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perrin brewingComstock Park, Mich. – Perrin Brewing Company’s specialty Veteran Pale Lager is made once a year to honor and support the upcoming city-wide event West Michigan Freedom Cruise on June 14-18th. This event features several activities throughout the week with 100% of the net proceeds and $1 for every pint sold of Perrin Veteran Pale Lager goes towards veterans in need and the quality of life projects at Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Perrin Veteran Pale Lager is available on draft and specialty crowlers to go at Perrin Brewing Company.

Perrin Brewing has been a proud sponsor for the West Michigan Freedom Cruise for the past three years, each year crafting a specialty beer and crowler to raise funds and awareness for the Finish the Mission Veterans Relief Fund. The Finish the Mission Veteran Relief Fund is an organization with a single focus of making West Michigan the most Veteran friendly community in the nation by providing for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Every summer, the week long Freedom Cruise event, made up of car, motorcycle, music, and golf activities spreads awareness, fun, and funding for Veteran needs across West Michigan.

Veteran Pale Lager (VPL) is a light, clean, and crisp American lager brewed with mild hops. From the rich historical roots of pilsner American brewing, this lager was brewed in a traditional way. The end result was a very approachable beer with flavorful taste that everyone could enjoy. For every pint sold of VPL at Perrin Pub, one dollar will be donated to the Finish the Mission Veteran Relief Fund to support and enhance the quality of life for local West Michigan veterans and their families.

Perrin Brewing is privileged to be a part of this city wide event and support those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

burning foot

Muskegon, Mich – After last year’s sold out festival on August 27th 2016, the warm summer sand of Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Beach will play host to the 2nd annual Burning Foot Beer Festival. From 3pm to 9pm, festival goers can enjoy some of the finest craft beer found in the Great Lakes region, with the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan serving as a backdrop. With 50 craft breweries from Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin gathering on the sand for the event, Burning Foot is poised to turn Muskegon’s beach into the perfect summer playground for craft beer lovers.

burning footAlthough Burning Foot is first and foremost a celebration of local craft beer, the festival also highlights the lakeshore’s stunning natural beauty (and hot summer sand)! Bordered by sand dunes to the east and Lake Michigan to the west, Pere Marquette Park provides world-class natural surroundings from every vantage point. In addition to the views and brews, Burning Foot showcases local and national music acts, a food menu that is beer and beach themed and local custom art, ensuring that festival goers experience the full flavor of life along the lakeshore.

The Lakeshore Brewers Guild will be hosting a Pre-release ticket party June 25th, 2016 at the Downtown Muskegon Beach Volleyball courts on the corner of 2nd & Western From 12:00 to 5PM. This free event will have tickets available before the online sale starts and will have food, music and craft beer onsite, partons will be able to kick back enjoy some tunes have a craft beer and sink their feet in the sand downtown. Tickets have been increased to 4000 (over 2500 last year) for $35 per and will be available for purchase online beginning on Saturday, June 25th at 5:01pm.

lakeshore brewers guildThe Lakeshore Brewers Guild promotes the local craft beer industry and the lakeshore’s natural beauty. As a supplement to the Michigan Brewers Guild, the Lakeshore Brewers Guild will focus on counties that touch Lake Michigan. States included are Michigan, Indiana, Illinois & Wisconsin. Throughout these counties, the Guild is working with its members to build the “Lakeshore Ale Trail,” a region rich in craft breweries, natural beauty, and the economic benefits that flow from successful locally-owned and oriented businesses. Joint advertising and cooperative support allows Guild members to grow while also establishing the region as a “beer tourism” hotspot. Through these collaborative efforts, the Lakeshore Brewers Guild is becoming a driving force in supporting both its members and local economies.

Breweries Attending Burning Foot 2016:

MICHIGAN
Arcadia Ales
Beards Brewing
Big Lake Brewing Company
Big Hart Brewing
Boatyard Brewing
Brewery Vivant
Cedar Springs Brewing
Constantine Brewery
Crankers Brewing
Draught Horse Brewing
Dutch Girl Brewery
Elk Brewing
Fetch Brewing Company
Final Gravity Brewing
Founders Brewing
Grand Armory Brewing
Gravel Bottom Brewing
Greenbush Brewing
Jolly Pumpkin
Kuhnnenn Brewing
Liberty Street Brewing
New Holland Brewing Company
North Peak Brewing Company
Newaygo Brewing Company
Odd Side Ales
Old Nation Brewing
Our Brewing Company
Pigeon Hill Brewing
Rail Town Brewing
Right Brain Brewery
Rockford Brewing Company
Saugatuck Brewing
Schmohz Brewing
Shorts Brewing
Stormcloud Brewing
Tapistry Brewing
Trail Point Brewing
Tri Cities
Unruly Brewing
Vander Mill Cider
White Flame Brewing

ILLINOIS
Lagunitas Brewing
Une Annee Brewery

WISCONSIN
3 Sheeps Brewing
Milwaukee Brewing Company
Mob Craft Brewing

 

Traverse City, Mich – The Filling Station Microbrewery and the TC Cycle Pub are thrilled to offer TC Cycle Pub™ Pale Ale, which released May 6th.

With hints of citrus and fruits, this medium-bodied pale ale is an easy-drinking 5.4% ABV, the perfect craft beer for summer days on the TC Cycle Pub. This beer is available exclusively at The Filling Station Microbrewery.

the filling station

Starting immediately, all TC Cycle Pub tours will include one (1) free growler (empty), which The Filling Station will fill most of their beers at a discounted rate of only $10 ($2 off, 1 fill only) for TC Cycle Pub riders. Additional growlers can be purchased and filled for $15.

“We’ve been hoping for this collaboration to happen for a few years,” says Kevin Farron, co-owner of the TC Cycle Pub, “and with the new law that allows riders to drink beer and wine onboard our bike tours, the time was right to make it a reality.”

The new law gives quadricycle tour goers – like the TC Cycle Pub riders – the ability to drink beer, wine or cider on board their bikes, while the group is driven by an employee. TC Cycle Pub still maintains restrictions on hard liquor and glass bottles aboard their bikes, and limits tours to 2 hours.

Both the TC Cycle Pub and The Filling Station Microbrewery are family owned and operated business. Located just off the TART Trail in the historic railroad district, The Filling Station Microbrewery specializes in wood-fired flatbread pizzas, fresh salads, and a rotating list of at least 10 beers. They also now house both TC Cycle Pub bikes: The Big Bike, built for 8-14 riders, and the sleeker Circle Cycle, built for 4-6 riders. Booking both vehicles together can accommodate groups of 15-20 riders.

The cost for the Big Bike (8-14 riders) is $300, and the Circle Cycle (4-6 riders) is $175. Both are for 2-hour tours.

The cost for the new TC Cycle Pub™ Pale Ale is $4.50 for a 16oz pint, or $12 for a 64oz growler fill.

Little Fleet

Traverse City, Mich – The Little Fleet and Create TC announce the second annual Summer Launch Party to take place on Sunday, May 29 starting at 12pm. The second annual bash will be held at The Little Fleet and entire parking lot in Downtown Traverse City. Admission is free for all ages.

Gary Jonas, owner of The Little Fleet is excited about the party and the lot updates, “The lot keeps getting better. We’ve got great trucks, more space, and now The Big Squeeze…a large outdoor bar with beer, wine and cocktails. We are excited to celebrate the beginning of another season with our annual summer launch party. We’ve all earned it, let’s enjoy our summer.”

The Summer Launch party will take place on Sunday, May 29th in and outside of The Little Fleet. Doors will open at 12pm with live music starting shortly after by DJ Ras Marco, Soul Patch, Radel Rosin, Skee-Town Stylee. DJ Ras Marco will play summer hits between band sets and remain the emcee for the day.

DJ Ras Marco (Marco Dedenbach) from TC has been the reggae DJ at WNMC for 12 years, and decided to take it on the road a couple years ago.

Soul Patch is a Traverse City, MI based band with music as versatile as its members. Together they hold a masters in groove. Individually they infuse styles from several backgrounds including, world beat, jazz, reggae, bluegrass, funk, surf, rockabilly, ska, blues, and straight up rock n’ roll.

Radel Rosin is an Acoustic artist that was raised with the love for music. From the age of a toddler he was introduced to the guitar while constantly adding more and more instruments and developing into a multi instrumentalist. With the love for Classic rock from his parents influencing him to listen to bands like the Beatles or Led Zepplin, Paul Simon etc.. has put a great twist to his genre of cover song selection, at the same time bringing out well written originals of his own.

Skee-town Stylee takes the best vibes of the lakeshore, chills them out and grinds them up into what Summer sounds like. It’s beaches, beer and weed; it’s a Long Beach-meets-Midwest sound. Stylee has been bringing their liquid reggae-dub grooves to the lakeshore since 2009, playing countless shows, drawing crowds both young and old to a fresh take on a classic sound.

The Summer Launch party will include a large open venue in the parking lot where eight food trucks will be open all day. The Big Squeeze will be open in the parking lot including an unforgettable Margarita station. There will a free bounce house for children. Outdoor festivities will last from 12pm until the party stops, or around 10pm. Inside, there will be drink specials all day. A wide variety of Northern Michigan’s best summer beers and cocktails will also be available.

Go here for ticket information: Tickets are FREE all day for the event. Open to all ages all day.

Traverse City, Mich – Traverse City’s newest outdoor dining and drinking space opened its’ gates on Tuesday, May 24 and will host their Grand Opening Party on June 3 from noon until 10pm. The casual dining and relaxed outdoor atmosphere of The Shed Beer Garden will provide a quick spot for lunch or the perfect place to enjoy dinner and drinks outside this summer.

the shed

The beer garden features a 1955 Chevy beer truck outfitted with eight beer taps and a wine cooler. Accompanying the beer truck is a matching cherry red food trailer serving sliders and fries. Large wooden picnic tables will accommodate approximately 110 people in the community-style, seat-yourself dining space for all ages.

The menu features rotating slider specials and nine mainstay sliders. “The perfect thing about a slider is you don’t have to choose just one. Thanks to their small size you can try a variety of menu items during one sitting,” said General Manager Andy Weaver about the new menu. “We will be featuring everything from a pork belly slider to crab cake slider, as well as a classic.” DIY smore packets are offered for roasting marshmallows over the beer garden’s two large fire pits. Corn hole boards round out the outdoor summer vibe.

With the widely popular craft beer and local wine culture in Northern Michigan the beer garden is the perfect addition to Traverse City. The beer truck will feature some of the regions hottest craft beers and local wines, including North Peak Brewing Company, Shorts, Petoskey Brewing Company and Bells, along with wines from Bowers Harbor, Black Star Farms, and Chateau Grand Traverse.

Starting May 28, regular business hours are: Mon-Thur 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat11am-12am, Sun 12am-10pm.  Then on June 3rd Create TC will be hosting the Grand Opening Party that will run from noon until 10pm, with live music by Jeff Bihlman, Jack Fivecoate, Mike Moran, and David Lawston, along with games and giveaways.

Brewery Vivant will launch three varieties of wood and wild-fermented beers to kick off their Plein de Vie (“full of life”) series on June 5 at the Brewery. The series includes wood barrel aged beers, wooden foeder (“food-er”) aged beers, and stainless wild fermented beers. Plein de Vie will be available on draft and in 500ml glass bottles, and will be distributed throughout the brewery’s footprint of Michigan and Chicagoland.

brewery vivant

Plein de Vie – Belgian Tradition & BV Tradition

Wood aging beers has long been a traditional brewing technique in Belgium. Belgian brewers are known for embracing not only local ingredients but also the local micro-flora when brewing. Brewery Vivant is rooted in this Belgian tradition. The Grand Rapids brewery has been known for its small batch wood-aging program since its founding in 2010. The first sour beer to come alive at the Pub was from a barrel named Angelina. It paved the way for more and deeper experimentation culminating in the brewery’s first-ever Wood-Aged Beer Festival, which took place on its small patio and touted eight different wood-aged beers. This year’s WABF (Sept 17, 2016) will boast some 20 varieties.

Keep it Separated

Housed in a former funeral chapel dating back to the 1900s Brewery Vivant’s vaulted wooden barrel ceiling has always given the brewing team cause for concern as wild yeast lives all around us and wooden beams are difficult to deep clean. “We carved out a portion of our brewery, a physically separated space, to devote to wild yeast strains and souring bugs.” Says Brian Kuszynski, the brewer that heads up the affectionately termed ‘Funk Room’. “We’re pumped to finally be able to produce these types of beers at a volume that we can share them with people outside our walls.” Kuszynski says the June 5 launch will consist of three brands with the intent to distribute 2-4 per year as the beer “tells us when it’s ready.”

Why Glass Bottles?

Known for its 16-ounce pint cans, Brewery Vivant will package Plein de Vie beers in a 500ml glass bottle. Bottles were chosen because of the wild yeast strains and potential for flavors to develop. While the beer is released ready to drink immediately, the glass is rated to hold the beer for extended periods of time. “Aluminum cans are really meant as a delivery vessel, not a storing vessel.” Says owner & president Jason Spaulding. “Plein de Vie literally translates to ‘full of life’ and a glass bottle should hold the integrity of the beer’s life. These beers can be cellared and will continue to develop and change over time.”

Be abrewery vivant Part of the Start

To launch the series, three beers will be released from the pub and then into distribution on draft and in bottles. Pub opens at Noon on Sunday June 5.

  • Habanango: a foeder fermented and barrel-aged blended sour ale with habanero peppers & mango

  • Harvest Breed: a stainless brettanomyces wild sour ale

  • Angelina: a wood barrel-aged sour

“When we first started, we named our barrels in the hurricane naming convention: Angelina, Bertha, Constance, etc.” Says Spaulding. “Angelina was our first barrel. It produced a distinct and pleasant sour character that we’ve since inoculated into other wooden barrels. That first batch developed a cult-like following and so far, the barrel keeps producing. It’s become our ‘house sour’.”
 
 

Brewery Vivant will launch three varieties of wood and wild-fermented beers to kick off their Plein de Vie (“full of life”) series on June 5 at the Brewery. The series includes wood barrel aged beers, wooden foeder (“food-er”) aged beers, and stainless wild fermented beers. Plein de Vie will be available on draft and in 500ml glass bottles, and will be distributed throughout the brewery’s footprint of Michigan and Chicagoland.

brewery vivant

Plein de Vie – Belgian Tradition & BV Tradition

Wood aging beers has long been a traditional brewing technique in Belgium. Belgian brewers are known for embracing not only local ingredients but also the local micro-flora when brewing. Brewery Vivant is rooted in this Belgian tradition. The Grand Rapids brewery has been known for its small batch wood-aging program since its founding in 2010. The first sour beer to come alive at the Pub was from a barrel named Angelina. It paved the way for more and deeper experimentation culminating in the brewery’s first-ever Wood-Aged Beer Festival, which took place on its small patio and touted eight different wood-aged beers. This year’s WABF (Sept 17, 2016) will boast some 20 varieties.

Keep it Separated

Housed in a former funeral chapel dating back to the 1900s Brewery Vivant’s vaulted wooden barrel ceiling has always given the brewing team cause for concern as wild yeast lives all around us and wooden beams are difficult to deep clean. “We carved out a portion of our brewery, a physically separated space, to devote to wild yeast strains and souring bugs.” Says Brian Kuszynski, the brewer that heads up the affectionately termed ‘Funk Room’. “We’re pumped to finally be able to produce these types of beers at a volume that we can share them with people outside our walls.” Kuszynski says the June 5 launch will consist of three brands with the intent to distribute 2-4 per year as the beer “tells us when it’s ready.”

Why Glass Bottles?

Known for its 16-ounce pint cans, Brewery Vivant will package Plein de Vie beers in a 500ml glass bottle. Bottles were chosen because of the wild yeast strains and potential for flavors to develop. While the beer is released ready to drink immediately, the glass is rated to hold the beer for extended periods of time. “Aluminum cans are really meant as a delivery vessel, not a storing vessel.” Says owner & president Jason Spaulding. “Plein de Vie literally translates to ‘full of life’ and a glass bottle should hold the integrity of the beer’s life. These beers can be cellared and will continue to develop and change over time.”

Be abrewery vivant Part of the Start

To launch the series, three beers will be released from the pub and then into distribution on draft and in bottles. Pub opens at Noon on Sunday June 5.

  • Habanango: a foeder fermented and barrel-aged blended sour ale with habanero peppers & mango

  • Harvest Breed: a stainless brettanomyces wild sour ale

  • Angelina: a wood barrel-aged sour

“When we first started, we named our barrels in the hurricane naming convention: Angelina, Bertha, Constance, etc.” Says Spaulding. “Angelina was our first barrel. It produced a distinct and pleasant sour character that we’ve since inoculated into other wooden barrels. That first batch developed a cult-like following and so far, the barrel keeps producing. It’s become our ‘house sour’.”

 

 

rockford brewing

The Permaculture Series:
Local, Fresh, and Timely.  A family of beers from Rockford Brewing Company that are brewed throughout the year using fresh ingredients harvested locally in their peak season.

First Release: Ain’t Jemima (Maple Sap Amber Ale)

Ain’t Jemima is the first release within the Permaculture Series, a family of truly seasonal beers. This Maple Amber Ale is brewed early in spring as the sap starts to flow through Michigan’s maple trees. Replacing the brewing water with this freshly harvested sap makes it unlike any other beer.

Caramel and Munich malts help to build complexity around the unique maple character. Expect a semi-sweet richness with a smooth dry finish. Ain’t no artificial maple flavor used, this is the real deal!

6.5% ABV 22 IBU
$6.99 per 22oz “bomber” bottle

Releases Thursday, May 19th at Rockford Brewing, followed by limited distribution.

Check out the Facebook event for more details.


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