Thursday, January 16, 2014

Recap of Grand Rapids Brewing Company 1-Year Anniversary

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Grand Rapids Brewing Company recently celebrated it’s first year anniversary with an all-day celebration including specialty releases, music, and a sausage eating contest.
The event was preceded earlier in the week by a special beer dinner which featured the debut of the Philanthropist anniversary ale. The bottle release for the 12.5% alcohol barrel-aged barleywine

was held out at noon the day of and the limited edition 150 bottles went quick. The first 100 customers also received commemorative pint-sized GRBC logo glasses.

The Philanthropist was also featured among several anniversary specialty brews tapped especially for the event. The also included the Polish Eagle Imperial Stout, Distinguished Eagle Imperial Porter, Brewer’s Grove Spruce IPA, and Angostura Moundmaker Belgian Dark Strong. Many of these speciality taps also went fast! I was able to try the Philanthropist and Angostura Moundmaker, and I can also highly recommend the La Noir Vitesse, a collaboration with the High Five Co-Op Brewery.

The sausage eating contest was held at 3 PM and included a $500 prize for the winner. The hank-cranked fresh sausages are a staple dish on the Grand Rapids Brewing Company’s menu.

The Scott Pellegrom Trio (SP3) closed out the night with their unique mix of reinterpreted funk, jazz, and rock. The band performed from the brewery’s upper level while the celebration took place below. Scott Pellegrom is a truly phenomenal drummer/percussionist and the band is not to be missed, closing out Grand Rapids Brewing Company’s first year on a great note!

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.