Happy almost-Fourth-of-July, everyone! June was a really awesome month for us–fully enjoying the taproom expansion, plus we got to spend some time on the East side of the state, checking out a selection of the awesome places we’re now on tap over there and places we’re hoping to get on tap in the near future. With that trip came tons of event planning in addition to all the other stuff we have on the calendar. Yes, there is much happening in July. On the taproom side of things, we’re working up a collaboration brew with one of our favorites (and the James Beard Awards’ for that matter), Matt Millar, the chef at Reserve wine bar and restaurant in Grand Rapids. You know it’s a match made in heaven when you consider the plethora of pork parts served at the renown restaurant–like fried pig tail, for instance (see left).
Anyway, here’s the rundown on what’s happening this month inside and outside the taproom:
Wednesday, July 11: Tap Takeover at Shark Club in Howell, MI
It’s already Michigan Beer Month at Shark Club, so you should visit this awesome craft beer bar west of Lansing anyway–68 beers on tap! But on July 11, Greenbush is going to be the featured brewery with seven beers on tap. It’s also Bike Night… which is sure to be a total blast. As always, keep an eye on Facebook for further details.
Thursday, July 19: Memorial Car Show/Tasting Tent in St. Joseph, MI
The Venetian Festival is no more, but St. Joseph is still hosting a car show and wine and beer tasting tent downtown on the 19th. Hang out from 4-9 p.m. with live music, Greenbush beer, Tabor HIll wine and gourmet wood-fired pizzas. On Port Street adjacent to the bandshell.
Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22: Square Roots Festival in Chicago, IL
The Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce & The Old Town School of Folk Music present the first ever craft beer and music experience in Chicago’s Lincoln Square–a sure to be reeeeally awesome, fun event. Who’s gonna be there, you ask? Two Brothers, Metropolitan, Finch, 5 Rabbit, Greenbush, Vander Mill Cider, Hinterland, Founders and New Holland.
Thursday kicks off with a preview party from 6:30-10 p.m. in the parking lot on the 4500 block N. Lincoln Ave–9 breweries pouring small batch craft beer plus food pairings from The Grafton and Fountainhead. Tickets for the preview event are $20 in advance or $30 at the door (if available)–each includes a souvenir beer glass; beers will be $4 each.
The festival itself takes place on Friday from 5-10 p.m., Saturday from 12-10 p.m. and Sunday from 12-8 p.m. between the 4400-4560 N Lincoln Ave. in Chicago (between Montrose and Wilson in Lincoln Square). The fest suggests donations of $10 for adults and $5 for seniors/kids.
They’re calling it “The Great Collaboration Summit.” A meeting of the minds at Haymarket Pub & Brewery–Pete Crowley (Haymarket), Chris Rafferty (Rockbottom), Wil Turner (Revolution), Doug Hurst (Metropolitan), John Laffler (Goose Island), Scott Sullivan (Greenbush) and others meet to create a recipe for a limited release beer for the 10th anniversary of Drinking & Writing.
Saturday, July 21: City Provisions Farm Dinner, Chicago -> Ottowa, IL
A City Provisions Farm Dinner sounds like a quintessential summer day–except the camaraderie, food and drinks go from enjoyable to exceptional. July 21st’s installment starts with a bus ride with Greenbush and City Provisions beer & food pairings to La Pryor Farms in Ottowa, IL. At the farm, participants will enjoy cocktail hour with Koval Distillery, a tour of the farm and a multi-course dinner with beer pairings. A bonfire follows dinner, then a ride back to City Provisions. Reservations are very limited and cost $250 per person. For tickets, please call (773) 293.2489.
Wednesday, July 25: Ashley’s Westland Launch Party in Westland, MI
Our celebration of statewide distribution continues with a launch party at Ashley’s in Westland, Michigan. More details to come on this one.
Friday, July 27 & Saturday, July 28: Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti, MI
I don’t know about anyone else, but we’ve been looking forward to this one since last year and certainly since this year’s kick-ass Winter Beer Festival. The Michigan Brewers Guild is at it again for the 15th year in a row and in our second year we’re bringing 20+ beers. Yeah. And, like WBF, we’ll be rolling in with a huge crew. In short, you oughta be there! Head to Riverside Park in Ypsilanti on Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday from 1-6 p.m. Tickets for Friday are $30 in advance ($35 at gate if available) and Saturday’s tickets are $35 advance ($40 at gate if available). Tickets include 15 drink tokens, each redeemable for a 3 oz. pour (with additional tokens available).