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Breweries form Beer City guild

April 21, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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The Mitten Brewing Co., a baseball-themed brewery, is located in northwest Grand Rapids. Photo via

A group of breweries in the Grand Rapids area have joined forces to create a new nonprofit focused on craft beer.

The Grand Rapids-based Beer City Brewers Guild announced today that it has formed and will be “a vehicle for events, collaborations, charitable giving and knowledge sharing.”

“The brewers thought we should get together to celebrate the initial Beer City, U.S.A. designation [in 2012] and decided to do a collaborative beer,” Guild President and Harmony Brewing Co. Co-Owner Jackson VanDyke said. “That was a success, and we enjoyed each other’s company, so we decided to band together to promote all of the breweries.

“We hope to encourage the spirit of collaboration — not only between breweries, but all related groups.”

The nonprofit was also formed to produce festivals.

The guild said it will host a festival on Aug. 13 at Ah-Nab-Awen-Park in downtown Grand Rapids.


The Beer City Brewers Guild is open to breweries and planned breweries within Kent County or communities with “geographic boundaries” neighboring Kent County.

Craft beer “affiliates and enthusiasts” are also able to participate in meetings and on committees.

For breweries, the guild membership is $200 annually. Affiliate memberships are $100 annually, and enthusiast memberships are $30.

Past collaborations

Following the first Beer City collaboration in 2012, many of the area’s breweries have come together for special beers over the past four years, including an annual Brewers Grove Tree Beer.

A portion of the beer’s sales go toward helping Friends of Grand Rapids Parks plant more trees, with brewery representatives helping plant trees on a fall day.

Guild's initial executive board

Jackson VanDyke, President
Harmony Brewing Co.

Matt Michiels, Vice President
Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery & Supply

David Ringler, Treasurer
Cedar Springs Brewing Co.

Kelli Williams, Chief of Marketing
Momma Needs a Beer

Kate Herron, Secretary
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