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issues and ales

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Harmony Hall will host a night of political discussion focused on the highly anticipated upcoming midterm election. Michigan Radio’s next installment of “Issues & Ale” will take place in the hall on Wednesday, October 24 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

“We’re making it easy to do your civic duty. Get informed while enjoying a delicious Harmony beer!” said Heather Van Dyke-Titus, co-owner of Harmony Brewing Company.

Issues & Ale is an ongoing event series designed to get the public talking about issues in Michigan in an informal environment. The events take place throughout Michigan Radio’s listening area and are always free to attend.

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It’s Just Politics co-host Zoe Clark will host a panel of Grand Rapids political experts in a discussion about the upcoming midterm election. On November 6, Michiganders will elect a new governor and attorney general, select candidates in a number of contested races in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and vote on three statewide ballot proposals.

“This will be a fun and fast-paced discussion about some of the key races and ballot issues that people across Michigan will be voting on in the November midterm election,” said Steven Chrypinksi, marketing director for Michigan Radio.

Audience members will also have the opportunity to pose questions about the election to the panel.

“We’ve been talking to so many people who are feeling desperate for constructive, respectful dialogue about politics and the issues that impact all of us,” Van Dyke-Titus said. “We wanted to provide a forum for that conversation to happen.”

Van Dyke-Titus, a lifelong listener of NPR, looks forward to hosting the event in the midst of a tense political atmosphere.

“I’m thrilled to be able to collaborate with an institution that I value and respect so much,” Van Dyke-Titus said. “I’m also excited that the theme of the night is a preview for the midterm elections. I can’t remember a time when an election felt more important.”

 

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HOLLAND, Mich.  Tapping into its heritage and success as the top craft Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout, New Holland Brewing Company is launching a new brand campaign: Share A Legend. At its core, the campaign is a celebration of storytelling shared among friends over this timeless brew—and the legend of Dragon’s Milk™ that began when it was first bottled 17 years ago.  

Share A Legend is an open-ended storytelling project that invites fans to share their personal tales, whether they are stories of triumph, the goodness of humankind or someone who has inspired them. Throughout the campaign, New Holland Brewing Company will release the legends of six real people, who fall into the archetypes, starting with Warrior and followed by Huntress, Smith, Poet, Alchemist and Performer. The videos, the new DragonsMilk.com website and other branded elements adopt a half-illustrated design that embody the true but imaginative and creative nature of legendary tales that are passed down over time.  

Share A Legend Campaign  

To commence the storytelling project, New Holland Brewing Company has partnered with Glynn Washington, Michigan native and host of the popular radio show and podcast, “Snap Judgment” to emcee a night of storytelling at The Knickerbocker in Grand Rapids, Mich. Narrators are invited to submit their stories online for a chance to share their legendary tales with an audience during the slam on Oct. 19, 2018. Submissions will be accepted through Oct. 12, and storytellers will be notified by Oct. 15 of their opportunity to take stage alongside Washington. 

In addition to the open mic night with Washington, New Holland Brewing Company is encouraging fans to share their legends anytime by tagging them on social media with #ShareALegend or posting them to DragonsMilk.com. The purpose of the campaign is to cultivate meaningful stories and form a sense of community and belonging through spoken word.

New Experiential Room Revealed

Another component of the Share A Legend campaign includes the reveal of New Holland’s Table of Legends room onsite at The Knickerbocker. Dragon’s Milk is a catalyst for people to forge everlasting human connections around the table or campfire in our modern world where time seems to escape us. The Table of Legends room is intended to serve as an “Instagrammable” experiential space for individuals to gather, connect and share their own personal legends.

“We believe Dragon’s Milk can create savored moments where time stands still, and great stories are told,” said Brett VanderKamp, founder and president of New Holland Brewing Company. “Over time, these stories can turn into legends. When we thought of just how many stories Dragon’s Milk has prompted, we realized these needed to be celebrated and shared.”  

With characteristics of cocoa and a punch of bourbon right on the nose, Dragon’s Milk drinkers can experience the love and passion that is poured into the aged brewing process with every sip of the beverage.  

A limited amount of tickets for the exclusive Oct. 19 event are available at DragonsMilk.com.

  • What: Share A Legend Storytelling event with Glynn Washington
  • Where: The Knickerbocker, 417 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • When: Oct. 19, 2018. Doors open at 6 p.m., storytelling begins at 7 p.m.

To obtain tickets for the Oct. 19 event, submit a story for a chance to share the stage with Glynn Washington or learn more about how Dragon’s Milk is made, visit www.DragonsMilk.com. 

About New Holland Brewing Company  

For more than 20 years, New Holland Brewing Company has been an integral member of the artisan approach, pursuing playful creativity in its authentic beer, spirits and foodservice. New Holland believes the notion of craft lives in fostering rich experiences for customers, including at its two brewpubs in Grand Rapids and Holland, Michigan. New Holland brews at least 20 beers each year, in addition to their flagship stout, Dragon’s Milk™, a full line of spirits and ready-to-drink cocktails. 

 

 

batch brewing

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.

 

 

feelgood tap

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.

 

Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association will host a new beer festival this fall. The first annual Beers, Bar Food and Bands will celebrate the eponymous trifecta on September 8, 2018 from 3-8 p.m. at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing.

“People come out and they want a good drink, they want good food and they want good music,” said I’m A Beer Hound’s Paul Starr, festival organizer and the force behind Lansing Beer Fest and Beerfest at the Ballpark. “If you accomodate all those things, people are going to have a great time.”

Beers, Bar Food and Bands will replace Beerfest at the Ballpark Fall. This new festival will celebrate “world class beer,” with over 40 local, regional and international microbreweries, cideries and distilleries offering over 150 craft beverages. Many of the breweries represented will be from out of state and across the pond, including the likes of Alaskan Brewing, New Belgium Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada, as well as a variety of top tier German and Belgian breweries.

 

“We’re not bringing in mainstays, we’re bringing in something that beer geeks are going to get excited about,” Starr said.

Food is a central feature of the event, Starr said. As many as 15 greater Lansing eateries will be furnishing samples of their best bar food, with dishes like gourmet tacos, pizza, chili and wings—“all kinds of beer-drinkin’ food,” Starr said. Food samples can be purchased with food tickets, which are not included in the festival ticket cost and will sell for $1 each. Sample prices will vary between participating restaurants.

The Darin Larner Trio will open the music portion of the festival, providing southern rock tunes. Other bands performing include LOA, Off The Ledge and Vandalay, which Starr described as some of Lansing’s best musical acts.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the National Hospitality Institute, a nonprofit encouraging safety in hospitality by overseeing online and classroom seminars for everything from server training to food safety courses. The institute trained Beers, Bar Food and Bands volunteers to safely dispense alcohol and not over-serve festival patrons.

“This event has so many layers to it,” Starr said. “I think that will make it strike a chord with more people.”

General admission tickets are available for $30 and come with 10 tickets for beer. VIP tickets cost $40, come with 15 beer tickets and enable festival access an hour early at 2 p.m. Designated Driver tickets are $15. All tickets can be purchased online.

 

 

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Boulder, Colo. —To educate beer lovers about the craft brewing community and what it means to be independent, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent craft brewers—is launching a new national awareness campaign, “That’s Independence You’re Tasting.” This integrated advertising campaign is part of the Brewers Association’s ongoing efforts to distinguish and promote America’s small and independent craft brewers. The videos will be presented across a variety of media platforms.

“That’s Independence You’re Tasting” takes a proud and positive tone, focusing on independence and choice—both key tenets of craft brewing culture—and tells the story of the country’s more than 6,600 independent craft brewers. These hard-working women and men are entrepreneurs, innovators, collaborators, risk takers and underdogs who advance the beverage of beer.

“Independent craft brewers are a success story for American industry,” said Bob Pease, president & CEO, Brewers Association. “Each of the over 6,600 U.S. craft breweries is a unique contributor to its community and should be celebrated. As a national campaign, ‘That’s Independence You’re Tasting’ generates awareness beyond any one individual brewery or beer and touches the spirit of independence that is a core American value. We are proud to be able to do for all our BA members what would be extremely difficult for them to do individually. Together we are united in independence.”

The initial phase of the awareness campaign launched in June 2017 with the introduction of the independent craft brewer seal. Featuring an iconic beer bottle shape flipped upside down, the seal indicates that a brewery is certified to be independently owned. The seal has been adopted by more than 3,700 craft brewing companies—representing more than 80 percent of the volume of craft brewed beer.

“‘That’s Independence You’re Tasting’ is designed to keep independent craft brewers and their beers top of mind. Our hope is that after being exposed to these stories, beer lovers are moved to support independent breweries and seek the seal when making their beer purchases,” added Pease. “By choosing a beer that has the independent craft brewer seal, the beer drinker knows that they are supporting a brewery with ties to the community.”

To learn more about “That’s Independence You’re Tasting” and the independent craft brewer seal, visit CraftBeer.com—the Brewers Association’s website for beer lovers—follow along and join the discussion at #SeektheSeal.

 

 

burning foot

Muskegon, Mich -– Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Beach will ignite on August 25, 2018, for the 4th Annual Burning Foot Beer Festival. Serving as Michigan’s only barefoot beer festival on the beach, festival goers can enjoy some of the finest craft beer found in the Great Lakes region, revel in local art and food, groove to local and national music acts, and take in the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan. Burning Foot will feature 70 breweries this year from Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.

A stellar lineup of music acts will be gracing the main stage with this year’s headliner to be Eve 6. The last two years, Burning Foot has featured the Sublime tribute band Badfish on the main stage. This year the festival will feature two of Sublime’s contributing members Michael “Miguel” Happoldt and Marshall Goodman “Ras MG” performing with the The Long Beach Dub Allstars. Local bands Mustard Plug and Flexadecibel will be returning to the festival this year, having both previously shared the Burning Foot stage in 2016. A new waterfront stage will be featured at the festival this year, with acoustic performances by Brett Dame and Brother James.

Another new aspect to the festival for 2018 is the approach to its food. In years past, they’ve curated some delicious custom menus, but now they’ll be getting 4 local restaurants involved to take the reigns. The official food vendors will be Hamburger Mikey, Rad Dads’ Taco & Tequila Bar, Bone Ends, and Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack.

Burning Foot Beer Festival loves the community it’s located in, and in addition to working with local restaurants will also be involved with some wonderful non-profit organizations. Coming back again is Habitat for Humanity, who runs our Bike Valet, as well as Noah’s Project who operates the Shoe Check-In. (No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem!) The latest addition, Kid’s Food Basket, will be taking care of the new Pretzel Necklace area of the festival.

Brewery List:
Michigan:
Arbor Brewing Company
Arcadia Brewing Company Kalamazoo
Arclight Brewing Company
Atwater Brewery
Beards Brewery
Bell’s Brewery
Big Hart Brewing Co.
Big Lake Brewing
Brewery 4 Two 4
Brewery Vivant
Cedar Springs Brewing Company
Cellar Brewing Company
City Built Brewing Company
Craft House
Cranker’s Brewery
Dark Horse Brewing Co.
Distant Whistle
Draft Horse
Drafting Table Brewing Company
Elk Brewing: Grand Rapids
Fermenta
Fetch Brewing Company
Final Gravity Brewing Company
5 Lakes Brewing Company
Founders Brewing Co.
Grand Armory Brewing
Gravel Bottom
Greenbush Brewing Co.
Greyline Brewing Co.
Griffinclaw
Lansing Brewing Company
Latitude 42 Brewing Company
The Livery
Mountain Town Brewing Company
New Holland Brewing Co.
Newaygo Brewing Company
North Channel Brewing
North Pier Brewing Company
Odd Side Ales
Old Nation Brewing Co.
One Well Brewing
Open Road Brewing
Our Brewing Company
Paw Paw Brewing Company
Perrin Brewing Company
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co.
Railtown Brewing Company
Right Brain Brewery
River’s Edge Brewing Co.
Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Rockford Brewing Company
Saint Ambrose
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Schmohz Brewing Co.
Short’s Brewing Company
Silver Harbor Brewing Company
Starving Artist Brewing Co
Stormcloud Brewing Company
Thornapple Brewing Company
Trail Point Brewing Company
Tri City Brewing Company
Triple Root
Unruly Brewing
Vander Mill
White Flame Brewing Co.

Wisconsin:
Sprecher Brewery
Milwaukee Brewing Company

Illinois:
Lagunitas Brewing Company Chicago
Revolution Brewing

 

ABOUT LAKESHORE BREWERS GUILD

The 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 is focused on counties that touch Lake Michigan. States included are Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and 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. Through these collaborative efforts, the Lakeshore Brewers Guild is becoming a driving force in supporting both its members and local economies.