Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.

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Founders Fest 2017 article

On Saturday, June 17th Founders will once again close down the taproom and move the party into the street for a day of beer, food, and music in the sun. This year’s 10th annual Founders Fest features their most exciting music lineup yet with a solid team of jam bands including national headlining act Umphrey’s McGee along with the 90’s chart- topping Blues Traveler and bluegrass rockers Leftover Salmon. Additionally, Grand Rapid’s own Mustard Plug and Traverse City’s The Accidentals will be supporting this already stellar lineup.

founders black party 2017 article

Founders sets aside one day a year in April to celebrate their darkest beers. This year’s celebration will be held on Saturday, April 22nd and is an all day event at the pub featuring food, music, and every kind of dark beer imaginable ranging from barrel aged stouts to smoky porters and black IPAs. Past year’s events have included everything from mainstays to exclusive tappings including one-off firkins and nitro beers.

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Sparta’s Cellar Brewing Company has made a big move to 133 E Division Street right in the heart of downtown. The brewery previously resided at 500 E Division Street and the move has been well thought out with plenty of enhancements for Cellar Brewing beyond just the more prominent location including a new bar, brewing equipment, and full kitchen. Add that to Cellar’s already great lineup of beer, wine, cider, and spirits and this equals a true destination brewery to the area.

 Detroit Fall Beer Festival 2016

The 8th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival is the fourth and final beer festival this year from the Michigan Brewers Guild following last month’s U.P. Fall Beer Festival located at Marquette’s Lower Harbor. The Detroit Fall Festival is held at the year-round Eastern Market with hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 21st and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m on Saturday October 22nd. The festival will feature over 700 beers from 80 different breweries.

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Over 20 breweries and cideries will be joining for this year’s Vander Fest to be held this Saturday, October 1st at Vander Mill’s Spring Lake location at 14921 Cleveland St. This year’s lineup will include some of West Michigan and Grand Rapid’s finest beers and ciders including the likes of New Holland Brewing Co., Brewery Vivant, and Odd Side Ales. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and is a rain or shine event featuring local food vendors and live music.

michigan brewers guild article

The 8th annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival is being held this Saturday, September 10 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mattson Lower Harbor Park in downtown Marquette on Lake Superior. This is the first of two fall beer festivals put on by the Michigan Brewer’s Guild, with the Detroit Fall Festival scheduled for Friday, October 21 and Saturday October 22, 2016. The Michigan Brewer’s Guild also puts on the Winter Festival at Comstock Park’s Fifth Third Ball Park north of Grand Rapids, and the Summer Festival in Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park in Depot Town.

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Hopstock is a brand new festival being put on this year by the Beer City Brewer’s Guild and is featuring over 30 Grand Rapids breweries, area food trucks, and local bands. The event is scheduled for Saturday August, 13th at the Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The event will also include beer education sessions presented by Ben Darcie which are scheduled from 6:45 p.m to 7:15 p.m. and again at 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cultivate Brewing article

Cultivate Brewing Company opened one year ago this past weekend in Berrien Springs and with Summer Beer Festival also taking place are holding their celebration plans for later this week with 4 days of events beginning this Thursday, July 28th and all weekend long through Sunday, July 31st. Each day will feature different food and live music options with Saturday including the re-release of the TWIST Belgian IPA.

founders fest 2015

For the 9th year in a row, the Founders taproom will close for a day and take the party to the streets outside the brewery. This Saturday, June 18th is the date for the annual celebration of beer and music beginning at 3 p.m. and running all day long until 11 p.m. with a non-stop lineup of bands and a multitude of brews. This event is 21+ so no minors will be allowed. Advance tickets are currently available online from Ticketfly for $30 which includes a $5 credit towards beverage/beer tickets. (https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1154885/tfly)

odd side ale funk fest 2016

Odd Side Ales has had little time to celebrate since it’s inception in 2010 as a small lakeshore nanobrewery in Grand Haven. Six years of continual expansion has included upgrading from one production facility to another and has brought the brewery to their current status as a significant regional brewery with Chicago distribution achieved earlier this year. Also new for this year is Funk Fest, a brand new outdoor celebration to be held on the Grand River in downtown Grand Haven on Saturday, June 11th from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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