Greetings from Jen’s side of the relocated office desk. Per usual in these posts, I can’t believe another month has passed as quickly as it has. But it’s AUGUST already, for Pete’s sake (hi Pete!). Here’s to this delightful summer weather lasting well into September (I wouldn’t hate it in October, either). Anyway, we just got back from a weekend at Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti. Greenbush rolled up to the fest with 14 fine folks on Friday and 13 on Saturday. We brought that sweet, giant booth and rocked the taste buds of thousands–or so that’s what we’ve heard. A humongous thank you to everyone who came out to support and all you awesome folk who took a chance on us for the first time. Don’t forget, we’re distributing all over the state of Michigan now, included the east side–so be on the lookout for Greenbush in your favorite libation station.
Now, on with the show. Here’s what’s happenin’ this month:
Saturday, August 4: Brew Haven 2012 in New Haven, IN
Northeast Indiana’s premiere craft beer festival is back for another year. This Saturday, you can check out beers from more than 30 breweries plus sample beer made by the local homebrew club from 2-6 p.m. in downtown New Haven. A standard ticket ($35 in advance; $45 at the door) includes unlimited samples, a souvenir tasting glass, a meal and water. For more ticket options or to purchase tickets, check out the website.
Wednesday, August 8: Taste of the Nation Chicago
Next week, the hottest chefs, mixologists and sommeliers from Chicago and beyond (yeah, Greenbush!) will join together under one roof, united around the same cause: the fight to end childhood hunger. Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is the nation’s premier culinary benefit and you can attend by purchasing a ticket to enjoy a great party and support a great cause. Plus, we’ll be there! With beer!
Thursday, August 9: Tap Takeover at Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub in Detroit, MI
Greenbush is taking over Detroit! Well, Foran’s anyway–for starters. Head on over around 4 p.m. or later (after the Tigers/Yankees game comes to a close down the street) to enjoy a plethora of Greenbush beers on tap. Keep an eye on our Facebook page (and theirs) for more details before the event.
Saturday, August 11: Weird Michigan Beer at Shark Club in Howell, MI
The Shark Club in Howell is hosting a Weird Michigan Beer event all day next Saturday celebrating all the outstanding and strange brews that just don’t fit in to conventional styles. We pondered what we could add to the lineup. Then it hit us like a ton of 40’s: PHD, our dear malt liquor. Better go check it out! Look for more details on their Facebook page.
Saturday, August 18: Suds on the Shore in Ludington, MI
Head north for a sweet craft beer and wine festival one the shore of Lake Michigan on the 18th from 1-7 p.m., featuring 20+ breweries. The festival also features a homebrew competition and live music. And, not that you needed another reason to check it out, the annual event is put on to benefit United Way of Mason County.
Monday, August 20: Beer Dinner at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
We looove beer dinners and are pleased as punch to have two coming up this month. The first is at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange on August 20 starting at 6 p.m. with a pre-gathering including a draft beer and antipasto platter followed by five small plates and give Greenbush beers–all for $35! Don’t miss it. Seriously. Call 269-532-1188 for more information and to make reservations.
Tuesday, August 21: Beer Dinner at One-Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, MI (Metro Detroit)
From the moment Jill and I first walked into this pretty new Ferndale joint, we knew Greenbush and One-Eyed Betty’s would be a match made in heaven, hence this beer dinner. With items like Flex Your Mussels, Ridiculously Good Grilled Cheese and B-Boy Bouillabaisse on the regular menu, we just knew. The dinner starts at 7 p.m.–more details on the event and tickets will be provided soon on One-Eyed Betty’s Facebook page–be quick, this one will most definitely sell out.
So that’s the word on August. But I can’t let you depart without mentioning a couple big, big events happening in the beginning of September. I want you to be prepared, ya know? First is the Check, Please! Farm to Table event at Round Barn Winery in Baroda, MI on Sunday, September 2. This is basically an unprecedented event right in our back yard–a food festival featuring an all-star lineup of award-winning chefs teaming with the farms they source from. Second is the annual U.P. Fall Beer Fest on Saturday, September 8 in Marquette, MI. This one’s smaller than its Summer and Winter counterparts, but not any less awesome–they expect at least 30 Michigan craft breweries and more than 200 beers. Be there!
As always, keep your eyes on our Facebook page for any additional events and fun things we think you should know about. I’ll see you in the taproom!