Grand Pumpkin Beer Debuts
Grand Rapids has yet another reason to toast the town. Eleven area breweries have joined forces to create Grand Pumpkin Beer, a new collaborative craft beer produced just in time for Halloween.
Each brewery has produced its own version of the beer, which will be offered on tap starting Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2012. The breweries used different ingredients and techniques to create their own versions, while all paying homage to the seasonal pumpkin flavor.
Participating breweries include:
HopCat, 25 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
The B.O.B's Brewery, 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
The Mitten Brewing Company, 527 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids
Brewery Vivant, 925 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids
Harmony Brewing Co., 1551 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids
The Hideout Brewing Co., 3113 Plaza Dr. NE, Grand Rapids
White Flame Brewing Co., 5234 36th Ave., Hudsonville
Pike 51 Brewing Company, 3768 Chicago Dr., Hudsonville
Jaden James Brewery, 4665 Broadmoor SE, Kentwood
Schmohz Brewing Co., 2600 Patterson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids
Michigan Beer Cellar, 500 E. Division St., Sparta
"The brewing culture is very collaborative in West Michigan," said Barry VanDyke of Harmony Brewing Company. "We enjoy each other's company and we enjoy testing our skills against one another in a fun way. We're hopeful that beer lovers will test out a few different versions and let us know what they think of them."
This is the second time in recent months that area breweries have come together to create a specialty beer. In July, soon after Grand Rapids finished in a statistical tie for the title of "Beer City USA" via an online poll, 10 breweries joined together to create "Beer City Pale Ale."
"Our breweries and brew pubs continue to have great success and are a prime reason why Grand Rapids continues to grow in popularity as a staycation and vacation destination," said Doug Small, president of Experience Grand Rapids. "People who love craft beer, no matter where they live, are hearing more and more about Grand Rapids. Many of them are visiting as a result."