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The Beer City Brewers Guild is thrilled to welcome the following Grand Rapids Area Breweries, Brewpubs, Distilleries, and Cideries to HopStock at Calder Plaza on Saturday, August 13, 2016!

*Beer City Brewers Guild Breweries-In-Planning



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 15, 2016) Groove along with the Grand Rapids Area Brewing Community for a Festival on Calder Plaza to celebrate Beer City as the sun goes down on Saturday, August 13 from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m., with a VIP hour beginning at 5:30 p.m.

This 21 and over ticketed event will offer festival goers the opportunity to sample craft beer, cider, wine, and distilled beverages from the newly formed Beer City Brewers Guild, a non-profit 501(c)(6). Licensed Breweries involved in the Guild and participating at HopStock include those within Kent County, Mich or any city or township whose geographic boundary borders Kent County.

HopStock will feature many West Michigan breweries, brewpubs, distilleries, and cideries collaborating under large tents on Calder Plaza as the sun sets on Saturday, August 13, making this a unique event. There will be a vast array of 4 oz samples for enthusiasts to savor. Look for the Beer City Collaboration tent: IPA Island sponsored by Coldbreak Brewing Supply where each festival participant will feature their version of an IPA.

The festival will also host live local music acts beginning at 6 p.m. with Instrumental Surf-Rock band The Concussions, followed by Gangster-Rock band The Legal Immigrants at 7:15 p.m., and Bluegrass Folk-Rock band Dragon Wagon will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. to play a 90-minute set.

Food Trucks will also be on site serving a variety of vittles, including A Moveable Feast, Two Scotts BBQPronto Pups and Ferris Coffee. A limited number of Vendors and Artisans will be on hand to join in on the HopStock buzz as well.

The Beer City Brewers Guild have developed a history of giving back to the community as well as the environment. HopStock will feature a sustainability team thanks to BarFly; there is a goal in place to keep this festival a low-waste event by offering reusable tasting cups and sustainable resources wherever possible.

HopStock tickets are available via Eventbrite

VIP: $45 — 5:30 p.m. entry, 15 tasting tickets + reusable tasting cup.
Advance Ticket: $35 — 6:30 p.m. entry, 10 tasting tickets + reusable tasting cup.



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (April 21, 2016) — New West Michigan Non-Profit Guild has organized to raise awareness of the craft brewing culture within the community by forming Beer City Brewers Guild 501(c)(6). A vehicle for events, collaborations, charitable giving, and knowledge sharing.

Since 2012 Grand Rapids Area Breweries and supporting businesses have collaborated to make Beer City a better place to brew, drink, visit, and live.

“The brewers thought we should get together to celebrate the initial Beer City USA designation and decided to do a collaborative beer. That was a success, and we enjoyed each others company, so we decided to band together to promote all of the breweries. We hope to encourage the spirit of collaboration; not only between breweries, but all related groups.” said Jackson VanDyke, Beer City Brewers Guild President, Co-Owner Harmony Brewing Company.

The opportunities Beer City Brewers Guild will continue to build on include collaborative beer releases such as the Beer City Pale Ale, where each area brewery created their rendition of a Pale Ale. Brewers Grove/Tree Beer, a united effort between breweries and the Friends of GR Parks; increasing the city’s tree canopy by donating a portion of Tree Beer sales toward this effort, and physically planting trees in multiple parks for the last three years.

Licensed Breweries and Breweries-in-Planning involved in the Guild will include those within Kent County, Mich or any city or township whose geographic boundary borders Kent County. Craft Beer Affiliates and Enthusiasts are also encouraged to join the Beer City Brewers Guild to participate in meetings, and serve on committees.

“Being selected to serve as the Marketing Chair on the Guild Board has been an honor. Working with creative individuals who value collaboration over competition while embracing our community goes beyond beer. I feel lucky to support and promote such an incredible group of people.” said Kelli Williams, Beer City Brewers Guild Marketing Chair, Owner Momma Needs A Beer, LLC.

The Beer City Brewers Guild will host a festival to embrace their collaborative community spirit in the heart of downtown in Calder Plaza on Saturday, August 13.