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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 The films do a great job of bringing us back to the glory days of big hair, questionable fashion, and outdated technology!”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.”

9% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Hazy light golden-orange, abundant white foam head that fades quickly to a thin wisp.
Aroma: Fresh citrus smell (lemon, orange), some peppery notes, reminiscent of herbal tea.
Taste: Tart, fruity, acidic, noticeable alcoholic characteristics.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, effervescent, with a dry finish.

The New Belgium-released version of the collaboration with Brewery Vivant that yielded Escoffier Bretta Ale, Biere de Garde is a more delicate, less funkified affair. Compared with Escoffier, it’s somewhat lighter bodied, drier on the tongue, and more Champagne-like in its mouthfeel. The different yeast and fermentation process make it less complex than Escoffier, but it’s enjoyable and a good representation of the classic French style.

GRAND RAPIDS — Quite a bit more quality beer hit Michigan shelves last week with the introduction of New Belgium Brewing Company into the state. But it also brings an interesting collaboration with Brewery Vivant.

Coinciding with New Belgium’s (Fort Collins, Colo.) release into the Great Lakes State, Brewery Vivant’s Escoffier also made its way into stores. The brewery only made 180 barrels of the beer, a high-gravity Belgian ale.

Peter Bouckaert, head brewer at New Belgium, said it’s a fun way to enter the Michigan market, and is made possible because of its soon-to-open Asheville, N.C., facility.

“At first, (Michigan) is a state that we’ve been dancing around for such a long time, capacity-wise, we’ve never been able to consider it,” Bouckaert said. “I’m not exactly sure how we chose them, but we came to Brewery Vivant because they’re a young, outstanding brewery.”

Escoffier, named after French chef Georges Auguste Escoffier, sold more than 100 cases at the launch party last Monday.

About 500 cases of 16-ounce cans were sent across  Michigan for distribution. Each case has 24 cans, sold in four packs.

The beer is the first American craft beer to be canned with wild yeast, and will only get more wild with age. The can states you can age the beer up to five years. Escoffier has 9.5 percent alcohol by volume.

Meanwhile, Vivant will get some national exposure when they head out to New Belgium, the nation’s third largest craft brewery. There they will make a new collaboration.

“We’re still talking about it,” Bouckaert said. “We’re going to make slight tweaks to it, we’ve done it before with other brewers. We kept it similar, but different. In this case, it’s only going to be slightly different.”

The beer hasn’t been named yet, but will be released nationally in 22-ounce bottles in November.

GRAND RAPIDS — A chance visit has set in motion a collaboration between Brewery Vivant and the nation’s third largest craft brewery.

Vivant confirmed rumors today of two collaboration beers with New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, Colo. One beer will be brewed in Grand Rapids this month, while a second will be brewed in Fort Collins with an anticipated November release.

“Our common sustainability goals, open book management and focus on Belgian-inspired beer gave us a lot to talk about,” Vivant owner Jason Spaulding said. “Our companies are drastically different sizes, but that is what makes our industry so unique. This collaboration reflects the common respect that each of us have for craft beer and the people who make it.”

The launch coincides with New Belgium’s availability for the first time in Michigan beginning Aug. 27.

Spaulding considers the collaboration unique in that Vivant is a much smaller, locally-focused brewery compared to the nationally-known and distributed New Belgium. Last year, New Belgium brewed more than 700,000 barrels compared to Vivant’s 1,800 barrels.

“At one point while visiting their brewery, I realized that one of their fermenters contained more beer than we made in the entire fiscal year,” Spaulding said.

Brewers from each organization have worked together on formulating recipes — exchanging ingredients and ideas —  and then travel to the respective locations to brew the beer together. The Vivant/New Belgium project consists of two different beers.

The first was brewed in Grand Rapids and will be distributed through Brewery Vivant’s network. Called “Escoffier” — after the French master chef of the same name — it is crafted to go hand in hand with the food-beer experience that is part of Vivant’s focus.

The beer will be deep amber in color and utilize one of Brewery Vivant’s house Belgian yeast strains as well as wild yeast from New Belgium called Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, blending the flavor of both breweries.

A release party is scheduled at Brewery Vivant on Aug. 27, followed by a Michigan release of draft and in pint-sized cans. The beer will also be available in Chicago when Vivant starts distribution there in October.

A second beer will be brewed in Fort Collins and released through New Belgium Brewing’s national network. It will be part of their “Lips of Faith” series, available in 22-ounce bombers and on draft in November. The style and final recipe is still being developed as the breweries continue to work together.

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