Tap in to the best the city has to offer during this year’s Grand Rapids Beer Week


By Kari Norton | 2/17/13 6:13pm

Beer Week has arrived and what better way to celebrate than checking out some of West Michigan’s very own brews? Grand Rapids is Beer City U.S.A., after all. Make sure to hit up some of this week’s events and get your fair share of craft beer. We’ve picked out a few hot spots but the list doesn’t end here.

Monday, Feb. 18
Dark Horse Tap Brewing Co. will be taking over Logan’s Alley (916 Michigan St. SE) for a full day of beer tasting starting at 7 a.m. Amber, Tres Blueberry, Thirsty Trout, Plead the 5th and Double Crooked Tree will all be available on tap. You’ll even be able to soak up all of those brews with a special menu put together by Logan’s Alley’s chef.

Tuesday, Feb. 19
Beards are all the rage these days, or so it would seem. Perrin Brewing Co. has teamed up with Beardcore to put on “Beard City USA” at Stella’s Lounge (53 Commerce Ave. SW) starting at 6 p.m. Experience a three course dinner with select brews followed by a contest for best ‘stache, best beard and an independent category. Tickets for the event are $25 in advance.

Wednesday, Feb. 20
B.O.B.’s Brewery (20 Monroe Ave. NW) will be revealing their new Michigan Chestnut Beer. The Michigan malt is crafted with Hopson and chestnuts from the Mitten State itself.

Thursday, Feb. 21
The Year of the Snake invades Rockwell’s/REPUBLIC (45 S. Division) for an Asian-inspired evening. Perrin Brewing Co.’s very own Raspberry Blonde, Imperial Stout, Pale Ale, Double IPA and Nut Brown will be available to pair with the five-course meal. It will be sure to give your taste buds a different experience than the typical beer dinner.

Friday, Feb. 22
Get a mix of your favorite brews and live music at the 14th Annual Jammies at the Intersection (133 Grandville Ave.). The award show is free and open to all ages. If that’s not your style, The Woods Lounge (77 Grandville Ave. SW) is hosting Frankenmuth Winter Party. Celebrate like you would Oktoberfest in Germany with a variety of steins. The German festivities will be taking place Feb. 21-23 and there will be no entry fee.

Saturday, Feb. 23
It’s the 8th Annual Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ball Park. Whether or not you got a ticket to the sold out event, end Beer Week in style with a beer breakfast at Logan’s Alley and an after party at Stella’s. A wide variety of Michigan brews will be available to choose from so prepare for a week of rest to ensue.

For a full list of events check out http://www.experiencegr.com/about-grand-rapids/great-beer/events/.

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