Greetings, Greenbush fans; Jen at the helm today. No surprise that August kicked off nearly a week ago and Brew News is just now hitting the web. It started with a week of preparation for Summer Beer Festival, then the actual festival, followed by a quick trip to Las Vegas to celebrate a certain blond-haired Greenbush bartender’s impending nuptials. No complaints here!
August at the brewery really marks the celebration of harvest season and more great changes to the taproom. This month we’re debuting (or have already) a plethora of new fruit beers–two of the raspberry variety, two blackberry and two blueberry (you should remember these!). This is all in addition to Emptiness, our Apricot Wheat Ale that’s already been on tap for a few weeks.
We’ve also been making big moves in the taproom, though you might not have seen them directly. Behind two beautiful swinging doors at the bar lies our brand-spanking-new kitchen–one that really qualifies as a kitchen, finally. In addition to many of your current favorites (we’d never take brisket or pulled pork away from you), we’ll be rolling out new menu items slowly, starting with pizza TONIGHT! That’s right. We’re starting with just a couple options but we can bet you’re just as excited as we are. Come check it all out for yourself at the taproom and come visit us at the following upcoming events!
Wednesday, August 7: Tasting at Riverside Foods Farmers Market in Riverside, IL
If you find yourself anywhere near Riverside, Illinois tomorrow, stop by the weekly Farmers’ Market for a special treat–a Greenbush beer tasting! The Market is held in the parking lot between the Township Hall and the Riverside Public Library on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30-7 p.m. CDT.
Thursday, August 8: Tasting at South Haven Yacht Club in South Haven, MI
Members of the South Haven Yacht Club can head in at 6 p.m. for a fantastic Greenbush Beer tasting right on the water.
Thursday, August 15: Beer Dinner at Penny Black Grill & Tap in Rochester, MI
Penny Black in Rochester, MI is rockin’ Anger as their beer of the month for August. To top that, they’re hosting a Greenbush beer dinner on August 15 featuring 6 different brews paired with a fantastic menu including dishes like arugula salad with nectarines, picadillo beef tacos and a milk stout ice cream float. If you’re interested in attending the 6 p.m. dinner, call Penny Black Grill & Tap at 248.841.1522 to reserve your spot.
Friday, August 16: Tasting at Liquor Cabinet in St. Joseph, MI
We’ll be hosting a local beer tasting on Friday, August 16 at Liquor Cabinet in St. Joseph, MI. Join us from 4-6 p.m. to taste a variety of Greenbush brews and pick your favorite to take home in a 4- or 6-pack. Talk about happy hour!
Saturday, August 17: MoPop Festival in Sterling Heights, MI
When we first were asked to participate in this festival, I think we all said, “Ummm, duh. We’re going.” Here’s why: MoPop is a celebration of music, beer, food and art. Basically our favorite things. General admission and VIP tickets ($49.50 and $99, respectively) are still available. Don’t miss your chance to drink some great craft beer AND see the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show (a GB favorite, for certain), Manchester Orchestra, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes and many more. Curious about the beers we’ll have there? Sunspot, Closure and Anger will be available to all, but VIP ticket holders are going to be in for a number of treats, including our new raspberry ale, One and the Same.
Saturday, August 17: Suds on the Shore in Ludington, MI
Michigan Westsiders have a great opportunity for a day of craft beer and fun, too, with this year’s Suds on the Shore festival in Ludington on Saturday, August 17 from 1-7 p.m. $25 advance tickets are still available and include 8 tokens, each worth a 4-oz. sample, and souvenir glass. We’ll be pouring a number of favorites plus a few newer offerings–Black Swan, a blackberry wheat ale and Resignation, a milk stout.
Saturday, August 17: Oak Park Micro Brew Review in Oak Park, IL
Yes, we’re still on the same day. August 17 is also the Oak Park Micro Brew Review–an afternoon festival featuring beers from more than 50 microbreweries across the Midwest. Ticket sales will help fund non-profit work to build healthy, environmentally sustainable communities in the Midwest. So along with great beers, you can also sample foods that incorporate organic food from local farmers. Win. Win. Taster’s Choice and VIP tickets are available here.
Saturday, August 17: Coach’s 1st Anniversary Tap Takeover in Stevensville, MI
And if that hasn’t satisfied nearly everyone in our Michigan and Illinois distribution areas, we’re also taking over the taps at Coach’s Bar and Grill’s 1st Anniversary celebration in Stevensville, MI on August 17. The party lasts all day, but they’ll be tapping 10 awesome Greenbush beers at 5 p.m. plus offering a tasting of Journeyman Distillery goods.
Sunday, September 1: Check, Please! Farm to Table Festival in Baroda, MI
This one’s obviously past our August calendar but it absolutely cannot go without mention. The second annual Check, Please! Farm to Table Festival will take place on the grounds of Round Barn Winery in Baroda, MI on the afternoon of Sunday, September 1. Celebrate local farms, cuisine, and beverages with food pairings created by award-winning chefs, plus taste local wines, brews, ciders and spirits. This is easily one of the year’s best events that we find happening right in our back yard. Incredibly, tasting and VIP tickets are still available, but they probably won’t be for long!
Of course, shortly after all of this is already the next Michigan Brewers Guild festival up in Marquette. If you’ve never made the trek to this great beer fest, why not do it this year? Get tickets here and join us. As always, keep an eye on Facebook for anything else crazy that may pop up during the month.