​​Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Beer Explorers Gives Rare Access to Speciation Artisan Ales and Pairing with Field & Fire Breads

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) is partnering with Speciation Artisan Ales and Field & Fire for an exclusive beer and bread pairing in the Museum’s Beer Explorers program on Thursday, June 22. Participants will have rare access to try 3 Speciation beers in the one evening, an opportunity not available anywhere else.

This special Beer Explorers class will give access to taste 3 different Speciation Ales with 3 different Field & Fire breads. Speciation Artisan Ales only puts out one beer a month on a special Saturday release. This event is a rare chance to taste 3 beers at once, a unique opportunity, only available to 40 participants for the June Beer Explorers at the GRPM.

The Field & Fire breads will be made with a normal sourdough starter as well as starters from the yeast and bacteria of the beers that participants are tasting! The class will show how the same yeast and bacteria that are used in beer and are also used in bread production, as well as see the growth of the bacteria in petri dishes.

This exclusive and rare class will not only provide 3 Speciation Ales, but bread from Field & Fire made from the yeast and bacteria of the ales. Class begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held on the first floor of the Museum. Admission to class includes three beer samples and bread samples, as well as access to the Museum’s first two floors to explore! A cash bar will be available.

Tickets for the event are $12 for Museum members and $22 for non-members. Participants must be 21 and older. Tickets can be purchased

June Beer Explorers will be presented by Mitch Ermatinger, Speciation co-founder, discussing the unique process they have developed for production, and Shelby Kibler, Field & Fire owner and chef, discussing the fermentation in breads.

Speciation Artisan Ales

At Speciation Artisan Ales, an evolutionary approach is taken to brewing using wild microbes to experiment with the possibilities of craft beer. The results are delicious, high-quality and ever-changing beers that reflect nature’s creativity and diversity. The name Speciation comes from the scientific term describing how biological variations in nature create new species over time, much like the evolution of our beers. Speciation artisan ales are only available as a monthly bottle release.

Field & Fire

Passionate about fermentation, Field & Fire is composed of bakers, which means fermenting grains into breads and pastries. By honoring a long-standing tradition of lengthy fermentation that draws out the flavor from grains and flours and also enhances the nutritional value of our baked goods.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an invaluable, publicly-owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, houses the only planetarium in the region, and is responsible for protecting the Norton Indian Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit