Attention beer lovers, there might be yet another option for you to choose from when going out in Grand Rapids. The proposed microbrewery would be located at 2404 Eastern Ave. SE in the Alger Heights area. The brewery Brass Ring Brewing Company would be owned by Christopher Gibbons, a local attorney who has been brewing his own beer at home for over 10 years.
Gibbons bought the site at 2404 Eastern Ave, which was formerly The Dog King hot dog restaurant. He purchased the location for $154,500, according to Kent County public records.
The brewery which would roughly be 3,000 square feet, and would likely offer a small outdoor seating option and a food menu would be available. He plans to make beer using all-natural ingredients and without additives. Gibbons has decided to open this sooner than later, as it will be his retirement career.
Gibbons is eager for the ball to get rolling once the paperwork and approvals are all taken care of. He hopes to have the brewery up and running by September 2017.
Grand Rapids is known to be a growing city. Even though there is already plenty of things to do, they are adding yet another fun atmosphere for people to enjoy. 20 Monroe Live is going to be the newest live music venue in Grand Rapids come 2017.
20 Monroe Live has partnered with The B.O.B to open the latest venue for the community to experience. The state of the art building will be the new spot for live music, entertainment, and special reserved events. The building will hold a capacity of roughly 2600 people. Opening night is on February 1st, 2017 featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with doors opening at 7PM.
The venue has events scheduled in advance through May. The list has a wide range of performers including: The Cadillac Three, The Verve Pipe, Michael Carbonaro, Dan + Shay, The Flaming Lips, and many more! Tickets are already available here on 20 Monroe Live’s website.
The venue also has numerous floors in which all serve a different purpose. The 2nd floor is going to be a VIP Club with amenities such as a private bar and an open patio. 20 Monroe Live is going to be accompanied by award-winning catering company Gilmore Catering.
Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, is making some cosmetic changes for this up and coming season. This is very exciting news compared to that of which came a few short years ago.
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In 2014, the ballpark took quite a set back while the crew were getting ready for the the opening of their season. With just 95 days before their home opener, disaster struck. A fire that had started in one of the suites spread rapidly, causing the Whitecaps to panic. The fire had apparently destroyed roughly 40% of the ballpark. Miraculously they were able to fix up the mess, and play their home opener that very same year!
With this in their rear view mirror, they have decided to now make even more contributions to improving the stadium. The first thing on their agenda is the expansion of the warning track. The grounds crew is in the process of adding 2-3 along the sides. This is to increase the players safety by giving them sooner acknowledgment of the distance between them and the wall. The current warning track has not been altered for roughly 23 years.
Additionally, the Whitecaps have decided convert their 3rd baseline into more of a viewer friendly spot in the stadium.
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The ballpark has decided to make use of the previously empty spot on the complex. What previously was just a mere grass hill will now be converted into a 3,000-square foot hospitality area. The two tier, 120 capacity seating will bring much joy to Whitecaps fans. Now allowing more up close seating, placed directly near the visitors bullpen. The space will serve for both booked private reservations, and individual seated games.
The final addition to the ball park is an expansion to their playground area. The Meijer Hometown Playground is directly past the right field corner. The expansion will almost triple the current size, bringing it from 2,500-square feet to 6,400-square feet. Bringing plenty more room for kids and families to enjoy their experience at the West Michigan Whitecaps, Fifth Third Ballpark.