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!

Behind the Bush: Jim Christopher

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Note: beard not pictured at maximum potential.

So there’s this dude that works for us, a dude with the dudeliest beard of all beards in Greenbush land. This dudely dude I speak of is Jim. Maybe you don’t think you know him, but I’m sure his beard presence has been observed in your surroundings a time or two. Jim joined the GB family about 2 years ago as a cellerman, not too long after going on to be a brewer for some time & now taking on a new position as the head of our yeast lab. You can also think of him as the Harry Potter of Greenbush because his working quarters resemble the “cupboard under the stairs” although, unlike Aunt Petunia & Uncle Vernon, we appreciate our “Harry Potter”  creator of yeast magic & alike. Read on to learn more about the guy who creates roadblocks over intense comic conversation with our UPS delivery guy…

What do you do at Greenbush?
I am the “head yeast wrangler” and deal with quality control too. Previously, I was a brewer and a cellarman here.

How’d you get involved with the brewery?
I was told by a friend of mine to call Joe [Editor’s note: you might be wondering who the heck Joe is… Joe is the official name of the guy we all affectionately call Carlos] and talk to him about working here. I was sick that day so I came in the next day and the day after that put my two weeks notice at my other job.

What time is happy hour for you?
All day?!

You’re on a deserted island and can only have one case of mass-produced domestic beer dropped to you—what do you pick?
Michelob Ultra [Ed’s note: total “Mom trying to watch her calorie intake” response if you ask me]

What’s your favorite non-Greenbush beverage to drink?
Mt. Dew

What’s been your most memorable Greenbush experience thus far?
Winter Beer Fest 2012

What do your friends think about all this madness?
Lots want to be part of it. And they love the beer, so there’s that too. lolz

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A baseball player

If you were a Greenbush beer, which would you be and why?
Retribution, because it’s sweet and it will also put you under the table if you aren’t careful.

What’s your favorite food?
Pizza, Lasagna, Venison & RIOS

Where do you think you and Greenbush will be in 5 years?
Sittin’ steady at 5885 Sawyer Road

If you only had one item you could take with you to work, what would it be and why?
My phone probably

What’s the most exotic place you’ve ever visited?
The rainforest exhibit at the Detroit Zoo

Chicago or Michigan sports teams (or Indiana if you’re crazy)?
Detroit and Maize and Blue!

Did you have a favorite brewery before Greenbush opened? If so, what and why?
Actually no, I wasn’t into craft beer until Greenbush.

What’s on your nightstand?
Wallet, knife, alarm clock, phone and Transformers.

How many beers do you drink in a typical day?
Two for the most part

Rhapsody Hero (where you try to pick the WORST song for everyone to enjoy)—what’s your pick?
I’m confused by this question so I will give two answers… song to actually enjoy: Duran Duran – Hungry like the Wolf  & song to enjoy that other people hate: Nickelback – any song.

BONUS QUESTIONS–
Tell us a little bit about this new lab/yeast business you’re up to these days…
Well I am responsible in making sure that the yeast we are using is viable and healthy and also to make sure we have the right amount when it comes to pitching.  I also run other parts of quality control in the brewery… pH, DO, etc.

You’re into collecting comics– what’s your favorite one & what’s your most valuable one?
I have a couple favorites, both Transformers comics. The first one is Transformers issue #80 (1991 marvel) & the second one is Transformers Dark Cybertron chapter 12 (2014 IDW). My most expensive is my Stan Lee signed X-men #1.

Brew News: January

Happy New Year friends! 2014 was good to us & we’re looking forward to more beer & fun in 2015, but aren’t we all? Speaking of beer & fun we’re kicking off this month with Kalamazoo Beer Week. Read on to be privy to our whereabouts in Kalamazoo as well as the rest of the month!

KBW

 

Sunday, January 11: KBW: Tasting @ Bacchus Wine & Spirits in Kalamazoo, MI

We’re kicking off our Kalamazoo Beer Week run with a complimentary tasting from 4-6 p.m. at Bacchus Wine & Spirits. Join us to sample some of our mainstays, seasonals & possibly a specialty or two!

 

Monday, January 12: KBW: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Greenbush/Paw Paw Brewing/Right Brain Collab Trio @ Shakespeare’s Pub in Kalamazoo, MI

Head to Shakespeare’s to give our latest brewery collaboration a try! We thought we’d throw three Michigan breweries (Greenbush + Paw Paw + Right Brain) together and see what happened. The outcome:

The Good – West Coast Style IPA collab brewed at Paw Paw Brewing Co.
The Bad – Red IPA collab brewed at Right Brain Brewery
The Ugly – Red Rye IPA collab brewed at Greenbush

Collab trio tapping & fun begins at 6 p.m.!

Wednesday, January 14: KBW: Tap Takeover @ Airway Lanes in Portage, MI

Airway Lanes is THE spot to be between 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be bowling, 12 Greenbush beers on tap & a water pong tourney going on complete with Greenbush prizes! Come show up your skills and/or hang out. Here’s the tap list:

-BA A Sheep in Tall Grass – Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale collab with Right Brain
-Anger – Black IPA
-Mammoth – Weizenbock
-Mr. Hyde – Coffee Cream Stout
-Distorter – Porter
-Emptiness – Apricot Wheat
-Broken Promises – Wheat IPA
-Apathy – Oatmeal Stout
-One and the Same – Raspberry Ale
-Closure – Pale Ale
-Brother Benjamin – Imperial IPA w/ honey
-Sotto Voce – Wheat Ale brewed w/ orange juice & spices

Thursday, January 15: KBW: Speed Dating @ Shakespeare’s Pub in Kalamazoo, MI

Yes, this is serious– speed dating it is featuring 4 Greenbush beers! Call (269) 488-7782 or visit Shakespeare’s to reserve your spot or just show up! $15 gets you in on the speed dating & a half pint of each of the following:

Apathy – 6.7% Oatmeal Stout
Anger – 7.6% Black IPA
Pain – 11.2% Imperial Cream Stout
Closure – 6% Pale Ale

Here’s how the speed dating cookie will crumble: 3 minutes per date with 5 different people then break for a GB beer. Repeat this cycle by 4 & that’s that. Who knows… you might leave with a potential craft beer loving companion just in time for that one Hallmark holiday in February ;)

Friday, January 16: KBW: Happy Hour @ Wayside West in Kalamazoo, MI

Good beer wins, especially at $2.50 a beer! Join us from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for 10 Greenbush beers featured during Wayside West’s happy hour!

Saturday, January 17: Stout Tap Takeover @ Beer Bistro North in Chicago, IL

delusion_iconSo, ya like stouts huh? If you live in or around the Chicago area Beer Bistro North’s stout tap takeover would be right up your alley! Check it out for a bunch different stouts and a possible firkin or two! All beers will be tapped at 11 a.m. CST. Look for Delusion, our 11.7% barrel-aged Imperial Cream Stout, along with Goose Island Beer Co. BCBS & Vanilla Rye BCBS, Half Acre Beer Company Big Hugs, 4 Hands Brewing Company Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout, Deschutes Brewery Abyss, Saugatuck Brewing Company Neapolitan Stout (nitro), Founders Brewing Co. Big Luscious, Ballast Point Brewing Indra Kunindra export stout and Bell’s Double Cream Stout (nitro) just to name a few!

Thursday, January 22: Tasting @ Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids, MI

Get here from 5-7 p.m. for a Greenbush tasting. We will take responsibility for the free tastes, but what you leave with is on you!

Saturday, January 24: Beers in the Barn @ County Line Orchard in Hobart, MI

It might be cold, but come drink beer, eat foosd & jam to some live music from our own Dave Black’s band, Anchors. VIP begins at 5:30 p.m. CST and general admission at 6:30. Event ends at 10 p.m. Tickets here! Stay tuned for what we’ll be pouring.

Cheers to all to come in 2015! Keep an eye on our Facebook for what we’re up to & all new Greenbush things this year.

Greenbush Holiday Gift Guide

The title pretty much sums it up, but ’tis the season to scramble & get all of your Christmas gift ducks in a row. Maybe you’ve already done all your shopping, maybe you have yet to start or maybe you’re somewhere in the middle. Whatever the case may be we’re here to help cross those last few people off your list, help you avoid a head-on collision in a high-traffic shopping mall & of course, keep this holiday season as stress free as possible ‘cuz we both know that beer certainly can knock those stress levels down.

The Annex is the place for the rest of your Christmas needs. I mean, let’s be honest, there just aren’t too many places you can enjoy a beer while shopping. Well, aside from online shopping in the comfort of your own home & if you’re that kinda guy/gal then make shop.greenbushbrewing.com your web destination of choice.

Now, let’s get on with the goods…

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Stocking Stuffers of all shapes, sizes, colors & purposes 

Stocking stuffing can be pretty serious. Here are some ideas we recommend to keep your stocking stuffing real this year:

  • GB Tree Freaker or Lake Michigan Freaker ($10 a piece). [Available in the annex or online.]
  • GB iPhone 5 case ($30). [Available in the annex or online.]
  • MI Bottle Opener ($10). [Available in the annex or online.]
  • Greenbush Wooden Bottle Earrings ($15).  [Available in the annex or online.]
  • GB Bottle Cap w/ Map Necklaces ($12).  [Available in the annex or online.]
  • Slate Brew House Coasters ($8/coaster or $30 for set of 4).  [Available in the annex or online.]
  • Our house-recipe pork & brisket rubs ($8.50 a piece). [Available in the annex only.]
  • Panos Farms 100% Honey Comb ($12). [Available in the annex only.]
  • McClure’s 32 oz. jar of spicy spear or garlic spear pickles ($9 a piece). [Available in the annex only.]
  • Quince & Apple Pear w/ Honey & Ginger or Tart Cherry & White Tea w/ Jasmine  preserves ($8 a piece). [Available in the annex only.]

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Limited Edition GB Holiday T-Shirt

Know a long-standing Greenbush fan with quite the t-shirt collection? Or a sucker for Christmas time? This shirt is the perfect gift for either of the above!  100% combed ring-spun cotton jersey t-shirt with holiday brewery design on the front. Comfortably fitted with a tear-away label. Made by Next Level Apparel; runs true-to-size. Available in both men’s & women’s styles for $25. Quantities limited! [Available in the annex or online.]

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IMG_198622 Karat Gold GB Holiday Growler                                  & Growler Koozie

A necessary novelty for the growler collector in the bunch & something to make multiple growler fills (or even just one!) a little easier to juggle. Getting a growler to-go has never been more flashy or fashionable. Gold growler: $8. Growler koozie: $12. [Available in the annex or online.]  

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Label Pint Glasses 

Know someone with an over-flowing glassware cabinet? This is the last thing they need & also EXACTLY what they need. Pint glasses with original label artwork for Distorter, Closure, Anger & Dunegras. $7/glass or get the set of 4 for $25. [Available in the annex or online.]

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For any of the craft beer drinking ladies in your life. Pre-shrunk 60% cotton/40% polyester long sleeve thermal t-shirt. Features black Greenbush logo print. Comfortably fitted with a tear-away label. Made by Next Level Apparel; runs slightly small. $25. [Available in the annex or online.]

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A great gift for a Greenbush loving Dad, or any dude for that matter! Medium-weight 100% spun anti-pilling polyester micro fleece with Greenbush logo embroidered on left chest & good beer wins on the back. With two side-seam pockets and adjustable drawstring with cord lock at bottom. Made by Tri-Mountain. $55. [Available in the annex or online.]

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GIFT BOXES!GIFT BOXES!GIFT BOXES!GIFT BOXES!GIFT BOXES!GIFT BOXES!

All gift boxes available ONLY in the annex for purchase.

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|       Intro Gift Box $25        |      Classic Gift Box $30      |    Beer Geek Gift Box $50    |

  • Intro: Greenbush-branded pine crate, two Greenbush logo pint glasses, Greenbush growler koozie & good beer wins growler.
  • Classic: Greenbush-branded pine crate, two Greenbush logo pint glasses & choice of short sleeve t-shirt or hat.
  • Beer Geek: Greenbush-branded pine crate, 4-pack of Delusion, two Greenbush snifters & a metal Michigan-shaped bottle opener.

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Greenbush Junkie Gift Box $100

  • Vintage beer crate
  • Gold holiday GB growler
  • Group A 6-pack of choice
  • Label pint glass set including: Dunegras, Anger, Closure & Distorter glasses
  • Metal Michigan-shaped bottle opener
  • Freaker

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            Decked Out Gift Box $125

  • Vintage beer crate
  • Label pint glass set including: Dunegras, Anger,Closure & Distorter glasses
  • GB HydroFlask growler
  • Two slate brew house coasters