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Politics & Pints event to connect public to local politicians over beer

Politics and Pints offers an opportunity for community members to chat and have a beer with local politicians. The event will be held on Nov. 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Founders Brewery.
Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids

Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids /Steven Depolo

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The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its final Politics and Pints event of 2015 on Nov. 23 at Founders Brewery.

Anyone can register to drink beer and chat with local businesspeople, community members and local politicians.

The event isn't overly structured and is open to anyone, says Allie Bush, Director of Government Affairs at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Politics & Pints is a great event with a relaxed feel,” Bush says. “Whether you’re looking to network, debate policy or catch up with friends, there is something for everyone.”

The Chamber has hosted the event for the past five years. It originated as a new way to foster interaction between the public and policy makers, Bush says, and allows people to learn more about the Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s a really great mix of people who just want to hang out and like beer and mingling,” Bush says.

The Chamber of Commerce is still compiling its list of elected officials who will be present at the event, to be announced in the coming weeks.

Bush says they expect a dozen or more state legislators, Kent County Commissioners and Grand Rapids City Commissioners will be in attendance.

Politics & Pints runs 5 to 7:30 p.m., and costs $20 to register, which can be done online or at the door.

For more information about this event or others, contact the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce for updates and details. 

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