Brew News: February

My apologies for this post coming nearly half-way through February–let’s just say that visits to Great Divide Brewing Company and Steamboat Springs ski trips happen. Anyway, back to the issues at hand. January was a bear of a crappy-weather month, but we soldiered on, in part thanks to fun projects like getting our boxed lunch and family-style catering program off the ground. You can now order sandwiches for lunch meetings, client visits, etc. or you can order family-style catering for any kind of shindig–plus, we’ll deliver within 25ish miles of Sawyer (delivery fees apply). Check out the menu online here; we’re ready for ya!

Brian from MI Hop Alliance & Tyler from GB @ Traverse City Microbrew & Music Fest

Brian from MI Hop Alliance & Tyler from GB @ Traverse City Microbrew & Music Fest

On the event tip, we’ve already kicked off February with a couple great events, including Saturday’s Traverse City Microbrew and Music Festival. Thanks to all who attended and helped us run out of beer just before the fest ended! Here’s what else is coming up:

Monday, February 10: Mardi Gras Beer Dinner at Bluegrass in Highland Park, IL

Our friends at Bluegrass Restaurant in Highland Park are kicking off a month full of Mardi Gras celebration with a beer dinner featuring the following awesome pairings:

Traktor & Loudmouth Soup with boudin balls & gator bites
1825 with a trio of oysters
Closure with jumbo prawn, smoked cheddar grits & pork belly candy
Anger with cajun-roasted pork tenderloin
Brother Benjamin with beignets, honey ice cream & pistachio brittle

Sounds pretty awesome, right? Give them a call at 847.831.0595 if you’re interested in reserving a spot tonight! $55 per person and the dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. CST

Thursday, February 13: Beer & Pizza: A Love Worth Celebrating at Dimo’s Pizza in Chicago, IL

The story is as simple as this: sales director & marketing director walk into Dimo’s Pizza on Damen Ave., said directors eat some pizza, directors fall in love with pizza and a brewery & pizza joint collaboration was born. 


Weeks later we got together and planned a menu of five pizza (see left) and beer pairings, including a new mango IPA collaboration beer and a killer pork belly collaboration pizza. It all comes together on February 13th with an all-you-can-eat-and-drink two-hour extravaganza celebrating the timeless love story of beer and pizza. I seriously don’t know how you could pass this event up, so better get your tickets before they’re all gone!

Thursday, February 20: Tap Takeover at HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI

To get ready for the absurdity that is Winter Beer Fest in Grand Rapids, we’re showing off 8 great beers at HopCat on February 20th. Here’s what they’ll be featuring for the day: Loudmouth Soup, Starchicken Shotgun, Anger, Ursus, Dystopia, LTD, Brother Benjamin and Barrel-Aged There Are Owls in the Roadhouse. Yeah, it’s gonna be cool.

Friday, February 21: Tap Takeover at Logan’s Alley in Grand Rapids, MI

Head to Logan’s Alley on the Friday night before beer fest for our official pre-party, complete with 13 killer Greenbush beers. Which might those be? How about Jadis, Apathy, Broken Promises, Anger, Retribution, Terminator X, Dystopia, VanderBush, Remnant of Dragon, Pain, Rage, Barrel-Aged Terminator X and a special cask of Sheep in Tall Grass. Per their usual craziness, Logan’s will have most of these beers available starting at 7 a.m. Time to get rowdy (responsibly rowdy, of course).

Saturday, February 22: Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival in Comstock Park, MI

Here it comes. The big kahuna. The moment we wait for all winter long–the 9th annual Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, MI. Bad news? It sold out in a record number of hours. But if you have tickets to the fest, it’s nothing but good news, starting with 600+ beers from 70+ breweries. Be sure to come find us early and often, as we’ll be pouring 50 beers from three different stations, including 18 barrel-aged beers and 12 brand new small batch brews.

Before we part, should we talk about the elephant, er, Brisket Van in the room? Yes, it’s true. We have acquired the food truck that food-truck-dreams are made of. We’re headed to Louisiana in the next week and hope to have Brisket Van on the streets and in the parking lots of Berrien County by early spring (expanding its range as time goes on). To keep track of all Brisket Van news, get to liking it on Facebook and following on Twitter.


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