Contact Us

2011 Summer WGRD Craft Beer Festival

August 20, 2011 | 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Additional Information

97.9 GRD and D&W Fresh Market present the 2011 Summer WGRD Craft Beer Festival, Saturday, August 20, from 1pm-9pm, at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids! Sample a variety of unique brews all in one place. Enjoy food from area restaurants. Expand your beer knowledge with brewing seminars throughout the day. Some of the beers on hand include those from:


Mt. Pleasant


Thirsty Dog


Brau Bros

Michigan Beer Cellar

Shorts Brewing Company

Left Hand Brewing Company

Lagunitas Brewing Company

B. Nektar Meadery

Breckenridge Brewing Company

Great Lakes Brewing Company

McSorley’s Old Ale House

Hornsby’s Crisp and Draft Cider

Tri-City Brewing Company

Victory Brewing Company

O’Fallon brewery

Michigan Brewing Company

Kid Rock’s Badass American Lager

Food and other services provided by these fine folks:

Grand Rapids Powersports

Arturo’s Tacos

Wing Heaven

That Place on Plainfield

Homebrew Soaps

Bath Fitters

O’Connor’s Home Brew Supply

Herman’s Boy

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of, and includes a commemorative beer glass and 4 drink tickets. Drink tickets will be sold at 4 for $5, 8 for $10 and 16 for $20. Tickets are available at the gate day of the event. No refunds. Rain or shine. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend. See the full seminar schedule below.

Brought to you by D&W Fresh Market and Grand Rapids’ Rock Alternative – 97.9 GRD!

Introduction to Homebrewing – 3:00pm Doug Dorda, Siciliano’s Market

Dark Beers and Hot Weather? Pairing “Winter” Beers with “Summer” Foods – 4:40pm Andrew Van Til, Master Cicerone®, Imperial Beverage

Mead: What the heck is it? – 3:50pm & 5:30pm Ian Radogost-Givens, B. Nektar Meadery Imperial Beverage

Wheat Beers: Classic Styles and New Twists – 6:20pm Andrew Van Til, Master Cicerone®, Imperial Beverage

Spartan Stores: Cooking with Beer – 7:10p Amy Sherman :  The beauty of reduction, Beware of hops!, Use your homebrew, Don’t forget dessert, What I’ve learned from brew pub chefs while taping my show “The Great American Brew Trail

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for Freeloaders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Freeloaders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.