GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Founders Brewing Co. announced today that they plan to host Founders Fest 2014 on the streets of downtown Grand Rapids once again, from 3-11pm on Saturday, June 21. This is the brewery’s seventh annual outdoor festival celebrating two of the things they love most: beer and music. Founders is expecting 6000 or more beer and music lovers to gather on Grandville Avenue between Cherry and Bartlett for the festivities.
“Founders Fest is the highlight of our summer and our largest event of the year,” said Mark Dorich, Founders Fest Director and VP of Retail Operations. “It’s truly special for us to have an opportunity to celebrate with our community, right here on the streets surrounding our brewery. We’re especially pleased to welcome some great live music into this year’s lineup, as well as an expanded selection of local food vendors and a larger Artist Row—and of course a fine variety of delicious Founders beer.”
A wide range of musical talent will be rocking out at this year’s Founders Fest, with national act LETTUCE coming in from Brooklyn, NY, with some modern day funk to headline. Other performers include CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES with R & B and soul; electric duo BREAK SCIENCE; and the funk, jazz, afro-beat group BUDOS BAND, all from Brooklyn. THE GIVING TREE BAND will be bringing Americana and folk rock from Yorkville, IL. Hometown progressive bluegrass outfit FAUXGRASS join indie rock crew VALENTIGER and a super-group of Founders employees return as the FBC ALL-STARS to round out the entertainment lineup.
This year’s event will again feature local food vendors as well as a Local Artists Row, which showcases the various works of some of the area’s finest artists and designers. There will be other strolling and surprise entertainers sprinkled throughout the day. And, of course, there will be plenty of beer available, including Founders year-round offerings and quite a few taproom one-offs. The entire festival will be outdoors on the street; the entire taproom space, including the beer garden, will be closed for the day.
Founders Fest is a celebratory “thank you” to Grand Rapids and West Michigan for making Founders what it is today. Founders Brewing Co. has been a part of the Grand Rapids scene since 1997 and has grown its brewing tradition from modest beginnings to being one of the highest rated breweries in the world.
“We look forward to Founders Fest every year,” said Co-Founder & CEO Mike Stevens. “Beer and music bring people together, and we love being able to put on an event that does just that. It gives us the opportunity to get our family, friends and community together for a day so that we can toast to all of them.”
Founders is also partnering with The High Five Program, a local community organization that assures the prevention of litter and significant reduction of waste streams at large-scale events, for the second year. They managed to achieve over 90% waste diversion last year and hope to beat that rate this year.
Guarantee yourself entry to Founders Fest 2014 and save a little cash with advance pre-sale tickets:
Discounted advance ticket sales will be available starting Friday, April 18, at the Founders taproom, as well as online, via foundersbrewing.com through EventBrite. The event is limited to ages 21 and older.
Modern Day Funk, Brooklyn, NY
CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES
Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Brooklyn, NY
Electric Duo, Brooklyn, NY
Funk, Jazz, Afro-Beat, Brooklyn, NY
THE GIVING TREE BAND
Americana, Rock-n-Roll, Yorkville, IL
Progressive Bluegrass, Grand Rapids, MI
Indie, Rock-n-Roll, Grand Rapids, MI
FBC All Stars
Super Group of Founders’ Employees, Grand Rapids, MI
About Founders Brewing Co.
Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. has made a distinctive mark on the craft beer community by brewing complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. Founders is one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the nation, currently ranking among the top 30 largest craft breweries in the U.S. The brewery has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival, and its beers are often rated among the best in the world by RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild and the Brewers Association. For more information, visit www.foundersbrewing.com.