Kalamazoo Beer Week events giving back to community

By Andy Sparhawk

Kalamazoo, Mich. — Drink craft beer for a cause during Kalamazoo Beer Week.

This year’s Fourth Annual Kalamazoo Beer Week, which is Jan. 11-18, 2014, is offering some events that give back to the community.
“Kalamazoo Beer Week has always been about community,” said Anne Drummond, marketing & PR manager of Imperial Beverage. “Gathering together over a common passion and understanding of amazing, hand crafted products is truly the impetus behind the beer week.

“For the first time, area nonprofits will benefit from the gatherings hosted during beer week events. What a wonderful way to enjoy your favorite craft beers and give back at the same time,” she added.

Jan. 17: Lagunitas flights at Central City Tap House
Join Central City Tap House in downtown Kalamazoo from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 and drink amazing flights of Lagunitas Brewing Company while giving back to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes at the same time. Loaves & Fishes is a charitable food network that distributes groceries to hungry people in Kalamazoo County through food-specific programming and services. Contact: (269) 492-0100.

Jan. 17: New Holland taps at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
Kalamazoo Beer Exchange and New Holland Brewing have teamed up to throw a great tap night while also helping out the community in a big way from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. Enjoy four New Holland brews on tap including the “KBE Triple Crown Brown,” brewed exclusively for Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. Kalamazoo Beer Exchange and New Holland will be matching funds donated by the guests to Read and Write Kalamazoo up to $1,000. Read and Write Kalamazoo’s mission is to support the growth and learning of young Kalamazooans through the consistent cultivation of reading and writing skills. Click to learn more about the event. Contact: (269) 532-1188.

Jan. 18: Bell’s Winternoon Warmer Patio Party
Head to Bell’s Eccentric Cafe at noon Saturday, Jan. 18 for its Winternoon Warmer Patio Party! They’ll have the heaters on, specialty beers on tap, a contest for Best Dressed Winter Wear, music and a charity auction to benefit the YWCA of Kalamazoo. The YWCA is the oldest, autonomous women’s membership organization in the world. Contact: (269) 382-2332.

Kalamazoo Beer Week 2014 has more than 190 unique events taking place at 50 venues throughout Kalamazoo; nearly 50 different breweries will be represented throughout the week. Click for the full list of Kalamazoo Beer Week events!

Kalamazoo Beer Week is a weeklong series of events that support the craft beer experience through special tastings, dinners, and interactive events. Patrons will meet the brewers themselves, learn about what it takes to develop these kinds of intricate, highly desired products, and hopefully achieve a greater sense of this market segment that has taken hold of beer drinkers everywhere.

Andy Sparhawk, the Brewers Association's craft beer program coordinator, is a Certified Cicerone® and BJCP Beer Judge. He lives in Arvada, Colorado where he is a homebrewer and avid craft beer enthusiast. On occasion, Andy is inspired to write on his experiences with craft beer, and if they are not too ridiculous, you might see the results here on CraftBeer.com.

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