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Two Week Brewers Grove Project celebrates with free, outdoor movie screening of “Strange Brew” on Friday night, Sept 12th at Riverside Park.

For the second year in a row, over twenty Grand Rapids area breweries teamed up with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to raise money for their Urban Forest Project, an initiative to maximize the tree canopy in all parts of the city. Starting on Friday, August 29, patrons could stop into almost any Grand Rapids brewery to order a tree inspired beer, with a portion of the sales going toward The Brewers Grove Fund.   To celebrate the close of the two-week Brewers Grove Project, there will be an outdoor screening of “Strange Brew” at Riverside Park.  The movie will be shown on a giant inflatable screen near the location of 30 trees planted last fall as part of the project.

The public is invited to bring their own beer or wine, along with blankets and chairs to watch a free outdoor screening of the cult-classic movie “Strange Brew”.  Grand Rapids area Brewers will meet and interact with party guests throughout the event. Team Beer City will also be on hand to sign up the public to assist with The Brewers Grove tree planting in October.  Amy Sherman, host of the Great American Brew Trail, will be emceeing the event.  Food vendors will also be hand and gates open at 7pm and movie will start at approximately 8:30pm.

Strange Brew (also known as The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew) is a 1983 Canadian comedy film starring the popular SCTV characters Bob and Doug McKenzie, portrayed by Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis.  In this cult classic, Bob and Doug Mackenzie help the Elsinore Brewery founder's daughter Pam regain the brewery founded by her recently-deceased father. But to do so, they must confront the suspicious brew master and two teams of vicious hockey players.  The film is rated PG.

The event will be held near the “Band-shell Shelter” of Riverside Park.  The approximate address is 2875 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. Monroe Ave is significant construction so please take note of the following directions: guests will not be able to access the park from the south (from downtown, up Monroe) or from the North (from North Park) because both ways are closed. To access the park, you will need to come from either Coit or Plainfield and take 3 Mile Road to Monroe. From there, you can jog north a quarter of a mile and enter the park by the Little League signs.

Find updated information and a list of all participating breweries and bars, as well as a Tree Beer Map at www.BrewersGrove.com

 

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