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.

Brew News: April

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Greetings Greenbush fans/followers, craft beer drinkers and alike. Introductions can be awkward but there’s no time like the present…Emily here (if you’ve been to our taproom you’ve likely seen me in action behind the bar). First-timer with this blog stuff so bear with me as I transition into my new part-time gig doing marketing jazz and being all fancy n’ what not. I have good news and bad news. You want the bad news first? Sure, I can do that. Bad news is I can’t promise we won’t have another unexpected drop by from our not so dear acquaintance, snow. Good news is April means Sunspot is back (hip hip hooray)! That means on in the taproom and available for growler fills, on tap at bars near you AND in bottles…starting April 15th. Sunspot is definitely the star of the show event-wise this month, but we have a lot of other neat stuff going on as well. Aside from Sunspot, April marks the beginning of our busy event season, but for now here’s the low down on April happenings…we’ll overwhelm you with the rest at a later date. Oh, and just a friendly heads up, our taproom will be closed ALL day Sunday, April 20th so people can do Easter things. Fear not, we will be back to rocking our usual hours Monday, April 21st. Think you can survive? I have faith in you even if you don’t! Anyway…

Saturday, April 5: Beer Fest at the Ballpark in Lansing, MI

Ballparks are usually associated with warm weather, which feels like a distant memory for most of us Michiganders. We can’t promise awesome weather, but we can promise good beer so check out this fest from noon to 6 p.m. at the Cooley Law Stadium in downtown Lansing (Home of the Lugnuts). Sip on your choice of Red Bud, Closure, Mr. Hyde, Retribution or Brother Benjamin and let your surroundings help you escape to warm weather days . You don’t want to miss this outdoor beer, cider, and mead festival! Did I mention there would be live music as well? Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door (includes logo tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets).

Wednesday, April 9: Bowling & Tap lincolnsquarelanesTakeover at Lincoln Square Lanes in Chicago, IL

Bowling and beer go hand in hand. They’ll have six of our beers on tap and open lanes for bowling starting at 8 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m. CST.  We’ve got one of your hands covered, as for the other…well, that’s up to you. With that said, here’s what beers we’ll be featuring as you bowl the night away: Loonar Eclipse, Closure, Broken Promises, Anger, PHD and 1825. Oh and we’ll be doing free pint glass giveaways throughout the night! Who doesn’t love free stuff? Hope to see ya there!

Friday, April 11: Gardenia Bluegrass & Brew Festival in Royal Oak, MI

So our beer will be featured at the Royal Oak Farmers’ Market during this jammin’ (literally jammin’) fest. Come get down to an outstanding selection of roots and jam bands. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the after party (because after the party comes the after party) will be at Royal Oak Brewery featuring Whiskey Shivers. If you’re feelin’ groovy get tickets to the partayyy and if you’re still feelin’ groovy check out the after party.

Saturday, April 12: Blue Chip Brew Fest in Michigan City, IN

The Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino is hosting the 4th Annual Blue Chip Brew fest from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you’ve been to this event in years past you know it doesn’t disappoint. Unfortunately, tickets are sold out, but if you’re one of the lucky to have snatched up a ticket you’re in for a treat. Make sure to stop and say hello to the Greenbush peeps and keep an eye on our Facebook page for what we’ll be pouring. For those of you who weren’t able to get tickets in time, well, there’s always next year…

Tuesday, April 15: Sunspot Launch at Greenbush

Sunspot in the house! Say whaaat? Yup, that’s right Sunspot is making its comeback for the season & what better place to hold a launch party than the location that makes all the magic happen? Already have plans this night? I’ve got a better idea…cancel them and come hang out with the Greenbush crew from open to close (well, Sunspot will be there and flowing from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m…we don’t expect your visit to span as long, but we’d definitely love to see you!). Remember- Sunspot means light at the end of the tunnel that was this horrid winter. P.S.–free pint glass with purchase of Sunspot 6-pack (don’t be greedy- limit of one per person).

Wednesday, April 16: Sunspot Launch at Division Ale House in Chicago, IL

No worries if you couldn’t make it to Sawyer to get a taste of summer, because we’re bringing it to areas near you! Keg will be tapped at 4 p.m. and Division Ale’s own Chef Wally will be serving special menu items starting at 7 p.m. If you want summer here sooner rather than later it would be in your best interest to get here!

Thursday, April 17: Sunspot Launch at The Buck in St. Joseph, MI

Sunspot, sunspot & even more sunspot! In addition to Sunspot being tapped at 4 p.m. rumor has it there will be some new developments at The Buck for your enjoyment (weather pending, of course). You know you wanna be there. And if you don’t, you should…

Friday & Saturday, April 18 & 19: Lansing Microbrew & Music Festival in Lansing, MI

Can’t make it to the ballpark earlier in the month? No biggy. We’ll let it slide if you promise you were holding off for this sweet two-day Lansing fest. Dirty Heads will be headlining Friday night and O.A.R. on Saturday. Get here Friday or Saturday or if you’re wanting to double the fun, get yourself a two-day pass. You should probably absolutely get your tickets today!

Sunday, April 20: Frank the Bunny at Logan’s Alley in Grand Rapids, MI

Our taproom is closed this day, but you can find 420 Divine Rabbits on tap at Logan’s Alley. Yes, you read that right and no, it was not a typo. Before you get any crazy ideas (I know you were thinking it!) this beer does NOT contain any contraband ingredients. It does, however, contain hemp seeds. Anyway, get here after your family Easter plans to try our killer special release collaboration with the Burn Em’ Brewing boys. Keep an eye on Facebook for event updates on this one they come.

Monday, April 21: Tap Takeover at The Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, MI

Enjoy Greenbush beer? Live in the St. Clair Shores area or looking for a random day trip? A few of our own will be hanging out while we take over 10 taps at Boat Works. Trust me when I say there will be a couple seriously limited beers making an appearance on this tap list. Event kicks off at 7 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. Stay tuned for a tap list in the near future. For now?… try to squeeze this in your plans.

Friday & Saturday, April 25 & April 26: Baconfest in Chicago, IL

Bacon and beer? Do I really need to say more? Nah, didn’t think so (but I will anyway). We’re bringing 9 beers to this bad boy of a fest (Sunspot, Anger and 1825 throughout the fest and in addition two “wildcard specialty beers” at each session). Sadly none of our newly house cured and smoked bacon will be making an appearance (which by the way, if you haven’t tried yet you need to get to the taproom ASAP) but it’s a definite goal for next year. If you don’t have a ticket for this year’s fest your goal should be to change that next year. With that said, limited tickets are still available for the Friday dinner session.

Welp, that’s a wrap folks. Now you have the 4-1-1 so you can attend all the GB events your little heart desires. Sit tight–only 12 days until Sunspot (but who’s counting??) and until then (and after as well) keep checking up on our Facebook for updates as we get them.

Announcing the Cellarman’s Half-Dozen

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Greenbush Announces Distribution of Cellarman’s Half-Dozen
Brewery takes on 16% more work to get customers 16% more beer 

April 1, 2014—Sawyer, Michigan’s Greenbush Brewing Company is hoping to help customers “make tonight last ‘til tomorrow” with the advent of its Cellarman’s Half-Dozen, the industry’s first seven-pack of bottled beer.

“You have the big guys out there who take their 24-packs and turn them into 30-packs, and we thought, why can’t you take a six-pack and turn it into a seven-pack?” said Greenbush Owner/Brewmaster Scott Sullivan. “It’s not like we’re reinventing the wheel; we’re adding an extra spoke.”

To help meet inevitably high demand, the brewery recently installed a seven-head powered bottle filling line with a custom duct taping mechanism (patent pending). Greenbush will be applying the new format to its currently distributed six-pack brands Closure, Dunegräs, Distorter and Anger immediately, plus Sunspot when it’s released to market on April 15.

“When Greenbush first pitched the idea of seven being more than six, we had to think about it for a while. But it made perfect sense. Seven is clearly one more than six,” said local liquor store manager Rick Cooper.

With the new package format entering distribution on the 91st day of the year, Greenbush has decided to only raise the price to retail 91 cents higher than their lowest-priced six-packs, bringing most available brands to $10.91 plus tax if applicable.

Greenbush began bottled beer distribution last February and has since been producing as much beer as possible on its 15-barrel brewhouse. The imminent monetary success of the seven-packs will be the largest driver of the brewery’s future expansion plans, likely to include dozens of food trucks, carnival rides and a high-speed, pneumatic keg transportation system.

Behind the Bush: Howie Wiesjahn

ImageThere’s happy and then there’s Howie. I think most of us out in the world can admit that we’re not always our best selves and sometimes we have bad days. In the nearly two years that he’s worked at Greenbush, I can’t recall a single time when I’ve seen something like that from Howie. The guy is just friendly, easy going, and straight up awesome. And if I said this to his face, he’d probably just shrug, smile, say “thanks,” and move about his day. Read below for more insight into this dude of excellent character we’re lucky to have behind the bar at Greenbush.

What do you do at Greenbush?  
I am the Assistant Taproom Manager.

How’d you get involved with the brewery?
I was a patron and my friends Steve and Blake Murray worked there already for a few months. Steve had talked about moving from bartending to brewing so I saw an in. I probably was a bit annoying with the constant, “Can I start working yet?” but it was obviously worth it! Been loving it ever since!

What time is happy hour for you?
Any time there are good beers and good people.

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

What’s your favorite non-Greenbush beverage to drink? 
Water is a pretty tasty beverage.

What’s been your most memorable Greenbush experience thus far?
Oh man where to begin… The old Taco Tuesdays definitely come to mind. Some of the days were slow, but we always managed to have some fun. Also just seeing everything grow and change so fast. It has been so neat to be a part of the business.

What do your friends think about all this madness?  
If they haven’t already applied or work here… then they gotta be jealous.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A pilot or a doctor. Things kind of changed huh? No regrets!

If you were a Greenbush beer, which would you be and why?
Anger for sure. Unless we come out with one named Happy or Smiley… that would probably be a better fit.

What’s your favorite food? 
I like food. All food. I don’t play favorites.

Where do you think you and Greenbush will be in 5 years?
I cant even fathom it. Have you seen what’s happened in the two and a half years we’ve been open?!?!

If you only had one item you could take with you to work, what would it be and why?
A smile… I never leave home without it.

What’s the most exotic place you’ve ever visited?
Mexico. My personal favorite place is Colorado. I wouldn’t count it as very exotic though.

Chicago or Michigan sports teams (or Indiana if you’re crazy)?
Chicago

Did you have a favorite brewery before Greenbush opened? If so, what and why?
When I lived in Indianapolis I really liked Sun King. It was one of the few, close to me and tasty.

What’s on your nightstand?
A water bottle, alarm clock and a phone. Not too exciting…

How many beers do you drink in a typical day?  
It definitely varies… but if I had to average it out probably about 2?

Rhapsody Hero (where you try to pick the WORST song for everyone to enjoy)—what’s your pick?
Hocus Pocus by Focus. It’s fun to say and everyone can sing along!

BONUS QUESTIONS

How do you maintain such a level of mellowness?
Music. Also, don’t take life so seriously. Or if you do, just be good at hiding it :)

You’re a musician, right? Tell me about it.
I love music! I play piano and drums and am in a band called Tree! with Blake and Steve Murray. I started playing piano when I was in 3rd grade and then when I started to get my own passion for music in middle school I began to pick up the drums. It keeps me sane!

Brew News: March

rabbitsWelcome to March… also known as month 4 of the worst winter we can remember seeing in 15 years! Ain’t it grand? March marks the release of one of our most sought after seasonal beers–400 Divine Rabbits. If you haven’t gotten to the taproom or picked up a 6 pack at your local liquor store, what are you waiting for? It’s hard not to love this light, dry and delicious agave nectar wheat ale, so give it a whirl.

This month is crazy jam-packed with events, so let’s just say, hooray! Winter Beer Fest was awesome! And on with the show… read below to see all the places we’ll be this month and join us where you can!

Saturday, March 8: Brew-Ski at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, MI

Take a trip up north this weekend for fun in the snow (goodness knows we still have plenty of it) + good beer! If you happen to make your way there, the beer tent will be open from 12-5 p.m.–admission is free, with beer-sampling tickets are available for purchase. Boyne Highlands is also offering a special weekend package including two nights lodging, breakfast, two-day lift tickets, a Friday night reception, commemorative gift & five drink tickets starts at $262 per person.

Saturday, March 8: Tasting at Riverside Foods in Riverside, IL

We’re headed to Riverside Foods for another great bottled beer tasting, this time focused on our spring seasonal, 400 Divine Rabbits, as well as other Greenbush bottled beers available in the Chicago area. We’ll be pouring from 2-5 p.m. CST so we hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 8: Tasting at Rumors, Inc. in Hudson, MI

Forgive us for referring to it as this, but we’re making our way to middle-of-nowhere Michigan, also known as Hudson (17 miles to the next nearest bar), for a tasting on the evening of Saturday, March 8. They’ll be serving Traktor, Anger and Brother Benjamin on draft and we’ll be bringing a few growlers for even more awesome beer sampling. The official event goes from 7-10 p.m.

Wednesday, March 12: Beer Dinner with Journeyman Distillery at Jerry’s (Wicker Park) in Chicago, IL

Jerry’s, Journeyman Distillery and yours truly have teamed up for a beer dinner at Jerry’s on March 12 featuring JM cocktails, Greenbush beer and a GB beer aged in JM barrels. Not bad, eh? Tickets for the five-course dinner paired with cocktails and beers are $65 each–check out the menu and get tickets with a $25 deposit here.

Thursday, March 13: Tap Takeover at Whole Foods Kingsbury in Chicago, IL

As part of our stint as brewery of the month at Whole Foods Kingsbury in the Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, we’ll be doing a tap takeover at the store on March 13 from 6-8 p.m. CST. Stop out to try the likes of Starchicken Shotgun, Anger, Ursus and more and grab a six pack as you leave for further enjoyment!

Thursday, March 20: Tap Takeover at Hennessy’s Irish Pub in Muskegon, MI

Join us at Hennessy’s Irish Pub in Muskegon for a tap takeover featuring a variety of Greenbush beers. We’ll have folks from the brewery hanging out from 7-10 p.m., so come on out!

Friday, March 21: Tasting at Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids, MI

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, what could be better than free beer sampling during happy hour on a Friday? Nothing? We’ll have a variety of Greenbush bottled beers there from 5-7 p.m. to sample, including our spring seasonal 400 Divine Rabbits and maybe even a specialty growler of a beer that you can’t get in bottles.

Saturday, March 22: Chicago Beer Festival at Union Station

It’s pretty cool for us to say that Greenbush beer is now available at Chicago’s Union Station at The Junction, so with that in mind we’re participating in the Chicago Beer Festival this year for the first time. What cooler place for a beer festival than a storied train station? We’ll be serving beer during both sessions alongside many more breweries. $40 tickets include 30 taste tickets–get them today!

Saturday, March 22: Art of Beer Festival in Benton Harbor, MI

We love a good local festival so of course we’ll be at this year’s Art of Beer Festival, where attendees can enjoy an evening of beer tasting, food from local restaurants, and live music. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Admission includes 15 beer tokens, a limited edition festival pint glass and $10 in food tickets.

Wednesday, March 26: Beer Dinner at Wheelhouse in Chicago, IL

We’re working out the details on this one this week, but expect to hear more about our upcoming beer dinner at Wheelhouse very soon! It’s their first foray into beer dinners and we’re stoked they picked us.

Wednesday, March 26: Tap Takeover at The Laundry in Fenton, MI

If you’ve been, you know The Laundry in Fenton is a craft beer and food gem well worth traveling to if you don’t live nearby. They’re going to be running 10 or 11 Greenbush beers on draft, including some great specialties–don’t miss it!

Friday, March 28: Tasting at The Wine Seller in Ann Arbor, MI

More free beer! Head to The Wine Seller in Ann Arbor from 5-8 p.m. to enjoy free samples of a variety of Greenbush beers, including 1825 and 400 Divine Rabbits… if there’s any left!

Friday, March 28: Tap Takeover at Blackthorn Pub in Holly, MI

About a year ago, Blackthorn Pub was nice enough to invite us to take over 18 of their 19 taps, so we’re doing it again this year. Join us on Friday, March 28 beginning at 4 p.m. to get tastes of a variety of mainstay, specialty and super rare beers at this great craft beer spot. Keep an eye on our Facebook page closer to the date to see the full tap list!

Saturday, March 29: Tasting at Whole Foods Kingsbury in Chicago, IL

Last up for our time as brewery of the month at Whole Foods Kingsbury is a bottled beer tasting on Saturday, March 29 from 2-4 p.m. CST.

Saturday, March 29: The Big Lebowski Beer Tour in Kalamazoo, MI

If you’re a fan of The Dude, craft beer and bowling (and who isn’t), sign yourself up right quick for West Michigan Beer Tour’s The Big Lebowski Beer Tour traversing Kalamazoo, MI. Sample Greenbush beer at a place or two along the tour, including another round of our small batch White Russian Imperial Stout, The Brew Abides.

Hopefully that’s enough to keep you all busy attending Greenbush events this month, because we know it’ll work for us! See you out there and, as always, keep an eye on our Facebook page for any and all updates.

Recipe: Dystopia Buttercream and Vanilla Cupcakes [Guest Post from Emily Klutts]

Here’s another guest blog post from server extraordinaire, Emily Klutts!

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Dystopia, how fitting is it that for the beer I chose to make Valentine cupcakes with? Dystopia is defined on dictionary.com as, “A society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.”

I think some people may think of a few of those things if they hate this holiday. But I doubt anyone would hate this Russian Imperial Stout. It  goes great with something sweet, so I paired it with a pink vanilla cake with chocolate stout buttercream mixed with Dystopia, tangled with a vanilla buttercream, also dyed pink. It’s like angel food cake meets devils food frosting. A dark and a light side so you don’t have to make up your mind about how you feel about February 14th.

I love Valentine’s Day.  I think it stems from when I was little and each year my mom would have the table set with heart plates and Valentines. She always made something sweet for breakfast too, usually cinnamon rolls. To this day my sisters and I still give Valentine’s gifts to each other and our mom and dad. In fact we exchanged gifts a few days early (we have a hard time waiting to give gifts).

I know many people think of Valentine’s Day as made-up holiday. I like the idea that there is a day that I have another excuse to make my friends something sweet (even though most of us are trying to keep up with our New Year’s Resolutions). So the next time you find yourself dreading Valentine’s Day remember it could just be a day to celebrate the people you love. Use it as another excuse to share a meal or a beer with friends. Not that you need an excuse to come to Greenbush.

Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com. Makes 12 cupcakes.

Ingredients
Cake
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch of salt
5 tablespoons butter, softened
2/3 cup milk
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Emily’s Dystopia Buttercream
Note: I chose to make two different frostings to add more color to the cupcakes, but you could certainly just frost these with the Dystopia buttercream and they’d be delicious (if you choose to do so, double the recipe below).

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 sticks butter
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup Dystopia Russian Imperial Stout (or to taste–and less if doubling the recipe)

Emily’s Vanilla Buttercream
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Preparation
Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup tin with cupcake liners.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Fit your stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix butter in bowl on medium speed until smooth.
  4. Add the sugar, eggs, egg yolk and vanilla to the butter mixture and mix on medium speed until thickened.
  5. Alternate adding the flour mixture and milk to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low speed.
  6. Optional: Add a couple drops of red food coloring for a Valentine’s-Day-pink cake.
  7. Bake about 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer tin to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes, then remove cupcakes from the tin to cool completely on wire rack.

While the cupcakes are baking & cooling…

Emily’s Dystopia Buttercream

  1. Fit your stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix butter in bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  2. Melt chocolate chips in microwave until completely smooth and melted (set to a low power level to keep chocolate from burning or melt using a double boiler).
  3. Whisk together cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Add mixture to the butter a little at a time, alternating with the melted chocolate, and mix on low until blended.
  4. Add Dystopia slowly so it mixes well with each addition. (Make sure not to get it too runny or piping will be difficult.)
  5. Refrigerate 15 minutes or until firm. If only using the Dystopia buttercream, pipe or spread onto cupcakes however you desire.

Emily’s Vanilla Buttercream

  1. Fit your stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix butter in bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time until completely blended with butter.
  3. Add vanilla and a couple drops red food coloring if desired.
  4. Refrigerate 15 minutes or until firm. If using both frostings, spoon them into a piping bag side-by-side to create a marbled look when frosting the cupcakes.

And… enjoy!

Brew News: February

My apologies for this post coming nearly half-way through February–let’s just say that visits to Great Divide Brewing Company and Steamboat Springs ski trips happen. Anyway, back to the issues at hand. January was a bear of a crappy-weather month, but we soldiered on, in part thanks to fun projects like getting our boxed lunch and family-style catering program off the ground. You can now order sandwiches for lunch meetings, client visits, etc. or you can order family-style catering for any kind of shindig–plus, we’ll deliver within 25ish miles of Sawyer (delivery fees apply). Check out the menu online here; we’re ready for ya!

Brian from MI Hop Alliance & Tyler from GB @ Traverse City Microbrew & Music Fest

Brian from MI Hop Alliance & Tyler from GB @ Traverse City Microbrew & Music Fest

On the event tip, we’ve already kicked off February with a couple great events, including Saturday’s Traverse City Microbrew and Music Festival. Thanks to all who attended and helped us run out of beer just before the fest ended! Here’s what else is coming up:

Monday, February 10: Mardi Gras Beer Dinner at Bluegrass in Highland Park, IL

Our friends at Bluegrass Restaurant in Highland Park are kicking off a month full of Mardi Gras celebration with a beer dinner featuring the following awesome pairings:

Traktor & Loudmouth Soup with boudin balls & gator bites
1825 with a trio of oysters
Closure with jumbo prawn, smoked cheddar grits & pork belly candy
Anger with cajun-roasted pork tenderloin
Brother Benjamin with beignets, honey ice cream & pistachio brittle

Sounds pretty awesome, right? Give them a call at 847.831.0595 if you’re interested in reserving a spot tonight! $55 per person and the dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. CST

Thursday, February 13: Beer & Pizza: A Love Worth Celebrating at Dimo’s Pizza in Chicago, IL

The story is as simple as this: sales director & marketing director walk into Dimo’s Pizza on Damen Ave., said directors eat some pizza, directors fall in love with pizza and a brewery & pizza joint collaboration was born. 

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Weeks later we got together and planned a menu of five pizza (see left) and beer pairings, including a new mango IPA collaboration beer and a killer pork belly collaboration pizza. It all comes together on February 13th with an all-you-can-eat-and-drink two-hour extravaganza celebrating the timeless love story of beer and pizza. I seriously don’t know how you could pass this event up, so better get your tickets before they’re all gone!

Thursday, February 20: Tap Takeover at HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI

To get ready for the absurdity that is Winter Beer Fest in Grand Rapids, we’re showing off 8 great beers at HopCat on February 20th. Here’s what they’ll be featuring for the day: Loudmouth Soup, Starchicken Shotgun, Anger, Ursus, Dystopia, LTD, Brother Benjamin and Barrel-Aged There Are Owls in the Roadhouse. Yeah, it’s gonna be cool.

Friday, February 21: Tap Takeover at Logan’s Alley in Grand Rapids, MI

Head to Logan’s Alley on the Friday night before beer fest for our official pre-party, complete with 13 killer Greenbush beers. Which might those be? How about Jadis, Apathy, Broken Promises, Anger, Retribution, Terminator X, Dystopia, VanderBush, Remnant of Dragon, Pain, Rage, Barrel-Aged Terminator X and a special cask of Sheep in Tall Grass. Per their usual craziness, Logan’s will have most of these beers available starting at 7 a.m. Time to get rowdy (responsibly rowdy, of course).

Saturday, February 22: Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival in Comstock Park, MI

Here it comes. The big kahuna. The moment we wait for all winter long–the 9th annual Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, MI. Bad news? It sold out in a record number of hours. But if you have tickets to the fest, it’s nothing but good news, starting with 600+ beers from 70+ breweries. Be sure to come find us early and often, as we’ll be pouring 50 beers from three different stations, including 18 barrel-aged beers and 12 brand new small batch brews.

Before we part, should we talk about the elephant, er, Brisket Van in the room? Yes, it’s true. We have acquired the food truck that food-truck-dreams are made of. We’re headed to Louisiana in the next week and hope to have Brisket Van on the streets and in the parking lots of Berrien County by early spring (expanding its range as time goes on). To keep track of all Brisket Van news, get to liking it on Facebook and following on Twitter.