Beer City Brewers Guild annual Brews at the Calder (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

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The Beer City Brewers Guild is hosting a beer festival that celebrates Grand Rapids’ craft beer industry and will feature over 30 Grand Rapids-based breweries.

Entrance is free. Guests can purchase drink tickets onsite for beer, but they can enjoy the festivities without buying if they wish. Chad Atherton, event chair of the Beer City Brewers Guild, said removing the paywall will help weave Grand Rapids’ beer scene into the fabric of the city at large.

The Pro-Am tent featuring beers brewed for the Pro-Am competition is designed to provide another draw for the festival. Now in its fourth year, the guild’s Pro-Am competition has grown into an annual event that pairs decorated homebrewers with commercial brewers to brew a one-of-a-kind batch of beer. “It’s a great opportunity for homebrewers to expose their talents while promoting a culture of fellowship around beer,” Atherton said.

Nick Rodammer, head of the Pro-Am committee and a participant in the Pro-Am competition, said he sees value in fostering relationships between these two brewing sectors.

Homebrewing culture was the starting point for a good portion of commercial brewers in Grand Rapids,” Rodammer said. “It’s amazing to see how the two worlds continue to inspire each other.”

Local tap takeovers are planned for most of the Pro-Am competition beers. Events will be at Horrocks Market Tavern, 7 Monks and both Grand Rapids Hopcat locations.

Tasting tickets will be $2 each and sold in bundles of 10.

10oz. pours will be available for two to three tickets each.

Beer City Brewers Guild annual Brews at the Calder (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

What:          Brews at the Calder

When:         Saturday, October 02, 2021

Where:       Calder Plaza (300 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI)

Time:         4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Cost:          Entrance is free/ Tasting tickets are $2.00 each and sold in bundles of 10/ 10oz. pours will be available for two to three tickets each.


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All participating breweries at Brews at the Calder

3 Gatos Brewery
AleBird Taphouse & Brewery
Archival Brewing
Arvon Brewing Co.
Atwater Brewery Grand Rapids
Bier Distillery
Big Boiler Brewing
Black Calder Brewing Company
O.B.’s Brewery
Brewery Vivant
Brick Haus Brews
Broad Leaf Local Beer
City Built Brewing Company
DeHop’s Brewing Company & Café
ELK Brewing
Founders Brewing Co.
Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery
Grand Rapids Brewing Co.
Harmony Brewing Company
Harmony Hall
Perrin Brewing Company
Pike 51 Brewing Co.
Railtown Brewing Company
Rockford Brewing Company
Speciation Artisan Ales
The Mitten Brewing Co.
Third Nature Brewing
Thornapple Brewing Co.
Trail Point Brewing Company
TwoGuys Brewing
White Flame Brewing Co.

Beer City Brewers Guild

Founded in 2016 as a group of greater Grand Rapids brewers, in collaboration with beer-centric businesses, the Beer City Brewers Guild works to celebrate, promote and raise awareness of the craft brewing culture in Grand Rapids. The nonprofit functions as a vehicle for collaborations, charitable giving and knowledge-sharing around the subject of craft brewing.

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