This month’s edition of Brew News is a little bit late for one very good reason–Labor Day Weekend. Many, many thanks to everyone who came out to the taproom (there were a heck of a lot of you!). And also, a big shout out to all our bartenders who busted their asses over the holiday weekend. We hope everyone had a great experience and that we’ll see you again soon.
This month we’ve introduced a couple new/back-for-the-season beers in the taproom. Demeter is a fresh-hopped ale with mostly Cascade hops from Hop Head Farms near Kalamazoo, MI. Also, Memento Mori is back on the board–if you were around last fall, you must remember the tasty Oktoberfest-Style Ale. We’re also featuring a Belgian Sour called Micromégas for a short time, in addition to the occasional small-batch lab beer (how much did you love Steve’s pistachio ale Askance?). There’s a lot more where these new and returning brews came from, so keep your ears open and eyes peeled for signs of more lab beers and specialty brews hitting the tap towers in Sawyer.
Now, as you’ll see below, we might as well call September our festival month because we’re participating in a ton of them–in Michigan, Indiana and the Chicago area. Plus, we’re going to get back to kickin’ it with the mug clubbers with a special event toward the end of the month. Check it out:
Saturday, September 8: U.P. Fall Beer Festival in Marquette, MI
The 4th annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival will showcase more than 30 Michigan craft brewers and around 200 different beers from 1-6 p.m. (noon for VIPs) on Saturday, September 8 in the beautiful Mattson Lower Harbor Park along the shores of Lake Superior. Tickets are still available for $30 each online or $35 at the gate. As usual, this gets you 15 drink tokens to start your sampling. What can you expect from Greenbush? An awesome crew and great beers including Demeter, Rage and cask Retribution with figs and honey. Trust me, the trek will be totally worthwhile.
Saturday, September 8: Zoo Brew in South Bend, IN
Now in its fourth year, Zoo Brew is an awesome event at South Bend’s Potawatomi Zoo with nearly 30 breweries to taste from as you walk around the entire zoo. Food samples from area restaurants will also be available and proceeds benefit wildlife conservation, new exhibits and education programs. A $40 ticket gets you a sampling mug, unlimited beer samples and food samples. Purchase tickets here and we hope to see you at the zoo!
Sunday, September 9: Kegs for Kids in Chicago, IL
Hopleaf’s 3rd annual beer festival benefitting the Helen C. Peirce Elementary School will feature more than 60 craft and specialty beers, including some one-offs, food from area restaurants as well as a sweet silent auction full of all kinds of cool things beer- and non-beer-related. Tickets are available for $40 in advance or for $50 at the door.
Friday, September 14: Festiv-Ale in Chicago, IL
Festiv-Ale is a celebration of beer! This charity beer tasting event to benefit the Chicago area Cystic Fibrosis Foundation takes place on September 14 at Carmichael’s Steakhouse in Chicago. A $65 ($28 tax deductible) general admission ticket includes unlimited craft beer tastings, free signature dish samplings from local restaurants and entertainment. Join us! The brewery lineup is stellar.
Friday, September 14-Sunday, September 16: DIY Street Fair in Ferndale, MI
Ferndale is one of our favorite places in the state for many a good reason, so we’re stoked to be included in their street fair that embraces local artisans, businesses, musicians and their independent spirit. The fair is a free event running the entire weekend, with highlights including live music, a self-produced/self-released record shop, beer garden, restaurant row, marketplace, kids zone and a charity 5K. DIY Street Fair is located on East Troy Street, off Woodward Avenue one block south of 9 Mile Road.
Saturday, September 15: HoptoberFest in Grand Rapids, MI
HopCat is hosting a huge party in downtown Grand Rapids on September 15 from noon-11 p.m., plus what they’re calling “the world’s largest brunch” on the 16th. 6,000 people are expected to be hanging out on Ionia Street, enjoying beers from 40-some Michigan breweries, a food pavilion and killer entertainment provided by Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone, The Ark Band and Funktion. Tickets are available online for $10 each or for $15 at the event.
Saturday, September 15: Sawyer Bash in Sawyer, MI
Technically, we’re not going to be at this one, but we are sponsoring and supporting it with gusto. The free community event will be held in downtown Sawyer (around Sawyer and Flynn Roads) from 2-9 p.m. and feature local food and drink and a variety of musical entertainment.
Tuesday, September 25: Mug Club Autumn Equinox Party at GREENBUSH!
We’re still working on the details for this one, but when searching for a reason to celebrate, why not the Autumn Equinox? Sure, we’re going to be a few days late by most standards BUT September 25 is actually closest to equal day/night in Sawyer–thank you Farmer’s Almanac. (We totally planned that…) Expect a whole lot of juxtaposition at the party that is, yes, for mug club members only. No burning man here, but we’ll do our best to show you a good time.
Saturday, September 29: Weko Beach Brewers Festival in Bridgman, MI
Back for its third year, this beachside festival is about as close as we get to a hometown festival. Live music, beer sampling and food for purchase all under a big top tent–what more could you ask for? The fest runs from 1-7 p.m. (rain or shine–as we know from the past) and tickets are currently available at Hardings Markets for $20. Stay tuned to their website for more information about purchasing tickets and the brewery/beer lineup.
Saturday, September 29: Valpo Brewfest in Valparaiso, IN
Already sold out (2,500 tickets!), the Valpo Brewfest in downtown Valparaiso will run from 1-5 p.m. with a VIP hour starting at noon. Your ticket–if you have one–includes samples from over 125 beers, food for purchase, live music and a new Firkin Cellar. I’ve heard awesome things about this festival so hopefully many of you have tickets!
That’s it for this month! Keep an eye on our events calendar and Facebook page for any additions and updates. Also, be sure to stay turned to our Facebook page for more announcements about upcoming events happening in the taproom.