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New Holland’s Pub on 8th Donating Proceeds from Feeding America Pale Ale

Photo courtesy of New Holland Brewing Company.

This September, New Holland Brewing Company’s Pub on 8th will be raising money for Feeding America West Michigan. Every pint of Feeding America Pale Ale sold in the taproom will generate $1 for the organization.

Feeding America Pale Ale is a taproom exclusive. A session ale weighing in at 4.4% and 35 IBUs, this beer is balanced, tangy, and quaffable. Hopped with Cascade and South African Southern Star, the beer should also be of interest to hopheads looking to try an unusual variety.

New Holland Brewing Company is also hosting its third-annual Rocktoberfest Beer and Spirits Dinner to benefit Feeding America West Michigan on September 25. Get your ticket before they sell out!

New Holland’s Pub on 8th is located at 66 East 8th Street in downtown Holland.

Tripelroot Donating Proceeds from Beer, Monthly Stonebread Feature

Photo courtesy of Tripelroot.

Tripelroot is supporting Feeding America West Michigan during the Hops Against Hunger campaign this September.

From September 1-10, they will donate $1 from every pint of Ace in the Valley sold in their taproom. On top of that, they’re making the organization the beneficiary of their monthly charity stonebread feature. For every order of September’s special stonebread (think flatbread), they’ll donate $1 to the hunger-relief organization.

Ace in the Valley is a “West Michigan IPA.” In addition to a possible euchre reference, the beer is named for its use of Centennial and Sorachi Ace hops from Egypt Valley Hopyards in Ada.

Tripelroot opened in 2014 as Zeeland’s first brewery. (The city had been dry until 2007.) Their draft list features their own brews alongside other selections from Michigan and abroad.

Tripelroot is located at 146 E. Main Avenue.

Flight to Fight Hunger at Brite Eyes Brewing Company This September

Photo courtesy of MittenBrew.

Brite Eyes Brewing Company is offering to donate $1 to hunger relief for every beer flight they sell during the month of September. Flight to Fight supports the Food Bank of South Central Michigan.

Calling itself “Kalamazoo’s smallest brewery,” Brite Eyes opened in 2015. This brewery is also a breakfast joint, and, yes, you can order a beer with your scrambled eggs, making it an ideal after-work spot for night-shifters. In addition to beer, Brite Eyes offers cider, mead, wine, and espresso drinks.

Flight to Fight supports the work of the Food Bank of South Central Michigan. The food bank is based in Battle Creek and serves those in need in Kalamazoo County and seven other Michigan counties. In partnership with local partner agencies, they provide food to nearly 190,000 people each year.

Brite Eyes is located at 1156 South Burdick Street in Kalamazoo.

The Sovengard Hosting Monthlong $1 Per Pint Fundraiser This September

Photo courtesy of The Sovengard.

The Sovengard believes in local food. They also believe in making sure all members of their community have access to the food they need to lead healthy lives.

That’s why The Sovengard is supporting Feeding America West Michigan through the Hops Against Hunger campaign. For the entire month of September, they will donate $1 to the organization for every pint of Creston Brewery’s GRale they sell.

While Creston Brewery prefers not define their beers by style, GRale is light and hoppy like a session IPA but with more body than most, making it a suitable accompaniment to many of the Scandinavian-inspired dishes prepared at The Sovengard.

After opening a little over a year ago, The Sovengard has captured the hearts of Grand Rapids food lovers. With the addition of a biergarten earlier this year, they’ve also become a fixture in the city’s ever-growing beer scene.

The restaurant’s relationship with Feeding America West Michigan predates Hops Against Hunger; staff can often be found volunteering at the organization’s Mobile Food Pantries in their West Side neighborhood.

The Sovengard is located at 443 Bridge Street NW.

Arcadia Ales’ Kalamazoo Tavern Donating $1 Per Pint of Angler’s Ale, Sept. 1-28

Photo courtesy of Arcadia Ales.

Arcadia Ales Kalamazoo Tavern is putting one of their flagship beers to work for hunger relief this September.

The taproom will donate $1 from every pint of Angler’s Ale sold in their Kalamazoo Tavern from September 1-28. The fundraiser will benefit the Food Bank of South Central Michigan.

Arcadia’s wide portfolio of beers includes many inspired by the brewing traditions of England and Scotland. They describe Angler’s Ale as an “authentic English-style pale ale brewed with all English malts and a pound and a half of Pacific Northwest hops per barrel, medium-bodied, crisp, and well-balanced, featuring flavors of caramel, toffee, and toasted malt, counterbalanced by a nice hop bitterness and herbal finish.”

The Food Bank of South Central Michigan is based in Battle Creek and serves those in need in Kalamazoo County and seven other Michigan counties. In partnership with local partner agencies, they provide food to nearly 190,000 people each year.

Arcadia Ales’ Kalamazoo Tavern is located at 701 E. Michigan Avenue.

Loggers Brewing Donating 50 Cents From Every Pour, Wednesdays in September

Photo courtesy of Loggers Brewing Company.

Loggers Brewing Company is hosting a weekly event in support of Hops Against Hunger. Every Wednesday in September, the brewery will donate 50 cents from every pour to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

That means every shandy, stout, and double IPA – every ale and lager they have on tap – will provide food to neighbors in need in eastern Michigan.

Loggers’ playful taplist currently includes an Irish red ale, a Mexican-style lager, a Golden Promise and Chinook SMASH beer, and an oatmeal crème stout (including a version using peanuts roasted by St. Laurent Brothers in Bay City).

Wednesdays fall on September 6, 13, 20, and 27. Loggers Brewing is open from 3-10 p.m. on Wednesdays. They’re located at 1215 S. River Road.

All Six Michigan HopCats Pulling Pints for Hunger Relief This September

The taproom at HopCat Grand Rapids. Photo courtesy of HopCat.

HopCat is jumping into Hops Against Hunger in a big way this September. Each of the six HopCat locations in Michigan has designated one tap handle for hunger relief. All month long, $1 will be donated to the food bank serving that location’s community every time that tap is pulled.

It’s part of a program called FeelGood Tap, created by Batch Brewing in Detroit to connect breweries with local charities.

Last September, HopCat raised nearly $1,000 at the four locations then in operation. With Royal Oak and Kalamazoo officially open for business, the impact could be much larger.

HopCat Grand Rapids
Feeding America West Michigan
FeelGood Tap: Green Zebra Watermelon Gose, Founder’s Brewing Company

HopCat East Lansing
Greater Lansing Food Bank
FeelGood Tap: Rambler Pilsner, North Peak Brewing Company

HopCat Detroit
Forgotten Harvest
FeelGood Tap: Pine Knob Pilsner, Rochester Mills Brewing Company

HopCat Ann Arbor
Food Gatherers
FeelGood Tap: Strawberry Blonde, Arbor Brewing Company

HopCat Kalamazoo
Food Bank of South Central Michigan
FeelGood Tap: Tasmanian Hatter IPA, New Holland Brewing Company

HopCat Royal Oak
Gleaners Community Food Bank
FeelGood Tap: All Day IPA, Founder’s Brewing Company

Ore Dock Brewing Company Hosting Pack the Pub Night, Sept. 21

Ore Dock Brewing Company has been supporting hunger relief in the Upper Peninsula for years. The downtown Marquette brewery is at it again this September.

On Thursday, Sept. 21, Marquette’s Ore Dock Brewing Company will donate $1 to Feeding America West Michigan for every pint of True North they sell in the taproom. True North is a hefeweizen-style ale brewed with Michigan malt and hops – “Pilot-malted, Kent-hopped, Keweenaw-pitched, and Superior-sourced.”

“Ore Dock has been an incredible partner in our work in the UP,” said Sean Little, development associate at Feeding America West Michigan. “Whenever we approach them with an idea, they’re all on board to find a way to make it work. And often it’s the other way around, where they come to us! They truly believe in our mission.”

Ore Dock’s taproom is open from 5-11 p.m. on Sept. 21. They’re located at 114 Spring Street.

Frankenmuth’s Michigan on Main Hosting Fundraiser September 26

A selection of beers on tap at Michigan on Main.

On Tuesday, September 26, Michigan on Main will host a Pack the Pub Night to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. From 5-10 p.m. the restaurant will donate $1 from every beer they sell – bottled and draft. You read that right. $1 from every beer sold will be donated to support local hunger relief.

Michigan on Main is located in downtown Frankenmuth. The bar and grill prides itself on a menu full of locally grown and seasonal options, and that applies to their beer as well. They have 17 Michigan beers and ciders on tap, from the heavy hitters like Founders and Atwater to offerings from the state’s smaller breweries.

The event’s beneficiary, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, is based in Flint and serves 22 counties. They distribute food to a network of 415 local partner agencies and provide it to people directly through their Mobile Food Panty program.

Michigan on Main is located at 713 South Main Street.

Michigan Breweries Unite for Hops Against Hunger This September

Michigan’s food banks are encouraging supporters to raise a glass for hunger relief this September.

The campaign is called Hops Against Hunger, and it unites the state’s breweries and beer geeks with food banks serving those in need. All month, Michigan breweries will be hosting fundraisers to support the work of the state’s seven Feeding America-member food banks. Forty breweries, beer bars and restaurants from metro Detroit to Marquette are taking part.

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“September is Hunger Action Month,” said Sean Little, development associate for Feeding America West Michigan, a food bank based in the Grand Rapids area. “Food banks like ours are asking people to volunteer, donate, contact their elected officials and take a whole host of actions to support our cause. We loved the idea of throwing brewery fundraisers into the mix and hopefully reaching a lot of people who might be totally new to food banking and hunger relief.”

“As we’ve begun building relationships with breweries, we’ve found that it’s an easy sell. They really care about this issue,” Little said.

According to the latest data from Feeding America, 1.49 million people are food insecure in Michigan, meaning they struggle to get enough food to lead a healthy life. That’s 15.1 percent of the population.

Since the Hops Against Hunger initiative kicked off in 2016, it’s raised more than $20,000 to support the food banks serving those people. A dozen establishments took part last year, and that number has risen to 40, showing a growing commitment to hunger relief in the state’s brewing community.

Carrie Veldman, sustainability coordinator for BarFly Ventures, the company behind Grand Rapids Brewing Company and HopCat, says the motivation is simple. “By partnering with local nonprofits such as Feeding America, breweries and bars have the opportunity to invest in the community that has spent time and money investing in them.”

Grand Rapids Brewing Company and all six HopCat locations in Michigan are participating in Hops Against Hunger, each in support of the food bank serving their community.

Veldman says the partnership makes sense, because the food bank model of rescuing good surplus food and putting it to use is closely aligned with BarFly’s own waste-reduction practices. “Food recovery is one of our central values,” she said.

“Here in the U.S., our food waste is estimated at about 40 percent and we’re working to change this within our walls,” Veldman continued. “We’ve started a program at all of our locations where we donate any extra food we’ve acquired from beer dinners or monthly features to our local Feeding America food banks. All food that cannot be donated, like fruit and vegetable scraps and leftovers, is composted, so instead of rotting in a landfill, our food scraps can become nutrient-rich soil!”

Like many Hops Against Hunger participants, each BarFly location will be donating proceeds from one beer throughout the month. HopCat’s brand-new Royal Oak location, for example, will donate $1 from every pint of All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company to Gleaners Community Food Bank.

Others, like Greenbush Brewing Company in Sawyer, are organizing one-day events. On Friday, Sept. 22, Greenbush will host their second-annual Harvest Party, featuring live music, a bratwurst-grilling competition and the release of a beer brewed in collaboration with food bank staff.

“We wanted to give breweries the freedom to put their own stamp on it. We’ve seen some breweries come to us with really cool ideas and we love that their events are highlighting the diversity of the craft beer scene in Michigan,” Little said.

The Food Bank of South Central Michigan, for example, is working with the Kalamazoo Brew Bus to organize a pub crawl with several area breweries and beer bars on Sept. 28.

Ore Dock Brewing Company of Marquette, the campaign’s northernmost participant, has been raising money for hunger relief in the Upper Peninsula for years. They will be hosting a Pack the Pub Night on Sept. 21, when $1 from every pint of True North will be donated.

“We pride ourselves on being a community-minded business and that means lending a hand wherever we can,” said Adam Robarge, production and branding manager for Ore Dock. “Quite simply, having access to healthy food is a basic necessity that absolutely no one should have to go without.”

For a complete list of participating breweries, visit HopsAgainstHungerMI.org/Breweries. All media inquiries should be directed to Sean Little at SeanL@FeedWM.org.

Hops Against Hunger Participants

Feeding America West Michigan
Beards Brewery
Burnt Marshmallow Brewing
Creston Brewery
Grand Armory Brewing
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Greenbush Brewing Company
Harmony Hall
HopCat Grand Rapids
New Holland Brewing Company
North Pier Brewing Company
Ore Dock Brewing Company
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company
Silver Harbor Brewing Company
Terra GR Restaurant
The Livery Microbrewery
The Mitten Brewing Company
The Sovengard
Tripelroot
Watermark Brewing Company

Food Gatherers
HopCat Ann Arbor

Food Bank of South Central Michigan
Arcadia Ales Kalamazoo
Brite Eyes Brewing Company
The Distant Whistle
Grand River Brewery
HopCat Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Brew Bus
Territorial Brewing Company

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
Loggers Brewing Company
Michigan on Main Bar and Grill
Table and Tap
Tenacity Brewing
Tri-City Brewing Company

Forgotten Harvest
HopCat Detroit

Gleaners Community Food Bank
Farmington Brewing Company
HopCat Royal Oak

Greater Lansing Food Bank
EagleMonk Pub and Brewery
Ellison Brewery and Spirits
HopCat East Lansing
Lansing Brewing Company
Ozone’s Brewhouse