Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Founders Fest ’09: A Celebration of Beer & Music

An estimated 5000 fans of award-winning craft brews will gather on Saturday, June 20 for the 2nd annual Founders Fest outdoor beer and music festival in downtown Grand Rapids. From 3-11pm, the street (Grandville Avenue between Williams and Bartlett) will be blocked and the grounds of the brewery secured for the festivities.

“We had a blast with our first Founders Fest last year,” says Mark Dorich, Festival Coordinator and Director of Retail Operations. “We are excited to celebrate with all our friends again.”

A variety of regional entertainment will rock this year’s Founders Fest, with nationally-recognized Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe as the headliner. Other performers include UltraViolet Hippopotamus, Four Finger Five, Chance Jones, Total Blam Blams, Oracle, Back Forty, Red Frog and Mucca Pazza.

Founders Fest is a celebratory “thank you” to Grand Rapids and West Michigan for making Founders what it is today. Founders Brewing Company has been a part of the Grand Rapids scene since 1997 and has grown its brewing tradition from its modest beginnings to most recently being rated the 7th best brewery in the world.

“We are proud of how we’ve grown over the past 12 years to become not just a local name but a serious contender on the regional and national beer scene,” says Founders President Mike Stevens. “Our crew is making some of the best beer in America and Founders Fest allows us to toast those efforts with our friends and family.”

Admission for Founders Fest is $15 ($10 for 2009 mug club members), for those 21 and older. Tickets will be available at the gate.

Founders Brewing Company, at 235 Grandville Avenue SW in downtown Grand Rapids, is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild. www.michiganbrewersguild.org.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
UltraViolet Hippopotamus
Four Finger Five
Chance Jones
Total Blam Blams
Back Forty
Red Frog
Mucca Pazza

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