Monday, June 30, 2014

Recap of Rockford Brewing / Brewery Vivant 2014 Fly to the Coq event

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Rockford Brewing and Brewery Vivant recently hosted their 2nd annual “Fly to the Coq” event, a 14.7 mile group bike ride along the White Pine Trail starting at Rockford Brewing and making the way to Grand Rapid’s Eastown Brewery Vivant. For many, the ride averaged around an hour and half, and while the temperature exceeded 80 degrees there was plenty of opportunities for thirst relinquishment before, after, and for some maybe even during the journey. Along for this year’s ride included representatives of both breweries and even some special guests such as John Svoboda, brewmaster for B.O.B’s Brewery in downtown Grand Rapids.
New for this year was a special “Fly2Coq” collaboration beer featuring the Vivant house yeast and similar grain bills with Michigan Chinook hops but fermented at different temperatures at each brewery to showcase the unique characteristics that temperature can bring out from this particular yeast strain. Brewery Vivant even did a limited can release for their take on the collaboration beer. As was the case last year, be sure to keep posted for a follow-up Coq to the Fly event with cyclists making a return trip this time starting at Vivant and ending up at Rockford Brewing.

The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition was on hand for the event providing 150+ bike racks for the hundreds of cyclists participating in this year’s event. Later this month they will be hosting the Clips Beer & Film Tour featuring New Belgium Brewery of Colorado at Ah-Han-Awen Park in Grand Rapids from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM in Grand Rapids. The family friendly event is free admission with food and craft beverage for sale to help benefit the local Bicycle Coalition. For more information on the event, please checkout their website here:

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.