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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.

 

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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The Permaculture Series:
Local, Fresh, and Timely.  A family of beers from Rockford Brewing Company that are brewed throughout the year using fresh ingredients harvested locally in their peak season.

First Release: Ain’t Jemima (Maple Sap Amber Ale)

Ain’t Jemima is the first release within the Permaculture Series, a family of truly seasonal beers. This Maple Amber Ale is brewed early in spring as the sap starts to flow through Michigan’s maple trees. Replacing the brewing water with this freshly harvested sap makes it unlike any other beer.

Caramel and Munich malts help to build complexity around the unique maple character. Expect a semi-sweet richness with a smooth dry finish. Ain’t no artificial maple flavor used, this is the real deal!

6.5% ABV 22 IBU
$6.99 per 22oz “bomber” bottle

Releases Thursday, May 19th at Rockford Brewing, followed by limited distribution.

Check out the Facebook event for more details.

rockford brewing

The Permaculture Series:
Local, Fresh, and Timely.  A family of beers from Rockford Brewing Company that are brewed throughout the year using fresh ingredients harvested locally in their peak season.

First Release: Ain’t Jemima (Maple Sap Amber Ale)

Ain’t Jemima is the first release within the Permaculture Series, a family of truly seasonal beers. This Maple Amber Ale is brewed early in spring as the sap starts to flow through Michigan’s maple trees. Replacing the brewing water with this freshly harvested sap makes it unlike any other beer.

Caramel and Munich malts help to build complexity around the unique maple character. Expect a semi-sweet richness with a smooth dry finish. Ain’t no artificial maple flavor used, this is the real deal!

6.5% ABV 22 IBU
$6.99 per 22oz “bomber” bottle

Releases Thursday, May 19th at Rockford Brewing, followed by limited distribution.

Check out the Facebook event for more details.

5.3% ABV, Draft
Appearance: Black with a small, lingering head.
Aroma: A bit smoky.
Taste: Smooth and creamy. Some vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee. A slight smoke taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.
Rockford’s Nitro version of its Sheehan’s Irish Stout comes just in time for March. This smooth, creamy beer is surprisingly drinkable for a stout, featuring a low ABV and plenty of complementary flavors. A slight smokiness brings some additional life to this brew, and I must say Sheehan’s Irish Stout has to be one of my new favorite stouts.

5.3% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Black with a small, lingering head.
Aroma: A bit smoky.
Taste: Smooth and creamy. Some vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee. A slight smoke taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Rockford’s Nitro version of its Sheehan’s Irish Stout comes just in time for March. This smooth, creamy beer is surprisingly drinkable for a stout, featuring a low ABV and plenty of complementary flavors. A slight smokiness brings some additional life to this brew, and I must say Sheehan’s Irish Stout has to be one of my new favorite stouts.