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Presale tickets are available starting Friday, April 19
G-Love and Special Sauce
(Katy Batdorff | The Grand Rapids Press)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Founders Fest is returning to the streets of downtown for another round of craft beers and concerts. More than 6,000 beer and music lovers are expected to gather on Grandville Avenue between Cherry and Bartlett streets for the party.
The lineup for the 6th annual celebration, which will take place from 3 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, has been announced and includes a wide variety of musical talent.
National act G-Love and Special Sauce are headliners for a day of music that also features Dumpstaphunk, Man Man, Roster McCabe, Lowdown Brass Band, and Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys.
Regional acts Alexis and Cabildo will also entertain crowds. The FBC All-Stars, a band comprised of Founders employees, will once again return to round out the day of entertainment.
Local food vendors will also be on hand and will be joined by some of the area’s finest artists and designers from Local Artists Row. You can expect plenty of Founders beers, including more than a few taproom one-offs.
The event is 21+ and will be held entirely outdoors as the indoor taproom space will be closed for the day. Discounted advance ticket sales will be available starting Friday, April 19 at the Founders taproom, 235 Grandville Ave. SW, as well as online at foundersbrewing.com.
Founders Brewing Co. has been a part of the Grand Rapids scene since 1997 and throws this annual party as a way to say “thank you” to their fans.
Where do you go for the best pizza in West Michigan?
Everyone has a favorite place for pizza. What’s yours?
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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — New York is known for a lot of things. Pizza is usually on that list.
Although I prefer a Chicago deep dish over the floppy oversized pieces New York serves up, you have to take notice when a New Yorker mentions a Founders Brewing menu item among the nation’s best pizzas.
According to Grub Street: New York, a food blog on NYMag.com, Founders’ French Bread Pizza may not be categorized as pizza per se, but it’s “great for soaking up booze, hence its inclusion on the menu at the tap room connected to Michigan’s celebrated Founders Brewing.”
Pizza was sliced into 10 categories by the blog: American New Wave “hipster” pies, Deep Dish, Thin Crust, Neapolitan (lightly sauced and thin), New York style “the mandatory folding type,” Sicilian thick and squared slices, a random category known simply as Slices, a Chef Driven category with pizza pies introduced by big name chefs, Frozen (yes, Digiorno is in there), and finally Outre.
Outre is where Founders pizza bread was placed. The category is listed as “notable pizzas that just don’t fit into a preexisting category. Instead, these are pizzas defined by their weirdness — gonzo toppings, odd forms, or even a strange ingredient prep.”
Other pizzas in the category alongside Founders’ dish include pies with pasta and meatballs, ghost chiles and even Fritos as toppings.
While it may not be a ringing endorsement for the best pizza around, it’s not a bad bit of press, and let’s be honest, pretty accurate. Pizza (even if it’s French bread, “hoagie style” pizza) and beer are soul mates.
Where do you go to get the best slice in West Michigan? Add your suggestions in the comments section below.
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