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When you land at Ford Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, one of the first things that greets you as you walk through the terminal are t-shirts and other schwag advertising “Beer City U.S.A.” It sounds official, and in a way, I guess, it is. It’s an identity the city has chosen to unabashedly embrace. They’ve pushed it so hard the city’s new motto could basically be, “Hey, we’re Grand Rapids, and we’re totally into beer.”

Now, even if you’re a huge beer fan like me, your ale affection is probably not your defining characteristic. “Beer Lover” probably isn’t an entry on your LinkedIn profile.

Well, Grand Rapids doesn’t share that same modesty when it comes to craft brew. They’ve claimed the title “Beer City U.S.A.” and decided to run with it. But does this fast-growing, midwestern city even deserve that moniker? And if it does, is this really the reputation that they should want?

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Beer Goggles

First, let’s discuss how this designation was earned. It’s true that Grand Rapids has come out on top in various polls/contests and won the “Beer City U.S.A.” title. But those contests are almost always based on a popular vote, and there have been concerted efforts by the city to encourage their own residents to help them win. It’s kind of like me winning “Dad of The Year” in a contest where my two kids were the only ones who cast votes. It’s not illegitimate, but it’s not a hard-earned victory either. However, as any Democrat can tell you, if you don’t like the results, you should’ve gotten more people to vote your way instead.

But winning a poll doesn’t necessarily mean you have the bona fides to truly claim the title. Is Grand Rapids really the city that comes to mind when you think beer? If you’re old school, maybe you’re thinking Milwaukee or St. Louis. I’ve visited Portland, Oregon and can tell you they’re crazy about their microbrews. And I’ve got friends in Colorado who find the idea of “Beer City U.S.A.” being somewhere other than their state totally absurd.

An article in Forbes from 2016 pointed out that Portland, Maine actually had the highest number of microbreweries per capita. Grand Rapids was all the way down at number 10. Interestingly, GR’s beer-loving neighbor to the south, Kalamazoo, came in at number 5. I couldn’t find a beer-related metric that put Grand Rapids at the top of anything. The stats aren’t in their favor, but they played the game and won the title fair and square, so let’s move on.

Regardless of whether the name is deserved or not, is “Beer City U.S.A.” really a desirable claim to fame? Despite all its wonderfulness, beer is still a vice. When you consume too much of it, bad things might happen. If a city brands itself as a drinking destination, people are going to come there and drink, and sometimes drink too much. Does there come a time when this source of civic pride becomes a negative? I wonder if residents of Amsterdam maybe get tired of people travelling there just to smoke weed.

As soon as a city is known for something, that identity can be hard to shake. Unfortunately, two things I think about when I think about Detroit is, “urban decay” and “Kid Rock.” Just a guess, but I’m betting that Detroiters are feeling pretty much ready to move on from both. “Beer City U.S.A.” is a fun idea right now, but what happens when the fun wears off? Will Grand Rapids wish they spent their energy trying to be known for something else? Beer is great, but it’s not universal. Just like with Kid Rock, not everyone is a fan.

For those who know Grand Rapids well, there’s plenty more on which they could hang their hat. They could’ve easily have chosen, “Church-On-Every-Corner U.S.A.” or “Conservative Dutch Billionaire U.S.A.,” but both of those probably lack any mass tourism appeal. Grand Rapids could get plenty of positive traction by boasting about its art scene, its ever-expanding medical community, or its well-documented quality of life. Some are even anxious to have Grand Rapids live up to its name and eventually become a popular whitewater destination.

But here’s the problem, I don’t think any one of those creates the same draw as “Beer City U.S.A.” I’ve made my case against that brand and for the longest time I found the whole idea silly. I have since changed my tune. A year ago, I was at Perrin Brewing in Grand Rapids. While there, I met a young couple on vacation from Indianapolis. They weren’t going to museums and they weren’t on their way to the beach—they came to Grand Rapids to drink beer…a beer-cation, if you will. They spent their money, they stayed in hotels, they experienced a city they wouldn’t otherwise visit for beer and for beer alone. “Beer City U.S.A.” worked.

This is purely anecdotal evidence to be sure. But I’ve heard enough input from brewery owners and beer aficionados to easily back it up. They say they’ve seen dramatic increases in tours and sales since the campaign began. The title has encouraged new beer entrepreneurs to start breweries and add to the brand as well. The growth of the craft beer industry in Grand Rapids has enlivened the city’s nightlife, helped rejuvenate run-down neighborhoods and created a reason for beer-lovers from all around the country to experience a place they would’ve otherwise never considered. It’s unique, it’s fun, and people are excited to take part.

Grand Rapids should be proud to claim “Beer City U.S.A.” What a city is known for can often be nothing more than pop-trivia nonsense. Ever been to Allen Park in southeast Michigan? As far as I know, Allen Park is famous for one thing. Setting alongside the freeway in Allen Park is the Biggest Tire in the World. It’s a fun roadside curiosity that most Michiganders know, but no one goes out of their way to see it. Allen Park hotels aren’t booked with tire tourists.

Grand Rapids is on the rise, and it’s not because of a guidebook gimmick. “Beer City U.S.A.” may be a title that’s foolish and undeserved, but it’s created a buzz that any city would be proud to have. Take it from the “Dad of the Year,” if someone gives you the title, might as well run with it.

 

proamArea breweries are teaming up with local award-winning homebrewers to take part in the inaugural Beer City Pro-Am, collaborating on the creation and brewing of original recipes which will go on tap in their respective breweries throughout the Grand Rapids area starting in late July.

The winner will take home the coveted Beer City Pro-Am Cup to be displayed proudly in the award-winning brewery. Every year, both the brewery and the homebrew champion’s name will be etched onto the cup; in subsequent years, the title and cup will be defended.

 

The Beer City Brewers Guild collaborated with local award-winning homebrewers Nick Rodammer and Jeremy Gavin to create the Pro-Am event this winter, after Rodammer proposed the idea to Guild President Jackson Van Dyke this past January. The group soon found that many brewers were ready to join forces with the homebrewing community almost immediately.

“That 20 different local breweries would so willingly commit to this event in such a short period of time, speaks volumes about the craft beer community we have in Beer City.” explains Rodammer, who also serves as the Pro-Am Committee Chair.

Gavin, who also serves on the Pro-Am Committee says, “By marrying the professional’s technical skill and quality control, and the homebrewer’s free thinking and experimental spirit, the Beer City Brewers Guild Pro-Am is a way to let our brewers, professional and amateur alike, make the best beer they can. Hopefully, everybody involved expands their horizons and learns something from each other.”

Homebrewers who are residents of the Guild’s geographic membership area were able to qualify for the Pro-Am by placing in local homebrewing competitions which were held in the Grand Rapids area over 2016 and early 2017. Once the qualifiers were identified, the breweries and homebrewers were paired by the Beer City Brewers Guild Pro-Am Committee via random draw at a Draft Party on April 30 at Harmony Hall.

Pro-Am beers that are entered into the competition will be featured on tap at each of the participating breweries beginning at the end of July, and will be judged based on aroma, appearance, flavor and mouthfeel by a panel of local, qualified judges in blind rounds of tastings.

“Many people don’t realize just how talented the area’s best homebrewers are, and this event is a great forum to showcase the level of creativity and skill the homebrewing community has to offer.” says Rodammer.

The Beer City Pro-Am Winner will be crowned at the Beer City Brewers Guild Industry Picnic at Long Lake Park, 13747 Krauskopf NE on August 12 at 5 p.m. in the enclosed shelter. Local homebrew clubs will host attendees with 12-taps of homebrewed beer on-site to celebrate the announcement of the Pro-Am winner. The public is welcome to bring their own beer, wine and food to share as well.

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Beer City Pro-Am Pairings:

Atwater GR – Jeremy Gavin

BOB’s Brewery – John Applegarth

Bier Distillery – Michael Meadow

Brewery Vivant – Jake Szetela

City Built Brewing Co – Paul Arends

Gravel Bottom Craft Brewing & Supply – John Britt

ELK Brewing – Ken Pitchford

5 Lakes Brewing Co – Chad Bocian

Grand Rapids Brewing Co – Nick Rodammer

Harmony Brewing Co – George Lawlor

Harmony Hall – Kevin Schumacher

HopCat – Nick Kuzera

Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co – Jeff Carlson

Mitten Brewing Co – Eric Nyhof

Osgood Brewing Co – Andrew Brouwers

Railtown Brewing Co – Mark Iacopelli

Rockford Brewing Co – David Beerens

Speciation Artisan Ales – Ric Brown

Thornapple Brewing Co – Rob Schwartz & Bill Katerburg

White Flame Brewing Co – Andrew Baculy

 

fountain hill brewery

Grand Rapids is now home to another new brewery—but this one might not be one you know about, yet. Say hello to Fountain Hill Brewery & Peter’s Pub, the first and only federal and state-licensed brewpub owned and operated on a college campus.

Grand Rapids Community College has long had a strong culinary program. The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education (SICE) is considered one of the best culinary schools in the country, producing passionate, talented Chefs who make some of our favorite meals, locally and beyond. Peter Secchia, a native Michigander and philanthropist, is a strong supporter of both food and drink, and recently he realized that SICE was missing a critical component to their program—“beerducation.”

In Beer City USA, it simply is good business sense. Enter a grand plan to create something entirely new, from curriculum to equipment to final product. An ambitious undertaking, but what better place to find the right men and women for the job than Grand Rapids?

The brewhouse itself is a three-barrel Craftwerks system, brewing about six kegs per batch. Those who complete the program receive a certification for Craft Brewing, Packaging, and Service Operations. While student run and led, the gentlemen at the helm is Mr. John Stewart, probably familiar to most MittenBrew readers as Director of Brewing Operations at Perrin Brewing Company.  

“This is truly a unique experience going from grain to glass,” Stewart shares “While the focus is primarily brewing, we have a wider range of what we are teaching. We have students who are doing internships with distributorships, working with the local hop fields—so some of those side industries that are sprouting up in West Michigan around brewing—these students are developing relationships with them. Not everyone is specifically looking just to brew. The breweries in West Michigan are exploding, but so are all these industries that they are supporting.”

GRCC is very much work-force driven, and the practical, hands-on experience that students receive in the program is to the advantage of those in the industry who are looking to hire new recruits, and to the students who complete the certification.

Talking with Jacob Derylo, Head Brewer at Brewery Vivant– during the grand opening, he shares the same sentiment. “I think it’s great. There are breweries opening up, and we obviously need brewers to fill those roles. Having a pool of applicants with some practical experience on actual brewery equipment can definitely be a benefit.”

The ribbon cutting was a great opportunity to hear from those who carved the path for the program and the students themselves, as well as tasting the product the students put forth- it’s all about the beer, of course!

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On tap during the ribbon cutting were 8 different brews—Pete’s Wheat (Hefeweizen), Dum Blonde (Blonde Ale), Secchia Scottish (Scottish Ale-on CO2 and Nitro), Sweet A IPA (American Style IPA), Baltic Raider (Baltic Porter), & Fruits of our Labor (Fruit Ale).

The students in the program range in age and gender (yes, there were two women in the program), and they were happy to talk shop about the beer and their reasons for seeking certification. Jason Richards, who currently works at Founders, said he “wanted to gain more tools in my tool belt to become a better asset to my company.”

Other students such as Stephen Holden decided to pursue their passion. Quitting a job in banking, he decided to combine his previous degree in Marketing with the knowledge gained from the program to find employment that was more fulfilling than crunching numbers.

Keeley Dunn simply enjoyed the world of beer and wine. Currently working at a liquor store, she decided to pursue this program as part of her 10 year goal to eventually brew professionally.

If you’re downtown looking for a different spot to try some beers, don’t neglect Fountain Hill Brewery. Try a pint and provide feedback to your bartender. This is a classroom, after all.

Fountain Hill Brewery is open to the public from 5:30-8:30 PM on Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, visit here.

 

Images courtesy Fountain Hill Brewery

beer city brewers guildGRAND RAPIDS, Mich — New West Michigan Non-Profit Guild has organized to raise awareness of the craft brewing culture within the community by forming Beer City Brewers Guild 501(c)(6). A vehicle for events, collaborations, charitable giving, and knowledge sharing.

Since 2012 Grand Rapids Area Breweries and supporting businesses have collaborated to make Beer City a better place to brew, drink, visit, and live.

“The brewers thought we should get together to celebrate the initial Beer City USA designation and decided to do a collaborative beer. That was a success, and we enjoyed each others company, so we decided to band together to promote all of the breweries. We hope to encourage the spirit of collaboration; not only between breweries, but all related groups.” said Jackson VanDyke, Beer City Brewers Guild President, Co-Owner Harmony Brewing Company.

The opportunities Beer City Brewers Guild will continue to build on include collaborative beer releases such as the Beer City Pale Ale, where each area brewery created their rendition of a Pale Ale. Brewers Grove/Tree Beer, a united effort between breweries and the Friends of GR Parks; increasing the city’s tree canopy by donating a portion of Tree Beer sales toward this effort, and physically planting trees in multiple parks for the last three years.

Licensed Breweries and Breweries-in-Planning involved in the Guild will include those within Kent County, Mich or any city or township whose geographic boundary borders Kent County. Craft Beer Affiliates and Enthusiasts are also encouraged to join the Beer City Brewers Guild to participate in meetings, and serve on committees.

“Being selected to serve as the Marketing Chair on the Guild Board has been an honor. Working with creative individuals who value collaboration over competition while embracing our community goes beyond beer. I feel lucky to support and promote such an incredible group of people.” said Kelli Williams, Beer City Brewers Guild Marketing Chair, Owner Momma Needs A Beer, LLC.

The Beer City Brewers Guild will host a festival to embrace their collaborative community spirit in the heart of downtown at Ah-Nab-Awen Park on Saturday, August 13.

Creston Brewery

Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids’ largest neighborhood has a new brewery to look forward to come spring. Creston Brewery plans to begin construction this December in the Creston Business District. Partners Vincent Lambert, Cailin Kelly, Scott Schultz, and Molly Bouwsma-Schultz are breathing new life into the former DeKorne Furniture Showroom.

“The building is an absolute treasure of Grand Rapids history,” said Scott Schultz, a Grand Rapids native who grew up on the northeast side. “It was built in the 1920s as a furniture manufacturer and showroom in Furniture City, USA and is now being repurposed almost a century later as a microbrewery and taproom in Beer City, USA. That historical significance is palpable something we intend to celebrate in every way imaginable.”

Creston Brewery will find it’s home on Plainfield Avenue, placing themselves amongst a group of businesses craft beer enthusiasts are already familiar with such as Rezervoir Lounge, Creston Market, Graydon’s Crossing, and Kingma’s Meats.

Kelly says they’re guided by creating an environment that is diverse in all regards — employees, music, food, beer, and clientele. Their locally-sourced food menu will offer burritos, tacos, nachos, salads, and other seasonal offerings.

“Pairing amazing beers with great local food, a diverse entertainment lineup, affordable prices, and a beautiful setting have driven us to create our ideal brewery experience. We hope every person in Creston, Grand Rapids, and beyond finds a reason to share that experience with us.”

GRAND RAPIDS – Starting today, Grand Rapids residents and tourists alike will have the opportunity to win the title of “Brewsader” and a free T-shirt.

Experience Grand Rapids, a local destination marketing organization, has just launched the Beer City Passport program. Individuals who are at least 21 years of age can pick up a Beer City Passport booklet at any one of the 23 participating locations or the Grand Rapids GoSite, which is located in the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

To earn the title, a participant must visit eight different participating breweries and collect stamps in the Beer City Passport. Once that is achieved, participants bring the passport to the GoSite. A GoSite staff member checks the passport for eligibility, and the participant walks away with a Brewsader T-shirt and a much more cultured palate for craft beer.

The program is part of an effort to enhance beer tourism, which has proven its economic importance in Grand Rapids. Earlier this year, Experience Grand Rapids hired Grand Valley State University to do a study quantifying the impact beer tourism has had on the economy. The study found that beer tourists visit an average of 3.7 breweries during their stay, and they create an economic output of $12.23 million annually in Kent County.

Start collecting stamps at any one of the following breweries:

  • 57 Brew Pub & Bistro
  • B.O.B’s Brewery  
  • Brewery Vivant  
  • Cedar Springs Brewing Company  
  • Cellar Brewing Company  
  • Cranker’s Restaurant & Brewery  
  • E.B. Coffee & Pub  
  • Elk Brewing  
  • Founders Brewing Co.  
  • Grand Rapids Brewing Co.  
  • Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery
  • Harmony Brewing Company
  • Harmony Hall  
  • The Hideout Brewing Company  
  • HopCat  
  • Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co.  
  • Jaden James Brewery  
  • The Mitten Brewing Company  
  • Osgood Brewing  
  • Perrin Brewing Company  
  • Railtown Brewing Co.
  • Rockford Brewing Company  
  • White Flame Brewing Co.

Learn more about the Brewsader program on the Experience Grand Rapids website.

 

Photo courtesy: Experience GR

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Beer Tours is once again offering outings combining beer and art for the city’s ArtPrize event.

Since beginning operations in June 2014, they’ve been giving locals and visitors a way to experience Beer City’s lively craft beverage scene with a personal aspect.

Brian Haik, Owner and Tour Guide, is a born and raised Grand Rapidian. He attended Grand Valley State University with the intention of becoming a history teacher, but decided that teaching people about the history of beer was a more desirable ambition.

Danielle Haik, Brian’s wife, helps run the walking tours. They have three additional tour guides and drivers to handle the burgeoning business.

This is the second year they’re scheduling ArtPrize tours. They begin with a walking tour taking place on the first day of the competition, Wednesday, September 23rd, from 3pm to 6pm.

“The walking tour has you going to four venues this year—Founders, HopCat, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, and BOB’s Brewery,” said Brian Haik.

“The driving tour goes to Founders, Mitten Brewing Company off of Leonard and then Grand Rapids brewing Company,” he added.

If you’re contemplating joining them on one of their popular tours, you’ll need to make your reservation soon. Spaces are limited and many tour sessions are already booked solid.

“There are a lot of extra people in town who want to drink beer and who want to do ArtPrize,” said Haik.

Grand Rapids Beer Tours specializes in providing an intimate experience.

“It’s not like a giant party bus,— we’re not like some companies where their specialty is just transportation. Our specialty is taking people to places and experiencing the breweries. We prefer to keep it smaller, that’s why we have a fifteen-passenger van.”

People appreciate having a responsible driver for a day of drinking with friends.

“On a four hour driving tour, for example, samples equal about a pitcher of beer per person. That’s a good amount, and they don’t have to worry about driving at all!” he said.

“What separates us is we educate people on the tours. It’s not going to be a booze cruise,” said Haik. “You’re going to be learning about the breweries you go to, learning about the beers, and you’ll get a behind-the-scenes brewery tour at one of the stops.”

“I’m passionate about what I do. I have love for the culture and Grand Rapids, it’s my home,” he added.

Future plans include tours to areas of the lakeshore from Saugatuck to Traverse City. They’re entertaining the idea of doing a cider tour, and possibly a gluten-free tour that includes mead if there’s enough interest to support it.

Private tours are available in addition to public tours shown online.

“Sixty to seventy percent of our tours are private tours. Bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, birthday parties, business groups,” said Haik. “We’ve had people from pretty much every continent already. From China, Guatemala, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, all over the whole world really.”

They’re capable of filling a gap in public transportation, sometimes driving from the city to the lake shore to pick up a tour group for a day of brewery-hopping. They can also offer hotel pickup and drop off in many places, ask for availability when you book your tour.

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.