Well, we certainly didn’t get to enjoy a crazy warm March like last year, but it’s safe to say that this past month has been… crazy frenetic. We’ve been under construction, as you certainly know if you’ve been here and enjoyed the tiny, temporary unisex bathroom. We added mug racks so more of our dear Friends with Benefits can enjoy their beer in a fancy, Greenbush-emblazoned stein (we appreciate everyone’s patience, especially those still waiting for their own). And one tiny little thing, we installed a new 15-barrel brew house. Oh right, that’s HUGE! Slowly but surely, we’re taking this thing to the next level (and beyond). But that was then and this is now; here’s what we have on tap for April.
We’re throwing in ALL our chips for the championship round of this year’s Ashley’s Westland Brewery Throwdown. The event starts at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight. All you need to know is we’re bringing 8 killer beers (Sunspot, Dunegras, Broken Promises, Anger, Mr. Hyde, Doomslayer, Brother Benjamin and Barrel-Aged VanderBush) and you have to drink them to help us win. Every glass of Greenbush beer brings us closer to the title. We’ll also have a great crew there representing Greenbush and lots of great giveaways!
Thursday, April 4: Beer Appreciation Night at Wrought Iron Grill in Owosso, MI
Head to Wrought Iron Grill for their monthly Beer Appreciation Night–featuring Greenbush this Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. $25 gets you 6 small plates paired with 6 Greenbush beers (including Port Barrel-Aged Ursus!), plus a welcome beer and one other GB selection on draft. Scott and Baney will be there to talk all things good beer and hang out for the evening. Reserve your spot by calling Wrought Iron Grill at 989.472.9025.
Tuesday, April 9: Brewery Night at Red Haven Farm to Table in Okemos, MI
Join us for a 6 course beer dinner at the amazing Red Haven Farm to Table restaurant near Lansing, MI. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner service starts at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $65 each plus tax & gratuity. Call the restaurant at 517.679.6309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation!
Tuesday, April 9: Hoppy Hour at The Bluebird in Chicago, IL
We’re kicking off a week full of Greenbush events in Chicago with a lovely “hoppy” hour at Bluebird on Damen from 5-7 p.m. CST. The chef will be pairing a handful of selections with five Greenbush beers. Jen and Jill will be there, making this a can’t-miss event. (Ed’s note: Yeah, I said it. Yeah, Jen’s the “editor.”)
Wednesday, April 10: Tap Takeover at Blue Frog’s Local 22 in Chicago, IL
Day two of the Chicago blitz takes the Greenbush crew and hopefully many craft beer fans to Blue Frog’s Local 22 on Hubbard for a tap takeover. They’ll be featuring five Greenbush beers and brewery reps and Wirtz reps will be on-hand from 7-9 p.m. CST, ready to mix and mingle.
Thursday, April 11: Meet the Brewer at Sheffield’s in Chicago, IL
More details to come on this one, but safe to say that this is your chance to pick the brain of Scott Sullivan, Greenbush co-owner and beer creator. More of the Greenbush crew will also be around to hang out and enjoy the festivities. The event at Sheffield’s officially runs from 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, April 13: Blue Chip Brewfest in Michigan City, IN
The Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino plays host to the third annual Blue Chip Brewfest on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets start at $40 (VIP options available), giving you a chance to sample from Greenbush, Four Horsemen Brewing Company, Bells, New Belgium, New Holland, Upland and many, many more. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com or you can visit the Blue Chip Gift Box.
Sunday, April 14: Beer Dinner at Soe Cafe in Sawyer, MI
Aside from the Brewer’s Table Dinner at Greenbush, this is indubitably the most local beer dinner we’ve had the pleasure of participating in. Chef Chad over at Soe Cafe has a fun list of four beers to pair with for what’s sure to be an excellent dinner. We’ll let you know more details as we hear them, but feel free to start calling Soe soon to make a reservation at 269.426.4878.
Monday, April 15: Sunspot Release Party at The Buck Burgers & Brew in St. Joseph, MI
We’re ushering in spring and welcoming summer to come as quickly as possible with the release of Sunspot, our crisp and refreshing hefeweizen. And given that we like to party, we’re partnering up with The Buck in St. Joe for a big celebration. The party starts at 5 p.m.–right after income taxes need to be filed–and it’ll be full of Greenbush staffers celebrating with customers and giving away all sorts of cool stuff.
Wednesday, April 17: Tap Takeover at The Laundry in Fenton, MI
It’s time for Greenbush to cover some new ground in Michigan, so we’re heading to Fenton! We’ve heard amazing things about The Laundry and can’t wait to head into town for a Greenbush tap takeover. The tap list looks amazing with beers like Broken Promises, Black Beer’d and Cabra Perdida making appearances. The event begins at 5 p.m.
Friday, April 18: Beer Tasting at Paula’s Market in Grand Rapids, MI
The Greenbush bottle love is going strong, and we’re heading to Paula’s Market in Grand Rapids for another bottled beer tasting! This one will run from 5-7 p.m.
Friday, April 18: Tap Takeover at Reno’s East in East Lansing, MI
We’re still working on the details for this one but rest assured that we’ll have 8 kick-ass beers on tap at Reno’s East and a couple fun Greenbush representatives in the house. Keep an eye on Facebook for more information!
Saturday, April 20: BACONFEST at UIC Forum in Chicago, IL
This baby is SOLD OUT entirely, so better luck next year! (So sorry!) Pretty much the best day ever and we’ll be bringing a bunch of delicious beers to wash down all that bacon goodness.
So, that covers April. I think. There’s also plenty of good stuff coming up in May, but we’ll get there when we get there. Namely Chicago Craft Beer Week, events in Eastern Michigan and beer dinners in Grand Rapids. And probably a million other cool things. I’ll catch you on the flip side.