Grand Rapids Brewing Co. Donating Proceeds From Hipster’s Paradox This September

Head brewer Ernie Richards with Mark Sellers, owner of GRBC and BarFly Ventures. Photo courtesy of GRBC.

Each month, Grand Rapids Brewing Company designates $1 from every pour from their “FeelGood Tap” to a chosen charity. This September, in honor of Hunger Action Month, the brewery has chosen Feeding America West Michigan.

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.

Harmony Hall Donating $1 Per Pint of Crossroads Rye IPA This September

Photo courtesy of Harmony Hall.

Every pint of Crossroads Rye IPA sold at Harmony Hall during the month of September will provide four meals to people in need. That’s because Harmony is donating $1 from each sale to Feeding America West Michigan.

Every dollar the organization receives allows it to distribute four meals in the community. There’s quite a lot packed into that pint glass!

The Crossroads Rye IPA lives up to its name. Sharp, pungent, and piney, the Crossroads is a well-executed example of a still-uncommon style.

Harmony Hall is the second location for Grand Rapids’ Harmony Brewing Company. Located in a former Mexican restaurant on the city’s west side, Harmony Hall has its own brewing system and its own culinary specialty: house-made sausages, and lots of them.

Harmony Hall is located at 401 Stocking Avenue NW.

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.

Terra GR Supporting Feeding America West Michigan in September

Terra GR Restaurant is diving into Hops Against Hunger once again this September.

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.

Terra is located at 1429 Lake Drive SE in Grand Rapids.

September 13, 2017: Pack the Pub at Creston Brewery

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From day one Creston Brewery has been all about the community, hosting regular fundraisers and events to support their namesake Creston Neighborhood. This September, they’re diving into the Hops Against Hunger campaign in a big way.

On Wednesday, September 13, Creston will donate 15% of proceeds from food and drink sales to Feeding America West Michigan. That’s right, from open to close, every perch taco, jack fruit burrito, and pork belly enchilada, along with Creston’s diverse lineup of ales, will send good food to your neighbors in need.

For those who have never been to Creston, you’re in for a treat. The brewery is located in the lovingly renovated DeKorne furniture store. The taproom is bright, open, and airy, and the food menu draws inspiration from Mexican, Caribbean, and Chinese cuisines. (Hot sauce lovers, take note: Your meal will come with a dolly of house-made hot sauces.)

On the beverage side, Creston values experimentation over straightforward adherence to style. While you’ll certainly find ESBs, stouts, and IPAs on tap, their flavor descriptions are just as likely to highlight Michigan-grown blueberries, rooibos, or lavender honey as they are hop varieties. And every beer is helpfully labeled on a scale of maltiness, hoppiness, and bitterness. See what’s on tap right now!

Creston is open 12-11 p.m. They’re located at 1504 Plainfield Avenue NE in Grand Rapids. See you there!

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