Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Recap of Rockford Brewing Company Harvest Fest Beer Tent

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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 Recap of Rockford Brewing Company Harvest Fest Beer Tent

Rockford Brewing Company celebrated their first ever Harvest Festival with a beer tent and many festivities including not one but three different Michigan-Hopped, Michigan Malt Harvest Ales. The event coincided with the Fall counterpart “Coq to The Fly” 14.7 mile group bicycle ride from Brewery Vivant to RBC following last Spring’s “Fly to the Coq” ride to Vivant earlier this year. A Merchandise blowout sale featured discounts including T-Shirts, Hoodies, Hats, and other accessories.
Two of the new Harvest Ales were tapped inside the brewery while a third was available exclusively in the beer tent for the celebration. Each ale focussed on a different hop, so the three choices were Centennial, Cascade, and Chinook. All three were delicious plus I also tried the new Fuzzy Nugs Pale Ale with Michigan grown barley and wheat and Nugget Hops. Another debut this weekend for Rockford Brewing Company is the new kid-friendly Rambo Root Beer. As with the beer, the Root Beer is brewed in-house with an emphasis on local fresh ingredients including Michigan Beet sugar as well as local honey to put it over the top.

The beer tent was open 1 PM - 11 PM. Rock trio Valentiger was the first music act, going on at 2PM, with The Campanellis and The Lincoln County Process keeping the music going into the evening and Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys closing out the night. Great Harvest Bread Company was also on hand with special beer bread slicings and tastings using Rockford Brewing beer as an ingredient. Two different beer breads were featured; a Bacon, Cheddar bread with Carriage House Ale and Smoked Gouda with Sheehan’s Irish Stout. Harvest Fest is yet another great event, and be on the lookout for more great events yet this year as the brewery closes in on their 1-year anniversary, including a return of the downtown Rockford pub crawl, and event that preceded the RBC’s opening late last year!

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.