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My Town: Entries wanted for Beer City Coaster Contest
My Town: Entries wanted for Beer City Coaster Contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—During this year’s ArtPrize, one artist’s masterpiece will be gracing the tables and bars at breweries throughout greater Grand Rapids.

This is the second year for the city-wide Beer City Coaster Contest, which is growing with the help of Experience Grand Rapids and Greater Grand Rapids Beer City breweries. 

“The Beer City Coaster Contest was an idea the leadership team of the SpringHill Suites North created in 2013 to celebrate the calibration of local breweries and the local art scene,” said Rachel Crowther, general manager of Pillar Hotel & Resorts Area. “The contest was a way for our hotel to create an art event, ‘ArtNight’, which showcased the original coaster artwork and celebrated the unique beer scene only found in Beer City USA.  After a successful contest and ArtNight in 2013, it was only fitting to see the contest grow and evolve in 2014 to a larger city wide contest.”

The deadline to enter this year’s contest is 5 p.m. on June 14.  Entry forms are available here and can be sent to partnerinfo@experiencegr.com.  All forms are also available at participating breweries, which include:

  • Harmony Brewing, Grand Rapids
  • Pike 51 Brewing Co., Hudsonville
  • Rockford Brewing, Rockford
  • Cellar Brewing Co., Sparta
  • O'Connor's Homebrew Supply, Grand Rapids
  • Grand Rapids Brewing Co., Grand Rapids
  • HopCat, Grand Rapids
  • Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids
  • Schmohz Brewing, Kentwood
  • Crankers Brewery, Kentwood
  • Gravel Bottom Brewery, Ada

Representatives from participating businesses and organizations will whittle down the submissions to ten entries. The finalists will then be up for a public online vote June 30 through July 8.  The grand prize winner will be announced during a private event July 9.  The winner’s design will be featured on coasters used in all participating breweries during ArtPrize 2014.  The top ten finalists will also win prizes from the breweries.

ArtPrize 2014 is Sept. 24 through Oct. 12