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Sunday Morning Townsquare – August 5 2012

 

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  • Mark Sellers – HopCat & GR Brewing Company
  • Jason Spauling – Brewery Vivant
  • Tom Sluiter – Old Markey Pub & Brewery in Portland, Oregon

I’m joined by Mark Sellers of HopCat and the soon to be open Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Jason Spaulding of Brewery Vivant and my good friend Tom Sluiter, of Old Market Pub & Brewery in Portland, Oregon.

We chat about the experience each of their locations offers its patrons, what attracted each of them to the beer business, the transformation of the Brewery Vivant building from a place that once housed a funeral home to a brewery and what the beer scenes were like in Grand Rapids and Portland back in 2002 when Tom moved there.

Tim also speaks about how many breweries and pubs Portland sustains and how many Grand Rapids may be able to sustain as it grows as a beer city, the pairing of beer with food, Mark’s soon to be opened Grand Rapids Brewing Company on the corner of Ionia and Fulton and what’s planned for there, differences in regional beer styles from Grand Rapids and Portland and upcoming beer trends.

Finally we discuss what it means for Brewery Vivant to be the first LEED certified brewery in the country, get advice from Tom for home brewers and more…

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HopCat – 25 Ionia SW – http://www.hopcatgr.com/
On Facebook http://www.facebook.com/HopCat

Grand Rapids Brewing Company – Ionia/Fulton – Opening Soon

Brewery Vivant – 925 Cherry Street SE – http://www.breweryvivant.com/
On Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brewery-Vivant/309421567335

Old Market Pub & Brewery – 6959 SW Multnomah Blvd., Portland, OR  http://www.drinkbeerhere.com/
On Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Market-Pub-Brewery/293151806283


  • Cody Kropf, Founder of “World’s Largest Dog Wash” to benefit Gilda’s Club

I’m also joined by Cody Kropf, who started the “World’s Largest Dog Wash” when he was 8 years old.  Cody and I chat about what’s planned for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids’ “10th Annual World’s Largest Dog Wash,” what inspired the idea, how much they’re hoping to raise, the cost, and more…

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Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids 10 Annual World’s Largest Dog Wash
Sunday, August 12
10am-2pm @ Fifth Third Ballpark
http://www.facebook.com/events/138159002991978/

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids http://www.gildasclubgr.org/
On Facebook http://www.facebook.com/gildasclubgr

I’m really looking forward to introducing you to folks around West Michigan every week who are helping to positively shape our area with their music, their art, their bold business ideas, and the causes they’re passionate about!

~Paul Jendrasiak

Tom and Jake Scheidel also join me to chat about the 8th annual Jake’s Music Festival to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We talk about the eclectic group of musicians that will be performing, about some of the important things people should understand about Juvenile Diabetes, and those who help make Jake’s Music Festival possible.

You can learn more about Jake’s Music Festival at:
http://www.facebook.com/events/389835501045644/

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