Brewery Vivant

The Friday Mash (St. John the Silent Edition)

Today is the feast day of St. John the Silent. So, in the words of Elmer Fudd, we’re going to be “vewy quiet”.


We begin in San Diego, where Stone Brewing Company co-founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner have invested $100 million in True Craft, a private-equity firm that will take minority positions in craft breweries that need funding to expand.

Brewery Vivant and the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra have released a collaboration beer, Carmina Beerana. This single-malt, single-hop beer was inspired by Carl Orff’s classic work.

Hopyard, a newly-opened beer bar in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, offers two of the hottest things in pop culture: craft beer and vinyl music.

Jeff Vrabel of GQ magazine unleashed a righteous rant about alcoholic root beer. He believes that root beer belongs to childhood and ought to remain there.

Last Friday, the Bar D’Alsace-tian in London put a team of Alsatian dogs to work delivering cold bottles of beer to customers in custom harnesses in the shape of a barrel.

Starr Hill Brewery is celebrating the Dave Matthews Band’s 25th anniversary with a beer called Warehouse Pils. “Warehouse” is the name of the band’s official fan club.

Finally, Danish beermaker Mikkeller Brewing is bringing its acclaimed Copenhagen Beer Celebration to Boston. The two-day festival, to be held in September, will feature more than 100 craft beers from over 50 breweries from around the world.

Another Brewery Coming to Grand Rapids

In the last few years, Grand Rapids has become the craft brewing capital of Michigan. The city currently has a microbrewery (Founders) and five brewpubs (Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Hideout, HopCat, Schmoh’s, and The B.O.B.), and also hosts the Michigan Brewers Guild’s annual Winter Beer Festival.

According to Thursday’s Grand Rapids Press, another micro, Brewery Vivant may open by next fall. The new brewery will specialize in Belgian- and French-style beers, and also will apply for a small winemaker’s license.

Jason Spaulding, the co-founder of New Holland Brewing Company, is teaming up with Locus Development on a $3 million project that includes shops as well as Brewery Vivant.

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