The Brewers Grove Project

August will be a busy month for West Michigan! It has been in the making for awhile that started out as an idea become a welcomed reality. Seventeen (17) breweries within West Michigan have committed to create tree inspired craft beer event that will generate funding support that aligns with the ideals the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the Urban Forest Project. The shared goal is to invest in the tree canopy of urban areas both in retention of current trees and planting new trees.

Each of the breweries has created a specialty craft beer that follows the tree theme that will be on tap from, Sunday August 4 – Saturday, August 10. The craft brews will contain such tree oriented flavors and ingredients such as maple, cherries, oak, and other delicious flavors from trees. Each pint of this tree brew will be $1 donated to Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Urban Forest Project. As an added bonus, some of the breweries will have a release party celebrating the new specialty beverage. The funds generated from the participating breweries will go towards a Tree Bank that will apply the proceeds to purchase an official “brewers groove” within Grand Rapids.

This marks the largest collaborative effort of breweries with focus around trees within Michigan. It is a good opportunity to support the growth of urban tree canopy while enjoying craft beverages with others that share similar appreciation for our local environment and businesses. With Michigan on the rise of becoming one of the more tree conscious states and Grand Rapids moving towards being a national leader of urban forest related issues, the generated support from this week long event will send a clear message about the desire and necessity for trees.

So please, gather friends, family, fellow Citizen Foresters and partake in all that is the Brewers Grove! Here is a listing of the participating breweries:

  • Crankers Brewery, 213 South State Street, Big Rapids 49307
  • Schmohz Brewing Co., 2600 Patterson Ave SE, Grand Rapids 49546
  • Mitten Brewing Co., 527 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids 49504
  • BOB’s Brewery, 20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids 49503
  • Jaden James Brewery, 4665 Broadmoor, Grand Rapids 49512
  • Founders Brewing Co., 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids 49503
  • Hopcat, 25 Ionia Ave SW #100, Grand Rapids 49503
  • Brewery Vivant, 925 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids 49506
  • Harmony Brewing Co., 1551 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids 49506
  • Grand Rapids Brewing Co., 1 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids 49503
  • Rockford Brewing Co., 12 E Bridge St, Rockford 49341
  • Perrin Brewing Co., 910 Comstock Park Dr Comstock Park 49321
  • White Flame Brewing Co., 5234 36th Ave, Hudsonville 49426
  • Pike 51 Brewery, 3768 Chicago Dr, Hudsonville 49426
  • Hideout Brewing Co., 3113 Plaza Dr NE, Grand Rapids 49525
  • Cellar Brewing Co., 500 E Division St., Sparta 49345
  • The People’s Cider Co., 600 Maryland Ave NE Grand Rapids 49505
  • Cellar Brewing Co., 500 E Division St., Sparta 49345

To start things off, Harmony Brewery, Co. will hold a kickoff on Monday, August 5 at 4:30 PM where City Commissioners and members of the public will be in attendance.

For more information regarding the Brewers Grove, please contact Barry VanDyke at barryvandyke@bearmanorproperties.com or wob@mittenbrewing.com.

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