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Grand Rapids, Mich. – Experience Grand Rapids announces the second annual Beer Month GR, celebrating Grand Rapids’ award-winning craft breweries through collaborative events including Cool Brews. Hot Eats., the 13th Annual Winter Beer Festival, KBS Week, Tree Beer, and more. The month-long celebration beginsThursday, Feb. 15 and concludes Thursday, Mar. 15.

Throughout Beer Month GR, over 50 area restaurants and breweries will participate in the sixth annual Cool Brews. Hot Eats., which will showcase Grand Rapids’ unique craft beer and food scene. Cool Brews. Hot Eats. participants will offer beer-infused dishes throughout the month-long celebration.

Experience Grand Rapids will continue to offer its Beer City Brewsader® Passport program throughout Beer Month GR, which encourages craft beer lovers to visit eight Grand Rapids’ breweries in exchange for an official Brewsader® T-shirt. There will be additional prizes and incentives for those who become a Brewsader® during Beer Month GR. Extreme craft beer enthusiasts can also visit all 35 breweries to become an Ultimate Brewsader® and unlock exclusive deals and discounts.

Beer Month GR also includes the 13th Annual Winter Beer Festival on Friday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 24 from 1 to 6 p.m. located at Fifth Third Ballpark. The Winter Beer Festival will feature more than 1,000 different craft beers from nearly 30 Michigan breweries, entertainment, and food for purchase. Tickets for Saturday, Feb. 24 are sold out, but guests can still purchase tickets for Friday, Feb. 23.

Experience Grand Rapids and GR Hopper have partnered together to provide hotel shuttle transportation from 12-area hotels for $10 round trip. For more information, visit here.

Also during Beer Month GR, Founders Brewing Co. will celebrate its fifth annual KBS Week, March 5-10. The weeklong celebration honors the highly anticipated release of Founder’s award-winning Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS). Throughout KBS Week, participating restaurants and breweries will host exclusive Taproom Release Parties. KBS Week Hotel Packages are also available and will include limited edition KBS gear.

In order to give back to local parks and community spaces, local brewers are partnering with Friends of Grand Rapids’ Parks (FGRP) to create tree-themed beers that will be featured throughout Beer Month GR. This year’s Tree Beer Release Party will take place at Harmony Hall on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. This year’s limited release Tree Beer will be available throughout Beer Month GR, or while supplies last. All Tree Beer proceeds will benefit FGRP’s Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project for tree plantings in the community.


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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich – Get ready to toast the return of Cocktail Week GR, November 8-19, celebrating Michigan craft spirits. The third annual event is hosted by Experience Grand Rapids and will highlight local distillers, specialized Cocktail Week GR Menus, and feature events organized by the U.S. Bartending Guild (USBG) – Grand Rapids chapter.

Throughout the 12-day event, participating local restaurants will offer two Michigan cocktails and an appetizer for $25 or less. Many local distilleries and restaurants will also offer special events and distillery tours, including the USBG Cocktail Contest at Stella’s Lounge and a “Sunday Funday” trolley tour to participating Cocktail Week GR bars.

Cocktail Week GR culminates with the annual Grand Rapids Wine, Beer and Food Festival at DeVos Place Convention Center, November 16-18. The event is the perfect complement to the festival’s Hemingway Hall venue, where craft producers and mixologists will showcase their finest spirits, mixers, garnishes and cocktails.

A full list of Cocktail Week GR events and happenings will be updated regularly at Participating restaurants and menus will be posted on October 31 with continued updates throughout the event.

cider weekGrand Rapids, MI (April 3, 2017) – The Michigan Cider Association (MCA), with support from Experience Grand Rapids, announces the inaugural Cider Week GR, April 17-22, 2017.

The week-long celebration brings hard cider makers from around the world to Michigan, the second largest producer of apples in the U.S., for industry events, an international cider competition, local tap takeovers, and a festival on the Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids.

Cider Week GR coincides with the world’s largest cider judging competition, the 12th annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP). GLINTCAP features professional and amateur cider makers from more than three countries, competing for awards in 18 categories. The competition is closed to the public and runs April 19- 22 at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids.

The inaugural Cider Week GR culminates with the first-ever hard cider festival on the Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids, Saturday, April 22 from 2-7 p.m.

The festival features cider makers from around Michigan. Attendees will also enjoy a line-up of local music and food. The festival is open to the public and tickets are available for purchase at Eventbrite.


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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Experience Grand Rapids announces Beer Month GR: Savor the Craft, February 15-March 15, 2017, a month-long celebration of Grand Rapid’s exceptional craft breweries. Highlights include Cool Brews. Hot Eats., the collaborative event that blends craft beer and fantastic food, the 12th Annual Winter Beer Festival, KBS Week and numerous beer dinners and tap takeovers at Grand Rapids craft breweries.

Throughout Beer Month GR, over 50 area restaurants and breweries will participate in Cool Brews. Hot Eats. The collaborative event will now run from February 15 through March 15, as local chefs and brew masters offer beer-infused dishes and meals with complementary beer pairings.

Beer Month GR also includes the 2017 Winter Beer Festival, February 24 and 25, featuring more than 100 Michigan breweries and approximately 1,000 different craft beers. Tickets for Friday, February 24 are still available and can be purchased online.  Also included in Beer Week GR is the highly anticipated KBS Week, hosted by Founders Brewing Company.

Experience Grand Rapids continues to offer the Beer City Brewsader Passport, featuring exclusive deals to Ultimate Brewsaders throughout Beer Month GR. Ultimate Brewsaders are individuals who have collected every stamp in their passport.  

To schedule a Beer City hotel package, visit here.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — More than 18,000 people are expected to enjoy a vast menu of food and beverage at the 9th Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival coming up Nov. 17-19 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.

grw-3001This pre-holiday celebration welcomes everyone from the novice looking for an introduction to the world of epicurean culture to the connoisseur who appreciates the finest things in life. Considered a “night on the town” or the ultimate “Saturday afternoon tasting room experience,” this 3-day event exposes attendees to dozens of area restaurants and over a thousand wine, beer, cider, mead, malt beverage and spirit offerings. Complimentary workshops and seminars add to the overall experience.

New this year…

Enhanced Elite Wine Collection: First introduced last year, this feature has matured into its second year (just like a fine wine) and will be hosted by the Tasters Guild — an organization founded in Michigan in 1987 representing now over 30 active chapters throughout the country. The nearly 50 offerings in the Elite Wine Collection have been hand-selected by our consulting sommeliers and importing specialists as the “best of the best” top shelf vintages, chosen from among 1200 assorted wines at the Festival. These high-end wines—like Opus 1, Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon, and Dom Perignon—require a minimum 10-ticket ($5) tasting fee due to the cost of the product being served. Each of these wines have at least a 90-point value in a recognized wine rating system and are regarded as among the most exclusive wines of the Festival, according to industry experts. No need to invest hundreds of dollars in a full bottle — the Elite Wine Collection allows you the opportunity to sample these wines for a minimal cost. Located in the center of the Vineyard, inside the Steelcase Ballroom at DeVos Place.

The GR Mixer blends together award-winning spirits and mixers into craft artisan cocktails, the region’s noted mixologist and distillers who will serve up hands-on workshops guaranteed to educate and entertain. These complimentary 15-minute workshops will amp up your bar-tending skills, just in time for holiday entertaining with family and friends.

Nearly two dozen craft beverage workshops will be held throughout the weekend, presented by Coppercraft Distilling and New Holland Artisan Spirits. Held in the Secchia Lobby, running along the western edge of the Steelcase Ballroom and overlooking the Grand River, the new craft cocktail concourse workshops are limited to the first 12 people who step up to the bar at the scheduled times.

Bartenders from six-one-six inside the JW Marriott are also planning an exciting “Chopped”-style competition during their Pairing aimed to perfectly match cocktails with prix fixe menu.

Once again, the Festival is the culmination of Cocktail Week Grand Rapids, which this year runs Nov. 9-20 and is presented by Experience Grand Rapids.

Returning features…

Beer City Station: The Festival’s popular beer area returns to Exhibit Hall C on the Main Floor of DeVos Place off the Grand Gallery. Step into the world of creative craft beers, imported and domestic brews, hard ciders and foods that pair well with both. Meet the American craft brewer—the small, independent and traditional producers who display passion and excitement for their unique beverages. New products, as well as traditional favorites, will be offered for sampling.

Cider Row: Tap into the Cider Row at the Festival, featuring almost 20 cider producers from Michigan and nationally-known brands. Hard cider is among the fastest growing craft beverages on a national scale. It is fermented to produce a range of flavors — from dry to sweet. Featured in the Beer City Station in Exhibit Hall C off the Grand Gallery.

Flavored Malt Beverages: This sector of the beverage industry is taking off with hard iced tea; sodas—such as root beer, orange, cherry, lemon and other fruit flavors; seltzer waters and carbonated caffeinated products. Featured in the Beer City Station in Exhibit Hall C off the Grand Gallery.

Growers Champagne Flights: Add a little extra class to your glass with an intimate tasting with Bradford Hammerschmidt from Imperial Beverage. These special flights offer champagnes you will not find anywhere else in the Festival. Each of the champagnes will be paired with specially selected cheese and crudités. Flights offered Saturday at 4pm and 7pm only. The cost is $40 per person. Reservations may be made online or on site space permitting.

Pairings: Select restaurants partner with distinguished wineries and breweries for special limited-seating Pairings — gourmet multi-course meals served on-site in a casual yet intimate “bar top” setting. Tickets are $45-$65 each and may be purchased in advance online or at the Festival on a first-come, first-served basis. This year’s restaurants include: Ganders, San Chez,, Reds at Thousand Oaks, Vander Mill Cider and Wolfgang Puck’s The Kitchen.

Ultimate Dining Opportunities: Chefs from about a dozen of the area’s top restaurants prepare and serve small plates of their culinary specialties.

RendezBREW: The Coffee, Cordials and Dessert Café will be open in the Grand Gallery for the duration of the Festival. Start your Festival experience, or make it a nightcap, with unique pairings of coffee, lattes and cocktails crafted for your enjoyment with a variety of cordials, indulgent sweets and other treats.

Seminars & Workshops: Esteemed individuals from the culinary world host complimentary demonstrations on the Meijer Food Stage. Complimentary beverage seminars, held classroom-style in the rooms off the Grand Gallery, give attendees an in-depth look in to the world of wine, beer and spirits. Cocktail workshops are also offered for a unique hands-on experience for those wishing to learn tricks of the trade from top leaders.

Tickets for the Festival are $15 for Thursday (and for advanced Friday and Saturday ticket sales) and $20 for Friday at Saturday at the door. A 3-Day Pass is available for $40 and allows admission each day of the Festival and is intended for those who want to get the most out of their tasting experience. Online sales end Thursday, Nov. 17 at 5pm (Box Office sales for the pass end at 10pm on Thursday, Nov. 17). Food and beverage samples require varied amounts of sampling tickets of 50-cent denominations (sold at the Festival). We suggest guests start with at least $20 worth of tasting tickets.