Brewery throwing b’day party


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A brewery in the area is celebrating six years in business.

Rockford Brewing Company is hosting a six-year anniversary party this Friday and Saturday at its brewpub in Rockford, at 12 E. Bridge St. NE.

The weekend event will feature a specialty food menu, discounts, live music and exclusive beer releases.

“We’ve had an exciting six years in the Rockford community and now we want to throw a party for all of those who supported us,“ said Seth Rivard, co-owner, Rockford Brewing Company.

“Since inception, we’ve opened a kitchen, started bottling and canning our brews and putting them into statewide distribution, won awards and more. We not only want to celebrate our business, but the customers and staff who have helped us get to where we are today.’

On Friday, from 11 a.m. to midnight, patrons can bring a stein and fill it with 32 ounces of select beer for $5, enjoy a Bavarian-themed menu and have a chance to win gift cards and mug club memberships throughout the day. Country/pop artist Kari Lynch will be performing at 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be a holiday extravaganza with holiday-themed trivia starting at 4 p.m., with mug club memberships for the winning team, as well as an ugly sweater party, “A Charles Dickens Christmas”-inspired menu and a holiday set from the local rockabilly band Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys at 8:30 p.m.

Rockford Brewing will also feature two beer releases during the celebration.

Forever Young Amber Ale and Fog Chaser Oatmeal Stout will be limited releases primarily confined to the pub, although a small quantity of barrels may make it to the marketplace. There are no plans for the brews to be released in cans or bottles.

Forever Young Amber Ale is a tribute to the late Michael Young, who was a close friend of the company and mug club member. A portion of each pint sold will go to a grant through GVSU in his name. 

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