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Our Brewing Company, a micro-brewery, small winery, and micro-distillery in the heart of downtown Holland, MI is still “smaller on purpose”—but they have recently added a twist to their lineup: draft cocktails.

What exactly are draft cocktails?

One thirst-inducing example of what to expect when ordering a draft cocktail would be Our Brewing Company’s own variation of a Vodka Spritz. Hand made in bulk using UltraPure, a gluten-free organic liquor, along with ingredients like fresh ruby and white grapefruit juice, with jalapeno agave simple syrup, mixed with just the right amount of fizz.

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Each cocktail is created, then placed into a keg to be served on draft alongside Our Brewing Company’s craft beer and cider, which are still at the front and center of their 20 draft-lines. At least 15-16 taps will remain craft beer, 2-3 ciders, and now approximately 1-2 draft cocktails will be featured daily. It will be as easy as ordering a craft beer or cider. If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, the bartender will simply need to add ice to a glass, pour the draft cocktail directly from the tap—just like they would for their beer or cider—and voila! Drinks for everyone!

 

If you are craving a craft beer with a bit of a twist, Our Brewing Company has you covered, as they have something on tap called the IPA G&T. Jenney Grant, Director of Leisure Craft Libations, describes this Beer-tail as “Combining the classic flavors of a Gin and Tonic with our Mosey Session IPA for the perfect summer libation.”

Our BrewingThe creativity doesn’t end there. Our Brewing Company will offer frozen cocktails via a slushy machine. Yacht Rock Punch—A special offering made in honor of the Yacht Rock! celebration on Saturday, June 18. “This frozen cocktail will make you feel like you’re sailing away with a flock of seagulls. Made with light and dark rum, house-made rhubarb syrup, crushed ice and a splash of lime,” Grant explains.

The cocktail recipes have been developed with the help of former Coppercraft Distillery bartenders and Our Brewing Company Co-Owner Trevor Doublestein. Making sure each recipe has the right proportion of ingredients is key. Too much alcohol, soda, or even fruit juice could ruin an entire batch. However, keeping things simple was important—especially during the summer months, when keeping lines short and glasses full is key.

“I think this is the future of cocktails. It’s awesome that we can add this to our brewery and be one of the first places to offer something as different and cool as draft cocktails,” Doublestein explains. “It’s great to be able to go into this as an opportunity to keep our creative juices flowing—not just with beer—but with fun, experimental cocktails. Doing it with no stress and having as much fun as we can while doing it!”

Our Brewing Company has bottled a few of their draft cocktails to have on hand in 10 oz bottles. If they have a week or two where the craft beer and cider is overflowing their draft-lines they can still pour the pre-mixed concoctions directly from the bottles for customers to savor and enjoy.

With clever craft beer concoctions, and humorous names to match the flavor—such as By The Sour of Greyskull sour beer, or Smackintosh cider—the creativity and whimsy that pours into to their craft beer and cider has seamlessly flowed into their draft cocktail lineup.

While they have begun with familiar cocktails, like a Moscow Mule or a Manhattan, they have absolutely put their Our Brewing Company spin on it. For instance, they decided to add citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges alongside pomegranate to a Gin and Tonic. Boom. Now that classic Gin and Tonic has turned into a different experience altogether!

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Our Brewing Company’s entire draft-line will remain seasonal. If it isn’t fresh, they will not use it—something that has always held true for all of their beverages. This code of freshness typically pleases customers palates as well. Most of their patrons aren’t craving a hot chocolate in the summer, or salivating for a watermelon cocktail in January for that matter.

Our Brewing Company will be celebrating their Draft Cocktail release with a Yacht Rock! Costume Party on Saturday, June 18 at 8 p.m. Offering up 4 – 6 cocktails on tap and in bottles, including Sangria: Fruit, Brandy and Wine. Need we say more? Golden Sunset Punch: Whiskey, honey syrup and a bit of lemon. Top if off with a bit of mint and you’ll be able to taste a Lake Michigan sunset. Plus a special surprise cocktail to be released Saturday night.

 

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Photography: Steph Harding

HUDSONVILLE — Goldilocks may have only tested out a famous family of bears’ beds, chairs and porridge — but I’m confident that asked about the Beer City Spring Fest she would agree, “It was JUST right.”

“Being able to walk around and literally see every single pour available is my kind of festival, said attendee Adam VanAlstine. “I didn’t wait in a single line too long or had to feel overly concerned of others.  Not that I am a rude guy, but weaving through people was very easy.”

For its second year, Beer City Spring Fest was home to over 250 of Michigan’s best beers accompanied by additional special offerings. Unlike other festivals, the Spring Fest also showcased a broader range of Michigan’s proud local gems. From distillers to wineries, to cider makers and award winning food trucks, there was sure something to please everyone.

Spring Fest’s ability to beautifully balance a vast variety of beverages perfect for the warm weather felt gave hope for the warmer weather yet to come — fingers and toes crossed. IPAs were in abundance, filling at least one tap line of every brewery present. The only problem was narrowing down which IPA to choose from. With names like Big in Japan IPA from Crankers Brewery, Citra Your Ass Down IPA from Tibbs and Oats ‘N Hoes IPA from Unruly Brewing Co., the names along brought a crowd of testers!

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Aside from the ever-flowing IPAs some other samples perfect for spring featured were:

Pike 51 Brewery’s Tea Pants Cream Ale: An elegant light shaded ale with pink tints, a light body and floral notes made this stand out. Aside from the ‘girly’ description this beer was a pleaser for both male and female alike.

Coppercraft Distillery Genever Gin: A softer more floral gin perfect for warmer weather proudly stands by its ingredients only spanning 50 miles, showcasing its true local Dutch culture. To the attendees, this gin was served with a little Cooper Tulip tea, fresh grapefruit juice, honey and a splash of club soda, making it a perfect afternoon sipper.

B. Nektar Meadery’s Kill All the Golfers: Who said we all had to be golfers, especially when you could drink mead attributed to their demise? Golfer or not, this mead is sure to knock out some birdies. A mild sweetness with a bitter black tea and tart lemon creates a perfect handshake to those who golf and those who well, have more nefarious thoughts.

Low ‘N Slow BBQ Naked Pulled Pork: BBQ being a food that pairs perfectly with the outdoors, friends and a good time. Low ‘N Slow’s meats were a perfectly tender mouthwatering smoky satisfaction that kept my hunger at bay and stomach at just the right amount of fullness to let the drinking continue.

Spring Fest truly captured the meaning of spring, a time of a new beginning. It wasn’t uncommon for the lovely people pouring beer samples to actually be admires of the product and not an employee. They got to share their love for the beer to others possibly trying it out for the first time.

Matthew Mead jumped on the chance to pour for B. Nektar when they asked for volunteers. “It was great talking to so many people and hearing their thoughts on the B. Nektar products, as the Zombie Killer Cider blew out very fast,” he said.

This year’s Beer City Spring Fest was a great success uniting all the makers and drinkers from all aspects of the alcohol industry! Take what you’ve learned from this and be confident in your spring drink of choice. Raise up your beer, mead, cider, wine or spirit and cheers to another success!

HOLLAND — The way Coppercraft Distillery owners run their business is creative, memorable, but most importantly, local.

Local means a farmer drives his tractor about 10 miles down the road and drops off a huge trailer of corn to produce their spirits.

Local means in-house mixologist Jenney Grant is a regular visitor to the Holland Farmer’s Market, methodically selecting the freshest ingredients possible for her inspired cocktails featured in the Coppercraft tasting room.

Local means the distillery collaborates with nearby breweries such as Our Brewing Company to ensure they have the barrels they need for aged beers.

Even the Coppercraft tasting room is adorned with reclaimed wood from local barns and factories to provide a unique local experience.

“We try to focus on as local as possible,” Grant said during a recent tour of the tasting room with a vintage industrial vibe.

Walter Catton and Mark Fellwock started Coppercraft Distillery in 2012. After producing enough spirits, they opened the tasting room, located at 184 120th Ave, in November 2013.

Since then “grain-to-glass” business has taken off. Grant said Coppercraft produces four clear spirits — gin, rum, vodka and citrus vodka — and four aged spirits — corn whiskey, high wheat whiskey, rye malt whiskey and applejack.

This summer the company will unveil its bourbon, which it hopes will become a flagship product. Coppercraft also is brewing a special juniper-forward gin for the Tulip Time Festival in May and a smoked cherry malt coffee whiskey, Grant said.

Coppercraft spirits are distributed in more than 100 retail locations, including various restaurants and bars in Michigan. However, the craft spirits industry is still in its infancy, around 15 years behind the craft beer industry, according to Grant.

Consequently, the company has ramped up production to meets its positive growth forecast. It purchased a new Vendome copper still, equipment now requiring a two-year wait, nearly doubling its weekly output to 10 barrels.

In 2015, Coppercraft hopes to expand into Colorado, Illinois and the east side of Michigan.

“We are hitting the markets that celebrate craft,” Grant said.

HOLLAND — The way Coppercraft Distillery owners run their business is creative, memorable, but most importantly, local.
Local means a farmer drives his tractor about 10 miles down the road and drops off a huge trailer of corn to produce their spirits.
Local means in-house mixologist Jenney Grant is a regular visitor to the Holland Farmer’s Market, methodically selecting the freshest ingredients possible for her inspired cocktails featured in the Coppercraft tasting room.
Local means the distillery collaborates with nearby breweries such as Our Brewing Company to ensure they have the barrels they need for aged beers.
Even the Coppercraft tasting room is adorned with reclaimed wood from local barns and factories to provide a unique local experience.
“We try to focus on as local as possible,” Grant said during a recent tour of the tasting room with a vintage industrial vibe.
Walter Catton and Mark Fellwock started Coppercraft Distillery in 2012. After producing enough spirits, they opened the tasting room, located at 184 120th Ave, in November 2013.
Since then “grain-to-glass” business has taken off. Grant said Coppercraft produces four clear spirits — gin, rum, vodka and citrus vodka — and four aged spirits — corn whiskey, high wheat whiskey, rye malt whiskey and applejack.
This summer the company will unveil its bourbon, which it hopes will become a flagship product. Coppercraft also is brewing a special juniper-forward gin for the Tulip Time Festival in May and a smoked cherry malt coffee whiskey, Grant said.
Coppercraft spirits are distributed in more than 100 retail locations, including various restaurants and bars in Michigan. However, the craft spirits industry is still in its infancy, around 15 years behind the craft beer industry, according to Grant.
Consequently, the company has ramped up production to meets its positive growth forecast. It purchased a new Vendome copper still, equipment now requiring a two-year wait, nearly doubling its weekly output to 10 barrels.
In 2015, Coppercraft hopes to expand into Colorado, Illinois and the east side of Michigan.
“We are hitting the markets that celebrate craft,” Grant said.