Hi all! Welcome to October. September ended on a surprising and much anticipated note for us. After what seemed like forever, we FINALLY received our liquor license for the Annex!!! We could not have asked for a better close to the month of September with absolutely fantastic weather for Weko and Valpo brew fests, the opening weekend for our BEER garden and a successful and equally gorgeous day for our second annual Greenbush Golf Outing. Ya know that Michigan weather rule? The one where after one weekend of beautiful weather you must have a weekend of crummy weather? That was this past weekend, but it didn’t put even the slightest damper on Vander Fest 2014. With a few events already under our belt for the month we’re ready for an eventful rest of the month. Read up to find an event near you to join us at!
Tuesday, October 7: Tap Takeover @ Maude’s Taphouse in Ostego, MI
Maude’s Taphouse presents a South West Michigan Tap Takeover Tour featuring 6 different Greenbush beers on tap through October 11th. Emptiness, Helmet of Remnar, Remnant of Dragon, Anger, Mr. Hyde and Demeter will all be on tap and Baney will be hanging around Tuesday, October 7. SWM REPRESENT!
Tuesday, October 7: Grand Beer Tasting @ Binny’s Lincoln Park
Get to Binny’s Lincoln Park between 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm CST for a tasting of epic proportions! Don’t miss out!
Although this will be the third annual BontebOktoberfest, it’s our first time attending and we couldn’t be more excited! What’s better than a craft beer fest that takes place at a zoo you ask? A craft beer fest that takes places at a zoo that has GIRAFFES! Fest takes place from 6 pm until 10 pm. Tickets still available so be sure to snatch yours up!
Saturday, October 11: Porter’s Perfect Pint in Porter, IN
Join us rain or shine for the second annual beer festival benefiting Porter’s Fire Dept. as well as their Parks & Rec Dept. VIP entry at noon CST for $50 and general admission at 1 pm CST for $25; fest will go until 5 pm CST. Almost 50 different breweries present (including us and our good friends at Burn ‘Em Brewing), food vendors, live music and more! Tickets still available!
Tuesday, October 14: Craft Beer Collaboration Dinner @ Deja Brew in Oak Lawn, IL
6 breweries! 6 plates! Featuring the following breweries:
They’ll be picking a featured beer from each of the above breweries to pair with a dish. Expect to see Unicorn Killer from us…Call (708) 423-0484 to reserve your spot!
Thursday, October 16: Tap Takeover at Jupiter’s in Champaign, IL
At 5 pm CST Jupiter’s will be putting 5 GB beers on tap! Look forward to Closure, Unicorn Killer, Distorter, Anger, Brother Benjamin.
Saturday, October 18: Beer Dinner @ The Grille at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, MI
Harbor Shores and Greenbush are coming together to create an unforgettable dinner event in The Grille. Dinner will kick off with a “welcome pint” of Traktor and be followed up by this menu…
1st Course: fontina Cheese, roasted garlic and caramelized onions wrapped in puff pastry paired with Star Chicken Shotgun IPA
2nd Course: frisée salad with peppers, raspberries, bacon and a lime vinaigrette paired with One and the Same Raspberry Ale
3rd Course: braised beef brisket with roasted root vegetables and rutabaga puree paired with Brother Benjamin Imperial IPA
4th Course: Unicorn Killer crème brûlée paired with Unicorn Killer Pumpkin Spiced Ale
Not too shabby, huh? $60/person plus tax & gratuity. All reservations must be made online and payment is due at time of reservation.
Saturday, October 18: Munster Ale Fest in Munster, IN
Over 100 craft beers will be showcased featuring beers from IN, WI, IL and MI (and GB of course!), live music and entertainment, beer games and food truck cuisine! VIP entrance at noon CST, general admission at 1 pm CST and fest runs until 5 pm CST. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!
Saturday, October 18: Royal Oak Beer Stroll
The Royal Oak Restaurant Association is putting on the third annual Michigan Craft Beer Stroll in Downtown Royal Oak from noon to 5 pm. For $40 in advance, or $50 upon entry (if tickets are still available), you can make your way around 25 different participating restaurants. Each restaurant will be featuring a different beer paired with a signature dish. Pop into Ye Olde Saloon for our Distorter Porter paired with bacon on a stick! Check out the full line up and get your ticket here!
Sunday, October 19: CLOSING EARLY
Just a heads up, so you can all plan accordingly– the taproom will be closing at 6 pm sharp for a first ever ALL staff meeting. Last call for food will be at 5:30 pm and last call for beer at 5:45 pm. Thanks in advance for understanding.
We’re still in the works of planning this so stay tuned to our Facebook for updates!
Thursday, October 23: Tasting @ 8 Degrees Plato in Ferndale, MI
A tasting at 8 Degrees Plato the day before Detroit Fall Beer Fest…You know what that means, don’t ya? I don’t how else to say this besides: 8 Degrees Plato does tastings right and we try to do our part in making their tastings as fantastic as they are which means we’ll be bringing some special stuff and you should totally be there between 6 pm and 8 pm!
Friday & Saturday, October 24 & 25: Detroit Fall Beer Fest
Man, the Michigan Brewers Guild sure knows how to put on a fest! If you have yet to attend one of their fests you should change that! It just so happens that tickets are still available for this 2-day fest. Friday’s session spans from 5 pm to 9 pm and Saturday will go from 1 pm to 6 pm. Won’t you join us one or both days? We’re bringing 40 beers including some one time only small batches!
The last time we teamed up with BuckleDown for an event was at Dimo’s Pizza and we wouldn’t have it any other way… So we figured why not do another event with them at another pizza place. I mean, come on, what’s not to love about good beer and good pizza? And what better way to spend your Halloween than a dual tap takeover? GB and BD will each be bringing 4-5 beers so be sure to check it out!
Saturday, November 1: Tasting @ Bottles & Cans in Chicago, IL
We had to roll this event over from September because we wanted to have more beer for you guys! We’re ready for ya… get here between 2 pm and 4 pm CST to try some free samples!
Saturday, November 1: Wings Stadium Fest in Kalamazoo, MI
Wings Stadium will be hosting its first ever Kalamazoo Craft Beer Festival from 1 pm to 7 pm on Saturday, November 1. LOTS of breweries already on board and the list just keeps growing! Get your ticket before it’s too late!