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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 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.

vandermill-vanderfest-2016

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.

hopstock-2016-dan

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.

 vander-mill-building-article

With Vander Mill’s Spring Lake location reaching full capacity in 2015, a new location for expanded production was sought and found at 505 Ball Ave NE off from Michigan Avenue in Grand Rapids. The new facility and tasting room includes four 350 barrel fermenters allowing for annual production to increase by 5 times the Spring Lake location’s current capacity. With plenty of room for additional expansion, this new location will allow Vander Mill to continue compete not just as a regional hard cider producer but also as one of the top hard cider producers in the nation. In addition to the increased capacity, the new location also doubles as a full kitchen and taproom successfully bringing the cozy, welcoming atmosphere of the Spring Lake location to the Grand Rapids Beer City.

spring fest 2016

Beer City Springfest is back for it’s third year this Saturday May 7th at the Hudsonville fairgrounds from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Returning breweries this year include favorites such as Pike 51, Fetch, and Mitten Brewing Co. as well as hard cider from People Cider Co. and Farmhaus Cider Co. This year’s Springfest is also set to put the focus on many new breweries that have opened in the past year or so.

 big-hart-brewing-article

Big Hart Brewing Co. opened in February of 2016 and is the first brewery to be located in the City of Hart and in Oceana County. The address is 4086 W. Polk Rd. and is easily accessible off from US-31 within a half hour drive both north of Fetch Brewing Co. in Whitehall and south of Jamesport Brewing Co. in Ludington. Big Hart Brewing Co.’s founders are Dave and Leslie Hansen who are also the owners of Hart’s successful Hansen Foods grocery store. Head Brewer Teo Watson-Ahlbrandt has prior experience with Original Gravity, Dark Horse, and Arbor Brewing Co.
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