*This series of posts is written by our National Events Manager, Taylor. Offering a perspective no one else can, Taylor takes us behind the scenes of The Carhartt Woodsman Tour and gives us a glimpse into life on the road with the merry band of Carhartt Storytellers and - while at it - teaches us all a little about life and love and stopping & tasting. Enjoy.* *** Dear Diary, Day 2: I can't remember the last time I was up until 4:30 am. I'm cold, I'm wet, I'm tired beyond all reason...but I'm happy and energized. We left this morning from Empire after surviving the storm and grabbing some breakfast from Friendly Joe's. We made a quick pitstop to pick up supplies that we desperately needed for camp before making our way to the Earthworks Harvest Gathering. We made it just in time for our set, but the guys put on a great show! Musicians from all over Michigan and the U.S. enjoyed some Carhartt Woodsman and some New Holland Brewing specialty cocktails in the hospitality area tucked behind an old barn that serves as one of the festival stages. After breaking down the bar at 2:00 a.m. musicians gathered under tents filled with worn, vintage living room furniture and lit up by old Christmas lights. Fiddles, guitars, banjos and shakers wove together classic melodies from across the decades as singers from every genre of band lent their voices to beautiful harmonies. As I fall asleep to the sound of rain, I remember today's lesson: take the time to Stop & Taste, brush off the uncontrollable things like rain, and harmonize with those around you. Love, Taylor [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="14537,14538,14539,14540,14541,14542,14543"]
*This series of posts is written by our National Events Manager, Taylor. Offering a perspective no one else can, Taylor takes us behind the scenes of The Carhartt Woodsman Tour and gives us a glimpse into life on the road with the merry band of Carhartt Storytellers and - while at it - teaches us all a little about life and love and stopping & tasting. Enjoy.* *** Dear Diary, Day 1 of The Carhartt Woodsman Tour was a huge success. While we didn't leave on time, the last 24 hours have been filled with plenty of conversations with new and old friends. We first stopped at Empire Hop Farms where we saw harvest in full swing, with fresh hops being dried and baled. I met Allison, a young woman who left the mundane life of corporate life to grow barley and pursue agriculture. When she didn't have her own roaster to dry her grain, she welded one herself. If that doesn't embody the Carhartt Spirit, I don't know what does.
Sure, we love the summer. Come on, we live on the lake afterall. But there’s something magical about fall and our autumnal heart skips a beat when the first leaves burst into fireworks of red, yellow and orange. So, every year we celebrate this great time of year with our popular pumpkin ale, Ichabod, our annual wet-hopped harvest ale, Hopivore, and a series of events to make the waning of summer so much more bearable. Join us for any or all of the fun happening at our Downtown Holland Pub on 8th:
The 18th Annual Summer Beer Festival features approximately 800 different beers from more than 80 Michigan craft breweries. Food will be available for purchase inside the festival, and guests will enjoy live music from a variety of Michigan bands.
The oldest of the Michigan Brewers Guild's four annual festivals, the Summer Beer Festival takes place rain or shine in the lovely outdoor setting of Ypsilanti's Riverside Park in historic Depot Town.
HERE'S WHAT WE'LL BE POURING: