With nearly 80 breweries within an hour of its downtown, Grand Rapids – also referred to as Beer City, USA – is a hotbed for craft beer. From hops to dark stouts, you can always find an interesting new brew to sip in Grand Rapids.

And, Grand Rapids’ craft beer scene gets even better during #BeerMonthGR, which runs from February 15 - March 15! Beer enthusiasts from near and far can “savor the craft” by participating in a variety of beer-related activities, such as celebrating food and beer during Cool Brews. Hot Eats., and attending the annual outdoor Winter Beer Festival.

Stay up-to-date with announcements and activities by following Beer Month GR's Facebook page and using #BeerMonthGR across all social media.

Become a Brewsader®

Woman wearing Brewsader t-shirt
Cheers! Get your Brewsader passport now.
Credit: Experience Grand Rapids

Become a Beer City Brewsader before diving into the fun of Beer Month GR! To become a Beer City Brewsader, grab a Brewsader passport at the gift shop at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and earn stamps for every local brewery you visit. The more stamps you collect, the more prizes you earn. It only takes eight stamps to become a Beer City Brewsader and during Beer Month GR, you’ll receive a limited time offer Brewsader gift, in addition to a cool t-shirt.  

If you’re already a Brewsader, Beer Month GR is a great time to become an Ultimate Brewsader! Brewsaders who’ve achieved the “ultimate” status will enjoy Ultimate Brewsader Deals & Discounts from area businesses all year long. Check out our Beer City Brewsader website for more information, or to join the fun!

Beer City Ale Trail

As you navigate the more than 80 breweries, plus cideries, meaderies, and distilleries, our Beer City Ale Trail will come in handy. This map is the perfect way to plan when to check out local hotspots, and where they are located. For guided tours, check out guided Beer & Brewery Tours options.

Cool Brews. Hot Eats.

Hopcat's Samwise Stew part of Cool Brews. Hot Eats 2018Excellent food made with excellent beer like HopCat’s Samwise stew, part of their Cool Brews. Hot Eats. menu.
Credit: HopCat

Not to be outdone by our Beer City, USA moniker, our excellent restaurants have earned Grand Rapids the designation of Best Food City in Michigan! You can experience the delight of both brews and eats during the 6th annual Cool Brews. Hot Eats. (CBHE) event, which runs concurrently with Beer Month GR.

CBHE is an annual celebration of unique food and beer pairings. Make a date to try several venues when the 50+ participating restaurants are announced in early February.

(Fact: A lot of CBHE food pairings use local craft beer as a main ingredient!)

Brewer’s Grove Project: Tree Beer

To give back to local parks and public spaces, nearly 20 local brewers joined forces with Friends of GR Parks (FGRP) to create tree-themed beers through the Brewer’s Grove Project: Tree Beer (aka Tree Beer).

The proceeds from the limited release tree-themed beer will benefit FGRP’s Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project for tree plantings. Since starting in 2013, the Tree Beer project has financed and planted 128 trees in Grand Rapids’ Coit Park, Riverside Park, and Highland Park.

This year’s Brewer's Grove Project: Tree Beer will debut at a kick-off party at Harmony Hall on February 15 at 5:30PM. Tree beer will be available throughout Beer Month GR, or while supplies last. Breweries participating can be found: friendsofgrparks.org/brewers-grove.

Tap Takeovers

Beer City, USA Pint GlassFinding new beers on tap is part of the fun during Beer Month.
Credit: Experience Grand Rapids

One of the most fun parts of Beer Month GR is finding a new favorite beer through tap takeovers. These events take place at craft-beer-loving restaurants, bars, and breweries and are often announced last minute! In the past, tap takeovers have featured hard-to-find brews and special batches.

Be aware of preplanned, and spontaneous takeovers by searching #BeerMonthGR on social media, and by following your favorite Grand Rapids craft breweries.

Winter Beer Festival (February 23-24)

People lining up under tent for the Winter Beer Festival in Grand RapidsDon’t miss your chance to select beer samples from over 125 breweries.
Credit: Marty Dunham – Michigan Brewers Guild

Back for its 13th year, the highly anticipated Winter Beer Festival is for diehard beer lovers, because the outdoor festival goes on regardless of temps and snow. The festival takes place on February 23-24. As of today, you can still grab tickets for February 23, as February 24 is sold out.

Some highlights of this year’s Winter Beer Festival include sampling more than 1000 craft beers from over 125 breweries. Your ticket includes 15 tasting tokens that can be traded in for the beers of your choice.

Sip and sample while you enjoy local musicians, ice sculpture demos, or relax from by the firepits. The fun begins at 5PM on February 23 and 1PM on February 24, but if you’re a Michigan Brewers Guild Enthusiast member you can get in an hour early.

Guests staying at participating hotels can enjoy the Winter Beer Festival and a Winter Beer Festival Shuttle. For just $10 a person, the shuttle will provide transportation to and from participating hotels and the Winter Beer Festival. Reservations fill up quickly, so book your shuttle transportation quickly!

Founders KBS Week (March 5-10)

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout Bottles
It’s THAT time of year!
Credit: Experience Grand Rapids

To celebrate the annual release of its popular Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS), Founders Brewing Co. holds a week-long celebration known as KBS Week. From March 5-10, locals and visitors can experience the bourbon barrel aged imperial stout brewed with coffee and chocolate at various locations across Beer City, USA.  

More details regarding KBS ticket sales and tappings around town are coming soon. In the meantime, you can book a KBS hotel package that includes special room rates and limited edition KBS gear.

To help you make the most of your stay during Beer Month GR, a wide range of hotels are offering diverse Beer Month GR hotel packages with room discounts and tickets to local hotspots. For an in-depth behind the scenes look at Grand Rapids’ delicious brews, check out Beer & Brewery Tour options.