If your organization is meeting in Grand Rapids, which has been known as Beer City USA since 2012, it would be a shame not to visit one of its many breweries.
Fortunately, eight of them make it easy to mix business with some pleasure by offering meeting space within a short walk of the city’s downtown convention campus. Several also offer behind-the-scenes tours or will be happy to arrange tastings for you, too.
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Founders Brewing offers the Centennial Room, a private, upstairs space with seating for 50-60 and a fully staffed bar featuring eight taps. The space has two walls of windows offering great views of the city and a patio during warm weather. The room also has three large flat-screen TVs and a retractable projector screen.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company's Game Room. Photo courtesy of Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Capitalizing on the history of the original brewery that opened in 1893, the Grand Rapids Brewing Company offers small-batch beers using local ingredients as well as a full bar. The brewpub also has a private dining room at the back of restaurant with seating for up to 55, in addition to a game room.
Part of the growing development of the West Side neighborhood, The Knickerbocker is the latest venture of New Holland Brewing and part of its distilling operations. The Knickerbocker features five different areas of event space that can accommodate groups from 24 to 250.
Another great West Side location, Harmony Hall features its Monstor Room, which can accommodate up to 50 people depending on the format. It’s ideal for a variety of events, including networking events or business meetings. It features a unique décor and its own bar.
Another local brewpub has a cozy semi-private loft space with seating for 25 people. The furnishings are “living room” style, complete with couches, coffee tables and armchairs.
Atwater Brewery in downtown Grand Rapids. Photo credit: Experience Grand Rapids
This Detroit-based brewery offers a semi-private room that can accommodate up to 85 seated. The space also features lots of natural lighting, along with a projector and big screen.
One of Grand Rapids’ newest breweries, City Built Brewing, offers a private space off its main taproom that can serve 36 people seated or 50 standing. It’s rent-free when food and drink are purchased. Available during the day or in two-hour blocks in the evenings, it also features a 65-inch smart TV for presentations.
B.O.B.’s Brewery is located on the basement level of The B.O.B., a multilevel entertainment complex. The brewery space itself has a reception capacity of 60 with a banquet capacity for 30. The rest of The B.O.B., however, offers a variety of meeting space, including auditorium space and banquet space for up to 500.
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