Unique beers support Urban Forest Project

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Beer City USA does not lack for variety when it comes to craft brews.

Friday, nearly two dozen Grand Rapids-area breweries introduced tree-inspired beers.

It's part of a fundraiser for the Urban Forest Project, an initiative to maximize the tree canopy in all parts of the city. The project will use the proceeds to support planting new trees and the Brewers Grove area at Riverside Park.

Among the beers coming out are Elk Brewing's Sassafras Brown, Founders Brewing Company's Lil' Saplin', Perrin's Hopwood IPA, and Harmony Brewing's Sumac Attack.

"Different breweries are taking different variations on the theme," said Steve Faber of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. "There are different fruits and nuts in different beers, so just a lot of variety. People just really riffed on it and did a good job."

Grand Rapids has a goal of getting to 40 percent tree canopy cover. Right now, that level is just under 35 percent, according to Faber, "so all of these tree-planting efforts, and preserving the trees we have, are really critical to achieving that 40 percent goal."

Last year's Brewer's Grove campaign raised $8,000. Thirty trees were planted in Riverside Park.


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