Brew News: April Edition

Happy Spring, folks! Jen here, writing from the outdoor “staff lounge” on this gorgeous Tuesday. We’ve already kicked off the new month with our mug club Breakfast for Dinner event on April 1. We had an awesome turnout and I hope everyone had a great time. Joel served up a sweet breakfast buffet with peanut butter and banana French toast sandwiches, sausage links and an abundance of fresh fruit. I can tell you from first-hand experience that it was delicious. Check out a few photos from the event below. Many thanks to Chessa Perrone of Night Owl Photography for the beautiful snapshots. You can also see more photos on Night Owl’s Facebook page.

If there are any of you out there who missed the invite (or received it three times), I sincerely apologize–we’re working out the bugs when it comes member e-mails, so be sure to check our Facebook page early and often for the latest and greatest, from events to April Fool’s Day jokes (really guys, a 4% Black IPA called Pouty?).

April is yet another month filled to the brim with events and collaborations. This Thursday, April 5, we’re heading (North) East for a beer dinner at Wrought Iron Grill in Owosso, Michigan. The event starts at 7 p.m. and is currently sold out, but give ’em a call at 989-472-9025 on Thursday just in case you’re in the area and might be able to snag a few tickets.

Our first collaboration of the month will be on Wednesday, April 11 with the band Half-Pint Jones for their CD release party in May. The colorful five-piece band with a penchant for funk, jazz, and rock with a dash of New Orleans musical flavor will be in for a full day of brewing on the big system and general camaraderie with the crew here.

Later that week, we have a killer day of festivals on April 14, with folks from the brewery showing up armed with beer at both the Blue Chip Brewfest in Michigan City, IN and the completely sold out Baconfest in Chicago. A few tickets are still available for the excellent Blue Chip event (50+ breweries representing!) for $35 per person ($15 for designated drivers)–and it runs from 1-5 p.m. [UPDATE 4/8: technically, the Blue Chip Brewfest is sold out but they will be selling 50 tickets at the door on Saturday.] Baconfest is in its second year and is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: “a full-day celebration of bacon…bacon-inspired activities, bacon foods, and bacon spirits comprising the greatest single culinary and cultural festival ever dedicated to bacon and bacon only.” I don’t want to encourage envy and salivation, but check out the list of dishes that’ll be served at Baconfest here PLUS when you can find them in some of the participating restaurants. We hope everyone is excited about both events and hope to see many of you at each one!

In more fun news, Jill, our dear Ambassador of Everything, was asked to speak at a women in Michigan beer meeting later this month in Grand Rapids at one of our favorite spots, HopCat. The gathering is of Grand Rapids’ PussyCat Beer Guild, a group that encourages women to boldly share their appreciation for good beer, no matter if they’re a brewer, aficionado, or just interested in learning more about beer and brewing. We’re all psyched that Jill was asked to participate in the event.

Next, there’s even more collaboration news beyond the Half-Pint Jones brew day. You may remember hearing about and seeing pictures of Cleetus Friedman’s latest brew day here at Greenbush. On April 20, City Provisions in Chicago will be launching Cleetus’s seriously tasty Belgian Wit called Loud Mouth Soup. Brewed with blood orange juice, fennel pollen, coriander and tellicherry peppercorns, this clean wheat beer turned out to be pretty stellar. We’ll be sure to pass along more details on the event as it draws closer.

Last on our April calendar (for now, though never for long) is a pair of collaborations between Scott of our fair brewery and Pete Crowley of Haymarket Brewery & Pub in Chicago. It’s all in the works, but word is they’ll be combining forces to brew two batches of a collaboration beer, one at Greenbush and the other at Haymarket.

That’s all for now, folks. As always, keep your eyes on our Facebook page for up-to-date happenings and all the news and hilarity that’s fit to post.

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