Thursday, September 10, 2015

Recap of Handsome Henry’s End of Summer Party with Rockford Brewing Co

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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As the summer nears the end, Handsome Henry’s took the opportunity to do a special pizza and beer pairing event on their outdoor patio with music, schwag, and great brews from Rockford Brewing Co. The evening featured 6 different varieties of pizzas available with 6 different Rockford beers. The pizza was available at $10 for a flight including one slice of each with a pairing menu showcasing each of the Rockford Beers available in both 8 ounce and 16 ounce pours.
The pizza styles included thin crust, hand tossed, skillet style and chicago deep dish with ingredients ranging from sweet mashed potatoes with short ribs to coconut curry sauce with chicken apple sausage and crunchy chickpeas while the Rockford beers including Ain’t Jemima Strong Ale brewed with 100% maple sap, the Mittenbrew collaboration Grandma’s Cookie Amber Ale, and Strawberry Erdbier. Live music was provided by Christopher Cordle with a set of original music as well as the impromptu covers with lively audience participation.

Handsome Henry owner Cody Christensen will soon be debuting his latest project Small Town Sandwich Shop in Spring Lake off US 31 in front of Old Boys Brewhouse at 909 West Savidge St. in close proximity to food friendly breweries such as Odd Side Ales in Grand Haven or the new Dutch Girl Brewery also in Spring Lake. The menu features soups, sandwiches, salads, and skewers and should be a great place to stop for takeout or a bite to eat if looking for new options in the area. On a related note, Rockford Brewing is currently seeking a head chef/kitchen leader among their current employment opportunities listed on their website as they look to add a kitchen to their pub.

Rockford Brewing will be releasing the Little George Imperial IPA in bottles at the brewery on Thursday, September 17th at 11 a.m. and featuring a live performance from Vox Vidora at 8 p.m. Rockford Brewing will also be doing their Harvest Festival Beer Tent for the weekend starting Thursday, September 24th which will include the Coq to the Fly group bicycle ride from Brewery Vivant with cyclists meeting up at Brewery Vivant at noon and the group ride starting at 1 p.m.

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.