Beer City Spring Fest: Wasn’t That A Party!

The Beer City Spring Fest in Hudsonville, Michigan did not disappoint —  bountiful beverage choices, fancy footwear, hard rock, hula hoops, beautiful faces, gnomes and gamesWhat’s not to love?

Beer City SpringFest 2014

Beer City Spring Fest

Thank you Joe Boyer and Bill White for organizing and inviting us to the inaugural Beer City USA Spring Festival on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Crowd was fantastic!

Beer City SpringFest 2014

And the best part, all the event proceeds went to the American Legion Post 179.

Beer City SpringFest 2014

Chuck and I have attended many Michigan Brewers Guild Festivals and the vibe at the Beer City Spring Festival was similar but more like a party. (I think it was a little more fun, but don’t tell anyone I don’t want to lose my Enthusiast Membership.)

The Irish Rovers — Wasn’t That A Party keeps rolling around in my head:

Could’ve been the whiskey, Might’ve been the gin! Could’ve been the three or four six-packs I don’t know, but look at the mess I’m in. My head is like a football I think I’m going to die. Tell me, me oh, me oh my Wasn’t that a party?

Brewers 

Over 25 Grand Rapids area brewers brought hundreds of beer choices  to the festival and I am sure all were delicious. Old age has taught me many things and NOT sampling all the beer choices is one of them.

A sampling of our pours!

Russian Imperial from Our Brewing

Beer City SpringFest2014

Satisfied Mind from Pike 51

Beer City SpringFest2014

Enigma from Tapistry Brewing

Beer City SpringFest2014

Country Strong IPA from the Mitten Brewing Co. 

Beer City SpringFest2014

The Professor IPA, Old Siberian and Irish Breakfast from Crankers Brewery I’m very sad to report that Chuck didn’t get a picture of Crankers Brewery. B.A. Baracus from Unruly Brewing Co. 

Beer City SpringFest2014

Distillers

Beer, wine, spirits… Oh my! I have to say the gin from New Holland Artisan Spirits gets a blue ribbon! I didn’t try the spirits from Coopercraft Distillery so it wasn’t a fair contest. It was a love at first sight and I couldn’t shake the New Holland spell! I promise Coopercraft to sample your offerings soon 🙂

Beer City SpringFest2014

Beer City SpringFest2014

“It might have been the gin,” “Me Oh, me oh my!

Beer City SpringFest2014

“Could’ve been the whiskey!”

Vinters

I do enjoy a nice glass of wine and Cascade Winery provided one.

Beer City SpringFest2014

The Round Barn Winery had a very yummy DiVine Black Walnut Creme. You can see how you could get into a mess! And we haven’t even gotten to the cider makers yet!

Cider Makers

There were several cider makers sharing their nectar. I only made it to one table, Sietsema Orchards.  And yes, I liked it and I think it was the Lemon Grass Cider.

Beer City SpringFest2014

Chuck wandered away from me and “friended” the cool people from Peoples Cider Co.  He really liked the 2012 Morrison’s Jig. Chuck is not a cider fan, so this a huge compliment.

Beer City SpringFest2014

Hard Rock

Whoever booked the bands gets a kiss from Chuck! He loved them. Well, I did too, and I think these ladies did too.

Beer City SpringFest2014

They started out with a band called Native Element who did some cool covers (Cliffs of Dover!) and nice originals.

Beer City SpringFest2014

Beer City SpringFest2014

Then Space Brothers took the stage and did some great Black Sabbath covers!

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Get Hammered

It is truly a crazy thing to watch! And people were lined up to play.

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Hula Hoops

The Hula Hoops were more my speed. This guy was on fire!

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Fancy Footware

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Beer City Spring Fest 2014

Beautiful Faces

I couldn’t possibly list them all here! There are many more in the gallery!

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Beer City Spring Fest 2014

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Gnomes

We found a Gnome!

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Artists

I can’t forget the artists sharing their beer art.

Beer City Spring Fest2014

If the Chad Vugteveen’s artwork looks familiar, it is because it is used on the White Flame Brewing website.

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Beer City Spring Fest 2014

I loved the barrel furniture and accessories from the Bad Moon Studio.

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Beer City Spring Fest2014

Stop by the gallery to check out more pictures.  If you went to the event,  leave a comment and let us know!  We’d love it if you’d subscribe to our newsletter, or follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestTumblr.  Cheers!

2 Comments

  1. Hey great piece and cool pics. Thanks for the love.

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    • Thanks Bill!! We really appreciate all the hard work you guys did to put the fest together. It was great! btw- We went to White Flame and took more pics, so we’ll have a separate post on White Flame (and our following dinner at Public in Zeeland) coming up too! 🙂

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