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Art and Craft Beerfest

Lansing, MI–Art & Craft BeerFest brings art, beer, and music together for a two day festival in Lansing’s REO Town. The 2016 Art & Craft BeerFest will be held on Friday, January 29th from 6pm to 10pm, with special extended VIP hours available both days.

The festival will be kicked off with a ceremonial firkin tapping on January 30th at 6pm.

Ticket holders will have access to four venues: The Cadillac Room (Inside Riverview Church), Robin Theatre, AA Creative Corridor & REO Town Pub. All are located on same block in REO Town, Lansing.

Each venue will house different art, bands, beer, wine and cider.

New this year, there will be live ice sculpting on Friday from 5pm to 7pm. On top of a great variety of art, there will also be a wide range of live music throughout the four venues.

The festival boasts more than 25 beers from Right Brain Brewing Co., including rarer brews like Mangalitsa Pig Porter, Imperial CEO, and North Shore Iron Works.

Non-beer drinkers will have options from Blake’s Hard Cider, including their 4 mainstay ciders plus 10 seasonal and rare varieties. This year will also feature a variety of Michigan wines.

Food options will be available from Truckin’ Diner, Saddleback BBQ, Mark’s Gourmet Dogs, and Detroit Frankie’s Wood Fired Brick Oven.

For more info, visit the event page at ArtandCraftBeerFest.com.

Art and Craft Beerfest
Lansing, MI–Art & Craft BeerFest brings art, beer, and music together for a two day festival in Lansing’s REO Town. The 2016 Art & Craft BeerFest will be held on Friday, January 29th from 6pm to 10pm, with special extended VIP hours available both days.
The festival will be kicked off with a ceremonial firkin tapping on January 30th at 6pm.
Ticket holders will have access to four venues: The Cadillac Room (Inside Riverview Church), Robin Theatre, AA Creative Corridor & REO Town Pub. All are located on same block in REO Town, Lansing.
Each venue will house different art, bands, beer, wine and cider.
New this year, there will be live ice sculpting on Friday from 5pm to 7pm. On top of a great variety of art, there will also be a wide range of live music throughout the four venues.
The festival boasts more than 25 beers from Right Brain Brewing Co., including rarer brews like Mangalitsa Pig Porter, Imperial CEO, and North Shore Iron Works.
Non-beer drinkers will have options from Blake’s Hard Cider, including their 4 mainstay ciders plus 10 seasonal and rare varieties. This year will also feature a variety of Michigan wines.
Food options will be available from Truckin’ Diner, Saddleback BBQ, Mark’s Gourmet Dogs, and Detroit Frankie’s Wood Fired Brick Oven.
For more info, visit the event page at ArtandCraftBeerFest.com.

hopcatGrand Rapids–HopCat Grand Rapids is celebrating their anniversary January 23, but the party lasts all month long.

The celebration got an early start this Saturday with a release of special collaboration beers.

On January 23rd the official anniversary party will feature HopCat exclusive beers including bottles of Red Nymph and Oil Spiller.

hopcatFans of Hopcat’s famous fries can come hungry and enter the Crack Fries eating contest. The contest is $5 to join and all proceeds will be matched by HopCat and donated to the Humane Society of West Michigan.

The celebration continues on January 24th, as HopCat hosts a special anniversary beer dinner focused on house-brewed and collaboration beers paired with a four ­course, off­ menu meal. Tickets are $30 and the full menu of beer and scratch-made food is available here.

 

Look for these special releases at the anniversary party on January 23:

Atwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Teufelbock

Arcadia ­Bourbon Barrel Aged London Porter

Dark Horse ’14 Plead The Fifth

Arbor ’14 Demetrius

Rochester Mills ­Bourbon Barrel Aged Snow Dazed

Saugatuck ­Big Bitch Barleywine

Arcadia ­Shipwrecked Porter

Tapistry ­Batch 200

Vivant ­Belgian Weiss

Epic ­Big Bad Baptist

Founders ­ Project PAM

Mikkeller ’10 From: To: Via:

Perrin ’13 Bourbon Barrel Aged Rye Wine

Shorts ’14 Bourbon Wizard

New Belgium ’14 La Folie

HopCat ­Unicorn on Acid

HopCat ­I’m Not Sorry

HopCat/New Belgium Collaboration ­ Imperial Chocolate Cherry

HopCat ­Smore’s Sassiness Porter

HopCat ­ ATTN: Brett

HopCat Oil Spiller

HopCat ­Red Nymph

 

HOLdragon's milkLAND, MI–New Holland Brewing Co. has taken its year-­round, bourbon barrel stout and infused it with flavors of Vanilla Chai for its first 2016 reserve batch.

This reserve blend is aged in bourbon barrels for three months, with the nuanced flavor of Vanilla Chai for a portion of that time.

“This reserve batch of Dragon’s Milk scored great marks when we quietly pub­ tested it this Fall,” says Brett VanderKamp, president of New Holland.

“The rich vanilla and chocolate notes of Dragon’s Milk with the layered flavor of Vanilla Chai – it’s so unique and so complementary.”
This reserve release kicks off a new release schedule for Dragon’s Milk Reserves. New Holland will release four variations quarterly in 2016, as opposed to all at once as was done in 2015.

As 2015 releases sold out in record time, the move to quarterly releases allows for more of each reserve to be brewed and offered.

The second quarter release will be Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Coffee and Chocolate. A crowd favorite from the 2015 release, this reserve will be back in larger quantities for those who didn’t get their fill.

More information on future reserve releases will be provided as 2016 unfolds. All reserves will be released through all locations in which New Holland distributes.

“These small runs of Dragon’s Milk are both to satisfy the creativity of our brewers, but also the palates of our fans” said VanderKamp.

Keep an eye out for special Dragon’s Milk surprises upcoming at the Michigan Brewer’s Guild Winter Beer Fest and other festivals throughout the year.

 

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Brewery Vivant

Grand Rapids — December 20 will find Brewery Vivant celebrating their 5th year of business in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids. To mark this occasion they are serving rare and exciting beers, special dishes, and announcing a sour beer program as well as releasing a wood-aged sour beer Anniversary Ale in a 500ml bottle — a change of pace as Vivant is known for their canned beers.

“We are launching our new sour beer program in glass bottles versus cans as higher CO2 volumes are part of this old­-world style of wood aged beer. The bottle provides champagne bottle-­like protection from brewing with these wild yeasts,” says owner and president, Jason Spaulding.

Vivant is known for their bold flavors both in the glass and on the plate. Their kitchen was voted Best European Restaurant for 2015 by Grand Rapids Magazine. They famously use fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients in a wide array of Belgian and French inspired dishes. They frequently use ingredients grown in the Vivant Garden, a small plot of land located a mile away from the pub.

The anniversary party will raise funds for the neighborhood’s elementary school, Congress Elementary. “We see our business as vehicle to do good things within our community,” says owner & sustainability director Kris Spaulding.

Vivant has been awarded Sustainable Business of the Year by the West Michigan Business Forum. They are the first commercial brewery in the nation to receive Silver LEED Certification from the USGBC. Additionally they are 100% renewable powered, a silver ­level Bicycle Friendly Business, and are a certified B Corporation. Beer the Change®

shorts brewingfunky buddha

Bellaire — Short’s Brewing Company and Funky Buddha Brewing are collaborating to brew an Old Fashioned inspired beer that incorporates native fruits from Michigan and Florida, their respective native states. It will be released for the first time at Extreme Beer Festival in Boston.

The beer will be called Tip ta Tip, a reference to the peninsulas that both breweries are located on. Funky Buddha traveled to Bellaire in August and together they brewed an American ale with Michigan cherries. Short’s then traveled to South Florida to brew an orange, yarrow, and rosemary gruit made with Florida oranges. The two will be aged separately in bourbon barrels before being blended together.

Tip ta Tip will be released as a part of Short’s Private Stache series early next year. Private Stache beers do not see distribution and are sold exclusively at their pub in Bellaire.

Learn more from both breweries about the collaboration on this episode of the Short’s Cast.

Photos: Michael Murphy IV.

shorts brewingfunky buddha
Bellaire — Short’s Brewing Company and Funky Buddha Brewing are collaborating to brew an Old Fashioned inspired beer that incorporates native fruits from Michigan and Florida, their respective native states. It will be released for the first time at Extreme Beer Festival in Boston.
The beer will be called Tip ta Tip, a reference to the peninsulas that both breweries are located on. Funky Buddha traveled to Bellaire in August and together they brewed an American ale with Michigan cherries. Short’s then traveled to South Florida to brew an orange, yarrow, and rosemary gruit made with Florida oranges. The two will be aged separately in bourbon barrels before being blended together.

Tip ta Tip will be released as a part of Short’s Private Stache series early next year. Private Stache beers do not see distribution and are sold exclusively at their pub in Bellaire.

Learn more from both breweries about the collaboration on this episode of the Short’s Cast.
Photos: Michael Murphy IV.


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