Grand Rapids-Area Breweries Create Tree Beer To Support Urban Forests

Grand Rapids, MI (July 30, 2013) – Seventeen area breweries have joined forces to create tree-inspired beer in support of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and their Urban Forest Project, an initiative to maximize the tree canopy in all parts of Grand Rapids, MI.

craft beersEach brewery has produced its own version of the craft tree beer, which will be offered on tap from August 4th through 10th. Breweries will use ingredients such as maple, oak, cherry, etc. to make their tree-inspired beer.

Area breweries are celebrating this initiative in a multitude of ways including donating $1 per pint sold of its entire batch of tree-inspired beer, others will host release parties, and some are even looking at keeping different brewers options on tap at their brewpub.

The money collected by each brewery will go into a Tree Bank that will be used to purchase an official “brewers grove” within the city.

“We were looking for a tangible way to give back to the city that has been so supportive and enthusiastic about our industry,” said Barry VanDyke of Harmony Brewing Company. “All the brewers are having a blast coming up with tree themed beers; I think folks will see some ridiculously delicious beers come out of this!”

“Grand Rapids is becoming a national leader on urban forest issues, and I can’t think of another city in the country that could pull off such a unique way for the community to show their support of trees and parks,” said Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Executive Director Steve Faber. Friends of Grand Rapids Parks was recently awarded the national Excellence in Urban Forest Leadership Award from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Grand Rapids secured the title of Beer City USA via an online poll in 2012 and 2013. Experience Grand Rapids pays tribute to the area’s craft beer community on its Cool City. Great Beer page. Here visitors can easily find area breweries, local beer events and navigate a craft beer tour throughout West Michigan.

A public kickoff for the Brewers Grove Beer will take place with City Commissioners on Aug. 5th at Harmony Brewing Co. at 4:30 P.M. A ceremony and planting event for the Brewers Grove will take place on Oct. 17 at Riverside Park. Community members, city officials and media will be invited to plant trees as part of the official ceremony. An open containers permit has been obtained for the event so fans and volunteers can bring growlers. There will also be a large inflatable screen showing a beer movie at dusk.

Related Resources:
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
Local brewers create tree-inspired beers for Cheers Beer City
For information about the Brewers Grove, contact Barry VanDyke at or Wob Wanhatalo at