TRAVERSE CITY — With the November cold settling in, there was no better way to end Traverse City Beer Week than with a cold brew and a hot cup of soup.
Brew hosted a Brewery Vivant Brews ‘n Stews tap takeover Friday evening, one of five events occurring on the final day of TCBW.
The event featured a Brewery Vivant tap takeover and coordinating soups. Being a fan of cheddar ale soups, I tried the Solitude Aged Cheddar Ale Soup. I paired it with a pint of Solitude, an abbey style ale with a deep red color, hints of complex spices and pear. The complexity of the beer melded perfectly with aged cheddar in the soup, making it creamy and warm.
Brews ‘n Stews is a great example of the type of events held throughout the first TCBW. Brew owner Sean Kickbush was enthusiastic about participating. “In addition to the Vivant Brews ‘n Stews, we were part of the Short’s bar crawl as well,” he said.
“Both nights were a great success. It’s always great to see and be a part of these community events that drive a certain industry into working together.”
With over 40 events, TCBW demonstrated craft beer’s significance within the Traverse City community. Many events paired beer brewed around the state with food, another booming industry in the area. Beer dinners were held throughout the week at locations like 7 Monks and Little Fleet. People were able to enjoy casual tastings throughout the city, and unique pairings could be found at the Grand Traverse Resort, 7 Monks and Brew.
TCBW’s goal was not to be a festival, but to educate the public about the the versatility of craft beer and promote the industry’s recent growth.
Kickbush summarized TCBW well, stating, “I believe events like Beer Week solidify aspects (in this case, craft brews) as a Traverse City culture and aid economical growth in the future.”