Since Examiner got rid of its Beer City USA poll, it looks like Grand Rapids will be the nation's champ forever. Or until another beer-related poll pops up. But until then, we will celebrate our win indefinitely. In honor of being permanently named Beer City USA, Grand Rapids celebrates an entire week devoted to beer. Called BeerCity Week, it runs May 3-10 and highlights beer throughout the greater Grand Rapids-area bars, restaurants and of course, breweries.
The week kicks off at Hudsonville Fairgrounds with the first-ever Beer City Springfest, where attendees can sample all our city has to offer in terms of microbrews. Tickets range from $5 to designated drivers to $30 general admission and $35 VIP admission. (This gets you into the festival an extra hour early and three extra sample tickets.) The festival starts for the general public at 1 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m.
Other beer-centric events include a pub crawl (May 6-8) and a coaster contest for the creative types. The contest winner will have their design printed on coasters and distributed throughout participating bars, restaurants and breweries during BeerCity Week.
Other events include a daily 8:30 p.m. Beer City toast at Brewery Vivant during the week, as well as Siciliano's Big Brew on the Calder on May 3. For up-to-date information on BeerCity Week and to find more events, visit beercityusa.com.