and no rice. Our goal was to deliver the same quality you would expect from a Bell’s beer, but with a lower ABV and with less calories,” Bell said.

Light Hearted is brewed with Centennial and Galaxy hops with only 110 calories per 12 oz. serving. It cuts down on the things many beer drinkers don’t want, but keeps everything about Two Hearted they love.

This new year-round beer was the first release in Bell’s General Store Exclusive Series; limited, small batch releases only available at Bell’s pub, the Eccentric Cafe, and its General Store. Focused on innovation, the GSE series serves as a testing ground for new recipes, small batch re-releases of fan favorites and other experimental brews.

Light Hearted is now available in cans (12 oz. packaged in 6-packs) and on draft. Fans in Michigan will also be able to purchase 12-packs of 12 oz. cans later this month.

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, the brewery’s flagship IPA, has been named the No. 1 Beer in America three years in a row by members of the American Homebrewers Association.  It has been at the top of numerous “Best of” lists and consistently ranks as one of the most popular craft beers on the market.

Keep an eye on the Bell’s website and its social media channels for the latest information and release updates.

About Light Hearted

Style: Lo-Cal IPA

Tasting notes: Citrus and pine aromas; easy-drinking

Description: Made with Centennial and Galaxy hops, and a variety of specialty malts, Light Hearted is aromatic, balanced and incredibly easy-drinking. This IPA has only 110 calories, yet all the Heart.

Nutritional information & specs

ABV: 3.7%

Calories: 110

Carbs: 8.7g

Protein: 1.3g

Fat: 0g

Availability: Year-round

Packages: Draft and cans

Shelf life: 6 months

 

ice jam

Donation Will Support Kids’ Food Basket Sack Supper Program

 

Comstock Park, Mich. — Perrin Brewing Company is thrilled to announce that this year’s Ice Jam raised $20,000 for Kids’ Food Basket. The fourth annual event took place at the Perrin Pub on Jan. 25 and featured local Michigan live music, along with the Frostbite 5K event, which was attended by 635 runners and walkers. Kids’ Food Basket is a nonprofit organization that provides children living at or near the poverty level with evening meals, so they can have the nourishment they need to be successful at school and in life. A check will be presented to Kids’ Food Basket on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Every person who registered for the race or bought a concert ticket contributed directly to the dollar amount raised for Kids’ Food Basket. Event guests also donated 765 pounds of food items like toasted oat cereal, fruit cups, dried fruit, cheese crackers, pretzels and snack-size bags. All food donations will be used in the Kids’ Food Basket’s Sack Supper program. A Sack Supper is a free, well-balanced evening meal full of nutritious food delivered to children so that they can perform their best. Sack Suppers are distributed in classrooms at the end of each school day and during summer programs, so every child in need can receive one easily and safely.

 

Kids’ Food Basket serves children who attend schools where 70% or more of the student population receive free or reduced-cost lunch. According to kidsfoodbasket.org, the organization currently serves 52 schools and 8,800 children and there are 29 schools on their waiting list. To help Kids’ Food Basket in their mission to “build a better nourished, healthier future for our community’s kids,” please consider donating here.

 

About Perrin Brewing Company

Established in 2012, Perrin Brewing Company is a young and rapidly growing craft brewery based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Perrin is committed to crafting high-quality and consistent brews and has garnered a loyal local following and a strong reputation for its unique beers. The brewery has won numerous awards including “The World’s Top New Beer Release of 2015” by RateBeer for its No Rules Vietnamese Porter. Through the 2015 partnership with CANarchy, Perrin has experienced exponential growth among package offerings, out-of-state distribution and an increase to over 25,000 barrels of production.

About Kids’ Food Basket

Kids’ Food Basket is a nonprofit organization empowering communities to attack childhood hunger so young people can learn and live well. Through the Sack Supper program, Kids’ Food Basket serves nearly 8,000 kids at 42 schools in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland. More than 250 volunteers each day help prepare, pack and deliver Sack Suppers, a well-rounded evening meal that provides nutrition critical to the development of the brain and body. To learn more, or see how you can make a difference, please visit www.kidsfoodbasket.org.

 

lightpoint

Michigan-based Craft Brewery Develops Exemplary Low-Cal, Low Carb, High Taste Brew

 

Holland, MI — New Holland Brewing, craft brewery and distillery based in Holland, MI, is proud to announce the upcoming launch of Lightpoint Functional White Ale, its first “active pursuits” beer. Designed to provide a refreshing and responsible post-pursuit experience, uncompromising in flavor, Lightpoint will be available in 43 states on March 1, 2020.

Renowned for flavorful and unique craft beer offerings, New Holland is no stranger to the curation of regional and in-season ingredients, creating craft brews to suit a specific time of year, activity or consumer desire; and Lightpoint is no exception.

Featuring coconut water, orange peel and raw honey, just 2g of carbs and only 86 calories per 12oz can, Lightpoint White Ale is tastefully brewed with natural ingredients and local Lake Michigan water. 

lightpointLightpoint is designed to be enjoyed with friends and community, shared after a hike, bike, run, ski or yoga session and bring a more satisfying and flavorful approach to the apres experience, without the added calories, ABV or carbohydrates. “We all look forward to the light point in our day or in our workout,” said Adam Dickerson, New Holland Brand Manager. “Here in West Michigan, the sunset over Lake Michigan symbolizes that moment of rest. After a day of hard work or a lakeshore run, the setting sun provides us with a beautiful moment to breathe it in and re-energize. That’s our Lightpoint.”

Jason Salas, Brewery Operations Manager, said, “We pride ourselves on creating what we deem to be the best tasting craft beer available, from seasonal flavors, to our flagship products. Lightpoint is an exciting next step for the brand, showcasing our desire to ensure that our best moments, with friends and family outdoors, are supported by the finest beverage possible, made from premium, delicious ingredients, and pristine Lake Michigan water.”

To kickstart the launch, New Holland will be hosting the first annual Lightpoint 5k fun-run, on March 28th, starting and finishing at New Holland Grand Rapids brewpub: The Knickerbocker.  All runners will receive a complimentary 5k shirt and the run will end in the New Holland beer garden with food, games and specials on cans of Lightpoint. While this will certainly be a fun run in structure, the race will also be timed with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for 8 separate age groups.  Follow this link to register or find more information.

Along with community-building, New Holland’s vision is to create savored moments, and they are doing so by supporting natural resources and outdoor public spaces that act as hosts for those moments. In 2019, New Holland was able to raise over $27,000 for the Michigan State Parks by developing a traveling beer dinner series that brought a new and exciting experience to the Parks. In 2020 New Holland will continue and expand support of this program with the goal to encourage conservation of the Michigan State Parks, Trails and Waterways. New Holland is also a member of the Great Lakes Business Network, committed to protecting the Great Lakes from environmental threats. 

Lightpoint is a proud evolution of the brand, embodying the passion and dedication to community and the outdoors. The light at the end of the tunnel, Lightpoint is the perfect beer for the finish line.

Lightpoint will be available in 43 States, and at leading grocery stores across the country in March, 2020, and offered in 6-packs and 12-packs of 12oz cans, as well as draft.

 

2020 release calendar

COMSTOCK, Mich. – Bell’s Brewery is proud to announce an incredible beer lineup coming to coolers, store shelves and draft lines in 2020.

The first few days of January saw the packaging and release of Hopslam Double IPA. Coming in at 10% ABV, Hopslam was again released in 12 oz. cans, packaged in 6-packs, on draft and in 5L mini-kegs. New for this year, is a brand new Hopslam mini-keg design. Cans and mini-kegs are limited, and have already arrived on many store shelves and coolers.

Each batch is packaged and shipped as quickly as possible so this beer can be enjoyed fresh.

The most anticipated release for the year is the brand new, low-calorie, Light Hearted Ale.

A Lo-Cal IPA, this member of the Hearted family shares many of the characteristics of Bell’s award-winning Two Hearted Ale. At 3.7% ABV and only 110 calories (per 12. oz serving), Light Hearted is now shipping (and in many locations, arriving) in 12 oz. cans, packaged in 6-packs and on draft. Twelve-packs of 12 oz. cans will also ship in February in Michigan.

“This is going to be another exciting year for us. In addition to our release calendar, I am also very proud to celebrate our 35th anniversary. Funvitational (2020) will be a huge part of that milestone and we’ll have other ways to celebrate throughout the year,” said Larry Bell, president and founder of Bell’s Brewery.

Bell’s Official Hazy IPA will also be back for its second-year after an incredible reception by fans and beer writers in 2019. It is available now on draft and in 12 oz. cans packaged in 6-packs. Twelve packs are also an option.

Seasonal beers, Best Brown and Bright White, will both return (Bright White is available now through March or while supplies last). Oberon, Bell’s summer flagship American Wheat, will return on March 23 with midnight release parties, special tappings and more. In May, Oberon mini-kegs will begin shipping featuring a brand new design as well.

Returning specialty offerings include: Flamingo Fruit Fight (Tart Ale brewed with passionfruit and lime zest), Octoberfest (Märzen), Special Double Cream Stout (Sweet Stout), Expedition Stout (Russian Imperial Stout), Third Coast Old Ale (Barley Wine), Cherry Stout, Christmas Ale (Scotch Ale) and Lampshade Party Ale (a Double IPA previously only released in 2018).

Double Two Hearted (11% ABV) will return in August.

New to the Bell’s specialty release lineup is another Flamingo Fruit Fight variation; a Gose-style Ale brewed with lemon and lime. Bottles and kegs of Lemon Lime Flamingo Fruit Fight will ship in July.

Incessant, a Double New England-Style IPA, will be released in 16 oz. cans, packaged in 4-packs and on draft for a wider release in May. Incessant was previously a Bell’s General Store Exclusive.

With Incessant’s release this spring, Bell’s will offer four different Double IPAs for a wide release in 2020 in addition to the year-round Hopsoulution (Great Lakes state area distribution only).

Bell’s Leaves of Grass series, seven beers each inspired by a different Walt Whitman poem, will conclude in 2020 with three remaining offerings. Song of the Open Road, a Winter Warmer Ale, is available now. Salut au Monde will ship in March and Spontaneous Me will conclude the series in May.

The General Store Exclusive Series will also continue in 2020 with a variety of new beers and possibly some old favorites returning from Larry Bell’s Recipe Library. That includes yet another member of the Hearted family, Black Hearted, which will debut in “celebration” of Valentine’s Day.

Black Hearted will only be available on draft at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe and in 12 oz. bottles packaged in 6-packs at the Bell’s General Store.

“Now, this isn’t all we have lined up for 2020. We always like to keep a few things close to the vest. We’ll have plenty more to share in due time,” Bell said.

Bell’s fans should save Sept. 12, 2020 for Bell’s Funvitational Beer Festival. This will be Bell’s second Funvitational and will feature a variety of breweries from across the globe at Homer Stryker Field, home of the Kalamazoo Growlers, in downtown Kalamazoo. The original Funvitational was held in 2015 in celebration of Bell’s 30th Anniversary. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

Keep an eye on the Bell’s website and its social media channels for the latest information and release updates.

2020 release calendar

Bell’s 2020 release calendar

Bell’s 2020 release calendar at a glance

Year-round

Two Hearted (7% ABV), Light Hearted (3.7% ABV), Official Hazy IPA (6.4% ABV), Lager of the Lakes (5% ABV), Amber Ale (5.8% ABV), Kalamazoo Stout (6% ABV), Porter (5.6% ABV) and Hopsoulution (8% ABV – MI, WI, IN, IL, OH, MN only).

Seasonal

Bright White (5% ABV), Oberon (5.8% ABV and Best Brown (5.8% ABV)

Specialty 

Hopslam, Flamingo Fruit Fight (5% ABV), Oberon 5Ls, Incessant (8.5% ABV), Flamingo Fruit Fight Lemon Lime Gose (4.8% ABV), Octoberfest (5.5% ABV), Special Double Cream Stout (6.1% ABV), Expedition Stout (10.5% ABV), Third Coast Old Ale (10.2% ABV), Cherry Stout (7% ABV), Christmas Ale (7.5% ABV) and Lampshade Party Ale (9% ABV).

Leaves of Grass

Song of the Open Road (8.5% ABV), Salut au Monde and Spontaneous Me

General Store Exclusives

Black Hearted (7% ABV) and many others TBA.

The latest spin on the acclaimed barrel-aged stout incorporates coconut, hazelnut and chocolate

 

HOLLAND, MICH  — New Holland Brewing Company’s first Dragon’s Milk Reserve release of 2020 will be available starting in January.

The Dragon’s Milk Reserve series puts a spin on America’s number-one selling bourbon barrel-aged stout. The brewery’s newest addition to the series showcases Dragon’s Milk in a completely new way, using whole ingredients and carefully selected barrels for a truly legendary brew.

“Dragon’s Milk Reserve is meant to be an indulgent reward, and our brewers have absolutely lived up to that billing on this latest entry in our Reserve series,” said New Holland Brewing Company Founder and President Brett VanderKamp.

The beer was aged for three months in rum barrels imported from Jamaica and finished on over 2,500 pounds of coconut, 1,000 pounds of toasted hazelnut and 200 pounds of chocolate.

“The flavors of toasted coconut, hazelnut and chocolate pair amazingly with the sweet and warming flavor notes imparted by the rum barrel.” VanderKamp said.

The beer clocks in at 12.5 percent ABV. It will be available on tap and for purchase in 4-pack 12-ounce bottles at New Holland’s pubs in Grand Rapids and Holland starting January 23. It will hit shelves at retail locations in 42 states starting in February.

“We are excited to share this beer with our fans!” VanderKamp said.

territorial brewing

 

Springfield, MI — After a year of planning to relocate their taproom, Territorial Brewing Company 

has announced a date. 

The new restaurant and taproom will be hosting a grand opening on Tuesday, December 17 at 1600 Avenue A, 

Springfield. The building has been refurbished since taking ownership from Springbrook Italian Bistro earlier this 

year. 

The microbrewery plans to close their current location with a bang. Territorial’s annual anniversary party, 

Dezemberfest, will take place on Saturday, November 30 and will mark their last day of business at 256 Helmer 

Road North, Springfield. 

territorial brewing

 

 

“This is a big one for us this year,” said Tim Davis, Co-owner and Head of Brewing Operations at Territorial 

Brewing Company. “It’s going to be bittersweet. We’re celebrating our five-year anniversary but also saying 

goodbye to Helmer.” 

Territorial has been growing steadily since opening November 2014. In December 2017, they moved their 

seven-barrel brewing operation into a new production facility in Springfield. Now, they’re moving the restaurant 

to a larger facility allowing for more parking and additional growth opportunities. 

“The new restaurant will accommodate twice as many people with almost five times the parking of the old one,” 

said Chelsea Olmstead, General Manager at Territorial Brewing Company. 

This is only one step in the brewery’s expansion plans. They plan to open a sprawling beer garden and add on 

to the outdoor activities on site. 

“We currently have an 18-hole disc golf course and we’d like to add more.” Olmstead said. “We’re also exploring 

mountain bike trails, an outdoor concert venue and even weddings. We have this beautiful natural space and we 

want our guests to really be able to enjoy it.” 

cedar springs

The brewery is bringing its German-inspired brews to Grand Rapids’s West Side

 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — Cedar Springs Brewing is bringing its German-inspired beers to a historically German neighborhood in Grand Rapids.

The brewery has announced plans to develop a second location on the city’s West Side at 642 Bridge Street NW.

Küsterer Brauhaus will join New Holland Brewing Company, Harmony Hall, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales and the soon-to-come Arktos Meadery on Bridge Street.

The new location is named after Christoph Kusterer, who immigrated to Grand Rapids from Germany in 1844. Kusterer started a brewery in 1847 less than a mile away from what will become Küsterer Brauhaus in 2020.

“We’re excited to return Küsterer Bier to its historical roots, just down Bridge Street from the location of their original brewery and into the evolving ‘Brewery Row’ on the West Side,” said David Ringler, founder and Director of Happiness at Cedar Springs Brewing.

Cedar Springs Brewing opened its doors in Cedar Springs, Michigan in 2015. Heavily inspired by the German tradition of beer brewing, its menu features a mix of Bavarian-inspired food and drink and American pub fare and craft beer.

The new location promises a traditional and authentic German beer hall experience. It will serve the brewery’s signature Küsterer Biers, including traditional Bavarian hefeweizens and lagers, as well as Cedar Springs brand ales and location-specific beers.

“This area was home to several German and Central European beer halls prior to Prohibition, so we look forward to creating a traditional, Munich-style hall as a positive contribution to this vibrant neighborhood,” Ringler said.

Küsterer Brauhaus will have its own three-barrel brewery on site, manufactured in the U.S.A. by Fronhofer Design. The project is being developed by Weber Developments, LLC.