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HARBOR SPRINGS – You know what would make a romantic fall resort stay even more romantic? A beer festival. That’s exactly what Boyne Highland Resort plans to host. The second annual Hops ‘n Highlands Microbrew Festival will take place Sept. 26 from 1-6 p.m, and festival-goers can enjoy chairlift-views of the changing colors and surrounding lakes, zip-line rides above the festival grounds, and discounted spa services.
Admission is free for attendees aged 21 and older, and four-ounce pours of over 150 beers from more than 40 Michigan breweries will go for $2. Those who want to take advantage of even more resort services can reserve a special Hops ‘n Highlands event package, which includes hotel lodging right at the resort, an hors d’oeuvres reception with Michigan beers on tap, a breakfast buffet, a commemorative t-shirt and pint glass, and 5 drink tickets, starting at $105 per person.
The event will feature classic festival eats, including grilled brats and a variety of selections from local food trucks. Entertainment during the festival will be provided by Huckleberry Groove, and even more is scheduled to follow after the festival ends at 6 p.m.
Learn more about the event on the Boyne Highlands website.

ANN ARBOR – Since the 1300s, the Union of Belgian Brewers has existed as guild for Belgian breweries. It still exists today as one of the oldest professional associations, and nearly all Belgian breweries belong to it. On Sept. 4, the Union will ennoble founders and co-owners Roy More and Jeff More of Ashley’s Restaurants as honorary Knights of the Union of Belgian Brewers at its annual ceremony in Brussels, Belgium.

Those who are dubbed into the Knighthood of the Brewer’s Mash Staff (“Ridderschap van de Roerstok der Browers”) are recognized as having made significant contributions to the promotion and development of Belgian Brewing. Roy and Jeff More will be the first in Michigan to receive the honor.

In addition to being widely acknowledged as a premier beer bar, Ashley’s has participated diversely in promoting Belgian beer for decades. Every February, Ashley’s Westland location hosts the largest exclusively Belgian-made beer festival in the U.S. Both Ashley’s locations offer a full range of Belgian-made beers as part of their craft beer portfolio.

“Ashley’s first started serving Belgian beers in 1985, and we held our first Belgian beer sampling event in 1988,” said Jeff More.

“Ashley’s has always been about helping people have a great time,” said Roy More. “One of the ways is through great beers, and the Belgian brewers are recognized as being among the best in the world.”

The knighting ceremony will be held in the Brussels Town Hall on the Grote Markt (“Grand Place”) next to the Union building, which has been occupied by the Union since the 17th century.

Photo: Erik Smith

Photo: Erik Smith

ANN ARBOR – Since the 1300s, the Union of Belgian Brewers has existed as guild for Belgian breweries. It still exists today as one of the oldest professional associations, and nearly all Belgian breweries belong to it. On Sept. 4, the Union will ennoble founders and co-owners Roy More and Jeff More of Ashley’s Restaurants as honorary Knights of the Union of Belgian Brewers at its annual ceremony in Brussels, Belgium.
Those who are dubbed into the Knighthood of the Brewer’s Mash Staff (“Ridderschap van de Roerstok der Browers”) are recognized as having made significant contributions to the promotion and development of Belgian Brewing. Roy and Jeff More will be the first in Michigan to receive the honor.
In addition to being widely acknowledged as a premier beer bar, Ashley’s has participated diversely in promoting Belgian beer for decades. Every February, Ashley’s Westland location hosts the largest exclusively Belgian-made beer festival in the U.S. Both Ashley’s locations offer a full range of Belgian-made beers as part of their craft beer portfolio.
“Ashley’s first started serving Belgian beers in 1985, and we held our first Belgian beer sampling event in 1988,” said Jeff More.
“Ashley’s has always been about helping people have a great time,” said Roy More. “One of the ways is through great beers, and the Belgian brewers are recognized as being among the best in the world.”
The knighting ceremony will be held in the Brussels Town Hall on the Grote Markt (“Grand Place”) next to the Union building, which has been occupied by the Union since the 17th century.

Photo: Erik Smith

Photo: Erik Smith

GRAND RAPIDS — Collaborating for the third year in a row, Grand Rapids area breweries and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks are teaming up once again to raise money for The Brewers Grove Fund. A project created to maximize the tree canopy within the city. Translation: More trees to enjoy savoring our craft beer under! This beer is amazing.

Starting Monday, Aug. 31, stop into any of the participating Grand Rapids area breweries* to order a tree-inspired craft beer, like a Bourbon Barrel Oak Aged Tree Bucket Belgian-Inspired Double IPA from Brewery Vivant, and a portion of the sales will support plantings and expand The Brewers Grove concept started at Riverside Park in 2013, where brewers planted 30 trees with the money raised, and another impressive 75 trees in 2014.

Because of the success of the last two years, the Grand Rapids area brewers have found that Riverside Park’s tree canopy is nearly full, therefore, The Brewers Grove will be expanding to other city parks and public green spaces. This year, local brewers will assist in finishing up plantings in Riverside Park and expand into Covell Dog Park in October.

“Trees are crucial to our community, and advocating and supporting our urban forest is a footprint we leave for future generations to come,” said Margaret Studer, Urban Forest Project Coordinator. “I can’t think of a better way to advocate for forestry than with a mug of tree beer! I think it is safe to say that local beer lovers will enjoy the tastes and complexities of tree beer all the more knowing that is going to a good cause.”

The tree beers will be tapped city-wide Monday, Aug 31. A Kick-Off Tree Beer Tap Takeover event will be held at Harmony Brewing Co. on Monday, with a toast at 5:00 p.m. Several tree beers will be featured on tap. In addition to Harmony’s Jubilation Cherry Saison IPA, Jaden James Silver Maple Lager, with notes of maple from freshly tapped maple trees, Pike 51 will offer a 100% Michigan Hopped Saison aged in Red Wine Barrels. Schmohz tap will pour a Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale Wee Heavy, White Flame will put a twist on a Black-IPA Cider hybrid, and The Peoples Cider Co. will be offering a Cherry-infused Cider.

“We want to be a benefit to the community that is incredibly supportive of us and our industry,” said Jackson VanDyke, co-owner of Harmony Brewing. “This is a great way for the breweries to collaborate and do something positive for our city.”

Another tree beer tap-takeover will take place on Friday, Sept. 4 at 57 Brew Pub & Bistro in Greenville featuring their Cherry Houdini, a Cherry Vanilla Porter, along with a Cedar-Aged Pale Ale from Gravel Bottom, Pike 51’s Bon Belle Saison and Rockford Brewing’s Peach Pit Peach Brown, brewed with local peaches and nectarines grown and harvested at Homrich’s Under the Pines family farm. Head Brewer Tom Payne will be donating a flat rate based on sales, plus rounding up to an even amount.

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks will also host a Brewers Grove Planting and Party on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Riverside Park. Beer lovers are invited to the park to get their hands dirty, plant a tree, and chat with the brewers while enjoying live music from two local bands. Enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by a Grand Rapids area brewery to fill a growler with their favorite tree beer or cider to enjoy at the event, as an open-container permit will be in place at the park. More details will come in mid-September.

Find the latest information as well as a Tree Beer Map at BrewersGrove.com

*Participating Breweries and Corresponding Tree Themed Beer:

57 Brew Pub
Cherry Houdini, ABV 5.5%
Cherry Vanilla Porter

B.O.B.’s Brewery
Tangerine Trees, ABV 6.0%
Belgian Wit with citrus fruits and candy.

Brewery Vivant
Devastation, ABV 9.3%
Bourbon Barrel Oak Aged Tree Bucket Belgian Inspired Double IPA.

The Cellar
Apple of your Rye, ABV 4.5%
Fruited Rye Beer.

Crankers
Cheery O’Dark Cherry Wheat Ale, ABV 5.5%
A light clean crisp wheat ale with an organic cherry finish.

EB Coffee & Pub
Fuzzy Nuts, ABV 6.8%
Coconut Porter

ELK
Willow ESB, ABV 6.4%
Extra Special / Strong Bitter

Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Coconut Kaiser Chocolate Macaroon, ABV 5.8%
Dunkelweiss with Roasted Coconut and Chocolate.

Gravel Bottom
Cederino, ABV 7.1%
Cedar aged Pale Ale

Harmony Brewing Company
Jubilation Cherry Saison IPA, ABV 7.1%
Brewed with Summit and Hull Melon hops with sour cherries added during fermentation.

HopCat
Naughty Nicodemus, ABV 4.7%
Gruit beer with lime, juniper berry and cucumber.

Jaden James
Silver Maple Lager, ABV 5.5%
Notes of maple from freshly tapped maple trees.

The Mitten Brewing Company
Olut Kaupunki Saht (Beer City Sahti), ABV 6.1%
Finnish Sahti made with juniper berries

Peoples Cider
Cherry Adams Tart, ABV 7.4%
Cherry-infused Cider

Pike 51
Bon Belle Saison, ABV 5.8%
100% Michigan Hopped Saison aged in Red Wine Barrels

Railtown Brewing
Dutch Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, ABV 8%
Imperial Porter with a full, creamy body.

Rockford Brewing Company
Peach Pit Peach Brown, ABV 4.8%
Brewed with local peaches and nectarines grown and harvested at Homrich’s Under the Pines family farm.

Schmohz
Barrel Aged Kiss My Scottish Arse ABV 9.3%
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

White Flame
Bad Apple, ABV 7%
Black IPA Cider hybrid with a rich roasted black pour and a crisp apple finish.

Colorado fans and midwest transplants, rejoice! Bell’s beer will venture west to Colorado during the weeks surrounding the Great American Beer Festival.

Starting Sept. 21, Crooked Stave Artisans will temporarily distribute Bell’s beer across its entire distribution footprint including the cities of Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs.

“This was a unique opportunity for us to finally be able to bring our beer to Colorado, even though it’s just for a short time,” said Laura Bell, Vice President of Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

Bell’s fans have taken to the brewery’s Facebook page to express their excitement for the brand’s limited-time distribution in Colorado. For many it is a chance to stock up on staple brews like Two Hearted—and to try harder-to-find classics like Amber Ale and Expedition Stout.

“Every time I head back to Michigan I stock up,” said one Facebook commenter in response to Bell’s announcement.

“Thank you for letting me do so without the 24-hour drive.”

Bottles of Amber Ale, Best Brown Ale, Expedition Stout, Kalamazoo Stout, Midwestern Pale Ale, Oarsman Ale, and Two Hearted Ale will be available to purchase.

Best Brown and Two Hearted Ale cans will also be available.

Draught options will include Amber, Oarsman, Two Hearted, Black Note, Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout, Coffee Mustache, Double Two Hearted Ale, Lavender Saison, Mars DIPA, Raspberry Wild One, and The Wild One.

For more information visit bellsbeer.com.

DETROIT – Planning on dining out tomorrow? Why not pair your meal with beer, puppies, and a deal? In celebration of National Dog Day, Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery will be hosting a pet food drive to benefit the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) on Wednesday, Aug. 26. all day from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Those who choose to donate and dine at the Detroit location will receive 10 percent off of their entire bill.

Jolly Pumpkin’s mascot, a 10-year-old Jack Russell Terrier named Bam, has appeared on many of the brewery’s bottles and is part of the inspiration for the event. Bam’s likeness graces the labels of Bam Noire, Bam Bière, and Wiezen Bam, all of which can be enjoyed tomorrow. Pet-friendly seating is available on the patio, so Fido can come too.

On the way to dinner, attendees can stop by the Midtown Dog Park—just down the block from Jolly Pumpkin—and spend some time at the Make Your Dog A Hero @ Shinola pet adoption event hosted by MHS from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jolly Pumpkin will be providing Bam-inspired gift bags to be given away at the event, and attendees can speak with MHS trainers, participate in an informal training session, or even adopt a pet of their own.

   

It’s that time of year again. We’re only a month away from Brewery Vivant’s biggest, baddest, woodiest party of the year—their Wood-Aged Beer Festival (WABF). The Grand Rapids mainstay is hosting this year’s event Saturday, September 19th in the parking lot behind the pub. Things are a little different, with two tasting sessions: Afternoon (1-4 p.m.) and Evening (5-8 p.m.) scheduled, to allow for more people to enjoy 20 plus limited, rare, and exclusive beers in an intimate beer-centric environment.
The Vivant scratch-kitchen will have festival foods available should hunger arise. Tickets are $35 and include 10 tokens, a collector’s edition tasting glass, and access to some incredible beer. Limited tickets available online at www.breweryvivant.com or directly through wabf15.brownpapertickets.com.

More fun info: This will be the “Wooden anniversary” (as per Victorian tradition) of WABF at Brewery Vivant as they celebrate their fifth festival and fifth year in business in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids.
“We’re hoping with more tokens in your glass from the start, less people on the grounds at once, and a map to guide you, this year’s festival will be the best one yet,” said Kate Avery, Abbess of Beer and Director of Sales & Marketing. “The brewers have been plotting for this unveiling since last November. It’s their big party with big flavors. We’re glad to share it with more enthusiasts by offering two sessions this year.”
Wood-aging beers hearkens back to the earliest beer brewing traditions when vessels were all made of wood and brewers worked to blend flavors into drinkable liquid. Unique flavor profiles arise in the already flavor-forward craft beers when aged in wood. Expect old favorites from the vault, as well as new, never-before-tasted experiments. Love Shadow, the bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout makes a triumphant return to the tap handles, as well as a cellared Wizard Burial Ground (2014 vintage bourbon barrel-aged quadrupel).

Get your tickets ASAP, as this one usually sells out. MittenBrew will be there and we hope you will be too!
Note: The Pub will be open for business as usual on Saturday, 11am-midnight. The festival grounds are separate.

It’s that time of year again. We’re only a month away from Brewery Vivant’s biggest, baddest, woodiest party of the year—their Wood-Aged Beer Festival (WABF). The Grand Rapids mainstay is hosting this year’s event Saturday, September 19th in the parking lot behind the pub. Things are a little different, with two tasting sessions: Afternoon (1-4 p.m.) and Evening (5-8 p.m.) scheduled, to allow for more people to enjoy 20 plus limited, rare, and exclusive beers in an intimate beer-centric environment.

The Vivant scratch-kitchen will have festival foods available should hunger arise. Tickets are $35 and include 10 tokens, a collector’s edition tasting glass, and access to some incredible beer. Limited tickets available online at www.breweryvivant.com or directly through wabf15.brownpapertickets.com.

More fun info: This will be the “Wooden anniversary” (as per Victorian tradition) of WABF at Brewery Vivant as they celebrate their fifth festival and fifth year in business in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids.
“We’re hoping with more tokens in your glass from the start, less people on the grounds at once, and a map to guide you, this year’s festival will be the best one yet,” said Kate Avery, Abbess of Beer and Director of Sales & Marketing. “The brewers have been plotting for this unveiling since last November. It’s their big party with big flavors. We’re glad to share it with more enthusiasts by offering two sessions this year.”
Wood-aging beers hearkens back to the earliest beer brewing traditions when vessels were all made of wood and brewers worked to blend flavors into drinkable liquid. Unique flavor profiles arise in the already flavor-forward craft beers when aged in wood. Expect old favorites from the vault, as well as new, never-before-tasted experiments. Love Shadow, the bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout makes a triumphant return to the tap handles, as well as a cellared Wizard Burial Ground (2014 vintage bourbon barrel-aged quadrupel).

Get your tickets ASAP, as this one usually sells out. MittenBrew will be there and we hope you will be too!

Note: The Pub will be open for business as usual on Saturday, 11am-midnight. The festival grounds are separate.

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