The money collected from each tree-themed 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.
“The Brewers Grove Project is uniquely Grand Rapids,” says Steve Faber of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. “Our community is known for great craft beer and also as a leader in Urban Forest issues nationally.” Friends of Grand Rapids Parks was the recipient of the 2013 “Excellence in Urban Forest Leadership Award” from the Arbor Day Foundation.
A kickoff party is planned at Harmony Brewing Company at 5pm on August 29, where city commissioners, brewers, media, and the public will be invited to learn more about The Brewers Grove Project and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, while sampling tree inspired beers from around the area, including selections from White Flame, Pike 51, Cellar Breweries and Harmony's own tree-themed Sumac Hefeweizen.
"We want to be a benefit to the community that is very supportive of us and our industry." Jackson VanDyke, owner of Harmony Brewing says "This is a great way for the breweries to collaborate and do something positive for our city."
A Tree Beer Party at The Brewers Grove space on the north side of Riverside Park is planned on Friday, September 12, beginning at 7pm. The public is invited to bring their 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. Grand Rapids area Brewers will meet and interact with party guests throughout the event. Team Beer City will also be on hand to sign up the public to assist with The Brewers Grove tree planting in October.
Brewers Grove shirts will be available at area breweries for $18 each, with $1 of each sale going toward the project. The front of the shirt features the Brewers Grove logo, designed by Grand Rapids Artist Erica Lang of Woosah Outfitters, with the back emblazoned with the logos of the participating breweries.
Grand Rapids Beer Tours will be hosting tours to select breweries so beer fanatics can sample some of the tree inspired offerings, without having to drive.
Find the latest information, as well as a Tree Beer Map at BrewersGrove.com
*Participating Breweries and Corresponding Tree-Themed Beer
- B.O.B.’s Brewery
- Brewery Vivant
Devastation, Oak Aged Double IPA
- Cellar Brewing Company
Apple Ridge IPA, Fruited IPA
- Crankers Brewery
Kangaroo Rodeo Barrel, Aged Brown Ale
- EB Coffee & Pub
Oaked Melon Saison, Red Oak Saison
- Elk Brewing
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
- Osgood Brewing
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
- Schmohz Brewery
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
About Freinds of Grand Rapids Parks
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is an independent, citizen led, nonprofit enterprise founded in 2008, with the mission to identify specific park projects, mobilize people, and generate resources to protect, enhance, and expand the City’s parks and public spaces. friendsofgrparks.org
About Momma Needs a Beer
Momma Needs a Beer was founded by Kelli Williams in 2009. Kelli is a proud member of the Team Beer City Event Committee and writes about daily life with family and friends around Michigan craft breweries, playgrounds, and beyond... capturing those unique moments that may require a little alcohol to uncover the humor within them. MommaNeedsABeer.com