Change in Season, Change in Menu

Sometimes it’s even hard for me to remember Greenbush circa 2011. I’m talking Greenbush before the expansions, before there were 80 employees, before there were 2 tap towers, before there was the Annex for overflow and merch needs, etc. etc. My point is that there have been lots of changes over the 3.5 years of operation on Sawyer Road– which any of our GB faithful are well aware of. One of the bigger changes over the years is our food program. Let’s talk about that transformation for a bit…

When we first opened we didn’t even have food of our own, but allowed people to bring outside food in to enjoy alongside their beer. After a bit we had small snacks to offer like pretzels & pub cheese, chips & dip and spiced nuts. Then there was the phase of random weekend specials like sandwiches, chilli, etc. Then the toaster oven with a handful of sandwich options that your BARTENDER would run back and make for you (now a full kitchen staff of over a dozen!!!). Then we added some “appetizers”.  Then BBQ ran 7 days a week rather than weekends only. Then we started making our own bacon. I could go on, but you get the idea. From starting out with no food whatsoever we have now upgraded our kitchen and have been going strong with a FULL menu for some time now. With the full menu we like to change things up a bit here and there, but keep the “core stuff” (for lack of better term).

With all that being said– our most recent change was inspired by our transition into another frigid and unpredictable Michigan winter. This called for cold-weather comfort foods. These foods are bound to fill your belly with happiness and when eaten in excess, actually make you feel uncomfortable. Don’t fear the changes, embrace them! Next time you find yourself in the taproom googling at our menu, don’t settle for your usual. Pick something new! There’s lots of tastiness to choose from.

PORK BELLY CRACKLINS-

IMG_1662Inspiration: Louisiana take on pork rinds, which is where we first got our mouths on these during our journey to pick up the Brisket Van– easy snackin’ and good beer pairin’.   Description: fried cubes of cured, skin-on pork belly dusted with house Cajun rub                                                 Beer Pairings: Anger, Pain, Dunegras

 

SEARED PORK BELLY-

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Inspiration: another take on pork belly, our way of trying to incorporate the flavor portrayed from the classic image of a pig with an apple in its mouth.                                           Description: seared brick of cured, skin-on pork belly served over apple butter & topped with arugula, red onion & apple vinaigrette                     Beer Pairings: VanderBush, Mulehead, Remnant of Dragon

CROQUETTE POUTINE-

IMG_1639Inspiration: poutine is a hot topic and a popular mouth pleasure these days. This is our spin on it. No fries or cheese curds, but still all the goodness!                                 Description: cheesy Yukon Gold potato croquettes smothered with bacon gravy & topped with a sunny-side up egg.                                       Beer pairings: P.H.D., 2 Biggie, Helmet of Remnar

BEET-CURED GRAVLAX SALAD-

IMG_1640Inspiration: bringing the seafood element back to our menu as well as incorporating the celebration of preservation. (AND THOSE COLORS!)                                       Description: cured wild-caught, sustainable Atlantic salmon, sliced thin & layered with pickled beets, arugula, marinated onions, olive oil & balsamic vinegar reduction.                                  Beer Pairings: 1825, Yogi Borealis, Dunegras, Unicorn Killer

GUMBO-

IMG_1642Inspiration: let’s be honest– you missed it, we missed it, so we brought it back. This time around it’s more honest with the okra presence & with crawfish rather than shrimp to bring a taste of the South to Sawyer.                Description: crawfish tails, smoked chicken & andouille sausage served in a dark roux sauce with okra, onions, jalapeno peppers, roasted bell peppers & white rice.                     Beer Pairings: Anger, Broken Promises, Apathy

CAVATAPPI PRIMAVERA-

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Inspiration: ya just really can’t go wrong with pasta???                                                                 Description: cavatappi pasta tossed with an array of vegetables in a creamy tomato sauce and topped with parmesan cheese.                                Beer Pairings: Brother Benjamin, Mr. Hyde, Retribution

 

SWEET POTATO HASH SKILLET- 

IMG_1643Inspiration: well balanced harvest meal meets Spanish farmers skillet & a great excuse to make chorizo.               Description: fried chopped sweet potatoes tossed with house chorizo sausage, kale & apple vinaigrette, topped with cheddar & Parmesan cheese.                                             Beer Pairings: Unicorn Killer, Mulehead, Remnant of Dragon, Anger

HOT BROWN-

IMG_1594Inspiration: traditional dish from Kentucky history invented for hangovers. It will bring you back to life or put you back to bed.                                             Description: open-faced Texas toast topped with smoked turkey, bacon, tomatoes, white cheddar cheese, Mornay sauce & a sunny-side up egg.       Beer Pairings: Anger, Distorter, Mr. Hyde, 2 Biggie

SQUASH & ROOT VEGETABLE SANDWICH-

IMG_1663Inspiration: a lot of thought goes into our vegetarian dishes. The idea is to come up with something that sounds so tasty that a meat lover would actually be attracted to ordering a vegetarian option.                           Description: roasted butternut squash topped with root vegetable slaw, Gorgonzola, fried kale chips & chunky applesauce on a Kaiser roll.                                               Beer Pairings: Unicorn Killer, Star Chicken Shotgun, Jadis

 

Shout to Blake, Joey and the rest of the guys in the kitchen for bustin’ their asses on the regular to get food out in record time and always keepin’ it quality. Also, for all the hard work, time & effort they put into the new menu. Enjoy!

Recipe: Brownie SURPRISE!

IMG_1554Do you have leftover candy you don’t know what to do with? Or maybe you just can’t pass up all the discounted post-Halloween candy in stores? Whatever the case may be, here’s a super easy (and super not low calorie) method to get rid of some of it, compliments of Pinterest. WARNING: after consuming you may want to put on your comfiest sweatpants and take a nap.

I took the easy route and bought pre-mixed brownie mix, but you can certainly substitute with your favorite from scratch brownie recipe.

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WHAT YOU NEED:
-13 x 9 in. pan
-2 boxes of brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker Fudge)
-4 eggs
-1/2 cup water OR better yet– substitute the water with Mr. Hyde, our Coffee Cream Stout, or Pain, our Imperial Cream Stout. DO IT!
-1 cup vegetable oil
-assorted chocolate candies– whatever variety you please.

PREPARATION: 
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Make sure your rack is in the middle of the oven.
2. Grease your 13 x 9 in. pan with either unsalted butter, shortening or baking spray. Whatever you prefer to get the job done.
3. Stir the brownie mix, eggs, water/beer & vegetable oil together until well combined and there aren’t any clumps.
4. Disperse half of the mix evenly into your 13 x 9 in. pan.
5. Place assorted chocolates into first layer of brownie mix. Try to space according to where you will cut the brownies.
6. Pour the remaining brownie mix on top of brownie/candy layer  and spread evenly.
7. Bake for 50-55 minutes. Check the brownies by using a toothpick and seeing if any liquid comes out when you poke the middle. Bake longer if needed.
8. Let the brownies cool for 10-15 minutes then cut & enjoy. I recommend cutting the brownies into smaller than usual pieces because they are very rich.
9. Indulge, share, nap… whatever ya gotta do.

Brew News: November

Detroit Fall Beer Fest 2014

Fun @ Detroit Fall Beer Fest 2014

Sooo, it’s November. What we’ve been up to? Another Michigan Brewers Guild fest under our belt (where we ran out of nearly all 40 beers we brought!), a successful Halloween at Greenbush, the first annual Kalamazoo Craft Beer Festival at Wings Stadium, a Greenbush/BuckleDown Brewing tap takeover at Roots Pizza and a few tastings underway too. We’re still pluggin’ away with Traverse City Beer Week coming up, a couple BIG tap takeovers and some other cool stuff. Before I spoil it all, here’s what’s up the rest of the month. We’ll see you somewhere, right?

In non-event-related news: the advent calendars are making a comeback this year (more details below & on our Facebook page) and look for our 4 winter seasons to make their return to the taproom chalkboards the day after Thanksgiving. I know it’s been a minute so as a quick refresher:

Jadis – 6.1% Winter White Ale
Mammoth – 8.3% Weizenbock
Apathy – 6.7% Oatmeal Stout
Ursus – 8.5% Winter Olde Ale

Okay, back to upcoming events…

Saturday, November 8: Farm to Table @ County Line Orchard in Hobart, IN

Enjoy good food and adult beverages? Come celebrate & enjoy what Northwest Indiana farmers, chefs & artisans have to offer from 5 pm to 9 pm CST at County Line Orchard. There will be appetizers, beer/wine/spirit tastings (including Greenbush, of course!), chef/restaurant tastings & desserts! Tickets are $50 and available here!

Saturday, November 8: TCBW: Apps & Taps @ Poppycock’s in Traverse City, MI

Starting Saturday, Nov. 8  and going until they run out of beer Poppycock’s will be featuring 3 different Greenbush beers paired alongside 3 appetizers. There will be Greenbush reps on-hand Saturday night from 7-10 pm so be sure to say hello. Come get your apps & taps on!

Sunday, November 9: TCBW: Greenbush & Vander Mill Flight Night @ Pangea’s Pizza in Traverse City, MI

Stop by Pangea’s Pizza between 5 pm and 9 pm for a flight night with Greenbush beers & Vander Mill Ciders, featuring VanderBush, our collaboration Tripel w/ Vander Mill cider!

**SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9: ADVENT CALENDARS ON SALE @ 6 pm EST** 

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These unique Greenbush advent calendars make the perfect holiday gift! $125 pre-orders online at shop.greenbushbrewing.com. You must be 21+ to purchase and we do not ship any out– pick-up only!

 Monday, November 10: TCBW: Tasting @ Tilly’s Party Store & Disc Golf in Traverse City, MI

Join Jen & Emily from 5-7 pm for a complimentary beer tasting. We will be pouring a few of our mainstays plus rarities you can’t try anywhere besides the Sawyer brewpub!

Monday, November 10: TCBW: Michigan Beer Night @ 7 Monks in Traverse City, MI

It’s no secret that Michigan is home to some serious craft beer. And by serious I mean, a serious volume of breweries and seriously delicious beer.  7 Monks joins forces with the Michigan Brewers Guild to showcase said seriousness with a  MI Beer Night. Event kicks off at 7 pm so be sure to head to 7 Monks as they host some of your favorite Michigan breweries, including yours truly! Taste rare beers and pair them with your favorite dishes at the restaurant.

Wednesday, November 19: Tap Takeover @ WhichCraft Taproom in Midland, MI 

Mark your calendars Greenbush fans and do what ya gotta do to get to WhichCraft Taproom on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Why you ask? Well I know it’s not much, but they will be rocking a solid 30 Greenbush beers on tap. It’s safe to say to say there will be some in that rather large bunch you certainly don’t want to miss out on…

**Wednesday, November 19: GB HOLIDAY PARTY TICKETS ON SALE @ 8 pm EST**

Join us on Saturday, December 6th for our fourth annual holiday party. With that beautiful Annex now open across the street, we’ll be able to accommodate more of our favorite people (that’s all of you, our customers) for this great celebration.

We have 175 tickets available for $40 each. That $40 gets you:
- 5 drink tickets
- A souvenir glass
- Food throughout the evening

Saturday, November 22: FestivALE @ One Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, MI

festivaleGet in on this 12-hour street-party in downtown Ferndale! It’s a celebration of Michigan breweries, Christmas beers, comfort food & live music. What’s not to like? The Breweries include Bell’s, Dark Horse, Short’s Brewing, Arbor Brewing, Kuhnhenn, Greenbush, Odd Side Ales & Founders. Did I mention the inside of One Eyed Betty’s will transform into a free pinball hall? The fun runs from noon to midnight and trust me when I say there will be plenty of fun to go around. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the doors. Won’t you join us for this wonderful holiday event? 

 

Wednesday, November 26: Thanksgiving Eve: Open until 11 pm in the Taproom & Annex

Open an extra hour so you can fulfill any and all GB needs and desires before we close for Thanksgiving day.

Thursday, November 27: Taproom & Annex CLOSED for Thanksgiving

We will be closed all day for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal business hours on Friday, Nov. 28.

Monday, December 1: TapTakeover @ Brew House in Muskegon, MI

We’ll be taking over 16 taps at this joint and would love for you to join us! What beers and more details to come at a later date so stay tuned!

Saturday, December 8: 4th Annual Greenbush Holiday Party

This year will mark our 4th annual holiday party and we are proud to say with the addition of the Annex we’ll now be able to throw the party on both sides of Sawyer road! You must have a ticket to attend and in case ya missed it earlier in the blog, tickets will be $40 and go on sale at 8 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Mug club member entry will begin at 5 pm and general admission at 6 pm. We will also be doing a limited edition holiday GB shirt– $20 in advance option when you purchase your ticket online or $25 at the party.

Stay thirsty & informed friends. And as always, keep an eye on our Facebook for more details & updates.

Behind the Bush: Chris Reisetter

"Pondering the epic mash ahead of him" -greenbushcellar

“Pondering the epic mash ahead of him” -greenbushcellar

Let’s talk about Chris, shall we? Chris started working in the cellar here in April 2012 and only 3 short months later he was a cellarman turned brewer (so basically a bad ass). He’s the type of dude you want to know, be friends with, work with and really just do anything and everything with. He has a killer attitude, fresh beer ideas, is always up for helping out on an unexpected project (no matter what it may be) and when it comes to t-shirts he knows what’s up.  A favorite Chris memory of mine (Emily here) is post Winter Beer Fest 2014 dinner at Grand Rapids Brewing Co. He loved each beer so much he couldn’t wait to try another. He had 2-3 beers in front of him at all times and would have the most genuine and enthusiastic reactions to each and every one. He’s very passionate about what he does and isn’t shy about expressing his feelings on good beer as soon as it hits his lips. Being on the same end of the table as him also meant tripling up on the buffalo cauliflower appetizer which definitely didn’t suck. I’ve seemed to get slightly sidetracked (and suddenly hungry) so I’ll let Chris take it from here…

What do you do at Greenbush? 
I am the mid-day brewer AKA wort wizard.

How’d you get involved with the brewery?
I had been home-brewing for over 10 years and always wanted to get into brewing for a living.  A cellarman position opened up and Nikki convinced me to quit my old job. In case you’re wondering, it was a good decision.

What time is happy hour for you?
Always.

You’re on a deserted island and can only have one case of mass-produced domestic beer dropped to you—what do you pick?  
Stroh’s.

What’s your favorite non-Greenbush beverage to drink?
Dark & Stormy (Gosling’s), because it is so delicious.

What’s been your most memorable Greenbush experience thus far?
There are way too many to count…but this one time, at winter beer fest…

What do your friends think about all this madness?
They think that it’s pretty awesome, and so do I.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Probably an astronaut or drummer, that was a long time ago. I am just fine with being a brewer.

If you were a Greenbush beer, which would you be and why?
Closure. It’s my favorite to drink and brew.

What’s your favorite food? 
Duh, pizza.

Where do you think you and Greenbush will be in 5 years?
Crankin’!

If you only had one item you could take with you to work, what would it be and why?
Dumb answer, but it would be my phone. I use it to keep track of my brew shift (hop additions etc.) and it supplies tunes for my brew shift too.

What’s the most exotic place you’ve ever visited?
Some random frat house in college. [Ed's note: Chris knows how to keep it classy.]

Chicago or Michigan sports teams (or Indiana if you’re crazy)?
Chicago, but I don’t really watch or participate in sporting activities, except skateboarding.

Did you have a favorite brewery before Greenbush opened? If so, what and why?
I have always loved what the dudes up at Short’s are doing and the state of Michigan is just kicking ass in general.

What’s on your nightstand? 
An empty (or sometimes half full/half empty) pint glass or bottle from the night before.

How many beers do you drink in a typical day?
3.14159

Rhapsody Hero (where you try to pick the WORST song for everyone to enjoy)—what’s your pick?
Duh, Creed – Arms Wide Open.

BONUS Q’S–
What’s it like being engaged to the GM of Greenbush?
She is super awesome and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to spend my days getting old with! She puts up with all of my hobbies and general nerdiness. [Ed's note: Awwwwwwwww]

Describe your dream scooter.
1965 Vespa SS180. But really my dream Vespa is parked behind the brewery and I already own it. It is a 1974 Vespa Rally 200 with lots of go fast racing parts. By the way, your scooter sucks.

Brew News: October

A glimpse @ Vander Fest 2014

a glimpse of Vander Fest 2014

Hi all! Welcome to October. September ended on a surprising and much anticipated note for us. After what seemed like forever, we FINALLY received our liquor license for the Annex!!! We could not have asked for a better close to the month of September with absolutely fantastic weather for Weko and Valpo brew fests, the opening weekend for our BEER garden and a successful and equally gorgeous day for our second annual Greenbush Golf Outing. Ya know that Michigan weather rule? The one where after one weekend of beautiful weather you must have a weekend of crummy weather? That was this past weekend, but it didn’t put even the slightest damper on Vander Fest 2014. With a few events already under our belt for the month we’re ready for an eventful rest of the month. Read up to find an event near you to join us at!

Tuesday, October 7: Tap Takeover @ Maude’s Taphouse in Ostego, MI

Maude’s Taphouse presents a South West Michigan Tap Takeover Tour featuring 6 different Greenbush beers on tap through October 11th. Emptiness, Helmet of Remnar, Remnant of Dragon, Anger, Mr. Hyde and Demeter will all be on tap and Baney will be hanging around Tuesday, October 7. SWM REPRESENT!

Tuesday, October 7: Grand Beer Tasting @ Binny’s Lincoln Park 

Get to Binny’s Lincoln Park between 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm CST for a tasting of epic proportions! Don’t miss out!

Saturday, October 11: BontebOktoberfest @ Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, MI

Although this will be the third annual BontebOktoberfest, it’s our first time attending and we couldn’t be more excited! What’s better than a craft beer fest that takes place at a zoo you ask? A craft beer fest that takes places at a zoo that has GIRAFFES! Fest takes place from 6 pm until 10 pm. Tickets still available so be sure to snatch yours up! 

Saturday, October 11: Porter’s Perfect Pint in Porter, IN

Join us rain or shine for the second annual beer festival benefiting Porter’s Fire Dept. as well as their Parks & Rec Dept. VIP entry at noon CST for $50 and general admission at 1 pm CST for $25; fest will go until 5 pm CST. Almost 50 different breweries present (including us and our good friends at Burn ‘Em Brewing), food vendors, live music and more! Tickets still available! 

Tuesday, October 14: Craft Beer Collaboration Dinner @ Deja Brew in Oak Lawn, IL

6 breweries! 6 plates! Featuring the following breweries:

One Trick Pony
Two Brothers
Small Town
Church Street
5 Rabbit
Greenbush

They’ll be picking a featured beer from each of the above breweries to pair with a dish. Expect to see Unicorn Killer from us…Call (708) 423-0484 to reserve your spot!

Thursday, October 16: Tap Takeover at Jupiter’s in Champaign, IL

At 5 pm CST Jupiter’s will be putting 5 GB beers on tap! Look forward to Closure, Unicorn Killer, Distorter, Anger, Brother Benjamin.

Saturday, October 18: Beer Dinner @ The Grille at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, MI

Harbor Shores and Greenbush are coming together to create an unforgettable dinner event in The Grille. Dinner will kick off with a “welcome pint” of Traktor and be followed up by this menu…

1st Course: fontina Cheese, roasted garlic and caramelized onions wrapped in puff pastry paired with Star Chicken Shotgun IPA
2nd Course: frisée salad with peppers, raspberries, bacon and a lime vinaigrette paired with One and the Same Raspberry Ale
3rd Course: braised beef brisket with roasted root vegetables and rutabaga puree paired with Brother Benjamin Imperial IPA
4th Course: Unicorn Killer crème brûlée paired with Unicorn Killer Pumpkin Spiced Ale

Not too shabby, huh? $60/person plus tax & gratuity. All reservations must be made online and payment is due at time of reservation.

Saturday, October 18: Munster Ale Fest in Munster, IN

Over 100 craft beers will be showcased featuring beers from IN, WI, IL and MI (and GB of course!), live music and entertainment, beer games and food truck cuisine! VIP entrance at noon CST, general admission at 1 pm CST and fest runs until 5 pm CST. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!

Saturday, October 18: Royal Oak Beer Stroll

The Royal Oak Restaurant Association is putting on the third annual Michigan Craft Beer Stroll in Downtown Royal Oak from noon to 5 pm. For $40 in advance, or $50 upon entry (if tickets are still available), you can make your way around 25 different participating restaurants. Each restaurant will be featuring a different beer paired with a signature dish. Pop into Ye Olde Saloon for our Distorter Porter paired with bacon on a stick! Check out the full line up and get your ticket here!

Sunday, October 19: CLOSING EARLY

Just a heads up, so you can all plan accordingly– the taproom will be closing at 6 pm sharp for a first ever ALL staff meeting. Last call for food will be at 5:30 pm and last call for beer at 5:45 pm. Thanks in advance for understanding.

Wednesday, October 22: Greenbush + Odd Side Ales at Slow’s Bar BQ

We’re still in the works of planning this so stay tuned to our Facebook for updates!

Thursday, October 23: Tasting @ 8 Degrees Plato in Ferndale, MI

A tasting at 8 Degrees Plato the day before Detroit Fall Beer Fest…You know what that means, don’t ya? I don’t how else to say this besides: 8 Degrees Plato does tastings right and we try to do our part in making their tastings as fantastic as they are which means we’ll be bringing some special stuff and you should totally be there between 6 pm and 8 pm!

Friday & Saturday, October 24 & 25: Detroit Fall Beer Fest

Man, the Michigan Brewers Guild sure knows how to put on a fest! If you have yet to attend one of their fests you should change that! It just so happens that tickets are still available for this 2-day fest. Friday’s session spans from 5 pm to 9 pm and Saturday will go from 1 pm to 6 pm. Won’t you join us one or both days? We’re bringing 40 beers including some one time only small batches!

Friday, October 31: Greenbush and BuckleDown Brewing @ Roots Pizza in Chicago, IL

The last time we teamed up with BuckleDown for an event was at Dimo’s Pizza and we wouldn’t have it any other way… So we figured why not do another event with them at another pizza place. I mean, come on, what’s not to love about good beer and good pizza? And what better way to spend your Halloween than a dual tap takeover? GB and BD will each be bringing 4-5 beers so be sure to check it out!

Saturday, November 1: Tasting @ Bottles & Cans in Chicago, IL

We had to roll this event over from September because we wanted to have more beer for you guys! We’re ready for ya… get here between 2 pm and 4 pm CST to try some free samples!

Saturday, November 1: Wings Stadium Fest in Kalamazoo, MI

Wings Stadium will be hosting its first ever Kalamazoo Craft Beer Festival from 1 pm to 7 pm on Saturday, November 1. LOTS of breweries already on board and the list just keeps growing! Get your ticket before it’s too late!

Well, that’ll do it for October. Get to the Annex while the weather still permits and do this…IMG_0776

Brew News: September

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Scott being the fearless leader he is and hanging the sign for our new space, the Greenbush Annex

It’s hard to believe I am actually/already writing a SEPTEMBER brew news. Time flies when you’re having fun or when you work at Greenbush Brewing Co… or when you’re having fun working at Greenbush Brewing Co.? That’s more like it! As Labor Day weekend comes to a close, a sea of cars congest I-94 Westbound, some carrying “precious cargo”. While you may think this is the end of our “busy season”, and in part this may be true, it’s really just the beginning of us having more time to focus on other things to busy ourselves with (or the things that were forgotten in midst of the craziness). In case you didn’t know, the Annex is open (and beer-less, for now). However, we’re doing everything in our damned power to have beer flowing in that killer new space for you guys as soon as humanly possible. If you have yet to check it out, it has all the merch your GB loving hearts can handle and plenty of delicious meats and cheeses to keep your mouths happy (even without beer!). With that being said, here’s where you can find us besides both sides of Sawyer Road this month:

Thursday, September 4: Tap Takeover @ Table & Tap in Flint, MI

If this sounds familiar you’re not crazy! Originally planned for late August but moved to this Thursday (TOMORROW). Anyway, we’re taking over 15 taps starting at 5pm and if you live in the area you should certainly be there. The last time I (Emily here) have been to Flint? 2006 for a Lil’ Wayne concert. Don’t judge! What happened in 2006 stays in 2006. Besides a tap takeover filled with good beer and food is an appropriate redemption trip, right?

Saturday, September 6: U.P. Fall Beer Fest in Marquette, MI

The 6th Annual U.P. Fall Beer Fest will take place on the 6th of the month at Mattson Lower Harbor Park overlooking Lake Superior and somehow there are still some tickets left! We’ll be there along with 24 of our beers (some BIG ones included) so be sure to stop by our area! Remember the sweet shirt we did for last years? Rumor has it there will be a follow up for this year’s fest…

Thursday, September 11: Tap Takeover @ World of Beer in Evanston, IL

* PHD- 8.8% Malt Liquor brewed with Frosted Flakes
* DOOMSLAYER- 8.5% Maple Brown Ale
* VANDERBUSH- 10.2% American Trippel with 30% raw Vander Mill Cider
* BROKEN PROMISES- 7.9% Wheat IPA
* MR. HYDE- 7.8% Coffee Cream Stout
* B.A. THE BIRDS SING A PRETTY SONG- 9.4% Barrel Aged Blackberry Porter
* TRAKTOR- 6.1% Golden Cream Ale
* ONE AND THE SAME- 6.5% Raspberry Ale
* CABRA PERDIDA- 11.2% Blueberry Imperial Cream Stout
* REMNANT OF DRAGON- 9% Imperial Red IPA

Starts at 7pm CST. See ya there?

Friday, September 12: Festiv-Ale in Chicago

The 8th annual Festiv-Ale: A Celebration of Beer will take place at the Carmichael’s Warehouse. VIP Hour 6-7pm/Main Event 7-11pm CST. Not only does this event allow you to drink good beer, but feel good while doing it!! This event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Did I mention our collaboration with Three Aces will be released for the first time ever? Oh, and Emptiness and Remnant of Dragon will be there too and so should you!

Friday, September 12: Lions, Tigers & Brews! @ the Lincoln Park Zoo

Get to the Lincoln Park Zoo to unleash the animal in you! VIP kicks off at 6pm CST and general admission at 7pm CST. Event goes until 11pm CST and features 150+ craft beers, food, live music and ANIMALS! Get yo’ ticket here right meow!

Saturday, September 13: Tasting @ Bottles & Cans in Chicago, IL

You’re a “special” breed if you don’t like free beer. If you’re reading this blog I have a feeling you don’t fall into that category so if you live in the area swing by Bottles & Cans from 2 to 4pm CST to sample some Greenbush treats. And by treats, I mean beers. Duh.

Friday, September 19: Brew Detroit @ The Filmore in Detroit, MI

The Filmore Presents Brew Detroit which presents Greenbush beer! Hooray!

Closure- Pale Ale
Unicorn Killer- Pumpkin Ale
1825- Belgian Strong
Anger- Black IPA

Interest ya? Tickets here!

Friday, September 19: Tasting @ Liquor Cabinet in St. Joseph, MI

If you live in St. Joe and haven’t had Greenbush that needs to change STAT and here’s the perfect chance! Stop by the Liquor Cabinet from 4 to 6pm to sample some GB delights. And if you’ve had our beer before… well, we’d still love to see ya!

Saturday, September 20: Logan Square Beer Festival @ Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago, IL

Join us for one or both sessions of this fest! First session runs from 1 to 4pm CST and the second from 5 to 8pm CST. 20 breweries and 50+ craft brews (including barrel-aged, cask conditioned and collaborations!), live music and a brewery swag raffle. On the fence? This might persuade ya…

Cabra Perdida- 11.2% Blueberry Imperial Cream Stout
Demeter- 6.8% Fresh Hopped Harvest Ale
Loonar Eclipse- 6% Belgian Wit with Lemon & Spices

Tickets available at the link above!

Thursday, September 25: Beer Dinner @ Fat Cam’s at Garver Lake in Edwardsburg, MI

HEY HEYYY it’s Fat Cam’s FIRST EVER beer dinner and they picked us to be a part of it! We’re honored and super looking forward to it. The menu is still in the works, but stay tuned to our Facebook page for details!

Saturday, September 27: Valpo Brewfest in Valparaiso, IN 

Like clockwork, this fest always sells out and this year is no different. If you were one of the lucky 3,000 to snatch a ticket we can’t wait to party with you in downtown Valpo. And if ya weren’t… plan ahead for next year!

Saturday, September 27: Weko Beach Brewers Festival in Bridgman, MI

CALLING ALL LOCALS! This fest is pretty much in our backyard and always a good ol’ time. From 1 to 7pm come enjoy a variety of Michigan craft brews, tasty food, good company and some groovin’ live music. Turns out there’s some fun stuff that goes on in our little neck of the woods! Tickets available soon in the taproom! Can’t wait? Get yours today! P.S.- VIP option available in advance for the first time ever if that suits your fancy.

That’ll do it for September! Some things to look forward to? The return of Unicorn Killer, beer flowing in the Annex, the events above AND a couple pretty sweet early October events I don’t want you to miss out on…

Thursday, October 2: Barrel-Aged Beer Fest @ The Buck in St. Joe

I heard something about 25+ barrel-aged beers being on tap including some GB ones. Need I say more?

Saturday, October 4: Vander Fest @ Vander Mill Cider in Spring Lake, MI

If you haven’t been to Vander Mill before, the 5th Annual Vander Fest is the perfect excuse… or opportunity! What’s it all about? Fall, craft beer and cider. If you like any or all of those things pencil this in.

Before I go (for real this time), rumor has it there might be another Greenbush golf outing in the works. Stay tuned!

Behind the Bush: Rick Orta(r)

rick Rick starting working at Greenbush going on a year and a half ago and fit in swimmingly. Before Rick started working at the brewery, I (Emily here, btw) knew him as a mug club regular. Him and his now fiance’, Angie, would come in on a weekly basis for food and of course, good beer. It didn’t take long before I knew their numbers, 725 and 726, and it wasn’t long before Rick decided he wanted to be a part of what goes on behind the scenes of good beer. Read on to learn what made Rick decide to become more than a mug club member and a bunch of other silliness. Yes, silliness. Speaking of silliness… can you imagine Rick wearing a pair of 44″ JNCO jeans and not just one wallet chain, but THREE? I recently over some food (okay, beers) at Moser’s learned this fascinating and hilarious tidbit about Rick. Any who…

What do you do at Greenbush?                                                                                        My official title is Lead Cellarman, but I think Cellar Maestro would look way cooler on my business card. And I think I’d be the only one. In the world. Yeah. Anyway, I coordinate things in the cellar on a day to day basis and generally plot and scheme on ways to improve our work area and processes. And fixing/troubleshooting/maintaining stuff. Things break in a brewery all the time. That can keep me pretty busy too.

How’d you get involved with the brewery?
I have been a big fan of GB almost since the beginning. Then slowly, one by one, my friends started penetrating the ranks. First Steve and Blake Murray, then Howie and Ryan Beach. Beach, who eventually worked his way up from kitchen staff to plant manager, asked me for months to quit my job and come work for the brewery. I shrugged it off for a while because it involved taking a bit of a pay cut but when it started to look like getting laid off was inevitable at my previous employer, I said screw it and went for it. Best decision ever. When you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.

What time is happy hour for you?
Anytime I’m surrounded by people/dogs I love and good beer. So, all the time I guess?

You’re on a deserted island and can only have one case of mass-produced domestic beer dropped to you—what do you pick?
Easy, there’s only one correct answer. Coors Banquet beer.

What’s your favorite non-Greenbush beverage to drink?
Like, adult beverages? Other equally well crafted beers, white Russians, or a couple of ounces of Laphroig 10 year on the rocks.

What’s been your most memorable Greenbush experience thus far?
For me, I think it was Winter Beer Fest this year. We all got pretty rowdy the night before at Logan’s Alley and some other places I can’t really remember. It was a blast! Even though I got so rowdy I slept the whole next day in the hospitality tent, worked my 2 hour pouring shift and then slept more in my Jeep it was still awesome. I went to Winter Beer Fest and never had one beer this year. I was however feeling well enough by the end to go back in and help tear down. Walking back in to the fest at 6 p.m. and getting to watch all the drunk festival goers falling everywhere on the ice was hilarious! [Ed's note: He's leaving out a very key part, the epic drunken pool showdown at Logan's Alley the night before WBF. More details in the bonus questions at the end!]

What do your friends think about all this madness?
The ones that aren’t caught up in the madness with me are probably jealous, and for good reason!  Ha!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a mechanic. In a way that dream has been realized. See question 1. Things break in a brewery all the time! In a busy brewery it’s going to happen and you’ve got to be a DIY kind of person and fix things quickly in order to keep moving.

If you were a Greenbush beer, which would you be and why?
Greenbush hasn’t made a beer yet that can capture my essence. Try and put this genie in a bottle Pete, I dare ya. [Ed's note: challenge accepted Pete???]

What’s your favorite food?  ZIGEUNERSCHNITZEL. If you don’t know what it is, I suggest going to Moser’s Austrian Café and letting them drop some knowledge on ya. You can thank me later.

Where do you think you and Greenbush will be in 5 years?                                Sawyer, Michigan silly. Next question!

If you only had one item you could take with you to work, what would it be and why?
My pants. Because you just can’t work in a cellar with “the boys” hanging out everywhere. There’s waaaaay too much HOT water and corrosive chemicals. [Ed's note: answer edited due to adult content ;)]

What’s the most exotic place you’ve ever visited?
Austria. A few years ago a large group of our friends went. It was EPIC. Best time I’ve ever had in my life.

Chicago or Michigan sports teams (or Indiana if you’re crazy)?                                 I’m not really into sports but you might catch me watching and cheering for the Chicago Blackhawks. Hockey is the only organized sport that even comes close to being able to hold my attention.

Did you have a favorite brewery before Greenbush opened? If so, what and why?
I would probably have to say New Belgium Brewing. It just happened to be one of the first craft beers I ever tried and liked. It wasn’t even Fat Tire that made me a fan it was beers like Abbey, 1554 and Mothership. Now I don’t ever even reach for them. Not that they’re bad beers, but there’s better beer being made right here in our own backyards now. And those boners quit making Mothership. Just keeding NBB!

What’s on your nightstand?
A phone charger, my sunrise alarm clock, chapstick, dog hair from my golden retriever, bottle of water, glasses…

How many beers do you drink in a typical day?
It just depends. I hardly ever drink while I’m working. I’m usually pretty busy and it just slows me down. But near, or after quitting time, it’s anybody’s guess.

Rhapsody Hero (where you try to pick the WORST song for everyone to enjoy)—what’s your pick?
One of the worst songs ever is Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65 so that one. It’ll make you rip the ears right off your head.

BONUS QUESTIONS–
So, what’s this I hear about you liking to play dress up in girls clothing?
It’s not that I like to dress up in girls clothing, I just don’t mind doing so in the name of humor. A group of our friends had a Kentucky Derby party and we were supposed to come dressed the part. I’m not one to get dressed up all dapper so I decided to dress up as a woman. But I did a terrible job. Blue flower dress from Goodwill, sneakers, tall black socks and a red haired wig pulled into pig tails. It was quite a spectacle. It was gross. If I was a girl I’d be single for life. [Ed's Note: If you're friends with Rick on Facebook you can see for yourself!]

Tell us about the epic pool showdown at Logan’s Alley the night before Winter Beer Fest…
It’s a little hazy but, a guy in a collared shirt and a sweater challenged me to a game of pool. So I says “OK”. Since he was coming to the table I just won on, I broke. I sunk the 8 ball on the break for the first time in my life! Instead of acting like “HOLY S**T!”, I was just like “I WIN”, so as to try and dupe him into believing I’m an amazing pool player. After that, you tell me. I don’t really remember the rest of the night. It was a doozy. I heard I may have air humped a bunch of people but that could also be a total fabrication. [Ed's note: it really happened.] If you don’t remember, it never happened.