Boatyard Brewing will host several events during Kalamazoo Beer Week 2015

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By: Eric Strader
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Eric Strader

Boatyard Brewing is one of the newer breweries to Kalamazoo, and it has a connection to Goshen. The brewery will be hosting more than 10 events during Kalamazoo Beer Week and I just wanted to highlight a few.

Brewer Amy Waugaman grew up in Goshen and graduated from Goshen High School, class of 1994. Her parents are still located here and if you are lucky, you might run into Amy at the Constant Spring or DIY Coffee and Ale Supply.

Breakfast at the Boatyard

Saturday, Jan. 10 will be a big day, beginning with the “unoffical” kickoff beer breakfast at O’Duffy’s Pub. This is one of my favorite Kalamazoo hang outs, and in a rather selfish way, I’m hesitant to share this quaint Irish pub with anyone else.

The featured brewery for the four course breakfast this year is Boatyard and will include its Midnight Maple Ale (Boatyard Midnight Star black cream ale with maple syrup, 5.2 percent ABV) and Frosted Harbor Dark Raspberry Wheat (5.4 percent ABV).

Donuts and Beer Pairings

Later that morning you can join a pairing with Sweetwaters’ Donut Mill at the brewery. Amy has chosen:

  • Kay-Lips-O Chocolate Milk Stout (4.6 percent ABV) to be paired with chocolate donuts,
  • Kalamazoo Cream Ale (4.6 percent ABV) with Dutch crumb donuts, 
  • Gingerbread Overboard Imperial Porter (10.4 percent ABV) with cinnamon donuts,
  • Midnight Maple Ale with peanut donuts, and
  • Frosted Harbor Dark Raspberry Wheat with red velvet donuts.

Gingerbread Overboard Imperial Porter is a limited edition which is brewed with lots of molasses, brown sugar and dark malts, and then aged on Danish gingerbread cookies.

A couple of Amy’s other limited release beers will also be on tap. Rear Admiral Rye (6.2 percent ABV) is medium bodied with a bit of spice from the rye. One Legged Pilot (Russian Imiperial Stout, 9.8 percent ABV) is, according to Amy, a very full-bodied stout with some nice chocolate notes that will also be featured on Jan. 11 for KBW’s high gravity day.

All About That Yeast

At noon on Saturday, the brewery will present “Same Beer, Only Different.” This event will run from noon to 4 p.m. and will examine how different yeasts impart flavors in different beers.

Boatyard boiled up a caramel wheat wort, then divided it into six batches and pitched a different yeast into each batch. Yeast selections included a Belgian, Saison, Scottish, American, Hefeweizen and American Farmhouse.  

Different yeast strains impact flavors in huge ways, and for $6, participants can experience the differences with a sample flight of all six beers. Flight drinkers will be asked for their input on each beer and to ultimately vote on their favorite variation.

Bikes and Brews

At 4 p.m. on Saturday, Boatyard will team up with PEDAL Bicycles for some fat tire bike drag races in the parking lot to raise money for Open Roads. Bikes will be available — just bring your helmet if you want to race.

All cash tips accepted between 4 and 7 p.m. will be donated to Open Roads, a charity that helps troubled youth through bicycling and bicycle repair.

We Can Brew It

Women brewers will be celebrated on Friday, Jan. 16. Fermenta, a craft beverage collective which celebrates Michigan women in the craft beverage industry will be on hand for a “hop-ucation.”

Sheryl Rose from the Grand Rapids PussyCat Guild will join Amy to guide people through a series of single hopped pale ales and explore the differences of hops and how they contribute to the finished product.

This event is not limited to women and attendees are encouraged to dress in Rosie the Riveter era attire.

Boatyard Brewing is located at 432 E. Patterson St., just a few blocks north of Bell’s Brewery. Beer is available for take out in growlers and there are a few bottled beers including Kay-Lips-O Chocolate Milk Stout, Frosted Harbor Dark Raspberry Wheat and Hold Fast Pale Ale.

For a full list of Boatyard events for Kalamazoo Beer Week, check out the KBW Boatyard events page.

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