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CANd Aid

FLINT– The need for safe clean drinking water in the city remains high and so does the dedication of Oskar Blues Brewing’s CAN’d Aid Foundation.

They were one of the first organizations to publicly act when the scope of the disaster became clear, and their commitment hasn’t stopped since their initial shipment. More canned water has been delivered to the troubled city. Additionally, benefits have been planned by the organization to raise cash for the Flint’s Got Grit community fund. The fund was created to help residents obtain health exams and follow-up care related to the lead contamination crisis.

The first event will take place on Thursday, January 28 from noon to 6 p.m. at Torch Bar and Grill in Flint. Oskar Blues representatives will be there grilling beer can chicken and serving root beer at no cost, although a cash donation will be accepted from those who wish to give back.

Taps will be flowing with many rare Oskar Blues beers brought in specially for the benefit. Cases of canned water will be given to residents on site.

Several bars and restaurants in surrounding cities from Lake Orion to Bay City have joined in to donate one dollar per pint of Oskar Blues Brewery beer sold during the event hours. A full list can be found here.

On Friday, February 5 the Tasty Weasel taprooms of Oskar Blues locations in Colorado and North Carolina will hold simultaneous throw-downs featuring live music and specialty brews. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Flint’s Got Grit fund.

 

right brainTraverse City, MI – Right Brain Brewery will once again team up with breweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries from all over the Midwest on a series of brews that will be tapped at their Collaboration Day festival.

The annual event begins Friday, February 12th, with the release of multiple barrel-aged beer collaborations and live music with The Moxie Strings. The Ann Arbor-based trio will take the stage at 7PM.

Festivities continue Saturday, February 13th, with the full release of Collaboration Day’s brews. Special Right Brain Brewery employee brews will also be available.

This year’s collaborations include a peanut butter-bacon beer, a Belgian Dubbel aged in Port Wine barrels, bourbon barrel-aged beers, an ale brewed with toffee and maple syrup, a Belgian Saison blended with hard cider, and roughly ten other collaborations on tap.

All collaborations are brewed with real ingredients, as extracts, flavorings, and any other unnatural ingredients are strictly prohibited at Right Brain Brewery. Collaboration Day beers will not be bottled or distributed, they will only be available at the brewery.

Collaboration Day concludes with the Hot Licks and Cherry Jam Guitar Competition beginning at 8pm.

Collaboration Day is family-friendly and there’s no cover charge to attend.

For more information, visit rightbrainbrewery.com.

Batch 5000

Short’s Brewing Company always ushers in its milestones with proper pomp and circumstance. Coming into their 12th year of brewing, they’re kicking off 2016 with a celebration of their 5,000th batch of beer brewed and packaged at their Elk Rapids production facility. Opened in 2009, production and distribution has steadily increased to match the demand and enthusiasm of the craft industry in Michigan.

To make this event truly special, Short’s will be releasing the 5,000th batch in rare 22 ounce bottles, a never-done-before size by the brewery. Dubbed simply (and perfectly) Batch 5000, the beer will be a Triple American India Pale Ale, bringing about a delightful combination of orange and pineapple aromas with a sweet, bitter finish.

The tagline on the bottle reads, “Immaculately conceived from years of relentless determination,” an ode to the Short’s mission and continuing dedication to the ever-evolving  Michigan craft scene.

“When I started thinking about reaching the milestone of Batch 5K, it brought back a lot of memories of the good old days,” says Head Brewer Tony Hansen. “A lot of which were celebrated yearly with a variety of huge IPAs brewed in celebration of our first five anniversary parties. So I really felt compelled to take parts and pieces from our best IPAs and create a monster triple IPA.”

Interested parties can get their hands on Batch 5000 at select account locations as well as at the Bellaire pub starting January 29, 2016. Being an exclusive release, the bottles will have a limited run, so if you cannot get to the pub, get in touch with your local bottle shop soon!

Grand Rapids, MI- Founders Brewing announced today that it will be expanding production to an additional facility in their hometown of Grand Rapids, MI.

This expansion is primarily intended to fulfill the growing warehousing and distribution needs of the brewery. The facility will include a brewhouse focused on creating specialty and experimental beers, and broadening their barrel aging program.

“As we continue to grow, so too does the demand for space,” says co-founder and CEO, Mike Stevens. “We are excited to finally give our warehouse crew a new home, one that will be an efficient space to work in.”

The 190,000 square foot space at 900 Hynes St. SW, is located only a mile away from the Founders Grandville Ave. location. Founders will begin operation in the new space on January 29, 2016.

Along with providing additional warehouse space and a specialty-beer-focused brewhouse, this new facility will also result in the creation of new, full-time job opportunities in Grand Rapids.  

For more information, visit foundersbrewing.com.

craft beverage business

GRAND RAPIDS – The Craft Beverage Education Association’s mission is to be the craft and artisanal beverage entrepreneur’s business partner.

“We don’t want to lobby, define, or otherwise politicize,” says Tracy Wahler, Executive Director of Craft Beverage Education Association. “Instead, we want to create an environment to help our members succeed in business by understanding the sales, marketing, business development, regulatory, and distribution issues that often hinder a small craft producer.”

They host regional workshops providing valuable information, networking opportunities and professional advice that can save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

On February 12th, they will host an intensive day-long hands-on workshop in Grand Rapids, intended for those wanting to establish their own craft beverage business or those already in the early stages of development.

The workshop will focus on the complexities of starting a business focused around beer, wine, spirits, cider, and/or mead. Not only will you get worthwhile information on how to make the big decision to move forward, but they will also prepare you for future growth. Experts on legal, marketing, accounting, distribution, and regulatory issues will be on hand for attendees to learn and get their questions answered.

“Speakers include representatives from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, distributors and producers who have recently begun operations in Michigan, as well as those focused on legal and insurance issues,” according to a press release from Promote Michigan 2016.

There will also be an opportunity for attendees to network with one another as well. Networking opportunities alone can be priceless.

It’s hard to ask the questions you don’t know to ask — this workshop takes the guessing game out of the scenario. Sign up for the Craft Beverage In-Planning Workshop on February 12th at the DoubleTree Hotel (formerly Hilton Hotel) on 28th street in Grand Rapids.  

Atwater Brewery

Detroit, MI–Vivid new labels by Detroit artist Tony Roko (whose recent accomplishments include commissions for Lady Gaga, Jay Leno and Ford Motor Company) depict colorful characters; one for each brew in Atwater Brewery’s lineup.

Three new Atwater Beers to launch in January are the first to carry the new brand identity.

Driven Solutions, a communications and branding agency, worked with Atwater and Roko on the theme and its correlating packaging.

“Each beer has its own unique personality and profile, so we proposed the idea of creating a character for each beer in the portfolio,” said Brian Cusac, Driven’s principal and chief creative officer.

“What started as a single painting for one label for just 40 cases of beer five months ago,  has turned into designing 26 labels for the Detroit brewery. It’s the greatest gig ever,” Roko said.

Along with new label artwork, Atwater has also introduced a new slogan: “Atwater Brewery. Born in Detroit. Raised Everywhere.”

“Our new brand theme lets consumers know that Atwater brews can be enjoyed anywhere because they’re just damn good beers,” says Atwater brewery owner Mark Rieth. “We always say you can take the beer out of Detroit any time you want, but you can’t take our Detroit pride out of the beer.”

More about Atwater’s New Beers:

Going Steady IPA – Grapefruit Session Ale: Abv 4.60%

This citrusy session’s got enough cascade hop and grapefruit flavor to go around. Full bodied flavor balances malt and hop characters and a clean finish which offers high drinkability.

Corktown RYE IPA – American IPA: Abv 6.20%

An IPA heavy on rye malt with a caramel backbone, Corktown is a spicy, sweet, bitter and aromatic rye IPA. .

Tunnel Ram Imperial Bock — Abv 7.80%

Crisp with a slight injection of sweetness.  This one starts with a subtle alcohol overtone and hits the finish line with clean, bright lager flavor.

Atwater beers are available at craft brew retailers and at Atwater’s two locations in the Detroit area: Atwater in the Park in Grosse Pointe Park and Atwater Biergarten and Tap House in Detroit.  

The brewery is set to open their second Atwater Biergarten and Tap House in Grand Rapids early 2016.

To learn more about Tony Roko and his art, please visit http://www.ArtOfRoko.com

For more information on Driven visit www.DrivenSolutionsInc.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.

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.