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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.

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.

stormcloud brewing
FRANKFORT, MI – Stormcloud Brewing Company is joining other small and independent craft breweries across the nation in celebration of American Craft Beer Week, happening May 16-22, 2016. For the 11th year in a row, American Craft Beer Week is an opportunity for craft brewers around the nation to commemorate their art and tradition with craft beer enthusiasts.
 
With nearly 4,300 breweries operating in the United States by the end of last year – the highest number of active breweries since 1873 – beer drinkers and craft aficionados have many reasons to celebrate this year. Stormcloud Brewing Company is taking part in the celebration with daily beer specials combined with food pairings, in addition to offering an American Craft Beer Week Punch Card. Customers are encouraged to try seven different Stormcloud beers during the weeklong event, then return their punch cards for a chance to win a $50 Stormcloud Gift Card.
 
“The intent with the punch cards is to get our customers out of their beer comfort zones and to try something new,” says Rick Schmitt, co-owner of Stormcloud. “We’re all guilty of regularly drinking our one favorite beer. But in the spirit of American Craft Beer Week, we’re challenging our customers to discover the immense variety of beer styles and flavors we are crafting by hand, right here in Frankfort.”
 
Stormcloud will wrap up American Craft Beer Week with a special Barrel-Aged Tap Takeover in the brewery’s downtown Frankfort pub. Patrons will get a taste of popular Stormcloud beers that have been diligently aged in Bourbon, Tequila and Scotch barrels. The Barrel-Aged Tap Takeover will take place the final three days of American Craft Beer Week: May 20-22.
 
To learn more about American Craft Beer Week, visit Craftbeer.com/acbw. For more information about celebrating American Craft Beer Week at Stormcloud Brewing Company, visit Stormcloudbrewing.com/acbw.
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american craft beer weekWHAT:  For the 11th year in a row, the Brewers Association has declared American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), the nationwide celebration of U.S. small and independent craft brewers. The week long tribute provides an opportunity for craft brewers to share their diversity, creativity and passion for the beverage they love with the greater craft beer community. From May 16-May 22, all 50 states will be holding events including exclusive brewery tours, special craft beer releases, food and beer pairings, tap takeovers and more to celebrate the ever-advancing beer culture in the United States.

WHEN:  Monday, May 16–Sunday, May 22, 2016

american craft beer weekWHERE:  In all 50 states. Visit the official American Craft Beer Week event calendar on CraftBeer.com for a full – and growing – list of local celebrations.

WHY:  ACBW has been celebrated for the past decade. Since 2006, craft beer fans have had a designated week to support their local brewery, and beer businesses have had the opportunity to connect with their customers and other beer lovers. Tens of thousands of beer beginners, beer enthusiasts and beer geeks toast the week each year.
In 2015, more than 60,000 beer lovers across all 50 states were also part of the ACBW Facebook Community. With over 4,100 craft breweries now open—an all-time high for our country—there’s even more to celebrate.

 

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSMGreat American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, AHA National Homebrewers Conference, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

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