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Six packs of the brew will be available for purchase as early as September 10

Rockford, Mich. – Rockford Brewing Company (RBC) will be releasing and distributing its award-winning English-style Brown Ale, Rogue River Brown, in 12-ounce six-pack cans this month. Rogue River Brown can be found on shelves as early as Monday, September 10 and will be distributed statewide.

“We chose to can and distribute this beer because it’s been a customer and staff favorite for a long time,” said Seth Rivard, co-owner of RBC. “We want to be able to show craft beer enthusiasts across the state why this beer was has won multiple awards.”

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Rogue River Brown has won two bronze awards from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver in 2015 and 2017. These awards are significant because the judges at the Great American Beer Festival include beer experts from all around the world who blind taste more than 8,000 entries.

Rogue River Brown is described as having caramel, dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors.

“It’s the perfect everyday companion,” said Aaron Trapp, sales manager at RBC. “It’s complex yet smooth—perfect for both new and seasoned craft beer drinkers.”

The 12-ounce can design was inspired by RBC’s passion for nature and outdoor activities. The can sports the pattern of a brown trout and the RBC logo, which is a fly popular among fly fishermen. Located on the White Pine Trail, Rockford Brewing Company incorporates elements of nature into the business from its brewpub design to the popular community events it hosts, including bicycle group rides down the White Pine Trail and tube/kayak events on the Rogue River.

Along with RBC’s award for Rogue River Brown, the brewery also won Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year and a silver medal for Sheehan’s Stout in the Classic Irish-style Dry Stout category in 2017.

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Rockford, Mich — Rockford Brewing Company (RBC) will be releasing their first of four wild sour ales this month. The limited edition Liliana Maria will be available in 750ml bottles for purchase at RBC starting Tuesday, February 20. Pricing is set at $11 per bottle, plus tax and deposit.
Aging sours secretly for 3 years, the brewery in traditional fashion has blended these old sours along with new young sours to create the series.
RBC has been known for their award-winning English Brown Ale, Irish Stout, and India Pale Ale, so tapping into the realm of sours is an exciting journey for the brewery.
The series release is close to the heart of RBC, revealing admiration of the four daughters of the proprietors. The charisma of each of the children is embodied into each release.
Liliana Maria can be described as possessing a dark brilliance, bearing an aura of lilac with a profile of roasted fig and malts, appropriately tart with a welcomed effervescent dry finish. She will show an even more delightful character as she continues to age.
RBC has a varied list of events and promotions including free live music, food specials, other beer releases and much more.
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LANSING, Mich.—Seven members of the Michigan Brewers Guild brought home a total of nine medals at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Competition, in Denver, Colorado—the largest commercial beer competition in the world, presented by the Brewers Association.  Michigan-based Rockford Brewing Company was recognized as the “Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year”

In all, 293 medals were presented in 98 unique beer categories covering 161 different beer styles (including all subcategories). Winners were chosen out of 7,923 competition entries from 2,217 breweries in 50 states plus Washington, D.C. (a 15 percent and 24 percent increase respectively from the 7,301 entries and 1,783 breweries in 2016). The competition took place in six sessions over a period of three days and was judged by 276 beer experts from 13 countries, including the U.S.

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Michigan Brewers Guild members received the following awards:

GOLD

  • Barrel Aged Sweet Potato SouthNorte Rye, Odd Side Ales, Grand Haven
  • Shipfaced, Silver Harbor Brewing Co., Saint Joseph

SILVER

  • Aphrodisiac Chocolate Pomegranate Imperial Stout, Cranker’s Brewery, Big Rapids
  • Rye Hipster Brunch Stout, Odd Side Ales, Grand Haven
  • Sheehan’s Stout, Rockford Brewing Co., Rockford

BRONZE

  • Antwerp’s Placebo, Batch Brewing Co., Detroit
  • Rogue River Brown, Rockford Brewing Co., Rockford
  • Passionfruit Gose, Perrin Brewing Co., Comstock Park
  • Pilgrim’s Dole, New Holland Brewing Co., Holland

 

 

The Great American Beer Festival is the granddaddy of all U.S. beer festivals, offering the largest collection of U.S. beer ever assembled. The judging panel awards gold, silver or bronze medals that are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence. These awards are among the most coveted in the industry and heralded by the winning brewers in their national advertising.

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.

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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.”

 

Rockford, Mich.—Rockford Brewing Company returns to Michigan from this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado, with national recognition.

The brewery won multiple awards including Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year, a silver medal in the Irish-Style Dry Stout category for their Sheehan’s Stout and a bronze medal in the English-Style Brown category for Rogue River Brown.

“My head is still spinning. I’m very proud of the talent that we have at Rockford Brewing Company,” said Seth Rivard, co-owner of Rockford Brewing Company. “We have a passionate staff who never cease to amaze me.”

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Seth Rivard & Jeff Sheehan

Rockford Brewing Company competed at the festival with 2,217 United States breweries. Their winning brews were selected by an international panel of 276 judges who blind tasted 7,923 entries.

“Each year the Great American Beer Festival showcases the best that American brewers have to offer,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “With a record 8,000+ entries, this year’s competition was the most competitive to date. Congratulations to all the winners who truly demonstrated why the U.S. is the world’s best and most diverse brewing nation.”

This year’s wins have energized Rivard and Rockford Brewing Company co-owner Jeff Sheehan to continue striving for excellence.

“I am extremely motivated for us to step up our game,” Sheehan said. “We want to stick to our values but continuously improve. We owe this success to everyone who has supported us—the West Michigan community and beyond.”

The brewery has been acknowledged by the Great American Beer Festival once before in 2015, when Rogue River Brown won its first bronze in the English-Style Brown category.

The owners hope the national recognition will encourage beer tourists inclined to visit West Michigan’s larger breweries to check out the greatness in the smaller ones, too.

“Grand Rapids is a country-wide destination for craft beer,” Sheehan said. “People come to the city and want to stop at the bigger breweries but these awards will hopefully prove that though we are a small brewery, we belong on that ‘must visit’ list.”

Rockford Brewing Company plans to celebrate their achievements with an event celebrating the fans and staff of Rockford. More information is to come.

 

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rockfordRockford, Mich.– Rockford Brewing Company (RBC) is hosting their 5th annual Harvest Festival beer tent to coincide with the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Harvest Festival, September 22-24. The weekend will feature specialty food and beer, live music from popular local musicians and a group bike ride.

The RBC Harvest Festival beer tent kicks off on Friday, September 22 at 5 p.m. Admission into the tent is free, food and drink tickets will be available for purchase. Attendees will be able to enjoy more than ten RBC craft brews including their seasonal Chinook Harvest Ale, made with Michigan Chinook hops.  

The award-winning RBC kitchen will be providing a build-your-own brat bar. Attendees will choose from a Sobie Meats classic beer brat or vegan mushroom brat. Toppings include ketchup, yellow mustard, spicy whole grain mustard, diced onion, shredded cheddar, kimchi, sweet soy pickled onions, house-made pickle relish, RBC sauerkraut, champagne slaw, pickled jalapenos, sweet corn relish,  spicy paradigm mayo, curried pineapple salsa, bacon, and much more.

Live entertainment starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 22 with music from The Muteflutes. On Saturday, September 23 there will be open mic from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and music from Hazy Past at 8 p.m. An Dro wraps up the weekend on Sunday, September 24 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Rockford Brewing Company and The Mitten Brewing Company are also hosting a group bike ride on Sunday, September 24. This free biking event will start with brunch and beers at The Mitten Brewing Company at 10 a.m. Then riders will head to the RBC Harvest Festival beer tent at noon via the White Pine Trail.

For more information about the Hand to the Dam Group Bike Ride and the RBC Harvest Tent beer tent, please visit the Rockford Brewing Company Facebook page or website.

 

For hop heads, the months of September and October become a palate-testing quasi-holiday.

Many breweries are releasing their hop-heavy beers this time of year as the hop harvest has come to fruition. Of the four main ingredients in craft beer, none boast the rabid following of hops, or humulus lupulus. West Michigan Beer Tours, in collaboration with JW Marriott Grand Rapids and Hop Yard of Kent County, will showcase some of the adventurous flavors of the season with the Hop Harvest Beer Tour on Saturday, Aug. 5.

The tour takes place near the peak of hop harvest season when farms are in full picking and processing mode. It will begin with registration from noon to 1 p.m. at the JW Marriott, where guests are encouraged to order a drink and lunch at the Six.One.Six. The bus will depart at 1 p.m. with visits to Rockford Brewing Co., the Hopyards of Kent County — the family-owned hop farm in Greenville — and Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery & Supply in Ada.

Guests will receive a pint or samples, as well as a meet-and-greet or production tour, at the two brewery stops as part of the tour. We’ll learn more about Michigan’s burgeoning hop industry and how breweries utilize hops to achieve a variety of flavors and aromas.

The visit to the Greenville hop farm will be led by owner Pam Miller. The visit includes a sensory test, tour of harvesting facility and a tasting of local beer using the farm’s hops.

The JW Marriott’s Beer City USA Package will also be available for guests opting for overnight accommodations.

For more information, go to www.westmichiganbeertours.com.

 

Rockford, Mich — Since the beginning, Rockford Brewing Company has worked to deliver quality, delicious beers that are true to style. There is hardly a better example of this thoughtful craftsmanship than the Hoplust IPA.  

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With a focus on bright hop flavors with minimal bitterness, this West-coast style IPA appeals to a wide array of beer drinkers.  An intense bouquet of fresh hops will greet your senses followed by bursting tropical citrus with little lingering bitterness and a smooth crisp mouth feel.

6-Packs of Hoplust will be available for $10.99 at the RBC Taproom this Thursday, June 29 for drinkers who are looking for a new beer to share during the holiday weekend.

Following the in-house release, Hoplust 6-packs are scheduled to be released in Kent and Ottawa counties. Keep your eyes open for 6-packs to start appearing on shelves in West-Michigan!

 

About Rockford Brewing Company

Rockford Brewing Company focuses on three things: Quality, Community, and Culture. Founded in 2011 along the scenic Rogue River and White Pine Trail, RBC believes in celebrating the drinking and food culture from around the world while utilizing the best ingredients West Michigan has to offer. They are also a music and artist venue, showcasing local talent and providing a gathering space for all. Brewing beers and creating food that are both innovative and familiar, RBC is your home away from home.  

 

Rockford, MI – Rockford Brewing Company (RBC) will celebrate four years of brewing quality craft beers on Saturday, December 17th with limited release brews, a themed food menu, special discounts, and more. This free event starts at 11am and continues until midnight.

Rockford Brewing Company will be tapping kegs of 2014 and 2015 Anniversary ale for attendees, as well as featuring different versions of the 2015 batch with flavor infusions to complement the Belgian style beer.

Using a randall (device that infuses a beer with flavor-enhancing ingredients that were not part of the original brew), the 2015 Anniversary Ale additions will be changed throughout the day, featuring ingredients such as:

1. Coffee, Cocoa Nibs and Vanilla
2. Oak Chips and Ginger
3. Dried Garden Peppers and Blood Oranges

4. Peppercorns and Cinnamon

A very limited batch of 2014 Anniversary 750ml bottles will be available for purchase for $12.99 – first come, first served!

Mug Club members will receive $2.25 off all drafts and all other attendees will receive $1 off drafts all day. Merchandise will be 50% off (excluding stainless steel growlers) and gift card discounts will be available for purchase, just in time for the holidays!

A special menu from the new kitchen will be running, including favorites items selected by RBC’s staff. The menu will also include mini brat corndogs, baja shrimp tacos, cornmeal crusted fried pickles, braised beef sandwich, and elephant ears!

Chris Kies, General Manager of Rockford Brewing Company, comments on their growth over the years:  “It’s been a wonderful journey, and our annual Anniversary party allows us to take a moment to reflect and look back at the past year and how we’ve grown since opening. We love sharing something special with our customers who are passionate about RBC through this event. The Anniversary Party always has a festive, happy atmosphere, for our customers and our staff. It’s just great, all around.”

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