It’s no secret that I adore beer, but you know what else I love? Trees.
Yup, my secret’s out… I love trees. I’ve even hugged a few! I know, I live on the EDGE.
So you can imagine my excitement to be invited to lend a hand in The Brewers Grove Project, right here in Beer City!
The Brewers Grove Project began last year, when each Grand Rapids area brewery collaborated to create their own unique spin on a tree-inspired beer. At first, I thought… wait, what? Tree-inspired? But when I think about all the oak-aged, maple-infused, cedar-smoked, fruit-tree deliciousness that trees play a role in beer I already love… this is a brilliant concept.
But wait, it gets better.
Yes!! These tree-beers will serve a purpose… $1 of each pint sold will go toward the Brewers Grove Fund!
Starting on Friday, August 29th, pop into any Grand Rapids area brewery as well as local brewpubs The Meanwhile Bar, Green Well, and Big Bob’s Pizza to order a tree inspired beer. The money collected from each tree-inspired beer will support tree plantings and expand The Brewers Grove concept started at Riverside Park last fall, where brewers planted 30 (!!) trees with the money raised.
A kickoff party is planned at Harmony Brewing Company at 5pm on August 29th, where city commissioners, brewers, media, and YOU can learn more about The Brewers Grove Project and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, while sampling tree inspired beers from around Beer City, including selections from White Flame, Pike 51, Cellar Breweries and Harmony’s own tree-themed Sumac Hefeweizen.
Finally, at the end of this drool-inducing tree-beer trail, there will be a party of EPIC proportions!!
A Tree Beer Party at The Brewers Grove space on the north side of Riverside Park is planned on Friday, September 12th, beginning at 7pm. Bring your own wine, cider or beer to enjoy, along with blankets and chairs to watch an outdoor screening of the cult-classic movie “Strange Brew” at 8:30pm. This movie was shot in 3B – three beers – and it looks good, eh?
This is where you can bring your favorite growler of tree-beer, chat with brewers and fellow craft beer-lovers, and sign up to take part in the The Brewers Grove tree planting in October.
Looking for the latest information? How about a Tree Beer Map? Check out BrewersGrove.com
Also, if you’re sick of, ya know, reading, this fantastic video promoting The Brewers Grove Project rocks!
And finally… here’s what you’re really looking for — *drumroll* — the tree-beers!!
Hope to clink pints and toast to trees with you over the next few weeks!
Tangerine Trees, Fruited Wit
Devastation, Oak Aged Double IPA
Cellar Brewing Company
Apple Ridge IPA, Fruited IPA
Kangaroo Rodeo, Barrel Aged Brown Ale
EB Coffee & Pub
Oaked Melon Saison, Red Oak Saison
Sassafras Brown, Sassafras Brown
Founders Brewing Company
Lil’ Saplin’, Young Barrel Aged Scotch Ale with Additional Oak
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Bonita Applebrown, Smoked Brown Porter with Apple
Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery & Supply
Cedarino, Cedar Planked Pale Ale
Harmony Brewing Company
Sumac Attack, Sumac Hefeweizen
The Hideout Brewing Company
Sticky TreeHugger, Maple Oak Pilsner
Naughty Nicodemus, Cucumber Juniper Lime Gruit
Jaden James Brewery
Smoke on the Water, Smoked Marzen
The Mitten Brewing Co.
Oak Aged Pine Tar DIPA, DIPA (week 1)
Cherry Oaked Wee Heavy, Wee Heavy (week 2)
O’Connor’s Homebrew Supply,
Smokin’ Red Wood Scotch Ale, Extract Kit
Spruce Almighty, Spruce Tip Black IPA
Perrin Brewing Company
Hopwood, Oak Aged Double-IPA
Pike 51 Brewing Company
Beer that shall not be named, Maple Almond Belgian Brown Ale
Rockford Brewing Company
Beechwood Brown, Smoked Oatmeal Brown
Barrel Aged Kiss My Scottish Arse, Smoked Scottish Ale
White Flame Brewing Company
Nut Job, Black Walnut Ale
The Peoples Cider Company
Cherry Tree Cyser, Cherry Cyser