Grand Rapids as an Awesome Travel Destination

By Experience Grand Rapids, Special for  USDR

Home to award-winning craft breweries and a thriving culinary scene, Grand Rapids, Michigan hosts Beer Week GR, February 17 – 28. The annual event attracts beer lovers from all over the region during the 12-day celebration, which includes special beer events, tap takeovers and the ever-popular Winter Beer Festival, and Cool Brews. Hot Eats., a collaborative event blending craft beer and tasty food at nearly 50 breweries and restaurants, including world-renowned Founders Brewing Company, and Hopcat, voted the #1 brewpub in the USA and third best beer bar on the  planet.

“Beer Week GR has grown into a 12-day event that is not only a celebration for local beer lovers, but for beer fans everywhere,” saidDoug Small, President and CEO of Experience Grand Rapids. “The Grand Rapids area beer scene continues to be recognized on a national level and Beer Week GR offers beer and culinary fans a unique experience and ideal winter  getaway.”

It’s easy to see why Grand Rapids earned the title of Beer City USA. The city has also been recognized as the Best Beer Town byUSA TODAY readers, and most recently, one of the top 52 places to go by the New York Times. Grand Rapids is also currently nominated for USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice award for Best Beer  Scene.

One highlight of Beer Week GR involves nearly 50 restaurants and breweries for Cool Brews. Hot Eats. The collaborative event offers the perfect pairing of food and beer as local chefs and brew masters offer beer-infused dishes and meals with complementary beer pairings. Dishes include creations like beer braised pot roast marinated in Founders Oatmeal Stout, PB&P brownies with Bell’s Brewery Double Cream Stout, and a farm hand fondue infused with Brewery Vivant Farm Hand  Ale.

Another highly anticipated event during Beer Week GR is the Michigan Brewers Guild’s 11th annual Winter Beer Festival, featuring nearly 100 Michigan breweries and more than 800 craft beers. Tickets are still available for Friday, February 26 at

Visitors are encouraged to visit to begin planning the ultimate beer getaway, with special Beer City Hotel packages available at

Mouthwatering menus for Cool Brews. Hot Eats. are available at

SOURCE Experience Grand  Rapids

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