Many other new breweries made their debut this year as well. These included Dutton’s Railtown Brewing Company, Whitehall’s Fetch Brewing Company, and EB Coffee & Pub of Caledonia. Also new this year to me was Arclight Brewing Company of Watervliet. Kalamazoo was well represented with Bell’s, Boatyard Brewing Company, Tibbs, Rupert’s, and Gonzo’s Biggdogg Brewing all present and accounted for. Pike 51 and White Flame Brewing Co. were on hand to represent Hudsonville and White Flame’s Black Flame Imperial Stout was one of the early favorites to run out first. New Holland Brewing featured the newly formulated Mad Hatter 2.0 on tap. Standouts beers from Muskegon included “Your Mom on French Toast” from Pigeon HIll Brewing Co. and Unruly Brewing’s BA Fat Guy Little Kilt Scotch Ale.
Cideries at this year fest included Sietsema Orchards, People’s Cider Co., and the debut of Hudsonville’s own Farmhaus. Distilleries on hand included Journeyman’s and Coppercraft was offering their new “Copper Tulip” - this year’s official drink of Tulip Time featuring grains milled on Holland’s own wind mill. On display from Psycho Brew was Dutch Girl Brewing’s new equipment which was enroute to it’s new home in Spring Lake. Live music this year included Stone Thrown and The Boss Mustangs and food truck options include BBQ and pizza from Standard Pizza Co. All in all, another great year is now in the books for Hudsonville’s Beer City Springfest.