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Summer Craft Beer Fest 2014
If you missed it, you should have been here! (photo Johnnie Walker)
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Thanks for Coming to Party with WGRD at the Summer Craft Beer Fest 2014 [Photos]

Today's Summer Craft Beer Fest was a huge success, thanks to all of you that came out and had a great time with us!  Thank you!

Lots of amazing beers, great food, live music…the Summer Craft Beer Fest had it all!  And, we were in a really nice place, John Ball Park, so it was a really nice place to hang and have some beers with friends!

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Rick Martinez/Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
Rick Martinez/Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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On Tap with Summer Craft Beer Festival 2014 [Photos]

John Ball Park was the venue and craft beers were the main course Saturday.

The fourth annual Summer Craft Beer Festival poured, played, entertained and fed hundreds from across Grand Rapids, West Michigan and beyond on a summery afternoon and early evening with sunshine and temperatures creeping into the low 80s.

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(Photo by Mannie Garcia/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mannie Garcia/Getty Images)
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West Michigan Whitecaps Host First 3-D Printed T-Ball Game Tonight [Video]

Baseball is a sport that has been built on traditions for more than 150 years. Tonight, tradition will meet the future when the West Michigan Whitecaps host the first-ever game played by using equipment printed by 3D, or additive manufacturing, technology.

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Mitchell Peterson is an 18-year-old who graduated from Rockford and was diagnosed 15 years ago with the degenerative Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. (Photo: Mitchell's Run Thru Rockford)
Mitchell Peterson is an 18-year-old who graduated from Rockford and was diagnosed 15 years ago with the degenerative Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. (Photo: Mitchell's Run Thru Rockford)
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Partner with Team Mitchell & Zane for Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford on Aug. 16

The 16th annual Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford, a five-kilometer (3.1-mile) run/walk and kids' fun run, is Aug. 16 in downtown Rockford.

Proceeds from the benefit go to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a non-profit dedicated to expediting viable treatments and a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic disorder that slowly robs those stricken with the disease of their muscle strength.

Join Team Mitchell & Zane, which includes Eric Zane of "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" and Rockford-based Wolverine World Wide Inc. and Walker-based Meijer Inc., for the benefit run/walk. Anyone raising $100 or more is eligible to win a footwear package from Saucony and Merrell with a $300 value; and anyone raising at least $30 in pledges receives a gift from Wolverine World Wide.

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Summer Craft Beer Fest 2014 – Pike 51 Brewing Sampling [Video]

Today, I got to sample some amazing beers at Pike 51 Brewing Company in Hudsonville.  They're part of our 2014 Summer Craft Beer Fest, happening this Saturday at John Ball Park.

If you haven't tried their brews, you owe it to yourself to stop by and do so.  They're very smooth beers, and don't assault you when you drink them, even the ones with higher alcohol content!  I really like how smooth they all are.

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Metalhead Ned Visits White Flame Brewing Co. in Hudsonville!

Summer Craft Beer Festival is this Saturday! We have over 100 different types of beers being sampled at the event, and chances of sampling them all are pretty slim. I decided to go sample one of the breweries that will be there in advance, and that brewery is White Flame Brewing Co. in Hudsonville!

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Sign Up Your Team for the 4th Annual Free Beer & Hot Wings Golf Scramble!

The rain kicked us out last time, but we have official rescheduled the Free Beer & Hot Wings Golf Scramble for August 1st!

Registration is re-opened! Sign up now!

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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Fourth Annual Summer Craft Beer Festival: July 19 at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids

The Summer Craft Beer Festival is returning.

The fourth annual Summer Craft Beer Festival is 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 19 at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids, and is co-sponsored by 97.9 WGRD, Channel 95.7, 98.7 WFGR, 100.5 The River and 1410 AM The Touch.

At Summer Craft Beer Festival, enjoy samples of more than 100 beers, ciders and mead from some of the country’s best craft breweries -- currently at about four dozen confirmed and still counting!

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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Tyler Howe, The Campanellis, Upstage Crew Bring Their Tunes to Summer Craft Beer Festival!

Not only great brews and great food, but great tunes as well are on tap for the Summer Craft Beer Festival on July 19 at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids.

Don't miss the live entertainment that will be performing at the fourth Summer Craft Beer Festival! 

Have a listen to all the great bands slated to play!

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Sietsema Ciders
photo Johnnie Walker
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Summer Craft Beer Fest Isn’t Only Beers – Check Out These Ciders We’ll Get to Sample!

The Summer Craft Beer Festival is coming up next weekend, on July 19th at John Ball Park.  There will be something like 120 different craft brews you can sample, great food, live music...and ciders!

I will admit to being more of a cider guy than a beer guy, so I was really excited to get invited out to Sietsema Ciders this morning, to sample the ciders they will be bringing to the Summer Craft Beer Fest on the 19th!  I jumped in the car with the lovely Lauren from our sister station WFGR and headed out to Ada.

Andy, who's 4th generation apple farmer and hard cider maker, was our guide through their different ciders.

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Don’t Miss This Years GRD & Metro PCS Beach Hit Season!

Don't forget! WGRD and Metro PCS are still out at your favorite Michigan Beaches giving away prizes, registering you for free tickets, and plenty more!

Check out the full schedule!

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Rick Martinez/Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
Rick Martinez/Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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Independence Day Weekend Celebration: Amway Family Fireworks

The City of Grand Rapids' Fourth of July got celebrated on the Fifth of July.

And what a festive day it was, part of a two-day celebration for the Independence Day weekend in Grand Rapids.

The Amway Family Fireworks at Ah-Nab-Awen Park on Saturday brought a 20-minute fireworks celebration for the Independence Day weekend to cap a day full of music, entertainment, food, frolic and fun, while embracing and feting family, freedom and community.

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