Brew News: July

bocAhh, July. A little late on this post, but it got just a bit crazy in the taproom for the Fourth of July (or should I say week of the Fourth of July). Hopefully you all enjoyed your holiday and got all the random ‘MERICA business out of your system.  Remember June Brew News when I mentioned our to-go store? Yeah, we’re still steady plugging away at it. Each day a little closer to having a beer garden and bocce ball for your enjoyment so keep on lookin’ forward to that. We’re not always full of Broken Promises, but when we are it’s in bottle form. Yeah, that’s right we’ve finally captured the deliciousness that is our Wheat IPA with Zythos hops in bottles. Look for a very limited release into distribution beginning the week of July 14th and grab em’ quick. I promise they won’t last long. Until then, here’s what’s up for July events.

Friday, July 11: Krasel Art Fair Friday Night Kick-Off Party in St.Joseph, MI

Come to the Bluff in downtown St. Joe from 5 to 9 p.m. to check out what the Krasl Art Fair Kickoff Party is all about! They’ll be featuring Greenbush and Tapistry beer and two wineries will be present as well. Throw in some live music and wood fired pizzas and that’ll do it. Some of our plant staff will be hanging out so be on the look out and feel free to say hello! The Krasl Art Fair will be open to the public free of charge from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 13 and Brisket Van will be slingin’ BBQ both days if you’re craving brisket, pork, chicken or hot link . Hope to see some familiar faces!

Saturday, July 12: Rage Against Hunger/Rumors Anniversary Party at Rumors Inc.  in Hudson, MI 

It wasn’t too long ago that we celebrated our third anniversary and now we have the honor of helping Rumors Inc. celebrate theirs! If you live in or around Hudson, MI come join in on the celebratory festivities! Good beer will be flowing, there will be live music on the patio and they’ll be featuring some of their most sought after specials such as soft pretzels, scotch eggs, pulled pork nachos and PBR cupcakes (they had me at scotch eggs, but really peaked my interest at PBR cupcakes). This event is also a Food Pantry benefit so come support a great cause and an awesome establishment! Tickets are going on sale now for $8 or $5 with 5 canned goods, or you can buy tickets the day of for $10 or $8 with 5 canned goods. Hope to see you there with a beer in one hand and canned goods in the other!

Saturday, July 12: Mo Pop Festival at Freedom Hill in Detroit, MI

Mo money, mo problems or in this case… mo music, mo beer, mo food, mo art = no problems (yeah, I went there). Mr. Hyde, Brother Benjamin and Mulehead will fall under the “Mo Beer” category and here’s the music line up:

City and Colour
Young the Giant
The Neighbourhood
Trampled By Turtles
Cold War Kids
Lord Huron
Tokyo Police Club
J Roddy Walston
Hundred Waters
Bad Suns
Wild Cub
Bear Hands
Misterwives
Flint Eastwood

Do you really need another reason to get a ticket today?

Sunday, July 13: Red, White & Brews Festival at Shoreline Brewery in Michigan City, IN

Shoreline Brewery is hosting their 9th Annual Red, White & Brews Fest beginning at 2 p.m. CST. Come enjoy tasty beers, a special menu and live music! Musical entertainment provided by Chester Brown, Steepwater Band and The Byrdland Funk Band starting at 2:30 and concluding at midnight. Tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door. All proceeds from guest beer will benefit Chris Gerard of Bare Hands and his family. Come enjoy good beer, good food and good vibes at this sweet outdoor music and beer fest!

Wednesday, July 16: Mini Tap Takeover at Harvey’s in Kalamazoo, MI 

Find six of our beers on tap from 6 to 9 p.m. at Harvey’s in Kzoo. Sunspot and Broken Promises will be on tap and I’ll leave the other four up to your imagination for now…

Friday, July 18: Tasting at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL

Hey Chicagoland folk! We’re gonna be in your neck of the woods for a free tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. CST. Come sample some Greenbush beer and grab a 6 or 4 pack to go for your weekend beer drinking needs.

Saturday, July 19: Naperville Ale Fest in Naperville, IL

On the grounds of the Naper Settlement the second annual Naperville Ale Fest will take place from noon to 5 p.m. CST (VIP entry at noon and general admission starting at 1 p.m.). VIP tickets sold out, but general admission available here!

Wednesday, July 23: Tap Takeover at Clubhouse BFD in Rochester Hills, MI  

Because everyone is looking for a little pre-summer beer fest fun and if you’re not you should be. Anyway, we decided Clubhouse BFD was the perfect location for such fun. Tap takeover starts at 6 p.m. More details coming soon!

Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26: Summer Beer Fest at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, MI

The Michigan Brewers Guild does it again! Hopefully you’ve already grabbed tickets for this bad ass two day fest. If not, Friday session tickets still available. Fest goes from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. We hope you’re just as pumped for this as we are!  I don’t want to spoil the surprise with too many specifics, but we’ll have 50 beers! 10 barrel aged and 8+ special small batches among mainstays, seasonal offerings and specialties! P.S. we’re getting our hands dirty on the t-shirt front this year so make sure to stop by our booth for a fest shirt to go with your beer!

Friday, July 25: Post-SBF Event at Wurst Bar in Ypsilanti, MI

Come party with the GB crew after the Friday night session of SBF. We’ll have 8-10 beers on tap at the Wurst Bar and a whole gang of Greenbush employees! If that doesn’t entice you click their link above and perhaps their cover photo will…

Sunday, July 27: Beer Camp Across America at Navy Pier

A fest the day after Summer Beer Fest weekend? Yeah, we know we’re crazy, but we’d be even crazier not to participate in Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America! What’s this mean? A seven-city traveling beer fest that’s what! Join in on the Midwest Edition fun by picking up a ticket for stop #4 at Navy Pier! $65 for a ticket. Fest runs from 12 to 5 p.m. CST. You don’t want to miss out on the biggest craft beer fest yet!

Well that completes it for July. As always, keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates. Oh, and I guess before we part I should probably give you a heads up about some early August stuff…

Friday, August 1: Tasting at the Wine Seller in Ann Arbor, MI from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 2: Brew Haven in New Haven, IN from 2 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, August 2: Highwood Craft Beer Fest in Highwood, IL from 12 to 5 p.m.  

Behind the Bush: Blake Murray

blakeSee that man hiding behind a cabbage mask? Yeah, that’s Blake. Emily here, with the honor of introducing someone near and dear to my heart (I promise that’s as mushy as it’s gonna get and to keep it PG).  Anyways, Blake started working at Greenbush exactly the same time as I did, so a little over two years ago. He’s one of the twins we were lucky enough to have on board here at GB. He’s the non-dreaded twin (for those of you who get confused) that’s opening Burn Em’ Brewing with brother/former brewer of ours, Steve (the dreaded one). Blake runs the kitchen and is  the mastermind behind our house made bacon, pastrami and other such meaty delights (if you haven’t tried these things, DO IT! and yes, I said meaty delights). This guy knows what he’s doing and also knows how to have a good time. Read on to learn more about the guy who comes up with the witty specialty pizza names and has rocked a banana suit on multiple occasions.

What do you do at Greenbush?                                                                                          
I am the head of the kitchen. There are some that call me chef…[Ed's note: there are also some that call him Bob. Those who call him that  know what I'm talking about ;).]

How’d you get involved with the brewery?                                                                        I was a big fan of craft beer and some of my friends went to a tasting in South Bend and tried Anger. When we found out the brewery was only 20 miles away so we had to start going. One thing led to another, I applied and got hired!

What time is happy hour for you?                                                                            Cooking a personal meal with a big beer in hand would be a definite happy hour for me!

You’re on a deserted island and can only have one case of mass-produced domestic beer dropped to you—what do you pick?
Icehouse.  It’ll get you drunk!

What’s your favorite non-Greenbush beverage to drink?
Depends on the mood… Tequila, Bourbon, Two Hearted.

What’s been your most memorable Greenbush experience thus far?
My first few months working here. Also when I got to go to Summer Brew Fest in Ypsilanti. The fest was amazing and then we all stayed in a house together like a big slumber party. It was awesome!

What do your friends think about all this madness?                                                  Most of my friends are part of the madness!!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be in a band, even before I could play any instrument. Music has always been a huge passion of mine.

If you were a Greenbush beer, which would you be and why?
Star Chicken Shotgun. I am the dancing elvis chicken. [Ed's note: Don't let him fool you... we've been dating for almost a year and I have never seen him dance.]

What’s your favorite food?
Food. I love all food. I struggle to pick a meal every day. Trying to pick a favorite is like asking me to move a mountain. Ain’t gonna happen.

Where do you think you and Greenbush will be in 5 years?
At this rate, we will probably run the world.

If you only had one item you could take with you to work, what would it be and why?
My Leatherman multi-tool. It saves the day almost every day.

What’s the most exotic place you’ve ever visited?
Austria and the Stiegl Brewery.

Chicago or Michigan sports teams (or Indiana if you’re crazy)?
Chicago. I was born there and although I moved when I was young the Bears, Hawks, Bulls and Cubs were the teams my parents continued to follow.

Did you have a favorite brewery before Greenbush opened? If so, what and why?
I’d say Bell’s. Two Hearted brought me into the world of craft beer and you can’t turn your back on something like that.

What’s on your nightstand?
Kind of lame but… alarm clock, phone charger, old concert ticket stub and random receipts…

How many beers do you drink in a typical day?
4 to 5… but they’re small… usually… change the subject?

Rhapsody Hero (where you try to pick the WORST song for everyone to enjoy)—what’s your pick?
Something by Dethklok. Nothing gets peoples blood boiling quite like Dethklok!

BONUS QUESTIONS–
If you could come back into the world as any food what food would it be and why?
I feel like a piece of butter melting on big pile of flapjacks… [Ed's note: random Pineapple Express quote instead of answering the question? That's Blake for ya!]

So you like to cook… Any particular people (famous or not) that have inspired you or your style of cooking?
My parents. Growing up we had a home cooked meal every night even if I wasn’t home to eat it. They would try new recipes whether or not it was going to work out. They inspired me to try anything and to be proud of what you do, no matter what it was.

Brew News: June

GB_ParTAY_2014Wait, it’s June? For as slow as the winter went by summer is off to a very quick start. We got through May and Chicago Craft Beer Week in the blink of an eye it seemed.  My first CCBW experience did not disappoint. I won’t bore you with all the details, but it’s safe to say there was a lot of eating out, beer drinking, event reppin’ and loft sweatin’. You get the idea. June isn’t much of a let down from May. Hopefully July brings some time for breathing. Some stuff to know about June? We are celebrating our third anniversary (crazy, huh?) all day Tuesday the 10th so get to the taproom for contests, prizes, beer specials and to try our FIRST EVER anniversary ale! Also, our mug club fee is going up from $40 to $60 for a lifetime membership on June 11th so if you’ve been on the fence about joining now is the time! Here’s what we’ve got planned for June…

Wednesday, June 4: Beer Dinner at Chef Amaury’s in Aurora, IL

So, here’s the menu…

1st Course: Mixed greens, crab, tangerine aioli and micro tarragon paired with 1825 (Belgian Strong Ale)
2nd Course: Chilled English pea soup and smoked ham paired with Brother Benjamin (Imperial IPA)
3rd Course:  Biftec con tostones, caramelized onions and truffled tomato sauce paired with Distorter (Porter)
4th Course:
Memphis-style dry rubbed duck leg, stewed white beans and kale paired with Star Chicken Shotgun (West Coast Style IPA)
5th Course:
Banana crème caramel, cornflake-crusted banana and sunspot strawberry sauce paired with Sunspot (Hefeweizen)

Speaks for itself, huh? We’re certainly looking forward to this delicious meal!

Friday, June 6: Tap Takeover at Hunter’s Ale House in Mt. Pleasant, MI

There will be 6 Greenbush beers on tap on their patio AND a cornhole tournament. What more could you ask for?? Here’s what you have to look forward to…

Sunspot – 6% Hefeweizen
Star Chicken Shotgun – 6.8% IPA
Mulehead – 7.2% Belgian Farmhouse Ale
Doomslayer – 8.5% Maple Brown Ale
Dystopia – 9% Russian Imperial Stout
1825 – 9.3% Belgian Strong Ale

There will also be live music. Come join in on the birthday bash fun.

Friday, June 6: Kegs for Kidneys at Fischman Liquors and Tavern in Chicago, IL

Come raise your glass to help raise funds for a good cause! From 6 to 10 p.m. CST in the back lot of Fischman Liquors and Tavern you can taste special and rare beers from an array of breweries. There will also be a silent rare beer auction that you don’t want to miss! Contribute to a good cause and get your ticket today!

Friday & Saturday, June 6 & 7: 1st Annual Charlevoix Craft Beer Festival in Charlevoix, MI

Come check out what Charlevoix’s 1st Annual Craft Beer Festival is all about! Event will kick off Friday at 8 p.m. at participating restaurants and bars in downtown Charlevoix. You will get to hang out among brewery personnel while sipping on some of their tasty beers. This is just a warm up for the actual festival which takes place Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Bridge Park. All Michigan breweries present. Come support Michigan craft beer!

Saturday, June 7: Mt. Pleasant Craft Beer Fest in Mt. Pleasant, MI

General admission tickets still available! This outdoor fest runs from 4 to 9 p.m. and we’ll be pouring the following:

Traktor- 6.1% Golden Cream Ale
Sunspot- 6% Hefeweizen
Star Chicken Shotgun- 6.8% West Coast Style IPA
Damn Dirty Ape- 8.4% Banana Bread Brown Ale

Thursday, June 12: Bike Night at McDaniel’s Harley Davidson in South Bend, IN

We had so much fun at the first bike night we decided to do another! There will be free Greenbush samples from 6 to 9 p.m. Hope to see some familiar faces!

Thursday, June 12: Tap Takeover at Governor’s Quarters in Bay City, MI

We’re taking over 9 taps! There will be some mainstays and a few specialties. If you live in the area stop by and say hello!

Friday, June 13: Tap Takeover at Whole Foods in Rochester Hills, MI

Ya know what makes grocery shopping better? Beer! 5 Greenbush beers will be featured at Whole foods from 5 to 7 p.m.! Come sip on some GB beer while you do your shopping.

Saturday, June 14: Tap Takeover at The Vault in Vicksburg, MI

So there’s this cool new bar in Vicksburg called the The Vault and they wanted to do a tap takeover… of course we were all about it. If you live in the Vicksburg area or find yourself in town for the car show come check this place out. They’ll be rocking 12 (yes, 12!) of our beers on tap on their HUGE outdoor deck from noon to 4 p.m. Bound to be a pretty alright time if you ask me.

Tuesday, June 17: Happy Hour at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, MI

It’s community day at Harbor Shores! What’s this mean? $75 rounds of golf for Berrien County residents. Come golf and enjoy some Greenbush beers during their happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 19: Event at Tribes Ale House in Mokena, IL

Mr. Hyde, Star Chicken Shotgun and a special barrel aged beer of ours will be present. Oh, AND they’ll be tapping Reprehensible, our Red Rye IPA collaboration with the guys at BuckleDown Brewing. If you haven’t tried this beer you should probably change that. Event kicks off at 4 p.m. CST.

Saturday, June 21: Beoir go Leoir Festival in Fort Wayne, IN

VIP tickets include early admission at 1 p.m., a t-shirt, souvenir tasting glass with lanyard and appetizers ($65 in advance and if available $75 day of). General Admission tickets include entry at 2 p.m. and a souvenir tasting glass ($35 in advance and $45 day of). Event runs until 6 p.m. Tickets available at the JK O’Donnell’s pub or online!

Saturday, June 21: Summer Solstice Music & Microbrews at Silver Beach in St.Joseph, MI

solstice

There’s beginning to be more and more local fests for us and we totally dig it! Get down to Silver Beach to kick off summer with some live music, beer, food, wine and fun in the sun. Festival runs from 4 to 10 p.m. (tasting from 5 to 9) and we’re bringing Sunspot, Star Chicken Shotgun, Closure, PHD, Anger, 1825 and Brother Benjamin. Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, June 24: Tap Takeover at Ashley’s Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, MI

Keep an eye on our Facebook for more info but they’ll have 20 to 25 of our beers on tap! You know there will be some rare beers mixed in the tap list that you won’t want to miss! And if ya don’t now ya do…

Wednesday, June 25: Explore the Midwest Event at Tribe’s Alehouse in Mokena, IL

40 different Midwest breweries are taking over 40 tap handles at Tribe’s Alehouse & Grill. Guess what beer we’re bringing? RAGE! You’ll be there, right?

Thursday, June 26: GB Silverhawks Bus Trip

You’ve all been asking for another Greenbush bus trip and there’s really no time like the present. Mark your calendars for June 26th! We’ll be taking a bus from Sawyer to South Bend to watch the Silver Hawks take on the Great Lakes Loons. Some GB beer will be available on the bus ride there AND it’s Thirsty Thursday at the Cove! Get your ticket today!

Friday, June 27: Tasting at Bottles & Cans in Chicago, IL

Free beer is never a bad thing. If Bottles & Cans is in your neck of the woods stop by between 5 and 8 p.m. CST for some Greenbush samples.

Saturday, June 28: Lansing Beer Fest in Lansing, MI

Come end Lansing Craft Beer Week with this sweet outdoor fest in REO Town. They’ll be shutting down Washington Street from South Street to Elm and the festival will be taking place there. Fest goes from 1 to 6 p.m. (early entry at noon for VIP ticket holders) and features 25 different breweries/cideries. Sure to be a good time with live music, good beer and good food.

Hope to see you all in the taproom for the anniversary party and stay tuned to Facebook for more updates and teasers. Also, be on the look out for some new merch items this month and start getting excited for our to-go store across the street which is coming soon!

Behind the Bush: Pete Hasbrouck

pete

Oh, Pete. Affectionately known among brewery staff as Papa Bear. He is an old man at heart and we love this about him. Greenbush certainly wouldn’t be the same without this guy. Think of how lost Mark Wahlberg was in the movie Ted when he lost his childhood stuffed animal. That’s kinda how Greenbush would be without Pete (or should I say Papa Bear?). Cheesy analogy aside, Pete is very passionate about what he does and we can attribute our great beer and successes in part to his passion. Although Pete is a business first kind of guy he also won’t hesitate to drop what he’s doing and lend you a hand and is always good for a pick me up when you’re having a bad day. He’s also good for coming up to you to say he specifically played whatever the current song on just for you or saying “guess what? I think you’re really swell” while holding his hands together, swaying back and forth and looking down all bashful like. Read on to learn more about the bear of a man behind our brew house.

What do you do at Greenbush?                                                                         
I’m the head brewer. I take everything from purchasing of raw materials through cooking and fermentation. This includes staffing, scheduling, training, quality assurance, recipe conception and being a face!

How’d you get involved with the brewery? 
I was a patron starting the first week Greenbush opened. As a homebrewer who was following a culinary career I was interested in learning about the process on a larger scale.  After making friends with bartenders (who were brewers, cellarmen, owners, cooks, etc) they offered me a tour. After chatting for a few months with them I asked if I could stage or intern for a day to help them and learn the process better. It took one day. I started showing up every Monday at 6 am to come help. After a few months of that they needed another brewer…and the rest is history.

What time is happy hour for you?
I’d like to think I’m a happy guy in general, but happy hour is when I know fermentation is going well, the ordering is done and all other tasks for the day are in working order. Then, I can relax…for an hour or so.

You’re on a deserted island and can only have one case of mass-produced domestic beer dropped to you—what do you pick?
Um…Pilsner Urquell. Does that count? If not, PBR. IT WON A BLUE RIBBON! Winning awards means it’s good, right?

What’s your favorite non-Greenbush beverage to drink?
1)   Coffee
2)   Water
3)   Beer- German/Czech Pilleners and I usually look for Short’s at the local stores.
4)   Wine- anything Tempernillo from the Rioja region.
5)   Liquor- Rye Whiskey - preferably 90100 proof

What’s been your most memorable Greenbush experience thus far?
Same response as most people– it’s hard to say. So many good memories. The first time I brewed with Scott (1 year anniversary party day) when he threw me to the wolves to be on my own and run the brew house, my first Michigan Brewer’s Guild beer festival where I got to see the seas of people coming to sample what we worked so hard on, the after hour Rhapsody music sessions with Lindsey and Emily [Editors note: only the good stuff. Lots of Usher, R. Kelly and other slow jamz. Be jelous. Very jealous.], my first recipe being brewed on a large scale and my first recipe hitting distribution in bottles and seeing it on the shelves. And now? Seeing people that work with/next to me starting to succeed and grow into recipe concepters. Oh, and being the poster boy on the cover of the Michigan Beer Film was pretty cool!

What do your friends think about all this madness?
They love it. I’m the guy that always shows up with beer now. How couldn’t they love it?  And it’s always a great conversation starter.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
So many things. A chef, firefighter, train conductor, entrepreneur, sculptor, musician. I guess anything that’s not very linear.

If you were a Greenbush beer, which would you be and why?
Closure. It’s my go to beer and I’m good with finding it when others struggle.

What’s your favorite food?
Weiner Schnitzel. Hammer lecker!!!! With a good Pils or Helles of course.

Where do you think you and Greenbush will be in 5 years?
We’re creators here. If we want something, we make it. So I suppose we could be all over the board. So many plans, so little time. I can’t say exactly because we move and grow at a rate that I’ve never seen before.

If you only had one item you could take with you to work, what would it be and why?
Probably my multi-tool or my phone. I know it sounds lame, but you have no idea how important communication is when you’re trying to keep things in motion!

What’s the most exotic place you’ve ever visited?
Exotic? Depends on the definition. Miami would be where I felt most out of place from the area (not a fan of heat). [Editor's note: I can attest to this. Pete was not the happiest camper in our 91 degree loft for CCBW]. Living in Berlin was rather exotic (considering I didn’t speak a lick of German when I moved there) or New York City. But NYC can be an animal all on her own.

Chicago or Michigan sports teams (or Indiana if you’re crazy)?
Detroit Red Wings (but any hockey will do). Telemundo Soccer, World cup of Rugby and Canadian Curling. After that I could really care less about sports.

Did you have a favorite brewery before Greenbush opened? If so, what and why?
No brewery specifically. As previously stated I enjoy Michigan beer. Shout out to Short’s, Founders, Bell’s and Dark Horse…It was the good stuff I could get!

What’s on your nightstand?
My phone charger, keys and a big glass of water. Sorry guys, not very exciting.

How many beers do you drink in a typical day?
About 40 oz across the day. Usually 10 oz at a time.

Rhapsody Hero (where you try to pick the WORST song for everyone to enjoy)—what’s your pick?
This one has a small story…I remember when Steve Murray was brewing the overnight shifts and he would set up a huge playlist on Rhapsody (usually involving some sort of classic or stoner rock). I used to sneak into the building through the front door when he couldn’t see me and queue up “Who Let the Dogs Out” by the Baha Men. I would time when the song would start and text him something along the lines of, “Hey, I just saw some dogs run by my house. Did you happen to let any out?” It usually was followed up by an, “I hate you.” So, that’s my version of the rick roll.

BONUS QUESTIONS:
How’s it feel being a beardless head brewer? Will the beard comeback?
It’s funny. People assume I’m the accountant or intern, or something like that. It just makes me laugh that people have to be the stereotype. And as for it coming back? It’s not my decision, it’s the beards. [Editor's note: It appears to already be in the re-growth process].

What brought about your love for overalls?
Beach (Mr. Beach to you). Plus I’m pretty sure my mom still has a picture of me in my white pinstripe overalls with my conductor’s hat pretending to be a train engineer. I used to be so cute…what happened? [Editor's note: Pete still has his cute moments!]

Favorite GB beer to brew vs. favorite GB beer to enjoy?
Mr. Hyde. Definitely Mr. Hyde. That smell when mashing in is like none other. Drinking wise? I would have to say There are Owls in the Roadhouse. To me it’s like drinking a dark chocolate raspberry truffle. Bitter and tart.

Brew News: May

Hey guys! Sitting in a coStarChickenmfy spot? Have a cold beer in hand? If you answered no to either of those questions you should definitely change that before reading this blog cuz it’s about to be a loooong one. We survived last month, but might not be able to say the same about this upcoming one. May is jam-packed with events including the beloved Chicago Craft Beer Week! In addition to all the event craziness that is May we will also be launching a limited amount of Star Chicken Shotgun bottles in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois… coming
to stores near (or near-ish) you early to mid-May. If you’ve had this you know it’s a crowd pleaser and if you haven’t hurry because it will surely go fast! And now (drum roll please)… the line-up for May:

Thursday, May 1: Beer Appreciation Night featuring Greenbush & Scott Sullivan at Wrought Iron Grill in Owosso, MI          

Beer makes everything better. Well, maybe not everything but MOST things. So what better than a beer appreciation night? …as if you needed an excuse to indulge in some good beer ;) We’ll have Loonar Eclipse, Damn Dirty Ape, Star Chicken Shotgun, Broken Promises, Mr. Hyde and somethin’ extra special! Come hang out with Scott & Baney from 7 to 10 p.m. and celebrate just how much you appreciate good beer! If you didn’t get a ticket please feel free to appreciate beer in the comfort your own home or favorite craft beer serving establishment.

Friday, May 2: Tasting at Liquor Cabinet in St.Joseph, MI

FREE BEER ALERT!  Come kick off your weekend by stopping at the Liquor Cabinet in St. Joe to enjoy some tasty (and free) samples from 4 to 6 p.m. If you don’t like free beer there’s something wrong…

Saturday, May 3: Beer City Spring Fest at Hudsonville Fairgrounds in Hudsonville, MI

Come to the fairgrounds from 1 to 6 p.m. for an array of all Michigan craft beers (including Greenbush of course). $35 VIP admission (1 hour early entry and 18 sample tickets) or $30 general admission (15 sample tickets).  A little birdy said Terminator X, our American Strong Ale brewed with black strap molasses, will be making an appearance so you should too! Tickets here!

Saturday, May 3: Michigan Cask Ale Fest at Ashley’s Westland in Westland, MI

Like to have fun? Come on out to one of us GB folks favorite places, Ashley’s Westland, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a good time. Don’t like to have fun? That sucks. Tickets still available so jump on it!

Saturday, May 3: Middle of the Mitt Fest in Mt. Pleasant, MI

Check out the 2nd Annual Middle of the Mitt Craft Beer 5k Charity Run & Music Festival at the Wayside & O’Kelly’s Parking Lot in Mt. Pleasant. This event is a 5k by morning and a music & beer fest by early afternoon. Come early to run and reward yourself with beer afterward or don’t run and still reward yourself with beer! Good beer, good music, good food and a tequila tent (wait, what?). So…see you there?

Saturday, May 3 & Sunday, May 4: Gary Days/Relay for Gary/All You Can Gary Merch Sale at Greenbush

So here’s the deal- we need to make room for new spring and summergarydays merchandise in the taproom AND help pay for some necessary Gary repairs (poor Gary). What’s this mean? It means all discontinued, out-of-season, dirty or damaged Greenbush merchandise items will be available at 20% off for the general public or 25% off for mug club members. Styles and quantities are limited, but we’ll have it all in the van.
PLUS- try your hand at beating a GB representative in a shortened game of cornhole, bags or whatever you call it for an extra 10% off! Sale runs from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Don’t let Gary Days pass you by…

Thursday, May 8: Bike Night at McDaniel’s Harley-Davidson in South Bend, IN

Nicole and Chad will be here with beer from 6 to 9 p.m. Come say hello and grab a beer. Crossroad Kings, a bluesy rock n’ roll band, will be jamming in the background, the South Bend Roller Derby will be there AND there will be a mini burlesque show at some point. Come see what it’s all about!

Saturday, May 10: American Beer Classic at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL

Looking for an excuse to visit the hallowed ground of Soldier Field [Ed's note: yeah, I said it] aside from a football game? How about for the American Beer Classic? Session one is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CST (VIP Noon-5 p.m.) and session two is from  7 p.m. to 11 p.m. CST (VIP: 6 p.m.-11 p.m.) Get here!

Thursday, May 15: CCBW: Beer Under Glass at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, IL

Join us in kicking off Chicago Craft Beer Week the right way with Beer Under Glass. This event has been a huge hit in the past and this year aims to be no different. Come sip on tasty brews and munch on yummy small plates while enjoying the beautiful Garfield Conservatory from  6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CST. General admission tickets are sold out but VIP tickets for conservatory members are still available.

Friday, May 16 & Saturday, May 17: World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, MI

Sunspot, Closure, Anger, 1825, VanderBush (for realz) and Brother Benjamin  will all be there & so should you! Get to Frankenmuth’s Heritage Park to sample nearly 300 different beers available from around the world. This two-day fest runs Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m. Ticket packages are available- come on party people!

Saturday, May 17: Crown Beer Fest in Crown Point, IN

Looking for some weekend fun? Check out Crown Beer Fest and stop by our booth for some beer! General Admission 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. CST (only $35!!!) with VIP entry at 1 p.m. Your ticket covers ALL of your beer samples so get one today!

Sunday, May 18: Beer Brunch at Revolución Mexican Steakhouse in Chicago, IL

Our Marketing Director (Jen) LOVES (hate is a strong word, and in this case love isn’t strong enough) Mexican food so naturally it was high priority to do a Mexican brunch/beer pairing event for CCBW. There will be four special menu items (a la carte style) each with a suggested Greenbush beer pairing (flight with all four beers also available) AND a Michigan Margarita featuring Sunspot. Join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST and keep an eye on our Facebook for the menu specifics!

Sunday, May 18: CCBW: Solidarity Presents Brewtality at Reggie’s in Chicago, IL

BBQ, heavy metal and good beer pretty much sum up this event. If you’re into that sort of thing you’ll definitely want tickets for this killer shindig. Beer Geek session runs from 4 to 7 p.m. CST and the Hardcore session begins at 8 p.m. CST. Come get your metal on with us!

Monday, May 19: CCBW: Mister Roger’s Neighborhood Trolley Pub Crawl in Chicago, IL

Tickets coming soon, but for now here’s the game plan for our three-bar trolley pub crawl:

  • 6 p.m.- Event starts at The Dawson with food + Greenbush beer & Templeton cocktail
  • 7 p.m.- Trolley picks up at The Dawson and takes riders to Lone Wolf for GB beer & Templeton shot
  • 8:15 p.m.- Trolley takes riders from Lone Wolf to Sportsman’s for GB beer & Templeton shot
  • 9:30 p.m.- Trolley takes riders from Sportsman’s back to The Dawson, back by 10 p.m.

Wearing a Mr. Roger’s style cardigan is optional, but your attendance is mandatory. Better see you there!

Tuesday, May 20: CCBW: Bowling & Beer at Southport Lanes in Chicago, IL

Join us for an evening of bowling and beer at Southport Lanes! Details still TBD but we will have 9 to 10 beers on tap including a special barrel aged beer. Come roll with us! Check our Facebook for more details to come.

Wednesday, May 21: CCBW: Division Street IPA Crawl- Greenbush at Jerry’s- Wicker Park in Chicago, IL

Making your way through the Division Street IPA crawl? Be sure to grab a pint (or three) of Broken Promises at Jerry’s, host of the Midwestern IPAs!

Wednesday, May 21: Tap Takeover at Salt & Pepper Savory Grill & Pub in Holland, MI

Salt n’ peppa’s here!!! We’ll be taking over 4-5 taps here. If you want to know what beers will be there stay tuned to our Facebook or just plan on showing up!

Thursday, May 22: CCBW: Tasting at Binny’s Lincoln Park in Chicago, IL

Come try some free Greenbush brews from 4 to 6 p.m. CST and then head to Dimo’s Pizza after for some good old fashioned arm wrestling and solid beer! What else do you have to do on a Thursday?

Thursday, May 22: CCBW: Greenbush & BuckleDown Collab/Arm Wrestling for Charity at Dimo’s Pizza SXC in Chicago, IL

You’re not crazy. You did in fact read arm wrestling in this event title. Not only are we launching our collaboration beer we brewed at BuckleDown Brewing in Lyons, IL here but Dimo’s, BuckleDown and yours truly will each be selecting a charity of our choice to raise money for the only way we know how…that’s right- arm wrestling. $5 buy in (beer not included). Winning team (Dimo’s, GB or BD) picks which of the three charities they would like all proceeds to be donated to. Prepare yourself for the GB/BD collab Reprehensible, a seriously tasty Red Rye IPA.  A specialty beer choice from both GB and BD will also be on tap during this event 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. CST. Come arm wrestle for a good cause!

Saturday, May 24: Brewery Throwdown Champions Celebration at Ashley’s Westland in Westland, MI

Head to Ashley’s for an epic celebration of champions featuring beers from Short’s Brewing (2012 Champs), Greenbush (2013 Champs) and Right Brain (2014 Champs)! Sounds pretty awesome, huh?

Saturday, May 24: CCBW: West Loop Craft Beer Fest at Chicago French Market in Chicago, IL

Come join us at the closing event for Chicago Craft Beer Week! VIP entry begins at 12 p.m. CST and general admission is from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are still available for the city’s largest craft beer outdoor block party so get yours today! We’ll be there with a few good beers, will you?

Thursday, May 29: Tap Takeover at Hangar 9 in Carbonale, IL

We’re going the distance for our first downstate Illinois tap takeover! If you live in the area come try some of our mainstays. If you don’t live in the area…are you willing to go the distance too?

Friday, May 30: Tasting at 8 Degrees Plato in Ferndale, MI

This place is sa-weeet! No joke. Come try some Greenbush beer tastes from 6 to 8 p.m. and check out this awesome craft beer store. I can promise you free beer, but I can’t promise you won’t leave spending more money than you wanted…worse things have happened, you definitely want to be here!

Sorry for the short novel & a pat on the back to those of you who made it from start to finish. Trust me when I say just writing this was exhausting. No excuses that there isn’t an event you can make it to this month because there are PLENTY to choose from, and I mean plenty.

Behind the Bush: Aaron Darling

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Aaron Darling… where do we begin? Aaron started working at Greenbush in early 2013 and we immediately threw him into the gauntlet–80-hour work weeks during our first stint of bottling for distribution, subjecting him to the most intense tap takeovers (Ashley’s Westland‘s 2013 Brewery Throwdowns, natch) and many more things, I’m sure. But at the heart of it all, Aaron’s just a super friendly, generous guy who doesn’t sweat the small stuff–the kind of attitude we all wish we could have. Read on to learn a bit more about Aaron–and if there’s anything we missed, you know where to find him on Thursday nights.

What do you do at Greenbush?  
Well my official title right now is Development Director. I have the cool opportunity to have my hands in a lot things including marketing, community relations, sales, operations, and finances. It’s all pretty rad.

How’d you get involved with the brewery? 
My wife is actually from the teeming metropolis of Sawyer. We were living in Minneapolis for the past ten years and both felt a itch to get closer to family. Scott and I started emailing and talking and 14 months ago the right time came for me to move my fam back to Sawyer to be a part of this crazy adventure.

What time is happy hour for you?  
I like the words of Jimmy Buffet—it’s 12 o’clock somewhere.

You’re on a deserted island and can only have one case of mass-produced domestic beer dropped to you—what do you pick?
If I am on a deserted island, I am probably fishing. So in that case I would have to go with an old fishing standby—Grain Belt Premium.

What’s your favorite non-Greenbush beverage to drink? 
I’m an Arnie Palmer fan.

What’s been your most memorable Greenbush experience thus far?  
Everyday we are making memories, but a few stick out in my mind. My first week here we started bottling. I worked eighty hours on the bottling line that week. I texted my wife on Valentine’s Day and told her that I was going to be a little late; we finished our last skid at 2 a.m.  I also got made fun of for having corporate hands that week. Every day felt like a great accomplishment.

What do your friends and family think about all this madness?  
They all think it’s pretty swell. It’s been cool to have friends visit from Minneapolis and show them all the coolness that is Greenbush.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be Ryne Sandberg and play 2nd base for the Cubs.

If you were a Greenbush beer, which would you be and why?
I would say Postcards from Dongola. My response rate on some text messages might be the same as getting a Postcard from Dongola.

What’s your favorite food?
It’s hard to pick a favorite food, but I have to go with cheese curds. One day we had our kitchen whip up some curds and I was a like a kid in a candy store. Every drive through Wisconsin needs to include a curd stop (and New Glarus for that matter).

Where do you think you and Greenbush will be in 5 years?
Well, in just over a year since I started here, we have started bottling for distribution, expanded the taproom three times, built a patio, put in a full-size kitchen, bought a food truck and we are getting started on our outdoor patio and distribution expansion. I think it’s safe to say we are going to be doing some pretty amazing things.

If you only had one item you could take with you to work, what would it be and why?
After working in the corporate world for ten years, it’s nice to come to work with a hat (preferrably a trucker hat).

What’s the most exotic place you’ve ever visited?
Other than Sawyer, Michigan, I hopped around the Hawaiian islands and it was pretty super. I have some amazing memories and experiences from the island of Kauai.

Chicago or Michigan sports teams (or Indiana if you’re crazy)?
Da Bears and I am going to cheat by saying all Minnesota teams otherwise.

Did you have a favorite brewery before Greenbush opened? If so, what and why? 
Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis. I fell in love with craft beer after spending many a nights hanging out there. If you have never had their Masala Mama and you like beer, you need to make that a priority. Oh, and did I mention they have cheese curds on their menu?

What’s on your night stand?
Inc. Magazine, Reader’s Digest (am I 65?), and a cold glass of agua.

How many beers do you drink in a typical day?
You can’t put typical and Greenbush in the same sentence.

Rhapsody Hero (where you try to pick the WORST song for everyone to enjoy)—what’s your pick?
“Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba seems appropriate.

BONUS QUESTIONS
Describe what it’s like to be a bartender at Greenbush on a Thursday night.
Not to encourage people not to come other nights, but you are really missing out if you don’t come out to GB on Thursday nights. I mean you get to hang with Tosh 3.0, Lumsters, and Kristen. Oh, and did I mention it’s country music night starting at 9 p.m.?

At what age did you perfect your radio voice?
Working mornings at my college radio station, WVOE, helped start it. Making fun of my friend Zach and his stint in Iowa definitely added to the voice. I was in radio for almost seven years, so it seems like a part of me now.

Behind the Scenes: “The Cellarman’s Half-Dozen”

7 Pack - Alternative.Still001Good ideas often start over beer… oh wait, we’ve heard that one before. But it’s rings true again–the Greenbush 7-pack idea was born out of a day of sales calls to some of our wonderful Michigan accounts. Aaron, our Director of Development and Thursday night bartender extraordinaire, caught wind of a press release about a craft beer’s continued foray into canned beer, the latest to the party slated to sit on the shelves alongside the likes of 15-, 24- and 30-packs of Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Busch Light… etc., etc. Now, we have no beef with canned beer, but it’s not something we’re into right now. And we probably won’t ever be into 12- or 15-pack cans. But what about…. a 7-pack of bottles? That’s something we could get into.

Emails were fervently exchanged, market research was questioned and, ultimately, a plan to produce a video announcing what we were now dubbing “the cellarman’s half-dozen” was hatched. Given the amount of love we have for the creators of The Michigan Beer Film, reaching out to the folks at Rhino Media in Kalamazoo was a no-brainer. Everyone discussed their apprehensions, mostly related to the potential backlash and the question of whether or not people get the joke, but we decided to carry on.

When it came time to shoot the video in mid-March, Scott and Aaron provided a loose script and few ideas about filming locations. Multiple places in the brewery were obvious choices–at the bar and by the bottling line–but what would serve as the “lab”? And the retail testimonial–who would we tap for that? The lab you saw where we were testing different ways to attach the 7th bottle and assemble a case? That’s one of our “offices”–ya know, the kind with a plywood table that we all gather around when we’re not working in the taproom. The liquor store? That was Lambrecht’s Liquors in St. Joseph, MI–a great supporter of ours with the built-in-win factor of the dryest sense of humor and most believable delivery from our friend, Rick Cooper. And the duct tape? Duck Brand solid colors and mustache designs, natch.

But the best of the behind-the-scenes had to be all the laughs, screw ups and improvisation that happened on that wonderful March day. And with that, Rhino Media and Greenbush proudly give you…. The Cellarman’s Half-Dozen Gag Reel.

And in case you missed the original or need some more laughs, here’s the April Fool’s Day gem.