Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Recap of Knight’s Fest at Hudsonville’s Pike 51 Brewing Co.

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Pike 51 Brewing Co. celebrated Knight’s Fest on Saturday September 19th from noon until 11 p.m. with special beer releases, live music, and food from Pietro’s Italian restaurant. The event showcases the fall releases from the brewery with a beer tent which also featured the annual release of the Hudsonville Winery’s Harvest wine along with a bottle release for a selection of Pike 51’s beers. In addition to the beer tent, a full tap lineup was featured inside as well with 25 or more different beers available for the fest.
The Knight’s Imperial Brown Ale was available both on draft and in bottle for the release with Knight’s on Mastadons featuring Rowsters Coffee also available on draft. The Octoberfest Harvest Ale was also tapped which was wet hopped with Chinook, Zuper Saaz and Centennial hops from Hop Head Farms. This was also offered in a version featuring black plums and nectarines. Also available both in bottle and on draft were the Crimson Chin Sour Red Ale with Michigan tart cherries and the Sensual Bean (Batch 2) featuring Rowster dark roast Kenyan coffee and aged 5 months in 1792 Rye Bourbon Cask. A draft version finished in root beer barrels was also tapped.

The bottle releases also included the Bon Belle Saison and Golden Sour. This year’s music lineup included the bands Tailshaker and Roosevelt Diggs. The food lineup from Pietro’s included bratwurst, burgers, and a Michigan turkey sandwich. This year PIke 51 smoked pie pumpkins in a re-purposed spent bourbon barrel for their upcoming release of their Grand Pumpkin Scotch Ale. Keep an eye on the Pike 51 Facebook page ( for news of this and other upcoming brewery beer releases.

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.