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.

Brew News: August

SBF 2014, in a #picstitch

SBF 2014, in a #picstitch

Greetings and welcome to August! We’ve been nothing shy of busy, busy, busy between the general craziness of our taproom this time of year, Summer Beer Fest and trying to get all our of ducks in a row to get our To-Go Store and Beer Garden up and functional for all of you. If you’ve been in the taproom recently you’ve likely noticed our fruit beers are starting to take over a few taps here and there, and don’t you worry– there are more to come including a limited bottle release of our Raspberry Ale, One and the Same! With all that being said, here’s what else we’ve got going in August:

Friday, August 1: Tasting at the Wine Seller in Ann Arbor, MI

What better way to kick off August AND Ypsi-Arbor Craft Beer Week than a free tasting? Yeah, there isn’t a better way so get to the Wine Seller TODAY to sample our usuals and a taproom specialty from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 2: Brew Haven in New Haven, IN

We don’t get to make it to this area as much in comparison to other places so we’re super excited about this event! We’ll be pouring Sunspot, Broken Promises, 1825 and Anger. VIP begins at 1 p.m. and general admission at 2 p.m. Fest goes until 6 p.m. and there will be more than 300 beers to sample from over 55 breweries! See ya in New Haven!

Saturday, August 2: Highwood Craft Beer Fest in Highwood, IL

Live music, plenty of beer and food from some of Highwood’s favorite restaurants will be showcased at Events Park from noon to 5 p.m. CST. A couple of our beers will be on tap among many other great craft beers from the following breweries: 4 Hands, Ale Asylum, Ale Sindicate, Anderson Valley, Bells, Begyle, Berghoff, Big Shoulders, Brooklyn Brewery, Deschutes, Finch’s, Goose Island, Lagunitas, Lake Bluff, Lake Effect, Mickey Finns, New Belgium, Only Child, Oskar Blues, Revolution, Rogue, Smylie, Stone, Temperance, Ten, Ninety, Tighthead, Transient Artisanales, Two Brother and Wyders Cider.

Tuesday, August 5: Fruit Beer Event at Bill’s Beer Garden in Ann Arbor, MI

It’s a Greenbush fruit beer party at Bill’s Beer Garden in Ann Arbor! They’ll be offering Emptiness (Apricot Wheat), Unvarnished Truth (our new Cherry Porter), B.A. Birds Sing a Pretty Song (Barrel Aged Blackberry Porter) and one more mystery fruit beer of ours! Come join in on the Ypsi-Arbor Craft Beer Week fun and get your fruit beer on!

Tuesday, August 5: Vanderbush on tap at World of Beer in Ann Arbor, MI

If you haven’t tried Vanderbush and you live in the Ann Arbor area now is your chance! This 10.2% American Trippel with 30% raw Vander Mill Cider is seriously delicious. Pop into World of Beer and see for yourself.

Thursday, August 7: HUGE Tap Takeover at 7 Monks Taproom in Traverse City, MI

7 Monks said it best– “It has been a while since we have done an event with Greenbush so we are overcompensating with 32 beers.” They’re not messing around. Not to mention they are one of the greatest craft beer bars in the country. In other words? Worth. The. Trip. They’ll be tapping the beers at noon and event will go until midnight. Check out our Facebook page for the full tap list coming soon!

Monday, August 18: Beer Dinner at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange in Kalamazoo, MI

Beer dinners are awesome, but tend to be a little on the pricey side. Not the case here! For just $40 (tax and gratuity included!!!) you can get yourself a 5 course meal, each course paired with a different Greenbush brew. I’m gonna go ahead and call this the deal of the summer. Call (269) 532-1188 to reserve your spot today! But really, right now, DO IT! Beer dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, August 22 and 23: Microbrew and Music Festival in Traverse City, MI

If you’re looking for an excuse to visit Traverse City, look no further! This two day fest is packed full of yummy beers, delicious food, live music and a silent disco. Single day tickets available and Friday/Saturday combo tickets as well. Get em’ here!

Saturday, August 23: Party on the Pavers in Baroda, MI

It’s a block party on First Street in Baroda from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be beer, food, wine, live music, fresh produce and flower stands. Admission is free, but beer will cost ya!

Thursday, August 28: Tap Takeover at Table & Tap in Flint, MI

I know how much we love and value good BBQ and craft beer. If you share these values you’ll totally dig this place. We will be taking over 15 taps there. Come grab a beer and some food!

Friday, August 29: Tasting at Fairway Sav-Mor Drugs in Eastpointe, MI

We kicked off August with a free beer tasting so why not end on the same note? Swing by Fairway Sav-Mor Drugs to taste some GB beer and grab some to go for your weekend drinking needs!

Until next time friends. And as always, keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates and more details. Cheers!

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

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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

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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.