Saturday December 14th will mark the date for the Sixth Annual Beer Brawl showcasing the finest skaters and beers that Grand Raggidy has to offer. With a selection of hand crafted brews, fine tuned derby skating machines and the chance to win prizes galore, you really can’t afford to miss this!
This is the second time that the East goes up against the West in this beer sponsored roller derby battle. Both games in this double header event will feature teams comprised of skaters from The Ann Arbor Derby Dimes represented by Arbor Brewing Company vs Grand Raggidy sponsored by Schmohz Brewing Company & New Holland Brewing Company. Grand Raggidy’s West Michigan Brew team was able to dominate the track last year. Can they do it again?
Besides great beer and exciting derby action, this night will be full of chances to win awesome swag and T-shirts. You may be wondering how that is different from all the other Grand Raggidy games, right? The appeal of this offer is directed to our fans that are also craft beer lovers. All three of the featured breweries will be selling tickets to this epic event. What does that mean? Well, if you buy tickets at the breweries they are considered VIP and will give you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the very popular and often sold out Michigan Winter Beer Festival! Cheers and good luck.
With Beer Brawl quickly approaching, we would like to take some time to draw attention to a couple of our incredible sponsors. For anyone who didn’t know, we have not one but two amazing breweries that support our league through sponsorship, New Holland Brewing Company and Schmohz Brewing Company. Both of these fine establishments have been part of the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls scene since the very beginning. Each brewery has something unique to offer and have been integral parts to the Grand Raggidy family through financial contributions, moral support, and product donations.
Located in downtown Holland, MI, New Holland Brewing Company first emerged in the craft brewing scene in 1997. Over the past three years, they have gone through some significant changes. They tripled their brewing capacity, expanded their Dragon’s Milk cellar, renovated their restaurant and are also expanding their distilling capabilities.
With 25 different brews, from Pale Ale to Pumpkin Ale and a Wheatwine that recently won gold at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO, there is something for everyone. Their most popular beer in the past few years has been their Dragon’s Milk. This is a bourbon barrel aged stout. But, New Holland doesn’t just stop with beer. They also have a full line of artisan spirits including Beer Barrel Bourbon which uses the spent Dragon’s Milk barrels and demonstrates their knowledge and expertise in the brewing process. 2013 has been a year full of changes for NHBC and we look forward to seeing what they have in store in 2014!
The Schmohz staff has been attending Grand Raggidy games since the very first game on April 1st, 2006. You can now see them regularly tailgating before home bouts and even at some close by away games. Schmohz Brewing Company started as the brainchild of a group of Michigan Tech Alumni. They opened back in 2004 with only a handful of brews on tap. Now Schmohz has 8 year round beers with an additional 6 seasonal beers. In total, they have 28 beers that are distributed throughout Michigan, with their most popular being their India Pale Ale and Hopknocker Imperial IPA.
Schmohz is also the only Michigan based brewer of a non-alcoholic craft beer. Aside from beers, they also brew their own root beer and black cherry soda. Both of these benefit the Sammi Rae of Hope Foundation and can be found at our home games!