The Intoxicating History of River City Brewing

The Intoxicating History of River City Brewing

Beer in Grand Rapids is big. But how big is it really? Journalist Pat Evans explores the history of beer in Grand Rapids and how it influences the multitude of brewers that now call West Michigan home. Evans will also take a broader look at how the current world beer industry developed, from an eclectic mix of world beer styles to the homogeneous beers that dominated the United States for half a century. Those historical paths are important to understanding why beer has gone through a renaissance in the past decade and put the United States at the forefront of the beer world for the first time ever. Within  that context, Evans also will look at how Grand Rapids fits into America’s beer world.

Presentation by Pat Evans
Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Society

This presentation is part of the 2016 History Detectives program on Saturday, January 23, at the Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library. Download the Full PDF Brochure Here