September’s beer is a hazy double IPA called Hipster’s Paradox. Weighing in at 8% ABV and 79 IBUs, this beer doesn’t mess around. It was brewed with wheat and oats, is slightly hazy, and features tropical and juicy notes along with what the brewery describes as “an underlying chronic funk.”
“This beer reminds you to do what makes you happy, no matter what people think,” the brewery says.
This is the third FeelGood Tap fundraiser GRBC has held for Feeding America West Michigan. GRBC is owned by BarFly Ventures, whose Michigan HopCat locations are also taking part in Hops Against Hunger in support of the state’s Feeding America-member food banks.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company is located at 1 Ionia Avenue SW in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.
The $90 cost includes your round of golf, a burger or brat for lunch, a 16-ounce North Pier insulated cup, and a beer voucher redeemable at North Pier. Registration begins at 10:45 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Awards for longest drive, closest to the pin, lowest team score, and more will be given out at North Pier at 6:30 p.m.
Kumbaya is an American Brown Ale brewed with a blend of specialty and roasted malts. But if it wasn’t roasted enough for you, your server will smoke it at your request right there at the bar. The full pint glass is placed into a glass chamber, which is filled with hickory smoke, imparting a fresh wallop of charred goodness to bring you back to “those cool nights sitting around the campfire.” Silver Harbor claims this is the first example of a live-smoked beer, and we won’t argue!
Feeding America West Michigan is based in Comstock Park, just north of Grand Rapids, and serves Berrien County from its branch in Benton Harbor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rocktoberfest is a delight to the senses for beer, food, and music lovers alike. Each of the event’s six courses features a three-way pairing: a drink, a dish, and a rock ‘n’ roll classic performed by the Schrock Brothers.
The musical connection sets Rocktoberfest apart from other events. Each of the guest chefs, who include Dan Compton from Vie in Chicago and Brandon Johns from Grange Kitchen and Bar in Ann Arbor, is challenged to create a dish inspired by a song.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to Feeding America West Michigan. Rocktoberfest 2016 raised more than $11,000 for the organization.
On September 14, The Livery Microbrewery will host a Community Pint Night to benefit Feeding America West Michigan. For each pint sold between 5 and 8 p.m., the Benton Harbor brewery will donate 50 cents — the equivalent of two meals — to the hunger-relief organization. If more than 250 pints are sold, The Livery will tack on an extra $50!
In addition to partaking in The Livery’s hand-forged ales, patrons can enter a raffle to win a custom-engraved Hops Against Hunger growler.
Feeding America West Michigan serves 40 counties in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula and operates a branch warehouse in Benton Harbor. From that branch, the organization provides food to more than a hundred local food pantries, soup kitchens, and child hunger agencies in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties. The need for food in the region remains high, as one in five kids in Berrien County struggles with hunger.
Staff members from the organization will be on hand to talk about their effort to solve hunger in Southwest Michigan.
Known as one of the Eastown neighborhood’s favorite farm-to-table restaurants, the Grand Rapids restaurant has a strong selection of Michigan beers, including a series of seasonals brewed for the restaurant by Unruly Brewing Company of Muskegon.
This September, Terra will donate 50 cents to Feeding America West Michigan for every pint of Terra Seasonal from Unruly Brewing Company. Always emphasizing proper food and beer pairings, Terra will also donate 50 cents for every order or Pub Cheese and $1 from each Beer-Braised Brisket throughout the month.
On top of that, Terra is incentivizing patrons to make their own donations. To those who add $20 onto their bills for Feeding America West Michigan, Terra will give a $5 gift card redeemable in October.
The restaurant has supported Feeding America West Michigan for years, organizing fundraising events and staff volunteer outings in support of their mission. They participated in the first statewide Hops Against Hunger series last September.