Beer Explorer’s Back-to-School Edition


Kids aren’t the only ones going back-to-school in September. The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) is hosting its Beer Explorer’s Back-to-Beer-School program, which will highlight beers from six local breweries.

The event takes place on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum.

Perrin Brewing Co., Elk Brewing, Founders Brewing Co., Speciation Artisan Ales, Brewery Vivant and Creston Brewery will provide insight about various types of beer and what goes into making them. While the breweries offer similar styles of beer, each one is crafted differently to bring out unique flavors that differ for each person’s palate.

Adding to the fun, participating breweries will bring a special brew that was inspired by something within the museum’s collections. Throughout the evening, participants will explore the three floors of the museum, stopping at different brewery bars to enjoy their samples along the way. Brewers will be available to answer questions and give insights into their beers.

Each brewery will have a special bread made by local bakery, Field and Fire, to accompany their beer as well.

The evening will begin with a short presentation by Alex Forist,  GRPM’s chief curator, who will use artifacts from the museum’s collections to talk about Grand Rapids’ history as a beer city.

Tickets to Beer Explorers: Back-to-Beer-School are $10 for museum members and $20 for non-members. Tickets include six samples, one from each brewery. A cash bar will also be available. Participants must be 21+.

*Photo courtesy of Grand Rapids Public Museum

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