I love beer.
I love trees.
So when the brewers invited me to participate in their Tree Beer celebration, I hopped on board.
Back in August, 18 Grand Rapids brewers collaborated on tree-themed beers. Founders released a 100-Year Oak IPA (Centennial IPA aged on oak), Harmony released Dryad Ale, a light bodied summer ale infused with Linden Tree flowers picked at Wilcox Park, Schmohz released two, a Smoked Maple Brown & a Juniper Rye. I’m sure you follow… Every $1 from these pints of delicious beers raised money for the Urban Forest Project.
To celebrate the success of the Tree Beer Collaboration between our awesome Beer City, USA breweries, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks have partnered with the breweries to establish the Brewers’ Grove at Riverside Park on Thursday, October 17th, 2013 starting at 4pm.
Over 30 trees will be planted by volunteers at this First Annual Event.
If you are in the West Michigan area, you can register to join in on the fun! Friends of GR Parks will provide the tools, training and trees. Arrive dressed for the weather, in closed-toed shoes. There will be an open container permit, so along with a bottle of water, feel free to BYOB in the form of growlers, 6-packs and beyond!
The Beer City Tree Party will immediately follow the tree-planting at 5pm in Riverside Park.
Here you can enjoy your favorite beer with many West Michigan Brewers. Have you seen this commercial? Let’s just say that you can actually get to know not only where your beer is brewed, but who creates these amazing concoctions… for real. Names like Barry, Jackson, Chas, Wob & Manda pop into my head. People I enjoy sharing a beer with, and people who are passionate about making excellent beer for local folks like me.
Once you’ve put some alcohol on it, clinking your growlers with a fellow beer-loving friend & brewer, there will be food trucks on site to help you soak up that delicious beer… so you can celebrate more!
The Brewers’ Grove dedication ceremony will commence at 7pm with Chef Amy Sherman of the Great American Brew Trail emceeing. You will also get a chance to hear from local politicians & brewers.
But wait, there’s more!! At dusk, break into your popcorn for the Grand Rapids premier of the Michigan Beer Film! The film will be shown on a large inflatable movie screen.
This is a free event open to the public… and yes, I have secured a sitter and look forward to seeing many of your beer-soaked faces there.
Check out the FB Beer City Tree Party event page for last-minute details. Or simple comment below with any questions regarding this event & I’ll do my best to answer.