Monday, August 31, 2015

Grand Rapids Area Breweries Celebrate Third Annual Brewers Grove Project To Support Neighborhood Parks And The Urban Forest

Written by  Paul Starr
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For the third year in a row, nearly twenty Grand Rapids area breweries are once again collaborating with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to raise money for their Urban Forest Project, an initiative to maximize the tree canopy within the city.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 31, thirsty patrons can stop into many Grand Rapids area breweries as well as local brewpubs like Big Bob's Pizza to order a tree inspired craft beer, where a portion of the sales of each pint will go toward The Brewers Grove Fund.

The money collected from the locally made tree beer will support plantings and expand The Brewers Grove concept started at Riverside Park in 2013, where brewers planted 30 trees with the money raised, and another 75 trees in 2014. Now with Riverside Park’s tree canopy nearly full, the Brewers Grove will be expanding to other city parks and public green spaces. This year local brewers will be assisting in plantings at both Riverside Park and Covell Dog Park in October.

“Trees are crucial to our community and advocating and supporting our urban forest is a footprint we leave for future generations to come,” said Margaret Studer, Urban Forest Project Coordinator. “I can’t think of a better way to advocate for forestry than with a mug of tree beer! I think it is safe to say that local beer lovers will enjoy the tastes and complexities of tree beer all the more knowing that is going to a good cause.”

A Kick-Off Tree Beer Tap-Takeover will be held at Harmony Brewing Co. on Monday, Aug. 31 beginning at 5:00 P.M., where the public and media are welcome to toast to the success of Brewers Grove with several local craft beers on tap. In addition to Harmony's Jubilation Cherry Saison IPA, tree-themed beers from Jaden James, Pike 51, Schmohz, White Flame and a cider from the People's Cider Co. will be on-tap.

"We want to be a benefit to the community that is incredibly supportive of us and our industry," said Jackson VanDyke, owner of Harmony Brewing. "This is a great way for the breweries to collaborate and do something positive for our city."

Another tree beer tap-takeover will take place on Friday, Sept. 4 at 57 Brew Pub & Bistro in Greenville featuring their Cherry Houdini, a Cherry Vanilla Porter, along with tree-inspired selections from Gravel Bottom, Pike 51 and Rockford Brewing.

To further celebrate this collaboration, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks will host a Brewers Grove Planting and Party in the Park on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Riverside Park. Beer enthusiasts are invited to the park to plant a tree with the brewers who create the delicious craft beer they love while enjoying live music from two local bands. Patrons are encouraged to stop by a Grand Rapids area brewery to fill a growler of their favorite tree beer or cider to enjoy at the event. More details to come in mid-Sept.

Brewers Grove shirts made with environmentally friendly material and ink will be available at area breweries and Meijer stores, with a portion of each sale going toward this project. The shirt features the Brewers Grove logo, designed by local Grand Rapids Artist Erica Lang of Woosah Outfitters.

Find the latest information as well as a Tree Beer Map at

Participating Breweries and Corresponding Tree Themed Beer:

57 Brew Pub

  • Cherry Houdini, ABV 5.5%
  • Cherry Vanilla Porter

B.O.B.’s Brewery

  • Tangerine Trees, ABV 6.0%
  • Belgian Wit with citrus fruits and candy.

Brewery Vivant

  • Devastation, ABV 9.3%
  • Bourbon Barrel Oak Aged Tree Bucket Belgian Inspired Double IPA.

The Cellar

  • Apple of your Rye, ABV 4.5%
  • Fruited Rye Beer.


  • Cheery O’Dark Cherry Wheat Ale, ABV 5.5%
  • A light clean crisp wheat ale with an organic cherry finish.

EB Coffee & Pub

  • Fuzzy Nuts, ABV 6.8%
  • Coconut Porter


  • Willow ESB, ABV 6.4%
  • Extra Special / Strong Bitter

Grand Rapids Brewing Company

  • Coconut Kaiser Chocolate Macaroon, ABV 5.8%
  • Dunkelweiss with Roasted Coconut and Chocolate.

Gravel Bottom

  • Cederino, ABV 7.1%
  • Cedar aged Pale Ale

Harmony Brewing Company

  • Jubilation Cherry Saison IPA, ABV 7.1%
  • Brewed with Summit and Hull Melon hops with sour cherries added during fermentation.


  • Naughty Nicodemus, ABV 4.7%
  • Gruit beer with lime, juniper berry and cucumber.

Jaden James

  • Silver Maple Lager, ABV 5.5%
  • Notes of maple from freshly tapped maple trees.

The Mitten

  • Olut Kaupunki Saht (Beer City Sahti), ABV 6.1%
  • Finnish Sahti made with juniper berries

Peoples’ Cider

  • Cherry Adams Tart, ABV 7.4%
  • Cherry-infused Cider

Pike 51

  • Bon Belle Saison, ABV 5.8%
  • 100% Michigan Hopped Saison aged in Red Wine Barrels

Railtown Brewing

  • Dutch Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, ABV 8%
  • Imperial Porter with a full, creamy body.

Rockford Brewing Company

  • Peach Pit Peach Brown, ABV 4.8%
  • Brewed with local peaches and nectarines grown and harvested at Homrich’s Under the Pines family farm.

White Flame

  • Bad Apple, ABV 7%
  • Black IPA Cider hybrid with a rich roasted black pour and a crisp apple finish.
About Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is an independent, citizen led, nonprofit enterprise founded in 2008, with the mission to identify specific park projects, mobilize people, and generate resources to protect, enhance, and expand the City’s parks and public spaces.

About Team Beer City, Grand Rapids

As a group of Greater Grand Rapids Beer-Centric businesses, we strive to enhance the craft brewing culture through quality, education and growth. In partnership with our community, it is our vision to promote tourism and foster the local economy through collaborative events. We continue to express gratitude to the community, embracing opportunities to give back through projects like Brewers Grove. We focus on celebrating what makes this community thrive… beyond water, malt, hops and yeast.

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.