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Brewery sets summer festival

April 8, 2014
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Founders Fest by Founders Brewing Co. draws thousands of people downtown. Photo via fb.com

A brewery will soon begin selling tickets for its summer festival downtown.

Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids will host its seventh-annual Founders Fest, a celebration of beer and music, on June 21, from 3-11 p.m.

More than 6,000 people are expected on the streets in front of the brewery.

Discounted advance ticket sales will begin April 18, at the Founders taproom and online, via foundersbrewing.com through Eventbrite. The event is limited to people 21 and older.

“Founders Fest is the highlight of our summer and our largest event of the year,” said Mark Dorich, Founders Fest director and VP of retail operations. "It’s truly special for us to have an opportunity to celebrate with our community, right here on the streets surrounding our brewery.

“We’re especially pleased to welcome some great live music into this year’s lineup, as well as an expanded selection of local food vendors and a larger Artist Row — and, of course, a fine variety of delicious Founders beer.”

Surprise entertainers will also visit the event throughout the day.

Beer

The festival will feature year-round offerings and taproom specialties by Founders Brewing.

The taproom, including the beer garden, will be closed for the day.

Music

Headlining the festival will be nationally touring funk band Lettuce, from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Other artists include R&B and soul artist Charles Bradley and his Extraorinaires, electric duo Break Science and the funk, jazz, afrobeat combo Budos Band. All three bands will accompany Lettuce from Brooklyn.

The Giving Tree Band will bring Americana and folk rock to Grand Rapids from Illinois, while Grand Rapids bands Fauxgrass and Valentiger will bring bluegrass and indie rock to the stage.

The event will also feature the FBC All-Stars, a super group made of Founders employees.

Waste partner

The event will partner with The High Five Program, an organization that assures the prevention of litter and reduction of waste.

Last year, the event achieved a 90-percent diversion rate.

“We look forward to Founders Fest every year,” said Mike Stevens, Founders Brewing co-founder and CEO. “Beer and music bring people together, and we love being able to put on an event that does just that. It gives us the opportunity to get our family, friends and community together for a day, so that we can toast to all of them.”

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