For most living in or around Grand Rapids, every month feels like “beer month.” With more than 60 craft breweries within 60 minutes of downtown, it’s no wonder we’ve been crowned Beer City, USA. This month, Experience Grand Rapids is making loving Grand Rapids brews a bit more official by launching a month-long celebration for in honor of craft beer. From Feb. 15 through March 15, ride The Rapid to check out local restaurant specials, Founders KBS Week and more. There’s something for every beer lover to indulge in for the next month!
Cool Brews. Hot Eats.
Aside from beer, Grand Rapids is a wonderful destination for foodies. During Cool Brews Hot eats (Feb. 15 – March 15), experience the best of both worlds with amazing food and beer pairing specials at participating restaurants. View the full list of participating restaurants to discover mouthwatering specials here. Highlights include:
– Terra GR‘s offering of Red Eye biscuits & gravy featuring housemade rosemary & sage drop biscuits, red eye stout gravy, peas, cheddar, and chopped hard-boiled egg for $10.
– One Trick Pony’s Grilled Short’s The Magician poleman and cheddar beer sausage with haystack onions, shredded pickle, The Magician cheddar beer cheese, shaved jalapeño, house fried sriracha chips. Served on a Nantucket Bakery pretzel roll for $12
– Atwater Brewery’s offering of a Dirty Blonde infused beet salad with golden and red beets, carrots, arugula, goat cheese, toasted sunflower seeds, Asian vinaigrette for $8.
Beer Month GR is the perfect time for your favorite breweries, bars and restaurants to announce tap takeovers. These events, which typically aren’t announced until right beforehand, are a chance to check out uncommon craft beer favorites, often in limited quantities. A good way to keep up with potential tap takeovers is to follow your favorite breweries through social media. This will give you a chance to find out where to head to see what’s being tapped.
The beer experts at Experience Grand Rapids pointed out a few places to keep an eye on during this time of the year: HopCat, Graydon’s Crossing, Horrocks Market Tavern (a taproom in a grocery store, seriously), Logan’s Alley, Monelli’s, Reservoir Lounge, The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar (128 beers on tap), Slows Bar BQ and SpeakEZ Lounge.
Founders Brewing Co. is hosting the fourth annual KBS week, March 6-11, in honor of the release of Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) this year. If you’re unfamiliar with this renowned brew, KBS is an imperial stout brewed with coffee and chocolates that ages in oak bourbon barrels for a year in the caves beneath Grand Rapids. It’s been ranked as one of the best beers in the world. KBS Week is your chance to taste it for yourself! There are KBS tappings hosted all over the city. For full KBS Week details, head to kbsweek.com.
Beer City Brewsader® Passport
For those committed to exploring breweries throughout Grand Rapids, don’t forget your Beer City Brewsader® Passport! It’s free and available at every brewery in the city.
This pocket-sized guide will navigate your travels to all 32 breweries in (or within an affordable ride-share trip from) Grand Rapids. Your mission: Enjoy a beer at a minimum of eight breweries, get your passport stamped by said breweries, and redeem your passport to claim a free Brewsader® T-shirt. Think eight is an easy get? Become an Ultimate Brewsader® by collecting a stamp from visiting all 32, and earn a wallet card as proof to flash for exclusive deals and discounts.