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GR Beer Week has fun on tap

The Inaugural GR Beer Week runs now through February 25, culminating in the Winter Beer Festival
Beer at Odd Side Ales

Beer at Odd Side Ales /Wendy Hammond

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GR Beer Week

February 20-25, 2012

For up to the minute information visit GR Beer Week's Facebook Page.

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With tickets for this year's Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ball Park selling out in December (all 5,900 of them), the inaugural GR Beer Week provides additional opportunities to celebrate all that is local beer.

The Winter Beer Festival will take place Saturday, February 25, from 1-6 p.m. for those who purchased tickets months ago or got tickets at the auctions on Thursday at Vitale's of Comstock Park or Rocky's Bar and Grill. Proceeds will benefit the Conductive Learning Center of Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids microbreweries who will be serving at Winter Beer Festival include:

  • B.O.B.'s Brewery
  • Brewery Vivant
  • Founders Brewing Co.
  • Hideout Brewing Co.
  • HopCat
  • Schmohz Brewing Co.

Can't attend the Winter Beer Festival? Several "tap takeovers" are planned, which is where a local bar will have beer from a specific microbrewery on tap, sometimes with special appearances by the brewers.

Friday, February 24

Saugatuck Brewing takes over City Flats Hotel G.R. (5-8 p.m.; also includes a special food & beer pairing menu)

Right Brain Brewery takes over Vitale's of Comstock Park (6-9 p.m.)

Dragonmead & Mt. Pleasant Brewery take over Logan's Alley (6-9 p.m.)

Winter Beer Festival Pre-Party at HopCat (6-9 p.m.)

Short's Brewing Company takes over The Pyramid Scheme (7-10 p.m.)

Arcadia takes over Sazerac Lounge (7-9 p.m.)

The Livery and New Holland take over Billy's Lounge (9 p.m. - midnight)

Arcadia takes over Mulligan's Pub (9-11 p.m.)

Saturday, February 25

Dark Horse Brewing Company takes over Stella's Lounge (7-10 p.m.)

Winter Beer Fest Celebration at HopCat (11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.; 48 different Michigan beers on tap. $10 cover charge 5-9 p.m. for those who DO NOT have a Winter Beerfest ticket or wristband.)

If you'd like to avoid the crowds, consider visiting one of our local microbreweries or pick up a growler to celebrate at home.

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