Thursday, April 09, 2015

Recap of 2013 & 2014 Anniversary Ale Bottle Release at Rockford Brewing Company

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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April 7th is National Beer Day in honor of the day back in 1933 that the brewing and sale of beer first became legal again in the United States following the prohibition which began in 1920. April 7th also turned out to be a very fitting day for Rockford Brewing Company to make their first ever bottled releases after 2 years of draft only releases. Rockford Brewing also chose a very fitting beer for their bottled releases, both the 2013 & 2014 editions of their popular Anniversary Ale AKA the Belgian Multigrain which has only been brewed three times so far by the brewery and being one of original recipes released as part of Rockford’s 2012 pre-opening downtown pub crawl.
For their first ever bottle release, Rockford made available 100 bottles of the 2013 batch along with 500 bottles of the 2014 batch with a 2 bottle purchase limit per customer per day. Needless to say, the 2013 bottles sold very quickly and within the first day over half of the 2014 bottles had sold. Released in 750ml bottles, this release marks the first in a promised series of beers named by the brewery as “The Enthusiast Collection.” The 2014 batch was also tapped on draft for the event.

2015 has also been a busy year of collaborations for Rockford Brewing. This year’s Winter Beer Fest included the Grandma’s Cookies Oatmeal Raisin Amber Ale collaboration with the MittenBrew beer blog, as well as Heavy Medal, a Belgian Strong Ale which was a collaboration with AHA award-winners Nick Rodammer, Kathy Troxell, and Jeff Carlson each for the Beer, Mead, & Cider categories. Grandma’s Cookies was also tapped earlier in the year at the pub, with a Heavy Medal tapping release party held April 9th.

Rockford Brewing has also recently collaborated with I’m a Beer Hound with a new beer “Maestro” which share it’s name with Paul Starr’s dog. The Brown Ale features Black Walnuts from Ferris Coffee & Nut and vanilla beans from Rockford’s own Beanilla. Maestro is scheduled to debut in both draft and cask at Beerfest at the Ballpark in Lansing on April 25th. Also be sure to check out the next DrinkGR Meetup which is scheduled for April 21st at Rockford Brewing Company. The upstairs at the brewery has been reserved and there will be a special “beer and canvas” event for those interested (space limited) or at least stop by and celebrate as this event also serves as the birthday celebration for DrinkGR founder Mark Curtis. Join up at DrinkGR for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DrinkGR/

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.