This was my first experience at the Grand Rapids Brewing Company and I loved it. One of my favorite things about Grand Rapids Brewing Co. is that it everything they offer is high quality for an affordable price (which is important for a poor college student on a budget.)
I went on a Sunday afternoon and took advantage of their Happy Hour (Sun-Thurs 3-6 p.m.). I decided on a delicious BBQ quesadilla & a beer for $6.50- that’s a pretty cheap lunch! Be sure to check out their website for more deals.
Grand Rrapids Brewing Co.’s menu is small but well planned. They’ve got pasta, fish, burgers, and a wide variety of appetizers and it seems that every item is crafted to satisfy. I ordered the BBQ Quesadilla and expected a typical bar food but was pleasantly surprised. There isn’t too much you can change about the insides of a quesadilla (cheese, meat, veggies), but they coupled it with a warm hearty chili which made the meal more filling and flavorful.
To be honest, I was a bit hungover when I visited the Grand Rapids Brewing Co. so I wasn’t planning to drink, but because their beer list was so extensive I couldn’t resist. If you’ve read my blog so far, you may know that I am obsessed with chai so when I saw their stout, “Chai Hate Pumpkin Beers” I had to order it.
*Contrary to belief, this is still a pumpkin beer. Their general manager was challenged to make a pumpkin beer with chai spices instead.*
My expectations were that this beer might be doing a bit too much or not enough. Typically, stouts already have a strong malty flavor so in my experience when breweries try to add a strong flavor it becomes a bit overwhelming. However, I was pleasantly surprised with how well they balanced the traditional malty flavor with the distinct taste of pumpkin spice. If you’re looking for a full-bodied fall inspired beer, this one is perfect.
My friend Colleen accompanied me on this lunch and tried their Ursa Minor beer that was created for Art Prize. I tried a sip of her sample and it was really unique; this Ursa Minor blueberry blonde ale was lightly bodied with a crisp blueberry flavor. It kind of reminded me of a flavored soda.. refreshing with a bit of carbonation to keep you on your feet. Though it isn’t offered year round, I thought I’d mention it because it really speaks to their brewing talent.
Grand Rapids Brewing Co. is located right downtown off of Fulton St. near Van Andel Arena so it’s in a convenient spot if you’re wandering around the city. If you get hungry on your walk and want a yummy meal paired with a unique, high-quality brew stop in during happy hour to get the best deal!
Thanks for reading, let me know about your experience at the GRBC!