Tri-City Brewing Hosting Pack the Pub Event, Oct. 14

Photo courtesy of Tri-City Brewing Company.

You can raise a glass and send a meal to a neighbor in need at Tri-City Brewing Company. On Saturday, October 14, the Bay City brewery will donate $1 to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan for every pint and growler they fill between 3 and 7 p.m.

The brewery is also encouraging patrons to bring a bag of nonperishable food to donate. Staff from the food bank will be there to chat about their mission and give away food bank swag. Plus, Barlow’s food truck will be on hand to meet your barbecue needs!

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is based in Flint and provides food to 415 local partner agencies in 22 counties. Every dollar they receive funds the distribution of six meals in the region.

Tri-City was founded in 2006 and opened its new Bangor Township taproom in 2016. You’ll find more than a dozen beers on tap, including their flagship Hell’s Half Mile Munich Helles Lager. Tri-City is located at 4170 Shrestha Drive.

Tenacity Brewing to Host Pack the Pub Night, Sept. 14

Photo courtesy of Tenacity Brewing.

On Thursday, September 14, Tenacity Brewing of Flint will be pulling pints for hunger relief.

From open to close (3-10 p.m.), they’ll donate $1 from every pour of Sit Down Session IPA to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. A pint for you means good food for a neighbor in need.

Tenacity opened in early 2015 as Flint’s sole brewery, a distinction they hold to this day. Located in an old firehouse, the brewery is noted for its comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. They have a variety of beers and ciders on tap.

The brewery’s fundraiser for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is keeping with their community-centric ethos. The brewery was partially funded by supporters on Kickstarter and they’ve raised money for the Flint Child Health and Development Fund throughout the city’s Water Crisis.

Tenacity is located at 119 North Grand Traverse Street.

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.

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

Flint’s Table and Tap Supporting Food Bank of Eastern Michigan This September

Table and Tap, a barbecue restaurant and tap house in downtown Flint, is supporting the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan throughout the month of September.

All month long, every pint of Rubaeus Nitro sold will send $1 to the hunger-relief organization. Rubaeus is a raspberry ale from Founders Brewing Company.

Table and Tap is also organizing a Pack the Pub day on Tuesday, September 19. From 5-10 p.m. on the 19th, in addition to the donation from Founders’ Rubaeus, the establishment will donate $1 for every order of Smoked Wings and Mac & Cheese.

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is based in Flint and provides food to 415 local partner agencies in 22 counties. Every dollar they receive funds the distribution of six meals in the region.

Table and Tap is located at 555 South Saginaw Street. They’re open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.