The Beer Grotto in Lansing hosted an I’m a Beer Hound meetup and Rockford Brewing tap takeover earlier in the week featuring the debut of the Maestro. The Beer Grotto also debuted their own collaboration IPA with Short’s Brewing Company for the Beerfest event which include a contest to come up with a name for the beer. Other standout beers and breweries for this year’s Beerfest included (but certainly were not limited to) the Bon Papa Farmhouse IPA from Brewery Vivant and Sparta’s Cellar Brewing brought the biggest variety of taps.
Many cideries were also featured for this year’s event including Meckley’s Cidery and Farmhaus Cider Co. I was very impressed with the Halbitter Semi-sweet cider from Farmhaus. The food for the event was provided by the Lansing Lugnuts’ own vendors which included quality burgers from Burgertopia and gourmet pizza from Pies. The live music for this year’s event had a decidedly country slant and featured sets from Brian Lorente and the Usual Suspects, Bittercreek, and Joe Wright.
In addition to the many breweries and cideries at this year’s beerfest, vendors included Beer City Glass, Buffalo Wild Wings, Tin Can Bar, and Beer City Spring Fest among many others. Lansing based charity Old Newsboys receives a portion of the proceeds from Beerfest at the Ballpark to help provide shoes and boots for deserving children. I’m a Beer Hound will also be partnering with Quarterline Media for this year’s first ever Beerfest on the Bridge to be held in downtown Portland on the site of the historical Veteran’s Memorial Bridge. The event will be held on Saturday, August 1st and will feature craft beer & cider as well as live music and local food.