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A Series Of Historikal Events Vol 2.

A Series Of Historikal Events Vol 2.

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Beats and Brews decided to take a trip back to Detroit’s Club Bleu on July 22nd to check out “A Series of Histoikal Events” put together by local label, Generation Young Records. The event featured GYE Co-Founder, Historik as well as up and coming EDM duo, Jekyll /Hyde. The crowd was compiled fans of the artist there for the music and a bachelorette party looking to dance and have a good time. The sounds of the night gave everyone what they were looking for.

“We wanted a theme that we can showcase artist that Historik works with, we basically wanted to give everyone a shot, be humble as possible and work with as many people as possible” Said by Kevin “Historik” Schechter in reference to showcases thrown by GYE. Historik, who recently released singles such as, “Liftin” and “Fugazi” is set to release his upcoming album entitled, “Curbed Appetite” on Sep 1st, 2017. Curbed Appetite.jpg “The concept of Curbed Appetite is to have that “stay hungry” attitude. Everything in life has been falling into place, if you’re passionate about it, you have to put your blood, sweat, and tears into it. I wanted to keep it simple and artistic, I like to eat and I was getting ready to compete in a physique body building contest and they talk about curbing your appetite and it stuck with me, it’s a simple metaphor for staying hungry but it could also me curbing around any sins or negativity life could throw at you.” said Historik about his upcoming album. The 10 track LP is set to have production by TNB Beats, Ryan Brule and features artist such as, Mocha Jones, IAMkraay, Juice Jones and more.

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“He was already doing music, but didn’t have anyone to really believe in him, like a support team to say, “You can do this, you can do that, you can do achieve anything you put your mind to” he had people laughing at him but I looked at him and saw greatness, I saw what he could be, I saw what he was going to be and he just needed someone around him that was going to elevate him that’s how Generation Young started was me trying to help out him in his career as Young Kev (which was revealed to Beats and Brews as Historik’s original stage name.)” Said by Generation Young Entertainment Co-Founder, Korey Sweet.  At the time, people looked at Historik (at the time Young Kev)  as another Eminem or Mike Posner but he was determined to make a statement as his own artist and find his own lane, he figured out how to re brand himself and eventually evolve into his own artist. “During that transition, he really found himself as an artist and found that his passion was in doing music.” Korey Sweet continued. Generation Young came together by pure chemistry and perfect timing, Korey own his own entertainment company and decided to come together to form Generation Young Records. Since then, the Duo of Historik and Korey Sweet became roommates and they bounce ideas off each other such as events, marketing plans, song ideas and other aspects that got GYE to what it is today and what it will grow to in the future. “Along with us, DJ Super Will is the glue that helped form Generation Young” Will “DJ Super Will” Wiggins is the General Manager of Generation Young and handles any questions that might come up about Generation Young “Anyone could be Generation Young; it’s a mindset of individuality, anyone can be Generation Young, that’s why we started this company, to show people that anyone could do anything they want with their own mindset, and don’t have to seek 10 years of schooling for something you think your good at, if you think your good at something, show me.” Said by Korey Sweet.

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In addition to Historik’s set, there was a Metro Detroit based DJ duo by the name Jekyll/ Hyde that made an appearance at the event. Dillon Shamoun and Nikko Laudicina make up the DJ duo who recently released their debut EP, “Two Sided Story” available on all streaming platforms. “I found Nikko at guitar center and somebody told us we should collaborate because we have similar sounds in music, from there we played frat parties, sororities, bars around East Lansing and Mt. Pleasant area and now we’re planning to play festivals.” Said by Dillon “Jekyll” Shamoun.  August 25th Jekyll/Hyde plan on playing Breakaway Music Festival in Grand Rapids, MI.  “So we definitely have sound that any type of festival would enjoy, we have every single genre mixed into one; we’re hybrid producers, our sound fuses dubstep elements, house elements and trap elements in our own unique way.” Said by Dillion Shamoun.  One interesting thing about Jekyll/ Hyde is that they have only been working together around 10 months, but from the sound of their chemistry you would think the duo would have been making music together for years.jek-hyd.jpg

Make sure to lookout for Historik’s Curbed Appetite release party on Sep 1st located at Raising the Bar Detroit located in Sterling Heights, MI and lookout for Jekyll/ Hyde at Breakaway Music Festival on Aug 25th and opening for 3LAU at the official Breakaway Music Festival after party.

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Beats And Brews Day Off Leg Two

Beats and Brews Day off Leg Two

Emmanuel Bates

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After a flawed but fun leg one that took place at YpsiAlehous, Beats and Brews Day Off leg two kicked off the second concert tour at The Plymouth Roc, located in Plymouth, MI June 17, 2017. The event feature acts such as, Honey Monsoon, The Dirty News, Adventures with Vultures, Saint Johnny and yours truly, E-Man Bates. From the moment the doors opened, the walls of the Plymouth Roc were packed with a crowd who came to drink and have a good time as some of the best local talent in the state hit the stage.

The Dirty News opened the show, with their own brand of Rock n’ Roll grooves that got people off their feet and on the dance floor. The self-proclaimed, “Most Rock n’ Roll band of all time” came to be through a series of connections and Craig’s List. “We’re just rock n roll, if I wanted to be all artistic and get in my head about it I could say we’re more than that, but we’re rock and roll” said by Dirty News drummer, Miles Gerou. Justin Arnett (Lead vocals and Bass) and Miles Gerou (Drums) met at Eastern Michigan University and have been playing together ever since. “Even while we were in separate bands we’d be jamming (Adelaide, Dave Nash Band) so when it came time to expand beyond bass and drums we got Trevor and Alex and it’s been history made ever since; a lot of progress has happened.” Said by Justin Arnett. Alex Baylerian( Guitar)  and Trevor Vasher ( Bass, Keyboard, Vocals) were brought into the band less than a year ago through Craig’s list. “We’re rock n roll, we’re just guys that take showers, like to have a good time and make some music. We just wanna play music we like, and maybe other people would feel the same.” Said by Justin Arnett.19399876_240422709781498_2881691617944184972_n

 

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After a brief intermission, Plymouth native and fan favorite, Adventure with Vultures took the stage to provide his own unique sound of in-your-face folk rock to the Plymouth Roc. Adventures with Vultures, (real name Matt Sauter) inked a deal with Original 1265 last year. He got his start into music from a young age playing drums with his brother (who also happened to play at the Roc) who played guitar and sang. Which drove him into hardcore and pop punk bands over the years till he found his way into hip hop for the past half of a decade under the stage name, Gatsby. “I actually went through a shitty break up which led me to pick up a guitar and start writing love songs and led to what Adventures with Vultures is now.” Said by AWV.

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Ypsilanti based Jazz Rock band, Honey Monsoon took the stage to send the Plymouth Roc into a trance with their brand of smooth vibes. “Individual style is like a really important thing for me, I think the style that we create together cannot be created by any other group of people.” Said by Honey Monsoon Guitarist and Vocalist, Ana Gomulka. She, Ian Griffiths (Bass, Guitar) and Taylor Greenshields (Drums) came to be when Ana and Taylor were jamming and playing shows together. Soon thereafter, they met up with Ian and became a three piece band. “Ana and I started jamming in the garage one day, then we played a show in a basement, then we played a show in a bigger basement, then we met up with Ian, then we added some extra accessories.” Said by Taylor Greenshields. Extra Accessories meaning Guitarist, Tony Durocher and Saxophonist, AJ. Honey Monsoon got their name from the Band’s vocalist, Ana Gomulka. “I was thinking of a name, I had a hard time thinking of one then one day I saw it in my head and it was beautiful, like honey dripping from the sky.” Said by Ana.

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I closed out the night along with trumpet and trombone player, Dan Pancy, guitarist, Ian Griffiths, Drummer, Guy Williams and Keyboard and Bass player, Jordan Smith to send Beats and Brews let two off with a solid rock, funk, and hip hop fusion. I even managed to invite rapper Saint Johnny on stage for a collaboration as well as a solo set for his first live performance.

Saint Johnny, who was a late addition to the event decided to blend his unique style of hip hop that ranges from songs about past relationships to songs about his current status as an artist. For his first performance, he provided a unique energy to the crowd and showed true potential as a musician. We’re looking forward to see what he does as his career goes forward.DSC_0018

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Be on the lookout for Leg Three coming to Bona Sera Underground August 19, 2017.

 

All photo credits go to Ronald M. Askew.

 

 

 

 

Talking Hops With Hopcat

Beats, Brews and points of view

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Since 2008 when Hopcat’s first location opened in Grand Rapids, this cat has clawed its way to a big name in the beer world with accolades such as, ranked the #3 Beer Bar in the world as ranked by Beer Advocate Magazine, CraftBeer.com ranks Hopcat the #2 beer bar in the U.S. in 2012 and 2013. On Monday, May 22, I had the pleasure of interviewing Emmeline Jurek, Beer Program Director for the 2 ½ year old Hopcat-Ann Arbor about the variety of different factors that attribute to the success of the growing franchise.

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“This is a pretty IPA heavy city, we do a ton of Bell’s Two Hearted, Short’s Huma Lupa Licious, I would say they say the best as a steady sale, but, as the seasons change, people’s pallets change.” Emmeline said when asked what would be the most popular beers…

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Talking Hops With Hopcat

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Since 2008 when Hopcat’s first location opened in Grand Rapids, this cat has clawed its way to a big name in the beer world with accolades such as, ranked the #3 Beer Bar in the world as ranked by Beer Advocate Magazine, CraftBeer.com ranks Hopcat the #2 beer bar in the U.S. in 2012 and 2013. On Monday, May 22, I had the pleasure of interviewing Emmeline Jurek, Beer Program Director for the 2 ½ year old Hopcat-Ann Arbor about the variety of different factors that attribute to the success of the growing franchise.

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“This is a pretty IPA heavy city, we do a ton of Bell’s Two Hearted, Short’s Huma Lupa Licious, I would say they say the best as a steady sale, but, as the seasons change, people’s pallets change.” Emmeline said when asked what would be the most popular beers Hopcat-Ann Arbor offers on tap. “Right now we’re seeing a huge influx of flavored light ales like Strawberry Blonde from Arbor Brewing Company and the flavored wheat business around this time to such as Oberon (Bells) she continued.

Besides their beer selection, Hopcat offers a variety of delicious food options, one of which are the appropriately named, crack fries. Crack fries have become a fan favorite among the patrons of Hopcat and has even earned a spot on Food Network’s top ten fries in the United States. “From what I can remember from our training, is pretty much the exact way one might think about when they were playing around with menu ideas, someone piped up and said, ‘Wow, these are like crack they’re so good!’ so that’s essentially how they came to be.” She said when asked how crack fries got their name.

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“Honestly too many to count, it’s something new every day. We don’t deal with just the large beer companies distributed through the many distribution companies in the state of Michigan, at this store and the one in Detroit does do deal with a lot of smaller self-distributed breweries as well. At least once a month there’s a new small brewery that will bring in samples.” Emmeline responded when asked about how many different beer companies Hopcat works with. “For example, Eternity Brewing (Howell) they make fantastic beer, Drafting Table (Wixom) is another one, we work with Acoustic Mead (Traverse City) who does fantastic draft mead, and Farmington Brewing Company (Farmington) is another favorite we do a lot of work with, so, pretty much if the liquid is good, we buy it.

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Honestly, Hopcat has always been one of my favorite bars to go to whenever I’m in Downtown Ann Arbor or Detroit, even before I decided to start this blog. With six different locations in the state (Ann Arbor, Detroit, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and newly added, Royal Oak) and seven more located around the country, this is definitely a franchise that does beer, food and customer service right.

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Generation Young Presents: Drinko De Mayo

On May 6, 2017, Dozens of young adults filled the popular downtown Detroit venue, Club Bleu as Generation Young Entertainment hosted, “Drinko De Mayo” a showcase of some of the best Hip Hop and EDM in the state of Michigan. drinko.jpgPerforming acts included, Apropos, Jade Lathan Music, Jahi, Anwar Sadot, Cyrus King & Mocha Jones, D $cholar, @IAMKRAAY, (yours truly) E-Man Bates and headlined by Generation Young Co-Founder, Kevin “Historik” Schechter. The event also featured several EDM DJ’s as well such as, Lord Monk, Chris Tha Cat and Chris Hesano.  Through past events around the city I was familiar with a few of the acts on the bill but there were a few I haven’t seen before that were a pleasant surprise, one of which was Cyrus King & Mocha Jones whose stage presence brought an energy to electric the crowd.

“Ever since I was a child, music has been natural for me from inception.” Said by Cyrus King when asked what got him into music, “Beat boxing-or what they call beat boxing, singing, writing melodies, just being musical came natural to me and is powerful enough to evoke the musician inside of you should there be said musician in you” he continued. Cyrus King based out of Novi, MI took a break from performing for a bit, but at 31-years old is determined to make a name for himself in the hip hop world alongside producer and performing artist, Mocha Jones.

Mocha Jones, based out Remus, MI(in the Central Michigan area) is a dual threat as a rapper/producer combination. “I’ve always been into music, I got my first rap CD when I was 7 or 8 years old, I stole an LL Cool J CD from my dad and that was the first rap I’ve really heard and just ran with it.” When asked what inspires him musically. “I stared off as a rapper but really didn’t start making beats till about five years ago.” He continues. Mocha Jones currently attends Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI for sound engineering. “He pushes me musically, there’s shit that I didn’t even know I could do, and five years ago, I would’ve never said I had bars. But, because the craft and the genius of this person, he gives me the green light to be myself and just spit good shit.” Said by Cyrus Jones regarding Mocha Jones. cy and moc.jpg

The EDM sets were amazing and there seemed to be a style of music for everyone to enjoy, from the hip hop heads there for the lyrics to the bachelorette party that were there for drinks and dancing. All performing acts had their logos projected on the big screen above them as well for an added touch.  The was a mix of Trap and Dubstep EDM among the DJ’s which added for a nice mix in variety. One of the standout DJ’s who had the crowd asking for more was Lord Monk.

“When I was young, I kept wondering what that noise was, then I started to listening to it more and more and staring going to shows, saw those guys up top and decided I want to be that guys making everyone have a good time so I got into playing dubstep about 2 ½ years ago.” Said by Lord Monk when asked how he got into the dubstep scene. Lord Monk, based out of Waterford, MI has played two prior events with Generation Young. His next plan is to enter competitions to play festivals. “I go for that really heavy whatever helps me get rid of aggression, like hard core metal but with dubstep electronic sounds, throw it on the dance floor and get your aggression out.”lord monk.jpg

Histork headlined the event performing songs off his new project, “Curved Appetite” which gave energy to a crowd that was there until the venue closed for the night. historik  I didn’t have the chance to interview Historik or Korey Sweet of Generation Young, but if their next event is anything like this past event, then word of Generation Young will spread around the state very soon.

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All photo credits courtesy of Ronald M. Askew.

Pairing with Perrin

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This past week I have been reluctant to get a hold of Lindsay VanDenBoom, public relations of Perrin Brewery for questions about some of the aspects of beers from Perrin. Perrin, based in Comstock Park, MI  is a big name in the craft beer world and it was a pleasure to be granted this interview. Unfortunately, we could not do an in person interview due to scheduling conflicts but she was happy to answer questions via email about Perrin.

Emmanuel: I am a fan of the creativity that goes into the naming of a lot of the beers brewed by Perrin , such as, “Damsel In Distress, Poop your Pants, Caesar’s Gimp” and others. I read the blog Written by Sheldon King entitled, “The Difficult Stage of Naming a Beer” and was curious on how getting into more detail on the stages of naming certain beers such as the three mentioned above. Was it the style of beer, is it trying to pick something edgy to make it stand out or is it completely random?

Lindsay: A lot of the beer naming is crafted by the Brewers. For example, “No Rules” came above when a Brewer was having a tough day at the brewery and shouted “There are no rules around here!” and from that, the theme “no rules” stuck and that eventually became a beer name. The imagination of each brewer is what makes the naming process fun. Depending on the style of the beer and the ingredients that go into each batch becomes an inspiration in the naming process.

Emmanuel: Craft beer is a big thing in the state of Michigan, how does Perrin stand out from the other breweries in the state?

Lindsay: At Perrin Brewing, we utilize a unique water filtering system that is very rare in the brewing industry. It’s the Reverse Osmosis System, a system that removes all impurities from brewing water and allows the most consistent, true to style beers possible. After the water is stripped of all its impurities, brewing salts and acids are added to build the water back up. This allows us to make each water profile specific and unique to each style that we brew.

Serving over 20 beers on tap, we intend on finding a beer fit for anyone!

Emmanuel: What would you say is your favorite style of beer? (IPA? Pilsner? Porter? Or other)

Lindsay: My personal favorite style of beer is either a light n’ crisp pilsner in the summertime and a rich, flavorful stout in the fall/winter.

Emmanuel: What would you say are the three most popular beers created by Perrin?

Lindsay: The Perrin flagship beer is Perrin Black Ale, a light-bodied dark ale with hints of semi-sweet chocolate and soft nuances of fresh coffee.
No Rules, Vietnamese Imperial Porter was ranked one of the top beers in the world by RateBeer in 2016. And sells out within hours of releasing!
The Grapefruit IPA and Michigan Cherry IPA are the top seasonal brews released during spring and summer.

Emmanuel: It’s very interesting concept to create a beer without hops because it has been such a core element in beer for so long, so, how did the idea for a “Gruits” style of beer come about?

Perrin has never particular brewed a Gruits beer, only research on the style.

Emmanuel: How did the idea for the No Problem Session IPA come about?

The thought process in this beer was crafting a light, crisp, session-able beer that you can enjoy several of during warm days. This crush-able beer has a complex hop profile by layering hops in the brewing process, yet the beer still remains light with intense hop flavor. With a cold beer in hand, there is “no problems”! Plus it played a role in our Pack of Problems, IPA Variety Pack featuring 4 cans of No Problems Session IPA, 4 cans of 98 Problems IPA, and 4 cans of Lotsa Problems IPA.

Emmanuel: How long have you been with Perrin Brewing?

Lindsay: I have been working at Perrin Brewing for one year.

Emmanuel: What tips would you offer to anyone looking to get into brewing their own beer?

Lindsay: Start with a pre-packaged brewing kit and work up from there. The first homebrew will most likely not turn out the best. It can be a trial and error at first but with a quick guide at the beginning and experimenting after that, you’ll be amazed how tasty a successful homebrew can be!

In short, Perrin has and always will be a standout name in the beer world and their style of brewing along with creativeness is what separates them from the pack. I appreciate Lindsay for taking the time out to get back to me on the details of Perrin Brewery and I appreciate everyone for reading along.

Stay tuned for more updates for Beats and Brews, 2017 will be a busy year!

DAMN, KENDRICK

At Beats and Brews, we pride ourselves at celebrating Michigan based musicians….but, I’ve been a Kendrick Lamar fan since his debut on the XXL freshmen 2011 class and have followed his career ever since, in fact, his debut Aftermath album, “Good Kid, M.a.a.d City” is one of my favorite albums of any genre. So, on April 14th, 2017 when his third Major label album , “DAMN” was released I was refreshing my Spotify till it was updated.

I have listen to this album about 5 times straight through now to get an accurate grasp of the meaning of the lyrics on each song, the album’s intro, BLOOD, seems to be him grasping the fact that he became this superstar and with that you can never go back to having a normal life, with the line, “Oh yes…you have lost something, you’ve lost…your life” gave me that impression upon initial listen. The album contains base heavy hitting singles such as, “HUMBLE and DNA” and more mellow songs such as, “YAH, LUST and PRIDE.”

One thing that always stood out to me about Kendrick Lamar besides lyrics is his vocal range, there are songs where he could go from a complete baritone voice then manage to hit a soprano, such as on the Travis Scott single, “Goosebumps” featured on Scott’s album, “Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight” released in 2016. On tracks such as, LUST and Pride, he seems to accomplish this feat once again.

There are three features on this album, one from Rihanna on the song, LOYALTY, one from a lesser know but talented, Zacari on the song LOVE and an eyebrow raising feature from U2 on the song XXX.

XXX, FEAR and DUCKWORTH are the three songs that stuck out to me on the album all for different reasons.

“At 27, my biggest fear was losin’ it all
Scared to spend money, had me sleepin’ from hall to hall
Scared to go back to Section 8 with my mama stressin’
30 shows a month and I still won’t buy me no Lexus
What is an advisor? Somebody that’s holdin’ my checks
Just to fuck me over and put my finances in debt?
I read a case about Rihanna’s accountant and wondered
How did the bad girl feel when she looked at them numbers?
The type of shit’ll make me flip out
And just kill somethin’, drill somethin’
Get ill and fill ratchets with a lil’ somethin'”

Referring back to Rihanna’s 2015 hit single,  “Bitch Better Have My Money” the song was inspired by Rihanna’s accountant got her to make a bad investment and left her $9 million loss, as you can imagine, a lawsuit occurred shortly after and she won the case. Going back to the song, FEAR Kendrick is saying that with all this new found success, he doesn’t know what to do with it because in the music industry, you can easily lose it all.

XXX Stood out to me mostly because of the beginning of the song then the drastic tone change  where it cuts back to vocals from Bono and U2. The song goes from a high energy lyric heavy story about his friend called him and asked him advice about how to cope with the murder of his son. Kendrick gives is input by saying, “”I can’t sugar coat the answer for you
This is how I feel—if somebody kill my son
That mean somebody’s gettin’ killed”
Tell me what you do for love, loyalty, and passion of
All the memories collected, moments you could never touch
I wait in front a niggas spot and watch him hit his block
I’ll catch a nigga leavin’ service if that’s all I got
I’ll chip a nigga then throw the blower in his lap
Walk myself to the court like, “Bitch I did that” Before cutting back into a mellow tone, this bit ends by Kendrick saying, “Matter fact I’m bout to speak at this convention, call you back….Alright kids we gonna talk about gun control” Which I feel is a play on 2015 “To Pimp A Butterfly” single, The Black The Berry when calls himself, “the biggest hypocrite of  2015” putting himself in a form of cognitive dissonance where he knows that violence doesn’t solve anything and you shouldn’t hurt another man but that anger and lust for revenge overtakes you can causes you to make irrational decisions.

Finally, DUCKWORTH was the last song that really stuck out to me because of the story  behind the song. Top Dawg, head of Top Dawg Entertainment, home to Kendrick, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Isaiah Rahad and SZA apparently almost killed Kendrick’s father, referred to as “Ducky” in the song and could of set of a totally different outcome in all their lives. The fact that that one decision could have affected so much is incredible and goes back to the theory of everything happens for a reason. To me, and probably alot of other people it’s just a crazy think to think about how that could have played out so differently than it actually did.

In hip hop, I always look for storytelling in artist as well as clever lyrics and beats and this album had it all. damn Highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t done so all ready.

 

Founders Comes to Detroit

When you think of Michigan Breweries, there are a couple names that stick out. Founders Brewing Co. based out of Grand Rapids, known for such beers as, “Dirty Bastard, All Day IPA” and many others is opening a tap room in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. Founders CEO and Co-Founder Mike Stephens told the Detroit Free Press that, “”We’ve been coming down to Detroit now for two decades, selling our brand, and we’ve watched Detroit go through its struggles.” Detroit, of course has been through it’s ups and downs over the years with negative press such as political corruption, bankruptcy, and one of the highest crime rates in the country, but, brand new additions such as this and the new Little Caesars Arena is surely making the city of Detroit into a city on the rise. “Having been born and raised in the metro area, Detroit has long held a special place in my heart,” Founders vice president of retail operations Mark Dorich said in a news release.

Founders new taproom will be 14,000 square-feet and and will be in great company with other Detroit attractions such as, the Masonic Temple, Fox Theater, Comerica Park not being far. The taproom plans to hire around 100 employees, including brewers in the summer.

We at Beats and Brews hope to be granted an interview with staff members upon release so stay tuned for more info and welcome to Detroit, Founders Brewing Co.

 

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Beats and Brews day off

I’m proud to announce the launch of my 3 leg summer showcase series entitled, “Beats And Brews Day Off.” Leg one will take place Saturday, May 20th at YpsiAlehose in Ypsilanti, MI, leg 2 will take place June 17th at Plymouth Roc in Plymouth, MI and Saturday, July 15th we will have the final leg at Crossroads Pub in Ypsilanti, MI. As of now we are in the process of booking acts for all three events and will post our lineup for each day soon via the site and our Facebook page. If you know someone wanting to play an event, please contact Emmanuel Bates via email at batesemmanuel@yahoo.com with your genre of music and date you’re inquiring about. It looks like this will be a great summer for Beats and Brews and we’re glad to have you apart of team!

World of Beer “Drink It” Intern

For those who don’t  know, I’ve recently entered World of Beer’s, “Drink It” internship contest to find people to travel the world sampling brews from different counties. As a person that started a blog dealing with beer, you can imagine That I jumped at the chance to once again enter this contest. Last year, I decided to write a verse about one of my favroite seasonal brews, Bell’s Oberon. This year, I decided to do something a bit more clever. You can check out this year’s video here

as well as last year’s video in this link

Hopefully you guys share these around and we can take Beats And Brews, worldwide!