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GRAND RAPIDS — The Brewers Grove Project kicked off its second consecutive year at Harmony Brewing Company Friday night. Tree-themed beers from different West Michigan area breweries will be available at their locales and different area bars and pubs.

The evening started with a toast from the Heather and Jackson Van Dyke — owners of Harmony — and Steve Faber — Executive Director at Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, an independent, citizen led nonprofit whose mission is to work on specific park projects, mobilize the community and generate resources to enhance and expand Grand Rapids’ parks and public spaces.

Local politicians, brewers and craft beer aficionados were in attendance to sample four of the different offerings. Harmony’s Sumac Attack — a Hefeweizen — Pike 51’s Maple Almond Belgian Brown Ale, White Flame’s Nut Job — a Black Walnut Ale — and Cellar’s Apple Ridge IPA were all on tap for tasting and pints.

The Brewers Grove initiative works specifically with the Urban Forest Project, supporting Grand Rapids goal of a 40% tree canopy. Area brewers are giving back, supporting parks and public spaces by creating tree-themed beers, with one dollar from each pint going directly to the Brewers Grove Fund. This fund helps to expand the Riverside Park tree canopy and will add additional trees to the thirty planted last year.

It’s a pretty easy thing to do [make a tree themed beer], and there are lots of ways to spin it — everything from oak aged to fruits and nuts, and all kinds of things. Now we have 21 different breweries making different beers,” says Steve Faber.

This event will continue until Sept. 12th. Support your local brewery and Beer City USA by grabbing a pint or helping with other Urban Forest projects. More information is available on the Beer City USA website.

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