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Grand Rapids area breweries create tree-themed beer in support of urban forest

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Over 20 Grand Rapids area breweries are teaming up with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to raise money for their Urban Forest Project, an initiative to maximize the tree canopy in all parts of the city.

Brewers Grove Project Participating Breweries

Find the latest information, as well as a Tree Beer Map at

B.O.B.’s Brewery
Tangerine Trees, Fruited Wit

Brewery Vivant
Devastation, Oak Aged Double IPA

Cellar Brewing Company
Apple Ridge IPA, Fruited IPA

Crankers Brewery
Kangaroo Rodeo Barrel, Aged Brown Ale

EB Coffee & Pub
Oaked Melon Saison, Red Oak Saison

Elk Brewing
Sassafras Brown, Sassafras Brown

Founders Brewing Company
Lil’ Saplin’, Young Barrel Aged Scotch Ale with Additional Oak

Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Bonita Applebrown, Smoked Brown Porter with Apple

Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery & Supply
Cedarino, Cedar Planked Pale Ale

Harmony Brewing Company
Sumac Attack, Sumac Hefeweizen

The Hideout Brewing Company
Sticky TreeHugger, Maple Oak Pilsner

Naughty Nicodemus, Cucumber Juniper Lime Gruit

Jaden James Brewery
Smoke on the Water, Smoked Marzen

The Mitten Brewing Co.
Oak Aged Pine Tar DIPA, DIPA (week 1)
Cherry Oaked Wee Heavy, Wee Heavy (week 2)

O’Connor’s Homebrew Supply,
Smokin’ Red Wood Scotch Ale, Extract Kit

Osgood Brewing
Spruce Almighty, Spruce Tip Black IPA

Perrin Brewing Company
Hopwood, Oak Aged Double-IPA

Pike 51 Brewing Company
Beer that shall not be named, Maple Almond Belgian Brown Ale

Rockford Brewing Company
Beechwood Brown, Smoked Oatmeal Brown

Schmohz Brewery
Barrel Aged Kiss My Scottish Arse, Smoked Scottish Ale

White Flame Brewing Company
Nut Job, Black Walnut Ale

The Peoples Cider Company
Cherry Tree Cyser, Cherry Cyser

Brewers Grove tree planting last year at Riverside Park

Brewers Grove tree planting last year at Riverside Park

Brewers Grove T-shirts

Brewers Grove T-shirts /Team Beer City

Starting on Friday, August 29, patrons can stop into any Grand Rapids area brewery (see full list at right) as well as local brewpubs The Meanwhile Bar, Green Well and Big Bob’s Pizza to order a tree inspired beer, where a portion of the sales will go toward The Brewers Grove Fund.

The money collected from each tree-themed beer will support tree plantings and expand The Brewers Grove concept started at Riverside Park last fall, where brewers planted 30 trees with the money raised.

“The Brewers Grove Project is uniquely Grand Rapids,” says Steve Faber of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. “Our community is known for great craft beer and also as a leader in Urban Forest issues nationally.” Friends of Grand Rapids Parks was the recipient of the 2013 “Excellence in Urban Forest Leadership Award” from the Arbor Day Foundation.

A kickoff party is planned at Harmony Brewing Company at 5 p.m. this Friday, August 29, where city commissioners, brewers, media and the public will be invited to learn more about The Brewers Grove Project and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, while sampling tree inspired beers from around the area, including selections from White Flame, Pike 51, Cellar Breweries and Harmony’s own tree-themed Sumac Hefeweizen.

“We want to be a benefit to the community that is very supportive of us and our industry.” Jackson VanDyke, owner of Harmony Brewing says. “This is a great way for the breweries to collaborate and do something positive for our city.”

A Tree Beer Party at The Brewers Grove space on the north side of Riverside Park is planned on Friday, September 12, beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to bring their own wine, cider or beer to enjoy, along with blankets and chairs to watch an outdoor screening of the cult-classic movie “Strange Brew” at 8:30 p.m. Grand Rapids area brewers will meet and interact with party guests throughout the event. Team Beer City will also be on hand to sign up the public to assist with The Brewers Grove tree planting in October.

Brewers Grove shirts will be available at area breweries for $18 each, with $1 of each sale going toward the project. The front of the shirt features the Brewers Grove logo, designed by Grand Rapids Artist Erica Lang of Woosah Outfitters, with the back emblazoned with the logos of the participating breweries.

Grand Rapids Beer Tours will be hosting tours to select breweries so beer fanatics can sample some of the tree inspired offerings, without having to drive.

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