Hey. Hi there. It’s Jen, remember me? Yeah, it’s been a while. Things happened… like Winter Beer Fest in Grand Rapids and us launching bottles to Michigan retail and I took a little vacation. So I apologize for the lack of blog posts, but we’re back at it! Yep, February was a crazy month. Winter Beer Fest was absolutely awesome, as many of you probably know. We took 40+ beers and basically blew through all of them. THANK YOU for all the wild support. We hope you dug our weird beers, high-gravity beers and everything in between. And then there was the bottle launch… WOW. It is absolutely weird and cool beyond words to see Greenbush 6- and 4-packs on the shelves at liquor stores, grocery stores and at gas stations. I’m working on the list of where you can buy our beer–that list will hopefully be finished by the end of the week. Now, on with the show…
Wednesday, March 13: Greenbush Bus Trip to Grand Rapids, MI
We love hangin’ with our customers so much that we ordered up a bus to take a bunch of you to Grand Rapids for a day of shenanigans. First, we’re hitting up Founders Brewing Co. for a few libations, then heading to Van Andel Arena to catch a minor-league hockey face-off between the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Chicago Wolves. Leaving from the brewery at 3 p.m., tickets are $50 and you can get them up until Wednesday morning by calling the taproom at 269.405.1076.
The annual Good Food Festival & Conference in Chicago is all about transforming the way we eat. Put on in part by FamilyFarmed.org, the weekend mission is to expand the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food in order to enhance the social, economic and environmental health of our communities. Friday night is Localicious, an event that pairs family farmers and chef-driven restaurants, and attendees get to try it all. We’ll be pouring Mr. Hyde at the event, our Sumatran Cream Stout made with coffee from Sawyer’s Infusco Coffee Roasters. Get your tickets for Localicious here for $75 or for $90 at the door.
Friday, March 15: Beer Tasting at Art of the Table in Grand Rapids, MI
If somehow you’ve missed seeing Greenbush bottled beer in Michigan retailers, this is an opportunity to taste what we’re offering and pick up a few six packs for the weekend and weeks ahead. Join us at Art of the Table in Grand Rapids from 5-7 p.m. for the tasting (it’s one of our favorite places to visit when we’re in town).
Saturday, March 16: Middle of the Mitt Beer, Whiskey & Music Fest in Mt. Pleasant, MI
How better to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a beer, whiskey and music festival? Hunter’s Ale House in Mt. Pleasant is hosting a huge outdoor party right outside CMU’s campus with 16 breweries, 20+ bands on three stages and lots of Irish whiskey. We’ll be pouring four beers at the event including Barrel-Aged Mr. Hyde. Yeah, it’s gonna be awesome. Get VIP tickets ahead of time for $20 (call Hunter’s at 989.779.2626) or tickets are $10 at the door and include 5 drink tokens.
Friday, March 22: Tap Takeover at 8th Street Grille in Holland, MI
All you really need to know for this is that the tap list is going to be awesome. A firkin. A barrel-aged beer. And 11 more! Time is still TBA, but there’s a ton of excitement around this tap takeover. Come on out!
Friday, March 22: Tap Takeover at Whole Foods Cranbrook in Ann Arbor, MI
We’re coming back to Ann Arbor for our first event at a Whole Foods Market! (And that’s pretty sweet.) I’ll be there with my sister, Ariel, who comes out for many, many east side events. There will be eight beers on tap, including one of our new spring seasonals, 400 Divine Rabbits.
Saturday, March 23: Art of Beer Festival in Benton Harbor, MI
Locals have long awaited the return of the Art of Beer Festival at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center. This year’s event is featuring a ton of different breweries, including Dark Horse, Odd Side Ales, Greenbush, Brewery Vivant and many more from Michigan and across the country. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. and tickets run $30 if you purchase them ahead of time or $35 at the door–your ticket includes festival admittance, a festival pint glass and 15 beer samples. Plus there will be live entertainment and food for purchase.
Sunday, March 24: Greenbush CLOSING EARLY for Staff Party
In true Greenbush fashion, there’s been so much going on that we’re having our post-holiday employee bash in March. We’ll be closing the taproom at 6 p.m. this night, so please plan accordingly.
Tuesday, March 26: Beer Dinner at 7 Monks Taproom in Traverse City, MI
Northern Michigan deserves much love, too, as they’ve been repping Greenbush like crazy. So, how about a beer dinner? 7 Monks Taproom in Traverse City–one hell of an excellent beer bar–is hosting a dinner on March 26 featuring four Greenbush beers. The beer lineup is going to include a very limited cult favorite, Barrel-Aged LTD. Don’t miss it–keep an eye out for more details on our Facebook page and the 7 Monks page.
Sunday, March 31: Greenbush CLOSED for Easter
Regular hours will resume on Monday, April 1 (no fools here).
That’s what’s on the docket right now. As always, stay tuned to the Greenbush Facebook page as many more adventures are bound to pop up. And don’t miss the BIG EVENT on April 3–the 2013 Ashley’s Westland Brewery Throwdown finals, Greenbush vs. Saugatuck. As before, the event runs from 6 p.m.-midnight, but this time we’ll each be bringing 8 beers. Come support your favorite brewery, whether that’s us or not–remember, good beer always wins.