Friday, May 16, 2014

Muskegon Museum of Art presents “ON TAP. Michigan Brews. Michigan Art.”

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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With hundreds of new works from Michigan artists on display, the Muskegon Museum of Art brought local restaurants and breweries together for their new event “ON TAP. Michigan Brews. Michigan Art.” Food and drink pairings were encouraged with offerings from all around West Michigan including Saugatuck, Grand Rapids, and Holland. Admission included five four-ounce samples of beer (or cider) with unlimited food samplings. A scorecard was provided to track various craft beer experiences, and commemorative merchandise for the event including t-shirts and glassware were for sale.
Many local restaurants were featured for the event. Hennessy’s and The Lake House both offered up sliders among the food choices, while Hank’s Tavern offer their meatballs in both Godfather and Teriyaki style; I could not resist the urge and I paired these with Founder Centennial in true Hank’s “Balls and Brews” beer dinner style. Local baker Ryke’s offered appetizers including jalapeno asiago scones, tortilla and cayenne choco dip chips, and fresh cut potato chips with blue cheese and bacon. Village Baker from Spring Lake made the rounds with their soft pretzel bites while Muskegon’s own Cheese Lady brought a series of cheese and crackers specially selected to pair with the variety of beers on hand.

Speaking of beers on hand, Muskegon’s own Pigeon Hill Brewing and Unruly Brewing were both present. Pigeon Hill offered up their mainstays Walter Blonde and Shifting Sands IPA while Unruly included their American Brown Rye and Orange Julius. Holland was well represented also with Big Lake, New Holland, and Our Brewing all making appearances. Our Brewing impressed many with their Black Rose Imperial Stout aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels and clocking in at a hefty 10.5% ABV. Spring Lake’s Vander Mill offered up their flagship hard ciders including the recently released Ginger Peach. ON TAP was overall a great event and hopefully the sign of many things to come with Muskegon’s revitalized downtown.

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.