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Ft. Collins, Colo. – New Belgium Brewing’s annual Clips Beer & Film Tour is coming to Grand Rapids on Friday, July 15. This free event, now in its seventh year, features short films and a selection of small-batch beers with 100 percent of the proceeds from beer sales going to Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition. In total Clips has raised more than $659,000 for nonprofits, with close to $10,000 coming from Grand Rapids in 2015. The event kicks off at Ah-Nab-Awen Park at 8:00 p.m., with the films starting at 10:00 p.m.

“This year is actually New Belgium’s 25th anniversary, so we’re doing things a little differently,” said Christie Catania, Clips national special events manager. “We asked ten filmmakers to incorporate the year 1991 into their film, as a way to salute the year that New Belgium got its start. The films do a great job of bringing us back to the glory days of big hair, questionable fashion, and outdated technology!”

In addition to a night of films under the stars, Clips offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium’s most esoteric beer offerings. Many of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith beers can be hard to come by and Clips offers the best way to try them. Eleven varieties from Lips of Faith to brewery classics will be available in 3-ounce samples, 12-ounce pours, or cans. For a complete list of beers available at the Grand Rapids stop, click here. Food from local food trucks will be available for purchase: Gettin’ Fresh and A Moveable Feast.

New Belgium, promoters of environmental stewardship, encourages attendees to think twice about throwing away trash, with a significant amount of waste diverted from landfills at each stop. In addition, all locations will have bike valet, encouraging people to ride their bike to the showings.

Clips Beer & Film Tour – Grand Rapids Stop

When:
Friday, July 15

Time:
8:00 p.m., with films starting at 10 p.m.

Where:
Ah-Nab-Awen Park

Proceeds Benefit:
Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition advocates for safer and more accessible bicycling in the Greater Grand Rapids area.

Recycling By:
High Five Program

Cost:
Admission – free
3 oz. sample –  $1.50
12 oz. beer –  $6.00

Other tips:

  • You will be asked to prove that you are old enough to enjoy an adult beverage. Please bring your government issued ID. No ID means no beer!
  • Bring low chairs or blankets – or lounge on the grass! 
  • No outside alcohol – leave the libations to us.
  • Picnics are welcome, although you might want to check out our local food vendors before you bring your own!
  • Bring your water bottle. We give water away for free. Look for the tall blue signs and stay hydrated!
  • We LOVE dogs. If you choose to bring Fido, please come prepared to keep your dog under control, on a leash, curbed, and by your side.
  • Walk, ride your bike, carpool, take public transportation…please.  

For the latest information on Clips, go to NewBelgium.com/Clips. For more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com.

New Belgium
Ft. Collins, Colo. – New Belgium Brewing’s annual Clips Beer & Film Tour is coming to Grand Rapids on Friday, July 15. This free event, now in its seventh year, features short films and a selection of small-batch beers with 100 percent of the proceeds from beer sales going to Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition. In total Clips has raised more than $659,000 for nonprofits, with close to $10,000 coming from Grand Rapids in 2015. The event kicks off at Ah-Nab-Awen Park at 8:00 p.m., with the films starting at 10:00 p.m.
“This year is actually New Belgium’s 25th anniversary, so we’re doing things a little differently,” said Christie Catania, Clips national special events manager. “We asked ten filmmakers to incorporate the year 1991 into their film, as a way to salute the year that New Belgium got its start. The films do a great job of bringing us back to the glory days of big hair, questionable fashion, and outdated technology!”
In addition to a night of films under the stars, Clips offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium’s most esoteric beer offerings. Many of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith beers can be hard to come by and Clips offers the best way to try them. Eleven varieties from Lips of Faith to brewery classics will be available in 3-ounce samples, 12-ounce pours, or cans. For a complete list of beers available at the Grand Rapids stop, click here. Food from local food trucks will be available for purchase: Gettin’ Fresh and A Moveable Feast.


New Belgium, promoters of environmental stewardship, encourages attendees to think twice about throwing away trash, with a significant amount of waste diverted from landfills at each stop. In addition, all locations will have bike valet, encouraging people to ride their bike to the showings.
Clips Beer & Film Tour – Grand Rapids Stop
When:
Friday, July 15
Time:
8:00 p.m., with films starting at 10 p.m.
Where:
Ah-Nab-Awen Park
Proceeds Benefit:
Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition advocates for safer and more accessible bicycling in the Greater Grand Rapids area.

Recycling By:
High Five Program
Cost:
Admission – free
3 oz. sample –  $1.50
12 oz. beer –  $6.00
Other tips:

  • You will be asked to prove that you are old enough to enjoy an adult beverage. Please bring your government issued ID. No ID means no beer!
  • Bring low chairs or blankets – or lounge on the grass! 
  • No outside alcohol – leave the libations to us.
  • Picnics are welcome, although you might want to check out our local food vendors before you bring your own!
  • Bring your water bottle. We give water away for free. Look for the tall blue signs and stay hydrated!
  • We LOVE dogs. If you choose to bring Fido, please come prepared to keep your dog under control, on a leash, curbed, and by your side.
  • Walk, ride your bike, carpool, take public transportation…please.  

For the latest information on Clips, go to NewBelgium.com/Clips. For more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com.

GRAND RAPIDS — The dreary drizzle on Saturday didn’t keep bike enthusiasts away from CRANK, The Spoke Folks annual fundraiser and bike celebration. The bicycle co-op took over Logan Street SW to take part in bike-related activities and socialize with fellow members of the biking community. Ultimately, the goal was to celebrate the fun in biking.

“There are very real reasons why people should be on a bike, but at the same time I don’t want it to become this whole serious thing where it’s just boring,” said The Spoke Folks Executive Director Jay Niewiek. “That’s why this is a celebration, not a vendor fair or anything like that.”

Entry to the event was free, and attendees could register to participate in a slow bike race, bike decorating contest, fix-a-flat challenge and more. People at the festival could also ride a number of unique bikes, including a swing bike and a tall bike. Niewiek designed a “toilet trike” and Motorless City Bicycle Company of Detroit furnished a three-way bicycle with a functioning tap handle in the middle for the event.

Biking and beer just seem to go together, so it’s no surprise that the event featured brews from New Belgium and Brewery Vivant, two breweries which are outspoken about supporting the biking community.

Brewery Vivant’s philosophy revolves around sustainability, and supporting sustainable modes of transportation factors into that. So they look for ways to foster the biking community.

“[Brewery Vivant is] a sustainably inclined business, so they want to be socially proactive in that sense,” said Mariah Kennedy, The Spoke Folks Director of Operations.

Brewery Vivant has a silver “Bike Friendly Business” certification from The League of American Bicyclists. One way the brewery they shows its support for the biking community is by teaming up with Rockford Brewing Company once each year to host a group bike ride between their two brewpubs.

But events aren’t the only way to foster biking in Grand Rapids. Accessibility to hardware and maintenance are of utmost importance as well. Kennedy, a former employee of Brewery Vivant, said the brewery also provides its employees with a 50-dollar helmet reimbursement, which she took advantage of to get a 10-dollar helmet.

“The owners just have an intuition that this is something that people they care about care about, so they want to make it more accessible to their employees,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy is also partially responsible for planting the seed that got the bicycle pump and repair station installed outside the Brewery Vivant brewpub. She said that repair station helped inspire Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.’s initiative to have five more installed around the city.

It isn’t shocking that Brewery Vivant would stand behind a local business that seeks to make bike education, maintenance and materials accessible to everyone.

“I think they already wanted to be part of something like [The Spoke Folks], and I just happened to be a link,” said Kennedy.

The Spoke Folks aims to give anyone who is interested a space without barriers to learn and engage in biking.

“Spoke Folks started with just local cyclists who wanted a place where they could wrench on their bikes and have all the tools,” said Kennedy. “If you look at how much tools are, especially particular tools you only have to use once, it’s very expensive.”

“What I love about this space is that people come in from a wide variety of backgrounds,” said Niewiek, “and at least while they’re in my space, I get to control the fact that they’re all treated like human beings.”