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Breweries and homebrewers create Pro-Am brews

July 24, 2017
| By Pat Evans |
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Beer City Brewers Guild beer taps
The Beer City Brewers Guild works to celebrate and promote the local "craft brewing culture." Photo via

Grand Rapids breweries are partnering with homebrewers to create a number of special brews.

The Beer City Brewers Guild is partnering with homebrewers to produce the Beer City Pro-Am. The beers brewed by the breweries and their partner homebrewers are slated to begin going on tap late this month.

The Beer City Pro-Am is the brainchild of Grand Rapids homebrewers Nick Rodammer and Jeremy Gavin, who approached Grand Rapids Brewers Guild President and Harmony Brewing Co. Co-owner Jackson Van Dyke in the winter.

"Many people don't realize just how talented the area's best homebrewers are, and this event is a great forum to showcase the level of creativity and skill the homebrewing community has to offer," Rodammer said. "That 20 different local breweries would so willingly commit to this event in such a short period of time speaks volumes about the craft beer community we have in Beer City."

Pro-Am Cup

Homebrewers qualified for the pro-am contest throughout 2016 and 2017 by placing in homebrewing competitions.

The qualifiers were then paired, at random, with breweries on April 30.

The beers will be judged by a panel of judges through a blind tasting process.

The Beer City Pro-Am Cup will be awarded at the the Beer City Brewers Guild Industry Picnic on Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. in Sparta at Long Lake Park, at 13747 Krauskopf NE, in the enclosed shelter. There will be 12 taps of homebrewed beer on-site. The guild said people can bring beer, wine and food to the event. 

The Beer City Pro-Am Cup will be displayed at the award-winning brewery. In future years, the cup will be etched with winners’ names and displayed at the winning brewery.

Pro-Am pairings

Atwater GR and Jeremy Gavin

BOB's Brewery and John Applegarth

Bier Distillery and Michael Meadow

Brewery Vivant and Jake Szetela

City Built Brewing Co. and Paul Arends

Elk Brewing and Ken Pitchford

5 Lakes Brewing Co. and Chad Bocian

Grand Rapids Brewing Co. and Nick Rodammer

Harmony Brewing Co. and George Lawlor

Harmony Hall and Kevin Schumacher

HopCat and Nick Kuzera

Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co. and Jeff Carlson

Mitten Brewing Co. and Eric Nyhof

Osgood Brewing Co. and Andrew Brouwers

Railtown Brewing Co. and Mark Iacopelli

Rockford Brewing Co. and David Beerens

Speciation Artisan Ales and Ric Brown

Thornapple Brewing Co. and Rob Schwartz and Bill Katerburg

White Flame Brewing Co. and Andrew Baculy

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