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Brewery is finalist for national Good Food Award

November 24, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Brewery Vivant has become a mainstay in the East Hills neighborhood and also acts as a hub for sustainability, community engagement and charitable giving. Photo by Michael Buck

A Grand Rapids brewery is among the national finalists for a Good Food Award.

San Francisco-based Good Food Awards blind-tasted more than 2,050 entries from 14 categories and vetted the 291 finalists, including Brewery Vivant, based on Good Food Award standards.

Thirty-eight states are represented among the finalists, including 12 from Michigan.

The standards include “environmentally sound agriculture practices, good animal husbandry, sourcing transparency and responsible relationships throughout the supply chain.”

The 200 Good Food Award winners will be announced on Jan. 20 at a gala in San Francisco.

Brewery Vivant

Brewery Vivant is a Good Food Award finalist in the beer category for its Bon Papa, a farmhouse IPA.

Among the 20 other beer finalists are Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery, California’s Firestone Walker Brewing Co. and Missouri’s Perennial Artisan Ales.

Other Michigan finalists

Traverse City-based Fresh Coast Chocolate Co. is a finalist in the chocolate category for its Belize 70% & Tanzania 70%.

In cider, Suttons Bay-based L. Mawby Winery is a finalist for its Bright & Century.

Craft & Mason Roasting Co. in Lansing is a coffee finalist for its Ethiopia Hunkute, while Traverse City’s Higher Grounds Trading Co. is a finalist in coffee for its Yirgacheffe Idido.

In the honey category, Petoskey’s Bear Creek Organic Farm is a finalist for its Boyne Honey.

Sanford-based Small House Farm is a finalist in the oil category for its Hemp Seed Oil.

Detroit’s Beau Bien Fine Foods is a finalist in the pantry category for its Herbed Red Onion Marmalade.

Birmingham-based Marcia’s Pickled Munchies is a pickle finalist for its Pickled Corn Relish.

With its Rhubarb-Hibiscus Conserve, Petoskey-based American Spoon is a finalist in the preserves category.

Honor-based Food For Thought is a finalist in the preserves category for its Blueberry Lavender Organic Preserves and Michigan Pear Organic Preserves.

Detroit-based Gus & Grey is a finalist in the preserves category for its Gus Gus Goose, a gooseberry jam.

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