Grand Rapids kicking off Beer Month


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A month-long Grand Rapids beer festival is getting started tomorrow.

Experience Grand Rapids is hosting the second-annual Beer Month GR from Feb. 15 to March 15, celebrating Grand Rapids’ craft breweries during a period of the year that doesn't typically attract tourists to the area.

Experience Grand Rapids expects the festival to attract significant crowds, especially with Grand Rapids' recent recognition of being named the "Best Beer Scene in 2017" by USA Today readers.

During the month, 50 area restaurants and breweries will participate in the sixth-annual Cool Brews. Hot Eats. in offering beer-infused dishes.

Experience Grand Rapids will continue to offer its Beer City Brewsader Passport program throughout Beer Month GR, which encourages participants to visit eight Grand Rapids breweries in exchange for an official Brewsader T-shirt, along with additional prizes and incentives. Participants can visit 35 breweries to become an Ultimate Brewsader and unlock exclusive deals and discounts.

Beer Month GR also includes the 13th-annual Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ballpark on Feb. 23 from 5-9 p.m. and Feb. 24 from 1-6 p.m.

The Winter Beer Festival will feature more than 1,000 different craft beers from nearly 30 Michigan breweries, entertainment and food for purchase. Tickets for Feb. 24 are sold out, but guests can still purchase tickets for Feb. 23 online.

Experience Grand Rapids and GR Hopper have partnered to provide hotel shuttle transportation from 12 area hotels for $10 round trip.

Also during Beer Month GR, Founders Brewing Co. will celebrate its fifth-annual KBS Week, March 5-10. The week-long celebration honors the highly anticipated release of Founder’s award-winning Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Throughout KBS Week, participating restaurants and breweries will host taproom release parties. KBS Week hotel packages are also available and will include limited-edition KBS gear. More information is on the event’s website.

In order to give back to local parks and community spaces, local brewers are partnering with Friends of Grand Rapids’ Parks to create tree-themed beers featured throughout the month. This year’s Tree Beer Release Party will take place at Harmony Hall on Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. This year’s limited-release Tree Beer will be available throughout Beer Month GR or while supplies last. All Tree Beer proceeds will benefit FGRP’s Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project for tree plantings in the community.

Visit the Beer Month GR website for a full schedule of events. 

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