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The Detroit-based craft brewing company, Atwater Brewery will participate as a ArtPrize venue for the first time since opening its downtown Grand Rapids taproom nearly a year ago. Visitors can view ArtPrize entries from 14 artists during normal hours of operation at 201 Michigan Avenue.

“This is our first year participating in ArtPrize and we’re looking forward to featuring impressive artwork we curated specifically for our taproom,” says Mark Rieth, owner of Atwater Brewery. “Our downtown location will make the perfect spot to grab lunch while exploring ArtPrize. We’re right on the path to other great venues like DeVos Place, SpeakEZ Lounge, North Monroe Community Church, and the Boardwalk Apartments.”

When choosing which art installations to feature in its taproom, Atwater Brewery narrowed down its options to mostly two-dimensional pieces to hang from its spacious taproom walls, mimicking the style of art galleries. The brewery has also reserved space for one three-dimensional installation, Common Blue by Shawn Henley, a eight-foot butterfly statue made with a 1920s Harley Davidson engine.

Originally, Atwater planned on hosting Detroit-based artists as an homage to the brewery’s first location as well as featuring beer-inspired works. “Of course, ArtPrize isn’t about staying within limits and we finished with an eclectic group of entries that all ages can enjoy,” explains Bri Kilroy, Social Media Coordinator at Atwater Brewery. The brewery chose an eclectic mix of entries, ranging from illustrations of vibrantly dressed-up dinosaurs in Dinosaur Family Portraits to an dark depiction of a Hindu cremation ceremony in Onward.

With ArtPrize entries on every wall, visitors are welcomed to enjoy the art while they dine or drink at their tables or just stop in for a drink and view the art. “My favorite thing about brewery venues is that people have the option to enjoy art during their meal or grab and drink at the bar and explore,” says Kilroy. Visitors will also have the chance to meet some of the artists at the taproom throughout Preview Week as they hang out their entries.

 

Atwater Brewery will host the following ArtPrize entries:

  1. Creation VS The Big Bang by DL DeBolt

  2. War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength. by Amber Doan

  3. Onward by Michael Dura

  4. Candle Light by Hank Feeley

  5. Feeding the Love Dragon by Maggie Flynn

  6. Shades of Opinion by Lee Galusha

  7. Broken Promises by Dorothy Graden

  8. Stephanie Heise Illustrations by Stephanie Heise

  9. Common Blue by Shawn Hensley

  10. Aquarian (Dragon Scales?) by Corey Leavenworth

  11. Robots Playing Poker by John Long

  12. Alive Among the Trees by Julia Pickett

  13. Chasing Storms by Michael Reuter

  14. Dinosaur Family Portraits by Betsy Wellfare

founders breakfast stout It all started with an espresso bean. Over a decade ago, Dave Engbers, co-founder of Founders Brewing Co., was offered a chocolate-covered espresso bean while bartending at the Founders’ Taproom in Grand Rapids. Washing the bean down with a Founders Porter, Engbers decided to launch an experimental trial with beer, chocolate and coffee. The oats were added to the mix, and Breakfast Stout came together as arguably the most popular seasonal we make.

Named one of the top stouts in the world, Breakfast Stout starts with the best ingredients. Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki uses a proprietary process to combine two types of imported chocolate, oats and a Colombian and Sumatra blend from Grand Rapids artisanal roaster, Ferris Coffee and Nut. The coffee lover’s consummate beer, Breakfast Stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.

Founders Breakfast Stout is a limited release available in 4-packs with a suggested retail price of $10.99 across our distribution footprint, launching in September through December.

 

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Grand Rapids, Mich – As Atwater Brewing approaches its one-year anniversary at its Grand Rapids location, the Detroit-based craft brewery kicks off celebrations with Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 9. This 21 and over event will take place at its downtown Grand Rapids location at 201 Michigan Street NW from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Attendees can expect true Oktoberfest festivities with German-style food, German-style beers, and live music. They can also compete in shuffleboard and the traditional Oktoberfest “mug holding contests.” The winners will receive gift cards and Atwater swag. The first 25 people to attend will get a free mug club membership for a year.

This is an rain-or-shine event with tented outdoor areas. No advance ticket purchases are necessary, but attendees will be asked to show identification at the door.

Other Atwater Brewery News

As parking becomes a growing concern in downtown Grand Rapids, Atwater Brewing will now provide parking validation tickets to visitors, covering one hour of parking. The closest parking lots available to the public are located under DeVos Place and near the government buildings. Street parking is also available on Monroe Avenue and is free after 6 p.m. and all day on Sundays.

Comstock Park, Mich. – Perrin Brewing celebrates five years of crafting quality beer in Michigan, join the celebration and toast to years to come! On September 9th at Perrin Brewing of Comstock Park the backyard will be bursting with live music entertainment, food trucks, specialty beers, vendors and the annual cornhole tournament! Tickets are available in the Perrin Pub or on EventBrite.

The party kicks off for Pub Club members and Cornhole Tournament participants at 3 pm and the general public at 4 pm until 11 pm. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the gate, open to ages 21 years of age and older.

The annual Cornhole Tournament registration ends September 2nd, pick a teammate and sign up online: http://bit.ly/PerrinCornholeTournament The cost is $40/team and partial proceeds benefit the Can’d Aid Foundation to continue doin’ good in the community where they CAN.

The live music entertainment line-up:

4:00 pm | Paradise Outlaw
4:55 pm | hi-ker
5:50 pm | Miss Atomic
6:45 pm | The Crane Wives
8:15 pm | Jake Kershaw
9:50 pm | Papa Vegas

The beer isn’t the only thing party people get to enjoy, several local food trucks will be offering a variety of food options including Blue Spoon Catering, Daddy Pete’s BBQ, Ice Box Brand Ice Cream, Patty Matters, Pizzaiolo, and What the Truck.

The Perrin 5th Anniversary Party will go on rain or shine. Chairs and blankets are welcome just no outside coolers or beverages, Perrin will have plenty of beer flowing.

Perrin Brewing is the Saturday, September 9 destination to listen to live music, browse local vendors, enjoy a freshly rolled cigar in the cigar lounge, and raise a pint to hand-crafted beer in Michigan!
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LANSING, Mich – A record number 92 Michigan craft breweries will be serving up more than 588 beers on Saturday, September 9 at the Michigan Brewers Guild’s 9th Annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette.

Tickets are available online now and are $40 in advance (and $45 at the gate, if any remain available). Admission includes 15 tasting tokens, each good for a three-ounce sample. Additional tokens are 50-cents each.

In addition to online tickets, a handful of outlets around Marquette also have tickets for sale for $40—including Blackrocks BreweryMarquette Food Co-OpOre Dock Brewing and The Vierling.

The Michigan Brewers Guild is the network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Michigan Brewers Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025.

 Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $600 million. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #6 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”

#MiBeer #MiBeer20Years #DrinkMiBeer #GreatBeerState #UPFBF17

 

 

COMSTOCK, Mich. – Bell’s Brewery is proud to announce a new addition to its seasonal specialty lineup for release this fall.

Arabicadabra, a coffee milk stout with an ABV of 5.5%, will debut on draught and in 12-ounce bottles, packaged in six-packs, this October.

“When we announced this year’s release calendar late last year, we knew there were a few more surprises to come. This is one of them,” said Bell’s CEO Laura Bell.

“It’s really fun to see new favorites move to a wider audience. This is another example of how we continue to explore new ingredients and flavors. The spirit of innovation that set us on this path is still a huge part of who we are and we will continue to look for ways to showcase that innovation across our distribution area,” Bell said.

Brewed with 100% Arabica coffee beans roasted by Ferris Coffee in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this beer will stand in for Java Stout, another Bell’s specialty coffee stout, for 2017.

“Java Stout will always have a special place in our portfolio and isn’t being permanently retired. This year, we are changing things up a bit. Arabicadabra is a different take on a coffee stout and very similar to a local favorite that was released at our pub and at some events. It’s time to share it with an even larger audience,” she added.

Arabicadabra is brewed with a cold coffee extract made at the brewery using a combination of fair trade, organic Nicaraguan coffee beans and Sumatra coffee beans. Lactose is also used for creaminess (those with dairy allergies or sensitivities should take note). It was inspired by Milchkaffe, another specialty Bell’s beer. That sweet, milk stout, was only available on draught and debuted in 2015.

Arabicadabra will ship to Bell’s entire distribution footprint, including New Mexico which Bell’s will begin distributing to in the fall.

Additional details will be shared online at bellsbeer.com and on Bell’s social media as they become available.

 

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LANSING, Mich—Craft beer enthusiasts are passionate about Michigan brews…and February is the perfect time to fall in love with rich, chocolaty and fruity beers. As you head out with your sweetheart this year for Valentine’s Day, consider ordering up a pint of one of these deliciously romantic Michigan made libations recommended by the Michigan Brewers Guild.

ARBOR BREWING COMPANY, Ann Arbor

Espresso Love (7.5%ABV | 15 IBUs). Oatmeal and 20 pounds of fresh roasted 100% fair-trade coffee, from the nearby Ugly Mug Café Brewed, contribute to a mildly chalky espresso character balanced by a rich, sweet creamy maltiness. The coffee finish dissolves into chocolate, with a slight roasty bitterness. Pairs well with desserts, especially dark chocolate, raspberries, and cheesecake.

ARCADIA ALES, Battle Creek

Cocoa Loco Triple Chocolate Stout (7% ABV | 39 IBUs). This award-winning beer gets its rich flavor from Simpson Chocolate, Weyerman Chocolate and Crisp Chocolate malts. The addition of lactose lends the beer a creamy quality- not unlike a milkshake- while the Blackstrap Molasses adds rich, burnt, syrupy flavors.  Flavors of baker’s chocolate and espresso dominate, while rich malty flavors and a subtle kiss of hops add nice balance, making this a truly one-of-a-kind BIG beer.

BELL’S BREWERY, Galesburg / Kalamazoo  

Smitten Golden Rye Ale (6.0% ABV | 42 IBUs). This spring seasonal offers rustic flavors from rye malt combined with citrusy, resinous hop aroma from Pacific Northwest varieties to create a crisp, refreshing take on the classic pale ale.

BREWERY TERRA FIRMA, Traverse City

Ancho Chili Dutch Double Chocolate Porter (5.3% ABV). There’s a special magic that happens between chilies and chocolate that was first utilized in ancient Latin America and still weaves its spell today. Ancho Chili Dutch Double Chocolate Porter showcases the perfect balance of chili flavor and warmth combined with dark chocolate. This is not a hot pepper beer – the warmth from the chilies builds slowly, enhancing the character of the beer without becoming dominant. Far from being a novelty beer, the richness of chocolate malts and Dutch cocoa combined with the deep, smoky flavor imparted by whole Ancho chilies while the beer is conditioning will keep them coming back for more.

ETERNITY BREWING, Howell

Imperial Cocoa Cherry (9% ABV | 80 IBUs). This robust imperial stout is like chocolate covered cherries in a glass, complete with a kiss of cherry sweetness—like a loving embrace. This beer will pair well with all of your Valentine’s Day desserts.

FOUNDERS BREWING COMPANY, Grand Rapids

Founders Porter (6.5% ABV | 45 IBUs). Described as “Dark, Rich and Sexy,” this beer pours silk black with a creamy tan head. The nose is sweet with a strong chocolate and caramel malt presence and no absence of hops gives this beer the full flavor you deserve and expect…it’s cozy like velvet. This 2010 World Beer Cup silver medalist is described as “a lover, not a fighter.”

GRAVEL BOTTOM BREWERY, Ada

Lion Heart (6.8% ABV | 36 IBUs). Forget the box of chocolates, let your lover’s sweet tooth indulge in the Lion Heart, an amorous robust porter made even more sensual with the addition of raspberry puree and cacao nibs. Luscious chocolate notes balance against the coffee and roast malt profile with accents of fruity tartness from the raspberry.

Susie Q (4.9% ABV | 16 IBUs). What’s better than a bouquet of flowers for your craft beer sweetheart? A bouquet of flavor from Susie Q, a cream ale brewed with hibiscus and rose hips. Soft smelling as a rose and light as a sunny day, Susie Q exhibits light malt sweetness which transitions to delicate citrus and floral flavors of the rose and hibiscus.

HARMONY BREWING, Grand Rapids  

Winter Nights (8% ABV) – the toasted aroma, smooth maltiness and slight chocolate and coffee notes give this winter warmer the tools to keep you and your loved one warm on a cold winter night!

JOLLY PUMPKIN, Dexter / Ann Arbor / Detroit / Traverse City 

iO Saison (6.8% ABV). Part of the Baudelaire series, this beer will capture the hearts of art and artisan beer lovers alike. Drawn in by the historic elegance of the label design and then held tight by the rapture of flavors, it will be released in limited quantities. iO Saison is brewed in a lovely fashion, with rose hips, rose petals and hibiscus. Yet, don’t be easily deceived by her looks, for like love – she can be oh so dangerous. Available in late February.

LAKE CHARLEVOIX BREWING COMPANY, Charlevoix

Love Fuel (3% ABV | 6 IBUs). This raspberry Berlinerweiss looks like pink lemonade and smells like a fresh combination of fruit and German yeast with a tasty, bubbly flavor.

MOUNTAIN TOWN STATION, Mount Pleasant

Doctor Love (8% ABV | 18 IBUs). This imperial red ale with ale brewed with eight different invigorating herbs and a touch of flavor hops.

Love Potion #8 (7.5% ABV | 32 IBUs). This double chocolate stout is brewed with four different invigorating herbs, to get the blood flowing.

Sacred Gruit (5.8% ABV | 4 IBUs). The flagship gruit brewed with 3 different herbs that stimulate the mind, create euphoria and enhance sexual drive. For a little added fun, try the Peach Gruit, with peace juice added.

Chocolate Vibrant Stout (9% ABV). This imperial stout is full of flavor from chocolate, with aphrodisiacal herbs added for her pleasure.

NEWAYGO BREWING CO., Newaygo

Sweetheart Stout (5.8% ABV | 35 IBUs). This oatmeal stout is blended in three steps, with pureed raspberries.

NEW HOLLAND BREWING COMPANY, Holland

The Poet (5.2% ABV | 37 IBUs). This is a romantic offering for Valentine’s Day. This beer reveals a rich, smooth malt character enveloped in tones of roast and chocolate. A soft mouth-feel brings luxurious flavors and a soothing aroma. The Poet is as versatile as it is delicious – the perfect accent to any chocolate dessert.

NORTH PEAK BEER, Dexter / Detroit

Dubious Black Chocolate Stout (5.3% ABV | 50 IBUs). Sporting its “giant man-eating beaver” icon, this beer pays homage to Northern Michigan’s Beaver Island. This beer has the perfect combination of chocolate with roast and black malts, resulting in a smooth and rich beer. Judicious use of hops brings out a complex, yet subtle bittering, finished off with a big Goldings nose. This swirl of aroma, flavor and body is underscored by the rich, dark chocolate that is added at the end of the boil.

OUR BREWING COMPANY, Holland

Shot Through the Heart (9.5% ABV | 30 IBUs). This imperial porter is aged on cacao nibs, giving it a big, smooth, malty sweetness, with notes of dark chocolate, dried fruit and caramel.

ROCHESTER MILLS BEER CO., Rochester / Auburn Hills

Milkshake Stout (5.3% ABV | 20 IBUs). The combination of four different malts, along with a low hop level creates a deep dark beer featuring rich, roasted, malt flavors. The addition of lactose (milk sugar) adds complexity, body, and a residual sweetness lending a smooth creamy texture to this full-flavored brew. Once a seasonal offering in the pub, now prominently featured in state-wide distribution due to popular demand.

Paint Creek Porter (6.0% ABV | 21 IBUs). This pub-only offering is a robust beer that features a rich, velvety chocolate malt flavor that will compliment any chocolate dessert.

ROCKFORD BREWING, Rockford

Hoplust IPA (7.1% ABV | 70 IBUs). A profoundly hoppy hand-crafted American IPA, with a proprietary blend of six different hop varieties for a unique flavor experience. An intense bouquet of fresh hops will greet you on the nose, followed by the bursting tropical, citrus and piney flavors on your palette. The approach to this IPA is to focus more toward satisfying the craving for hop flavor than bitterness.

SHORTS BREWING, Bellaire

Hot Loins. A beer brewed with aphrodisiacs: Pomegranate, vanilla, honey and the most powerful aphrodisiac of all time – Tongat Ali – aka long jack.

Love Knife (6.7% ABV – 45 IBU) is a brownish red Belgian ale that explodes with aromas of strawberry, banana, and nectarine. Malt sweetness is quite low, allowing for the fruit flavors to be apparent throughout the beer.

Of course, there are countless other beers to LOVE…and the best is the one in your hand. Hopefully, that’s locally-crafted here in Michigan!

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


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