Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library | Arts & Culture
KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent District Library is putting the “pub” in public library starting next month.
With the growing popularity of the craft beer industry in West Michigan, KDL decided to begin offering free home brewing classes, brewery tours, brewery book discussions and beer tastings in January and February 2014.
For more information and to register for certain programs, visit the library website here or call (616) 784-2007.
Rockford Brewing Co. Tour
Get a "backstage pass" and see how Rockford Brewing Co. makes its signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan's Irish Stout and Hoplust IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Co., 12 E. Bridge St. on Jan. 15 and Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Books & Brews with "Beervangelist" Fred Bueltmann
Fred Bueltmann, part-owner of New Holland Brewing Co., will talk about his book, Beervangelist's Guide to the Galaxy. Adults will get to sip a few of Fred's favorites. Pre-registration is required for those age 21 and older who want to taste, and participant spots are limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Jan. 30, 6 p.m. – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Feb. 13, 6 p.m. – East Grand Rapids branch
Home Brewing 101
Join the GR Makers as they lead a lively presentation on the ins and outs of brewing beer at home. Learn what ingredients and equipment you need to homebrew a pint that will rival anything you can get at the store.
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 PM – Grandville branch
Monday, February 17, 6:30 PM – Cascade Township branch
Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 PM – Alpine Township branch
Schmohz Brewery Tour
Get a "backstage pass" and see how Schmohz Brewery makes its signature beers such as Hopknocker Imperial IPA, Treasure Chest ESB and Bonecrusher Stout. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Schmohz Brewery, 2600 Patterson Ave SE on Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.