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GRAND RAPIDS — The short version of this article is this: I am bummed I had to miss Big Brew Day at the Calder Plaza this year. Don’t know about Big Brew at the Calder? Can’t begin to fathom why I would be saddened for my absence? Read on. Big Brew day falls on the first Saturday of May each year. The day was chosen by the Ame ...

Big Brew Day: A toast to communal brewers

GRAND RAPIDS — The short version of this article is this: I am bummed I had to miss Big Brew Day at the Calder Plaza this year. Don’t know about Big Brew at the Calder? Can’t begin to fathom why I would be saddened for my absence? Read on.

Big Brew day falls on the first Saturday of May each year. The day was chosen by the American Homebrewers Association as a celebration where all homebrewers can belly up to their mash tuns and share a communal “toast,” connecting brewers from all over the U.S. in a single moment of fermented frivolity.

Three years ago, the folks at Siciliano’s Market devised a way to make the day particularly special for the homebrewers of Grand Rapids, and Big Brew at the Calder was born.

The first time I heard what Steve Siciliano wanted to do for the big brew I thought, ‘huh, sounds like a hell of a time.’ It was only after he secured the venue and began to hash out the details of what it would take to pull it off did I realize how much work would be involved in m

Source: Mitten Brew

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