Brew News: May 2015

doc5537cca0e93ad359467433Welcome to the mad month of May! As it always is, May is one of our busiest months… preparing the taproom & annex for summer (which starts Memorial Day weekend in Southwest Michigan), the true kickoff of festival season, Chicago Craft Beer Week, and on and on.

In case you missed it, April was one wacky month–the photo to the left being one from our Shears & Beers Fund-Razor & Sunspot launch party at the annex. At the end of the evening, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berrien & Cass Counties garnered the most support and received $1,500 from Greenbush and Eagle Technologies. Chikaming Open Lands received $1,000 from Greenbush and Sawyer Hardware and Lumber. OCCDA received $500 from Greenbush and Seeder & Company Landscaping Services. In addition to that, individuals donated more than $1,200 by way of raffle tickets to the organizations of their choice. Thanks to all who made it out! Now, on to May…

Thursday, May 7: Beer Appreciation Night at Wrought Iron Grill in Owosso, MI

Join Wrought Iron Grill as they welcome back Greenbush for a night of great food from Chef Brian paired with rare beers. Scott Sullivan and Justin Baney will once again be on hand, along with host Rex Halfpenny. Tickets for this event are limited, so visit the grill to get yours ASAP!

Saturday, May 9: Baseball, Brews & Blues at RailCats Stadium in Gary, IN

Join RailCats fans and beer lovers on Saturday, May 9th from 1-5:00 p.m. to enjoy unlimited craft beer samples from local & national craft breweries (including Greenbush!) while the Planetary Blues Band entertains. Click here for tickets starting at $35 or call 219-882-BALL.

Saturday, May 9: Michigan Cask Ale Fest at Ashley’s Westland

The Michigan Cask Ale Festival, largest of its kind in the state, is held in May each year at Ashley’s Westland and promotes cask conditioned “Real Ale” in Michigan. Real beer for real people. Tickets start at $40 and are still available as of right now.

Tuesday, May 12: American Craft Beer Week Feature at HopCat East Lansing

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at HopCat East Lansing! On Tuesday, May 12, they’ll be featuring Sunspot, Doomslayer & Barrel-Aged Doomslayer from Greenbush. All drafts will be tapped at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, May 12: Beer Dinner at Derby Station in East Grand Rapids, MI

The Derby Station is proud to welcome Greenbush Brewing Co. for a beer dinner on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person plus tax and 18% gratuity and include five courses paired with five specialty Greenbush beers. Call (616) 301-3236 to reserve your spot!

Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 11.59.33 AMTuesday, May 12: St. Joseph, MI to Greenbush Trolley

Craving a trip from St. Joe to Greenbush but don’t want to drive? Hop aboard the Sunset Coast Trolley! Every other Tuesday from May 12 – Sept. 29, the Trolley will pick up riders atop the bluff 6 p.m. & return you back to St. Joe at 9:30 p.m., giving you 2 1/2 hours of craft beer & food bliss at Greenbush. Ticket link coming soon!

Wednesday, May 13: Tap Feature at Harvey’s on the Mall in Kalamazoo, MI

Head to Harvey’s on the Mall in Kalamazoo for a mid-week Greenbush & Mountain Town tap feature! They’ll be pouring Star Chicken Shotgun, Litigious (our Double Black Ale collaboration with Three Aces Chicago) and Brother Benjamin.

Monday, May 18: Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Trolley at The Dawson in Chicago, IL

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Trolley is back for Chicago Craft Beer Week! The trolley ride starts at The Dawson, then heads down the street to Lone Wolf, then to a MYSTERY SPOT, and finally to Sportsman’s Club. Get your ticket now for $49–seats are limited!

Tuesday, May 19: GB & BuckleDown Collaboration Event at Roots Pizza in Chicago, IL

Head to Roots Pizza for a Chicago Craft Beer Week collaboration night with GB & BuckleDown. There will be three beers from each brewery on tap including Irresponsible, a barrel-aged Imperial Red Rye IPA, and a firkin of Star Chicken Shotgun with kiwi & mango.

Saturday, May 23: Celebration of Champions at Ashley’s Westland

Lucky for us it’s year three of our appearance at Ashley’s Westland for the Brewery Throwdown Champions Celebration. We’ll be there along with Short’s Brewing, Right Brain Brewery and the 2015 champion, Witch’s Hat Brewing. You can be sure each brewery will bust out some of the specialty good stuff! Beers may be tapped earlier in the weekend… we’ll let you know when we know!

Saturday, May 23: Beer & Brat Festival at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, MI

Kick off the summer with this Memorial Day weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy live entertainment from Sweetwater Blues Band and The RockShow Band while sampling over 75 of Michigan’s finest microbrews (including Greenbush!), local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets. Held outdoors, slopeside. Tickets start at $25 and are available here.

Tuesday, May 26: Beer Dinner at Graydon’s Crossing in Grand Rapids, MI

Graydon’s Crossing in Grand Rapids, MI is featuring Greenbush for their May beer pairing dinner. Tickets are $45 per person plus tax and 18% gratuity for the 6:30 p.m. dinner and include five courses paired with five specialty Greenbush beers. Call (616) 726-8260 to reserve your spot!

Tuesday, May 26: St. Joseph, MI to Greenbush Trolley

Here we go again! Craving a trip from St. Joe to Greenbush but don’t want to drive? Hop aboard the Sunset Coast Trolley! The trolley rolls for the second time on Tuesday, May 26, picking up riders atop the bluff 6 p.m. & return you back to St. Joe at 9:30 p.m., giving you 2 1/2 hours of craft beer & food bliss at Greenbush. Ticket link coming soon!

Friday, May 29: Complimentary Tasting at Liquor Cabinet in St. Joseph, MI

Come out to Liquor Cabinet in St. Joe from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, May 29 to sample a variety of Greenbush beers, including a sneak peek of our June specialty bottle release, Yogi Borealis.

Brew News: April 2015


We kicked off this month the right way–with a killer April Fools’ Day joke. In case you missed it, Greenbush sold nearly 30% of its stake… to a family fun and amusement center. Many thanks go out to the entire crew at Rhino Media Productions, who managed to take our zany prank idea and turn it into a seriously well-produced video. Now that we made it out of the treachery that can be April Fools’ Day, let’s get to this month’s event schedule, which includes the return of our summer seasonal, SUNSPOT!

Saturday, April 11: Blue Chip Brewfest in Michigan City, IN

Blue Chip Casino is back at it again this year for the 5th annual Blue Chip Brewfest in Michigan City, Indiana. Enjoy beers from 40+ local, regional and national microbreweries throughout the afternoon, along with live entertainment from The Allen Wronko Band and Zydeco Voodoo. Tickets start at $45 per person and are still available.

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Wednesday, April 15: Shears & Beers Fund-Razor + Sunspot Release at Greenbush 

Sunspot release day is going to be a MAK_Logowhole lot bigger this year, thanks to the addition of our Shears & Beers Fund-Razor event! Sunspot will be on tap and available in bottles all day (and for the rest of the summer), then from 2-8 p.m. at Greenbush, we’ll have three stylists/barbers on hand to give free hair cuts and trims and beard shaves to benefit a number of Southwest Michigan organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berrien & Cass Counties, Chikaming Open Lands and OCCDA (Overflow Christian Community Development Association). Participants will choose which organization they’d like to contribute to–the weight of all hair cutting endeavors will determine which organization receives the largest monetary donation from Greenbush in addition to donations from individuals.

The organization with the most hair collected will receive $1500 from Greenbush and Eagle Technologies (Bridgman); second most will receive $1000 from Greenbush and Sawyer Hardware & Lumber; and, the third heaviest collection will receive $500 from Greenbush and Seeder & Company Landscape Services (Sawyer). Individuals may also donate by purchasing raffle tickets for prizes associated with each organization. 100% of proceeds from both the Greenbush/matchingScreen Shot 2015-04-03 at 9.46.02 AM donations and raffle ticket purchases will benefit the organizations present at Greenbush on April 15.

Visit our Facebook event page for even more information!

Thursday, April 16: Sunspot Beer Dinner at Mesa Luna in Sawyer, MI

Do you love Sunspot, our summer seasonal German-style Hefeweizen? How about food? Bring these two wonderful things into your life together at Mesa Luna’s Sunspot Beer Dinner on April 16! The menu will feature five courses prepared by Sam Luna (including some elements made with Sunspot and other Greenbush beers), along with a great list of beers paired with each dish. Tickets for the dinner are $50 per person–call Mesa Luna at 269.426.4878 to make your reservation!

Friday, April 17: Complimentary Tasting at Pauly’s in Lowell, MI

Do happy hour right and start your weekend with a complimentary Greenbush beer tasting at Pauly’s in Lowell on Friday, April 17! A Greenbush crew member on hand from 5-7 p.m. with 4-6 different beers for you to taste, then if (or when) you love it, you can purchase some to take home.

Wednesday, April 22: Tap Takeover at The Laundry in Fenton, MI

The Laundry in Fenton is known for their incredible food menu and hard-to-beat rotating craft beer drafts. Head there on April 22 to enjoy a number of flagship beers from Greenbush, plus a few super specialty items! (Hint: one may be our maple brown ale aged in whiskey barrels…)

Thursday, April 23: Beer Dinner at The Laundry in Fenton, MI

Following the tap takeover on Wednesday at The Laundry in Fenton, they’re also hosting a Greenbush Beer Dinner featuring five courses designed by Chef Jody Brunori served with a complementary selection of Greenbush beers. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. on the 23rd and costs $48 per person plus tax & gratuity ($60 total). Purchase tickets online here!

Thursday, April 23: 8º Plato Detroit‘s Better Than a Kickstarter Comedy Show in Ferndale, MI

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 2.33.46 PMWhat happens when 8º Plato and Greenbush join forces to create a beer in honor of Detroit and the new 8º Cass Corridor location? The perfect opportunity for one heck of a good time and maybe a little fundraising. At the Better Than a Kickstarter Comedy Show on April 23, nationally known headliner David Dyer (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) will be preforming along with the very funny Kate Brindle.

The holder of each ticket will receive admittance into the comedy show, beer tickets, Hippo Hot Dogs and a special 4-pack of Greenbush’s new Axiom beer to take home with them. In addition, a special bottle auction will be held immediately following the comedy show, with bidding beginning at 6:30. Get your tickets to this great event today!

Saturday, April 25: Hometown Hops Beer Festival in South Bend, IN

The Brick in South Bend is hosting its 200th event this month–the Hometown Hops Beer Festival. Enjoy a beer tasting with featured breweries including Iechyd Da Brewing Company, South Bend Brew Werks, Crooked Ewe Brewery & Ale House, Bare Hands Brew, Burn ‘Em Brewing, Greenbush Brewing Co., New Holland Brewing Company & Bell’s Brewery. Music by James and the Drifters and good eats available for purchase from Hungry, INC. Get your tickets online for $30 or at the door for $35.

Saturday, April 25: Beerfest at the Ballpark in Lansing, MI

Baseball and beer… beer and baseball… these are a few of our favorite things! Look for us out at Beerfest at the Ballpark on April 25th at Cooley Law Stadium in Lansing, MI. 40+ Michigan breweries & cideries will be representing with 200+ beverages to choose from. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Old Newsboys of Lansing, providing shoes, boots & socks to children in need. Tickets are still available, but you better nab ’em soon.

Wednesday, April 29: Tap Takeover at O’Keefe’s Sports Pub in Moline, IL

We’re making our way west of Chicago at the end of the month for a tap takeover at O’Keefe’s Sports Pub in Moline. Expect to see a number of specialties that don’t always make their way out this far, plus fun times & giveaways from Greenbush reps at the event! Stay tuned for more details.

We also have a couple events coming up right at the beginning of May! On May 1, we’ll be at Timbers Bar and Grill in Saginaw, MI for a beer tasting hosted by Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale. Then on Saturday, May 2, Greenbush will be at J K O’Donnell’s annual Beoir go Leoir festival in Fort Wayne, IN. Stay tuned to Facebook & Twitter for any and all event updates until the next Brew News!

Greenbush Brewing Company Sells Nearly 30% Stake

Brewery strategically aligns with family entertainment center; rebranding imminent

April 1, 2015—Greenbush Brewing Company of Sawyer, Michigan announced today its new strategic partnership with a family amusement and entertainment center. The place where kids and adults go to be kids agreed to purchase 29.99999% percent stake in the nearly four-year-old Michigan microbrewery. The full transition, including a name change to “GreenBush’s,” will happen over the course of the next four months.

“It’s always a hard decision to sell part of your company, your baby,” said Brewmaster and Ball Pit Boss, Scott Sullivan. “We had to find the right strategic partner; one that shares our family values and our commitment to the community.” Referencing the family fun center, Sullivan said, “We found our glass slipper.”

Children have always been welcome into both the Greenbush taproom and annex locations, but the new venture will transform Greenbush into a renowned family destination. The brewery has already invested in classic arcade games and the latest video games to attract kids of all ages.

With the advent of the gaming components, the brewery has had to make some significant logistical changes. For example, all items available for purchase at the brewery and annex may now be paid for using GreenBush’s Game Tickets, as well as with cash or credit card.

“Change doesn’t come without a few hurdles, but for the most part, the whole experience has been a positive one our employees have embraced,” said Greenbush’s Director of Brewery and Animatronic Operations, Aaron Darling.

As part of the partnership, the brewery and family entertainment center also has plans to distribute a line of kid-friendly sodas, including a proprietary non-alcoholic root beer called Temper Tantrum. Six packs of 7.5-ounce cans should be hitting shelves sometime this fall.

About Greenbush Brewing Co.
Greenbush Brewing Co. opened in Sawyer, MI in June 2011 and has since grown from a seven-barrel brewhouse to a 15-barrel brewhouse, expanded the Sawyer taproom three times and opened the Greenbush Annex—a beer garden, deli and retail store. The brewery has continued to push the envelope in the craft beer industry since last April, when it began distributing the Cellarman’s Half-Dozen, 7 packs of bottled beer that resulted in sizable revenue increases in CY 2014. You can find Greenbush beer on draft and in stores all over Michigan, Northern Indiana, Chicago and downstate Illinois.

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Behind the Bush: Jake Demski

16253285584_fd97b394f6_oBrewer, Musician/Song Writer, Comedian… Jake Demski spends each day at GB brewing up fantastic beer for everyone to enjoy, while simultaneously dropping smiles onto peoples faces like it’s his job. He generally starts his workday at 6 a.m., steaming up the place as he mashes in a boat load of grain for whatever beer is on the agenda. When he’s not running the 15bbl system, you can find him dreaming up crazy, awesome, experimental small batch beers. Strawberry jam, lavender, chocolate coins, oak chips, cranberry, sarsaparilla, grapes, ring pops, warheads… yeah, he goes there, and beyond. Outside of the brewery you can occasionally find Jake jamming with his friends–he’s a pretty killer guitar player and singer. Check out open mic night at Hidden Pointe in Benton Harbor on Thursday nights and, if you’re lucky, your ears might grasp a taste of his musical stylings. Read on to find out more behind the man in the strawberry sweatshirt…

What do you do at Greenbush?
We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world—…. Oh, I’m the first shift brewer.

How’d you get involved with the brewery?
While I was at Grand Valley I helped a young Joe Hinman (pre-Carlos) record a mutual friend’s band for his audio class. Shortly after moving back home from Grand Rapids I heard word of a new brewery in Sawyer. Me, being myself, and loving craft beer, I wasted no time at all and stopped in for a visit. Upon arriving, what do I see? The same bespectacled young man (slightly older) tending bar at this new brewery. I quickly fell in love with the beer and bugged Joe for a year and a half to get me a job here. Then, one fateful afternoon, Carlos called me at my previous employer and asked if I’d like to come in and talk about a job as a cellarman. The rest is history. The moral of the story? Be nice to Carlos.

What time is happy hour for you?
1:37-2:37 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and every other Tuesday.

You’re on a deserted island and can only have one case of mass-produced domestic beer dropped to you—what do you pick?
I’m assuming freshwater resources are limited on this island? If that is the case then Bud Light. SURVIVAL TIP #34. Take that Bear Grylls!

What are your favorite non-Greenbush beverages to drink?
Coffee, water, bourbon, juice, and other Michigan craft beers in no particular order.

What’s been your most memorable Greenbush experience thus far?
Too many to count. Between the three-man slingshot, fireworks and general tomfoolery I can’t decide.

What do your friends think about all this madness?
Most of them work here so they’re pretty used to it. And the other ones think it’s pretty cool I guess or they might not care. I don’t know. Doesn’t matter. I love it.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A brewer. Dream realized. High five!

If you were a Greenbush beer, which would you be and why?
Apathy, because I really don’t care to answer this question. Just kidding, but I do like that beer.

What’s your favorite food?
Give me a good deli sandwich any day. Big sandwich fan. Not really picky about the contents either.

Where do you think you and Greenbush will be in 5 years?
On a nice island resort somewhere celebrating our 8 1/2-year anniversary together.

If you only had one item you could take with you to work, what would it be and why?
My Leatherman Multi-Tool. I need it to pry up the false bottom and open grain bags.

What’s the most exotic place you’ve ever visited?
Mexico, I guess. But it was on a cruise with my parents when I was younger. Kind of touristy. I don’t get out much.

Chicago or Michigan sports teams (or Indiana if you’re crazy)?
If I had to choose I’d say Chicago. I do enjoy a good game at Wrigley.

Did you have a favorite brewery before Greenbush opened? If so, what and why?
Founders. It was my hometown brewery for a while. This was before a lot of other breweries like Vivant were open.

What’s on your nightstand?
Nothing. Don’t have one. I do have a stack of books that I put my phone on while it charges at night. Sooo… at least I’ve got that going for me.

How many beers do you drink in a typical day?
I drink the beers that I drink. Let’s just leave it at that.

Rhapsody Hero (where you try to pick the WORST song for everyone to enjoy)—what’s your pick? Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5. I honestly hate that song but every time I hear it I find myself tapping my toe to the beat, immersed in a cloud of shame.

BONUS QUESTIONS
You do a lot of small batchin’—what  would be your “balls-to-the-wall small batch of a lifetime” (no limits)?
I really do feel that there are no limits if you are creative enough. I guess you’ll just have to wait and see.

If you could go on a magic carpet ride with any celebrity (dead or alive), who would you want sittin’ shotty & where would your destination of choice be? If there’s an explanation as to why, do tell!
Being on a magic carpet would be terrifying in itself and you want to throw a dead stranger into the mix? NO THANK YOU.

Any rhyme or reason behind all the crazy/awesome/funny/random beer names you come up with?
Free association. You say “Rocky Balboa” and my brain says “Rocky Balboa Constrictor.” It’s a blessing and a curse but we all have our cross to bear.

Brew News: March

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So we survived the first two-day Winter Beer Festival & the madness that is March has arrived! Ya’ll ready for this? Ready or not it’s already that time for 400 Divine Rabbits, our 6.3% Agave Nectar Wheat, and Indispensable, our 8.2% IPA with Mandarina hops, to return to our tap boards & our bottle cooler! Also, find these beers out & about in our distribution market. Beer release business aside, read on to discover where you’ll find us the rest of the month!

Thursday, March 5: Beer Dinner @ Zazio’s Chef’s Table in Kalamazoo

Four delicious courses each paired with a different Greenbush beer all cooked RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU at the Chef’s Table by Chef John himself! Good beer + good food always wins, but to watch the magic go down right before your eyes? That’s pretty sweet if you ask us. There still might be time to get in on this unique & interactive beer dinner so call 269-384-2650 to reserve your spot!

Saturday, March 7: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly collab trio @ Horrock’s Market in Lansing

Our three-way collab IPA trilogy with Right Brain Brewery & Paw Paw Brewing Co. has been getting around & the next stop is Horrock’s Market in Lansing. Swing by between noon & 5 p.m. to give The Good (West Coast IPA), The Bad (Red IPA) & The Ugly (Red Rye IPA) a try!

Tuesday, March 10: Tap Takeover @ The Wurst Bar in Ypsilanti

Plan ahead & plan on joining us at The Wurst Bar for a tap takeover & killer food specials beginning at 5 p.m.! The following GB selections will be flowin’…

400 Divine Rabbits – 6.3% Agave Nectar Wheat Ale
Indispensable – 8.2% IPA w/ Mandarina hops
Anger – 7.6% Black IPA
2 Biggie – 9.8% Hoppy Barleywine
Helmet of Remnar – 9.3% Imperial Blonde Ale
1825 – 9.3% Belgian Strong Ale
LTD- 9.6% “Old Fashioned” Ale

Friday, March 13: Tasting @ The Copper Vine in Grandville

Stop by to say hello & enjoy complimentary samples from one of the biggest beards at Greenbush/our yeast dude, Jim. That’s complimentary beer samples, not to be confused with beard or yeast samples.Tasting will go from 4-7 p.m.

Saturday, March 14: Brew-Ski Festival @ Boyne Highlands Resort 

Embrace the snow, Michigan winters, your love for craft beer & enjoy some live music while doing it! If this sounds up your alley you’ll want to participate in the 6th Annual Brew-Ski Festival. Wanting to make a weekend out of it? Check out their special package including: two nights hotel lodging, breakfast daily, two-day lift tickets, Friday night hors d’oeuvres reception, commemorative gift and five drink tickets starting at $262 per person. For more information check out the link above or to make reservations, please call 800-462-6963.

Monday, March 16 – Saturday, March 21: Barrel Week @ WhichCraft Taproom in Midland

Calling all Michigan beer & barrel-aged beer fans! A trip to WhichCraft Taproom in Midland, MI might be in your best interest at some point during the third week of March. Why? Well, they’ll be tapping two barrel-aged beers from Michigan each night and our BA Terminator X, American Strong Ale brewed with black strap molasses, will be making an appearance at some point. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for what beers they’ll be tapping when!

Thursday, March 19: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly collab trio @ Crunchy’s in East Lansing

We weren’t lying when we said The Good, The Bad & The Ugly were getting around. Find all 3 at Crunchy’s later this month!

Saturday, March 21: Tasting @ Rumors Inc. in Hudson

Join us for a meet & greet at Rumors Inc. in Hudson, MI! Starting at 7 p.m. we’ll have someone from the brewery present to educate you on everything Greenbush & you’ll get to taste a handful of our beers too!

Sunday, March 22: CLOSING EARLY at 5 PM

It’s time for us to assemble our crew & get together for a much deserved staff party. In order to make this all happen we’ll be closing down shop in the taproom & annex at 5 p.m.on Sunday, 3/22. We’ll resume normal hours Monday, 3/23.

Thursday, March 26: Tap Takeover @ Jet’s Pizza in Chelsea

10+ Greenbush beers will be tapped at 11 a.m., but the event will officially begin at 5:30 p.m. Get to Jet’s Pizza in Chelsea, MI for some tasty za & GB brews! DO IT!

Friday, March 27: Tap Takeover @ Torch Bar & Grill in Flint

Flint Greenbush friends–  Torch Bar & Grill will be offering 8 Greenbush beers on tap including one on nitro! Be sure to check it out!

Saturday, March 28: Big Lebowski Beer Tour in Kalamazoo

F#@%in’ A– The Big Lebowski Tour is back by popular demand & we brewed 3 beers especially for it! Ya know ya wanna get in on this 5-hour celebration of Michigan craft beer, bowling & one of the best movies of all time and if ya don’t ya should. Where’s the f#@%ing money Lebowski?? Package options include:

The Donny: ​$55 for a seat on the bus, rest of the experience is a la carte
-The Walter:​ $79 for seat on the bus, samples, tour and pint glass at Latitude 42 Brewing Co., samples at One Well Brewing, a game of bowling at Airway Fun Center and a movie ticket to “The Big Lebowski” Quote­Along
-The Dude: ​$99 includes samples at Latitude 42 and One Well Brewing, unlimited bowling, West Michigan Beer Tours T­-shirt, movie ticket and a White Russian at registration

The Dude abides!

Sunday, March 29: What the Firk? Firkin Fest @ HQ Beercade in Chicago

Everybody likes a good ol’ firkin or two… or 50!! Greenbush will be one of 50 breweries with 50 different custom filled firkins from noon-5 p.m. CST. Get your ticket to taste a bunch of unique cask-conditioned beers & play all the arcade games & pinball the “adult” in you desires! Get your ticket in advance for $75 or $85 at the door. Ticket price includes: souvenir tasting glass, access to all the firkins & buffet dibs.

Tuesday, March 31: Beer Dinner @ Greenbush Brewing Co. in Sawyer

Stay tuned to our Facebook for all of the specifics, but what better way to end the month than a beer dinner at your favorite hang out? 5 courses paired with 5 beers = happy mouths & bellies. We’ll be taking reservations is advance & seating is limited so be sure to act fast if this is calling your name!

Peace out brussels sprouts. Keep stalkin’ that FB page of ours for more information & updates!

Behind the Bush: Tyler Ream

a handful of pizza dough & a glimpse at those curly locks

a handful of pizza dough & a glimpse at those curly locks

Spaghetti. When I think of Tyler one of the first things that comes to mind is just that, spaghetti. He loves it & would eat it all the time if he could. Oh, and he’s got mad flow. And I’m not talking about free styling. What I am talking about are those curly bouncy locks that on a good day could be in a Pantene Pro V commercial (went there). Buuuuuut, this blog isn’t about spaghetti or good hair, but more importantly, the great Tyler Ream. He’s had his hand in a lot here & we’ve been very fortunate to have him on board in all the different arenas of Greenbush he’s dabbled in. He’s a stand-up guy, a good time & can be quite the smart ass (in the best way possible!). Read on to see for yourself…

What do you do at Greenbush?
I’m currently the Distribution Coordinator at Greenbush Brewing Co. I track how much beer we’re going through day to day in the taproom and how much beer each of our distributors is going through in the market. From there I figure out when and how much of each beer we need to produce and how it should be packaged to keep up with the ever growing demand that we can never meet. You can also find me at all sorts of Greenbush tasting and festival events and on the @greenbushcellar Instagram account.

How’d you get involved with the brewery?
I was sitting at the brewery in April of 2013 with my buddy Cody who was working as a server at GB and he encouraged me to apply. I asked our server for an application and she replied with “Sure I’ll grab you one, but you probably won’t get a job here.” Everyone was a bit clandestine at that point, you really had to know somebody and have an ‘in’. I applied anyways. One to two weeks later the general manager called me in for an interview and recognized me from one of her charity events with the Layla foundation. I started serving tables shortly after. Before I knew it I was working in the cellar helping produce and package beer and everything just sort of spiraled off from there.

What time is happy hour for you?
Around 7 p.m. most nights when I’m sitting on my couch at home with my Doberman, Jabba, and my girlfriend with a couple of exotic craft beers.

You’re on a deserted island and can only have one case of mass-produced domestic beer dropped to you—what do you pick?
A Greenbush rep., a Budweiser rep. and a Miller Lite rep. all sit down for lunch. The server comes over and asks everyone what they’d like to drink. Budweiser rep. says “I’ll take a Budweiser, bottle”, Miller Lite rep. says “I’ll take a Miller Lite draft” and the Greenbush rep. says “Well… If nobody’s gonna have a beer… I’ll take a glass of water.”

What’s your favorite non-Greenbush beverage to drink?
Orangina. By a landslide. I first tried carbonated orange juice when I was visiting Europe maybe ten years ago, and I’ve never been the same since.

What’s been your most memorable Greenbush experience thus far?
While the Michigan beer festivals I’ve attended with the GB crew have all been incredibly fun and memorable… I’d have to say my most memorable experience is when myself, the other cellarmen, brewers and a few others helped create the GB Annex. We deconstructed old barns and chicken coops on Sawyer Road and salvaged the wood to build a bar, a counter top, and some shelving. We spent countless hours lacquering said wood, painting the walls and floor of the Annex, putting up mirrors, paper towel dispensers, lighting and more. We learned to use different saws and build fencing, make cutting boards for charcuterie out of cherry wood and use a router to round out edges. We created an outdoor ‘employee area’ by digging and hauling a bunch of dirt and rock and replacing it with mulch. Then one of our brewers (now yeast/quality control expert) and one of our cellarmen (now warehouse manager) built a giant picnic table in the employee space for everyone to enjoy after long work days in the summer. The whole experience was pretty wild. I felt like we all built something really cool and significant together.

What do your friends think about all this madness?
Just that, madness. It’s mind blowing to most of them that working with beer every day is considered to be a real job. Yet, with the continued incredible growth of the craft beer industry this sort of lifestyle is becoming the norm more and more.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a veterinarian. I loved animals, and still do. One time when I was much younger I was at the beach with a few friends and we saw a seagull flopping around on the ground choking on a banana. I grabbed a stick and pried the banana out of its throat… It flopped around a little longer and then stood up and flew off over the lake. I later learned I’d have to do things like cut animals open and put them to sleep for that kind of profession and quickly changed my mind.

If you were a Greenbush beer, which would you be and why?
Remnant of Dragon, because I’m delicious?

What’s your favorite food?
Mashed potatoes. And banana pudding. And mashed potatoes. Also, buffalo wings, lots and lots of buffalo wings. And mashed potatoes.

Where do you think you and Greenbush will be in 5 years?
The booming metropolis of Sawyer, MI.

If you only had one item you could take with you to work, what would it be and why?
My Leatherman Skeletool. I have it with me every day and use it for all sorts of things that it wasn’t even made for. Anytime I get on an airplane and have to leave it at home I feel lost, constantly checking my pocket and wondering why it isn’t there.

What’s the most exotic place you’ve ever visited?
Greenbush Brewing Co. during the week of the 4th of July… It’s a circus…

Chicago or Michigan sports teams (or Indiana if you’re crazy)?
I’m actually not really a sports fan? But Cubs and Bears all the way. The White Sox stadium has dippin’ dots and I like those a lot… but I’m still a Cubs fan… I guess if somebody started serving something like mashed potatoes mixed with buffalo wings, corn, and pineapple at a stadium I’d have to switch teams.

Did you have a favorite brewery before Greenbush opened? If so, what and why?
I think Sierra Nevada was the first craft beer I got into. I was also a big fan of Three Floyd’s for a time. I don’t know that I necessarily had a favorite, but the hoppiness of craft beer definitely sucked me in.

What’s on your nightstand?
A lamp that’s usually unplugged, random ticket stubs from live shows, a book about the Grateful Dead, and candy wrappers.

How many beers do you drink in a typical day?
Typically one to two beers. I tend to have a lot going on day to day and although I’d love to sip craft brew all day long, I’d be far too tired each time I left work to get anything done at home.

Rhapsody Hero (where you try to pick the WORST song for everyone to enjoy)—what’s your pick?
Huh? Why… Why would I do that?

BONUS Q’s–
What’s the coolest/your favorite beer bar you’ve been to? Why?
“Jerry’s Icehouse” at McMenamins Historic Edgefield Manor in Troutdale, Oregon. It’s a tiny little Grateful Dead themed sort of dive bar the size of a hobbit’s home that resides on an estate with all these other little buildings that used to make up a ‘poor house’ or ‘homeless manor’.  They serve craft beer, wine, and spirits. Play Grateful Dead tunes all day long and have scores of books and posters on the band. I’ve only spent about 15 minutes there, but plan to go back and spend prolonged periods of time peering through books, cold beverage in hand.

I hear you’re into weird food combinations– care to share a few of your favorite concoctions? Any method to the madness behind them?
I suppose it is more madness than method… See, you’re having dinner… and there’s a bunch of different things on the table that you like to eat… But it’s difficult to know where to start, or maybe some of what’s there isn’t all that great… So you mix it together, stuff you like a lot, with stuff you only kind of like, or still like a lot, and sometimes it’s really really good. Other times it’s terrible and you’ve just ruined a good meal. I think I’m getting better at it though? Go to Piece Brewery in Chicago, order a pizza with mashed potatoes on it, Italian sausage, pineapples, garlic, peppers, and white sauce… You’ll understand then…

Brew News: February

Welcome to February! I think it’s safe to say the true colors of a Michigan winter have finally arrived. Fashionably late, if you will. Before we get into our February shenanigans you should know about some Valentine’s Day gift specials available in the annex just in case you’re into that sort of thing….

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* Empty 22-karat Gold Growler w/ holographic red heart for $6 (normally $8, optional fill for additional $12-$24)
* Two 13-oz. snifters & two slate Brewhouse coasters for $25
* Anti-Valentine’s Day 4-pack of Closure, Broken Promises, Apathy & Anger for $7.50 (plus deposit)
* Handmade Brother Benjamin, Mr. Hyde & Unicorn Killer inspired beer soaps, three for $15 or $6 each

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We’ll even put them in a nice bag with tissue paper for you if you’d like. With any merchandise purchase (gift package or not!) you can have your pick of the litter from these Greenbush-style conversation heart gems pictured to the right. Now that all this mushy-gushy Valentine’s Day business is out of the way here’s where you’ll find us the rest of month #2 of 2015.

Saturday, February 7: Shelf Ice Brew Fest in Michigan City, IN [SOLD OUT]

Saturday is the day for Michigan City Mainstreet Association’s FIRST Shelf Ice Brew Fest & it’s SOLD OUT! The fest will take place outdoors so if you have a ticket be sure to bundle up & stay warm with beer! There will be a great selection of both local & regional breweries present to try beers from & a super solid food line-up (food not included in ticket cost so make sure to bring some cash money) from 1-5 p.m. CST with VIP entry at noon. Didn’t get a ticket in time this year? Plan ahead for next year!

**Monday, February 9 – Sunday, February 15: “Welcome to the Pig Leagues” Bacon Week @ Greenbush**

gb_bacon_week_webWhat’s not to love about bacon? Starting Feb. 9th until Feb. 15th come in for a different bacon dish each day & earn a slice of bacon stamp for each completed day on your bacon passport (yes, you will be receiving a bacon passport). Feast your eyes & prepare your mouths for this line-up:

Monday, 2/9: Maple Bacon Kettle Corn
Tuesday, 2/10: Bacon Tacos
Wednesday, 2/11: Bacon Milkshake
Thursday, 2/12: Bacon Confit Shrimp
Friday, 2/13: Bacon-Cured Pork Rinds
Saturday, 2/14: Salted Caramel Cheesecake w/ Bacon Brownie Crust
Sunday, 2/15: Bacon Pot Pie

There will be rewards redeemable for the total number of bacon stamps you collect on your passport…

-3 slices of bacon is good for a free dessert
-5 slices of bacon will get you a free appetizer
-7 slices of bacon scores you a free sandwich or entree

There will also be a participant raffle held on Tuesday, February 17 at 6 p.m. with a handful of sweet prizes.

Thursday, February 19: Tap Takeover @ The Buck w/ Right Brain Brewery & Paw Paw Brewing Co. 

Do you remember seeing The Ugly – Red Rye IPA on the boards in the taproom? If you dug this beer & reside in Southwest Michigan (or are up for a little road trip action) you’ll want to save this date & plan on being at The Buck in St. Joe, MI for the full The Good (West Coast IPA), The Bad (Red IPA) & The Ugly (Red Rye IPA) collab trio along with other Greenbush, Paw Paw & Right Brain beers that will be taking over some of the many taps at The Buck.

Saturday, February 21: Tap Takeover @ Hops at 84 East in Holland, MI

Hey Holland, MI! We’d love to see you at Hops at 84 East for 10+ Greenbush beers including Brother Benjamin (Imperial IPA w/ honey), Dystopia (Russian Imperial Stout), The Ugly (Red Rye IPA collab w/ Right Brain Brewery & Paw Paw Brewing Co.) and PHD (Malt Liquor brewed w/ frosted flakes).

Friday, February 27: WBF “Halftime” @ Logan’s Alley in Grand Rapids, MI

Logan’s Alley is always a good time & it has become sort of tradition for us to spend what used to be the night before Winter Beer Fest there & new this year the “halftime” of WBF because, if you didn’t already know, the fest is now 2-day extravaganza. If you got tickets for the Friday session of the fest, just know that the party doesn’t stop at 7 p.m. There will be a whole lot of GB spotted to be had at Logan’s Alley with 20 of our beers on tap & our whole crew there hanging out. So, just be there okay?

Friday, February 27: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly collab trio @ Stella’s Lounge in Grand Rapids, MI

Don’t ever say you didn’t have the chance to try the complete Greenbush/ Right Brain BreweryPaw Paw Brewing Co. collab trio because here’s another opportunity! Get to Stella’s to taste what it’s all about!

Friday & Saturday, February 27 & 28: 10th Annual Winter Beer Fest [SATURDAY SOLD OUT]

Winter Beer Fest has always been pretty epic & this year will be no different in that department. It will be a bit different in the way that it is now TWO DAYS long so bundle up & bundle up real good. Visit our booth for 50 (!!!) beers to choose from. Saturday is sold out, but there are still tickets for the 3-7 p.m. session.

As always, more details & new information on our ol’ rusty trusty FB page so keep checkin’ up on us. If we don’t see you anywhere else this month, at least (for the love of bacon & Greenbush) come pig out with us during bacon week!