KD aLe: Books & Brews @ the Library


January and February: We’re putting the “pub” in public library!


Rockford Brewing

Rockford Brewing Co. Tour
Get a “backstage pass” and see how Rockford Brewing Co. makes its signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan’s Irish Stout and Hoplust IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing.

Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Co., 12 E. Bridge St.
Wednesdays, January 15 and February 19, 6:30 PM

NOTE: All tours are limited to those age 18 and older. Please note that high turnout numbers have resulted in some people having to wait for a tour. Relax, have a beer!

Beervangelist cover

Books & Brews with “Beervangelist” Fred Bueltmann
Fred Bueltmann, part-owner of New Holland Brewing Co., will talk about his book, Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy. Adults will get to sip a few of Fred’s favorites.
Pre-registration is required for those age 21 and older who want to taste, and participant spots are limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Thursday, January 30, 6:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Thursday, February 13, 6:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch

Click here to register for either (or both!) of the events above. NOTE: As of January 16, both of Fred’s events are at capacity, though you are welcome to be added to the waiting list.


Home Brewing 101
Join the GR Makers as they lead a lively presentation on the ins and outs of brewing beer at home. Learn what ingredients and equipment you need to homebrew a pint that will rival anything you can get at the store.

Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 PM – Grandville branch
Monday, February 17, 6:30 PM – Cascade Township branch
Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 PM – Alpine Township branch


Schmohz logo

Schmohz Brewery Tour
Get a “backstage pass” and see how Schmohz Brewery makes its signature beers such as Hopknocker Imperial IPA, Treasure Chest ESB and Bonecrusher Stout. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing.

Tour and talk will be held at Schmohz Brewery, 2600 Patterson Ave. SE.
Wednesday, February 5, 7:30 PM


Looking for books about beer? Check out our “Books about BrewsPinterest board for a wide variety of titles available from KDL!

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Written by Morgan J.

Morgan J.

Morgan J. is a KDL communications assistant. She spends summers as a “hood ornament” of sorts while her husband captains their old, cedar-sided pontoon down the Flat River. In the wintertime she counts the days until she’ll have her toes in the water again.

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12 Responses to “KD aLe: Books & Brews @ the Library”

  1. molly jennings Says:

    Please tell me where I sign up for the Schmohz tour. thank you very much. ~~Molly

  2. Morgan Jarema Says:

    Molly- There is no need to pre-register for either the Schmohz or the Rockford Brewing tours. Just show up and look for the people with the books!

  3. Beth F. Says:

    Sounds like fun, my hubby & I will be there!

  4. Kim Says:

    Do we need to pre-register for the Homebrew 101

  5. Morgan Says:

    Kim- The only programs needing registration are Fred Bueltmann’s beer/ food talks and tastings. Cheers! — Morgan, KDL Communications Assistant

  6. Brew Your Own Beer….At The Library Says:

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  7. Molly Says:

    Interesting promotion for KDL. I think I’ll wait until weed is legalized in Michigan and then go to KDL sponsored pot farm tour.

  8. La Says:

    Are these events open to GRPL members?

  9. Morgan Says:

    All our events are always open to everyone! — Morgan J, KDL Communications Assistant

  10. Andrew Says:

    I attended the Rockford Brewing Co. January event and it was well attended and very informative. KDL was there with a good selection of “beer and brewing” books. The owner and master brewer for Rockford Brewing Co. conducted an entertaining and informative tour, very friendly guy.

    Even Lance M. Werner, Director of the Kent District Library was there to particpate in the event and sample some of Rockford Brewing Co. beers.

    I would highly recommend the February event.

  11. Andrew Says:

    I work with someone who is one of the GRPL board of directors and told him about the success of the Rockford Brewing Co. event.

    He said that was a great idea and would look into having GRPL sponsor one in cooperation with a brewery in Grand Rapids.

  12. Morgan Jarema Says:

    Andrew- Thanks for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed the event you attended. And yes, Lance is a beer fan! Brew tour attendees should keep in mind that due to high turnouts, expect that there may be a wait to take your tour as groups may need to be split to accommodate everytone. Relax and have a beer while you wait! — Morgan J., KDL communications assistant