Beer City Brewsader 2016: Grand Rapids Passport Program Now Includes 32 Stops
Experience Grand Rapids has brought back the popular Beer City Brewsader beer passports for another year, and there are now 32 participating breweries to check out. The program was it a hit when it was first rolled out last year, as eight stamps from participating breweries earns visitors a T-Shirt. That remains the case for the program this year, but in addition to the shirt there is now a reward for visiting all 32 breweries: you become an Ultimate Brewsader. This earn you a wallet card good for discounts at GrandRapidsStore.com as well as new perks that will be added from time to time (as of this writing one was $1 off your first pint at Creston Brewery).
You can take completed (8 or 32 stamp) passports to the Grand Rapids welcome center at the GR Art Museum (101 Monroe Center NW) or mail them in following the directions in the passport. Below we’ve profiled the nine new additions and listed all of the returning breweries (with links to our reviews). You can pick up a passport at any of these participating breweries or the welcome center at the art museum. Get out and enjoy everything Beer City USA has to offer!
Atwater Grand Rapids – For nearly two decades Atwater has been the leader in Detroit, and now they have opened a location on the west side of the state in the remodeled, historic Rowe building in downtown Grand Rapids. Expect to find all of your favorite Atwater beers as well as a food menu that features hot dogs, pizza and more. https://www.facebook.com/rowebeer/
Bier Distillery – Located in Comstock Park, Bier Distillery makes handcrafted spirits and recently began offering a few beer options as well. https://www.facebook.com/BierDistillery/
City Built Brewing Company – Slated for an early 2017 opening, this brewery is located on Monroe NW in downtown Grand Rapids. Stay up to date: https://www.facebook.com/CityBuiltBrewing/
Creston Brewery – Early reviews of Creston Brewery have been overwhelmingly positive, with their beers and Latin American-inspired food menu winning over locals and visitors alike. Be sure to check out their coffee beers! https://www.facebook.com/crestonbrewery/
ELK Brewing (Comstock Park) – ELK Brewing proved so popular at their Wealthy St. location that they had to add a second, larger location to keep up with production demand. The new location features a full menu, 25 taps, and more seating (both indoors and outdoors) – and it’s just down the road from Fifth Third Ballpark! https://www.facebook.com/elkbrewingcomstockpark/
Fountain Hill Brewery – This brewery is located at Grand Rapids Community College and is operated by students in the Craft Brewing, Packaging and Service Operations Certificate program. Head over to http://grcc.edu/secchiainstituteforculinaryeducationsice/fountainhillbrewery for current hours. https://www.facebook.com/GRCCFountainHillBrewery/
Greyline Brewing Co. – This neighborhood brewery focuses on beer that is designed to be enjoyed fresh, and they offer a locally sourced food menu. Head over to Alpine Ave. NW and order up a flight! https://www.facebook.com/greylinebrewing/
New Holland The Knickerbocker (417 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids) – The brewers of Mad Hatter, Dragon’s Milk and The Poet recently opened a Grand Rapids location that features multiple dining areas, two bars and a cocktail lounge. Located in the recently revitalized Bridge St. neighborhood, this is a great spot to grab a few beers and sample food from a “rustic, seasonal menu.” https://www.facebook.com/newhollandknickerbocker/
Schmohz Brewing Company – This neighborhood brewery located just off the 28th St. corridor has been around for more than a decade. Be sure to check out the Bone Crusher Stout or seasonal favorites like Gingerbread Brown and Miracle Off 28th St. https://www.facebook.com/SchmohzBrewery/
Returning breweries include 57 Brewpub and Bistro (Greenville), B.O.B.’s Brewery (Grand Rapids), Brewery Vivant (GR), Cedar Springs Brewing Company (Cedar Springs), Cellar Brewing Company (Sparta), Cranker’s Restaurant and Brewery (GR), E.B. Coffee & Pub (Caledonia), ELK Brewing (GR), Founders Brewing Co. (GR), Grand Rapids Brewing Co., Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery (Ada), Harmony Brewing Company (East GR), Harmony Hall (GR), The Hideout Brewing Company (GR), Hopcat (GR), Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co., Jaden James Brewery (Kentwood), The Mitten Brewing Company (GR), Osgood Brewing (Grandville), Perrin Brewing Company (Comstock Park), Railtown Brewing Co. (Dutton), Rockford Brewing Company, and White Flame Brewing Co. (Hudsonville).
Find out full details of the program at http://www.experiencegr.com/things-to-do/beer-city/brewsader/.