2016 Traverse City Beer Week – November 11-17

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Traverse City Beer Week starts tonight, and the annual celebration of beer & breweries runs November 11-17 with over 40 events!

Highlights include tonight’s TCBW Pub Crawl from 6-10 PM. It’s sponsored by Short’s Brewing Company, and stops include Bubba’s, The Little Fleet, U & I Lounge, The Franklin, Brew Traverse City, 7 Monks Taproom, Union Tap and Grill, Union Street Station and Rare Bird Brewpub. You can pick up a Passport that you can redeem for a TC Beer Week shirt (while supplies last).

Other highlights from today & tonight include the Brewery Vivant Night at 7 Monks from 3-midnight, Michigan vs. West Coast Beers at State Street Grille, the Perrin Brewing Company Tap Takeover at Nolan’s Tobacco and Cigar Bar, and the Tapistry Tap Event at Pangea’s Pizza.

The fun continues tomorrow at 10 AM with the Great Beerd Run at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa sponsored by Short’s, Beards Brewery & Right Brain Brewery with post-race Beer Tent featuring a Best Beard Contest, race grub, music, and beer. Other highlights for Saturday include the Atwater Brewery & Bowers Harbor Vineyards Dinner at Boathouse Traverse City, a beer & pulled pork slider pairing at Brewery Terra Firma, Tapistry Brewing vs Saugatuck Brewing Company at Brew, and Reflect Bistro’s Short’s Brewing Company Beer Dinner!

Looking ahead to Sunday, the good folks of Stormcloud Brewing Company in Frankfort will join Alliance Restaurant for a 5-course beer dinner featuring Stormcloud’s Barrel-Soured ales.

On Monday at 5 PM Terra Firma hosts a Cheese and Beer Pairing featuring John’s brews paired with cheeses from Manny’s Specialty Cheese. There’s also Founders Brewing Co. Bingo Night at Little Fleet and German Heritage Night with Cedar Springs Brewing at 7 Monks Taproom.

Tuesday you can get your Belgian on with the Jolly Pumpkin Brewery / Leelanau Brewing event at 7 Monks, the Lagunitas Brewing Co Willett BA Release Party at Little Fleet, and a Short’s tasting at Kap N Keg Party Store.

Wednesday’s theme is 3 tap takeovers with the Dark Horse & Founders Tap Jam at Rare Bird, a Brewery Vivant Sour Beer Tap Takeover at the Little Fleet, and a Greyline Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at 7 Monks Taproom. There’s also a TC Beer Week Sib & Dab at Blue Tractor that offers a chance to create an original work of art guided by a local artist.

Thursday features the Greenbush Beer Dinner at MI Grille, Sour Beer Night at Little Fleet, TC Beer History Night at 7 Monks Taproom, and also the North v South Brewery Battle at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa which pits Short’s Brewing Company vs Atwater Brewery at five “Battle” stations with brews from each brewery and food to pair.

Wrap it up Friday night with a Seafood Beer Dinner at The Little Fleet!

Get details on these and more TC Beer Week events at the Traverse City Tourism website!

Short’s Space Rock now gluten free

Space Rock, the newest flagship beer from Short’s Brewing Company is now crafted to remove gluten. Space Rock, an American Pale Ale, joins the flagship lineup alongside Huma Lupa Licious, Soft Parade, Bellaire Brown, and Local’s.

New Space Rock from ShortsAccording to Short’s Director of Quality, Tyler Glaze “The recipe for Space Rock always contained Brewer’s Clarex, a naturally occurring enzyme, to remove chill haze. The same enzyme eliminates gluten and we suspected that the enzyme completely removed gluten just like in Alien Einstein. So, we decided to send a bottle out to be tested at the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program’s lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The results came back great! It turned out that all we needed to do was add a little more Brewer’s Clarex and the gluten was completely removed from the beer. The taste hasn’t changed a bit. It’s still the same, delicious, moderately bitter American Pale Ale with floral and orange aromas but with the added bonus of the gluten being removed.”

“We are stoked to release Space Rock with the ‘Crafted to Remove Gluten’ labeling now. Such a tasty beer. We hope our customers are as excited and thirsty as us!”

In order to distinguish Space Rock that has been crafted to remove gluten from the original release, Tanya Whitley, the artist behind many Short’s beer labels, updated the artwork. You’ll see changes to Joe’s spacecraft and outfit as well as a new “Crafted to Remove Gluten” insignia.

Short’s & Stormcloud bring home Great American Beer Festival hardware!

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Last weekend, two northern Michigan breweries brought back medals from the premier craft brewing event in the country, the Great American Beer Festival.

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Empire Hops Festival this Saturday

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This Saturday (October 4) the village of Empire goes straight to the heart of craft brewing with the first annual Empire Hops Festival.

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Media Monday: Cherry Festival making headlines, WJR live from Workshop Brewing

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Traverse City’s ongoing debate over events & festivals makes the Detroit Free Press and once again it’s coming off as Traverse City saying “NO” to tourism and tourist dollars. The matter is before the City Commission tonight, and we also scan through some positive press for our food scene.

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Beggars Fest on Saturday at The Little Fleet

If you’re in TC on Saturday, check out Beggars Fest at The Little Fleet! The event features a tap takeover by Traverse City based Beggars Brewery and great live music from near & far. No cover!

 

Workshop Brewing Co Anniversary Pig Roast Feast

Pete Kirkwood and the crew at Workshop Brewing Co. are gearing up to celebrate their 1st anniversary this Saturday, August 8th with a pig roast and music from the James Cornelison Band.

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Green Cuisine July 16th at Food for Thought

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Green Cuisine is an annual event that takes place next Wednesday (July 16) from 5-8 PM at Food For Thought near Empire. The annual event offers a chance to meet and sample the works of local food and beverage artisans, tour Food For Thought’s organic farm and green buildings and socialize, learn and have fun in a beautiful setting. They also have a “green lifestyles” tent where you can learn about other green local products and services.

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Rare Bird Brewpub ready to open!

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If all goes well with their final inspection, Rare Bird Brewpub will open their doors to the public next week. Co-owner and brewer Tina Schuett shares, “It’s been a long road. We’ve worked really hard to make sure everything’s just right and are excited to open the doors to let everyone see what we’ve built.”

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