It seems like it hasn't been that long ago that City Built Brewing opened their doors on the north side of downtown Grand Rapids. Believe it or not, they are planning their 5th anniversary party and it will be a great day for so many reasons.

Bridge Blast 2022
Graphic: City Built Brewing via Facebook
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The party is being called "Bridge Blast 2022" and it will be held on Saturday, June 11th from 3-11 pm. The party will take place on the historic Sixth Street Bridge over the Grand River. It's not every day you get to party on the Sixth Street Bridge!

Sixth Street Bridge
Photo: Google Maps
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To celebrate a half decade of business of brewing beer in Grand Rapids, City Built is gathering together six bands and a dozen other Michigan breweries.

There will be a Beerfest on the bridge from 3-7 pm. Tasting tickets will be available for purchase. Along with City Built, other breweries that are planning to participate include:

  • Arvon Brewing Co.
  • Ascension Brewing Co.
  • Barrel + Beam
  • Batch Brewing Co.
  • Drafting Table Brewing Co.
  • HOMES Brewery
  • Rake Beer Project
  • Speciation Cellars
  • Transient Artisan Ales
  • Watermark Brewing Co.
  • Wax Wings Brewing Co.

Running from 3-11 pm will be live music on a state on the north Monroe entrance to the Sixth Street Bridge. The music event is free. Several local musicians will be performing:

  • Biomassive
  • Cosmic Knot
  • Goat Trip
  • J. RoB x Bedrock
  • The Elijah Russ Collective
  • Nathan Walton & The Remedy

If you get hungry during the event, food trucks will be available. Scheduled to be there are The Spot Food Truck, Street Chef Shaw,  and Tamales Mary. You will also be able to get food and drink at City Built's taproom.

City Built Brewing
Photo: Google Maps
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The proceeds from the festival will benefit the Grand Rapids Public School Foundation. The Foundation's goal is to "raise, grow and steward funds and other community resources to support students who attend Grand Rapids Public Schools".

Additional information about "Bridge Blast 2022" can be found on the City Built Brewing Facebook page.

The Sixth Street Bridge was built with rust-resistant wrought iron back in 1886 by the Massillon Bridge Company from Ohio. The original cost of constructing the bridge was only $31,000. The bridge was almost demolished in 1975, but through the efforts of concerned citizens, the bridge was preserved. The Sixth Street Bridge is the longest pin-connected highway truss in the state of Michigan. The bridge is the oldest remaining metal bridge in Michigan and is listed in the National Historic Register of Historic Places.

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