June 22-23, 2018 Grand Rapids, MI
Beer City Code
A software conference for software developers of all types
About Beer City Code

Beer City Code is an annual conference for software developers held in Grand Rapids, MI, also known as Beer City, USA. Software creators of all types are welcome, even those who don't care for beer.

The main conference is held Saturday, June 23, with optional day-long workshops the day before, Friday, June 22. You can attend the conference for just $40, or do the conference plus an all-day workshop on Friday for just $200. There's even a ticket that includes a VIP party with our speakers and organizers. How cool is that?!

The Beer City Code conference grew our of the success of its predecessor, Grand Rapids DevDay, but was renamed in 2017 to embrace its much more broad appeal outside the Grand Rapids area.

Friday Workshops

With several day-long workshops to choose from focusing on many different exciting and cutting-edge technolgies, our workshop attendees will be able to get hands-on in a smaller classroom setting with our excellent instructors.

Buy a ticket for both a workshop and the conference day to get the most bang for your buck, and don't forget to upgrade to the VIP package and you can top off your weekend with a party at a local establishment with our speakers and VIPs.

Saturday Conference

Saturday is the main event. Don't miss a moment of this exciting day packed full of top-tier speakers presenting on some very interesting, useful, and cutting-edge technologies and topics.

You won't go hungry, eiter! We'll feed you coffee, snacks, and a filling lunch to keep your brain fueled for all the learning it's going to do.

Be smart and combine your conference ticket with a Friday workshop ticket. You'll save money and learn one topic of your choice in much more detail in a hands-on classroom setting. The VIP package will also get you into a party with our speakers, and VIPs, so why not go all in and register for that?

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Our Speakers

Meet our speakers

Keynote Speaker
Jon Galloway

DOUGLAS CROCKFORD

Senior JavaScript Architect, PayPal

Douglas literally wrote the book on JavaScript-- JavaScript: The Good Parts , that is. Over the years, he's worked for Atari, National Semiconductor, Lucasfilm, Yahoo, and PayPal. Douglas has played a major role in the development of the JavaScript language, popularized the JSON format, and created both of the popular JSLint and JSMin tools.

Breakout & Workshop Speakers
Ado Kukic

Ado Kukic

A Token Walks Into a SPA...

I'm Interested!

Ado is a full-stack developer, advocate, and technical writer at Auth0. Mixing his passion of programming and education, he creates tutorials, courses, and other educational content focusing on security, authentication, and much more.

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Aisha Blake

Aisha Blake

Give Feedback Fearlessly

I'm Interested!

Aisha Blake arrived in Detroit in 2013 to serve as a Jesuit Volunteer and somehow ended up on the leadership team for Girl Develop It Detroit.

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Alex Konrad

Alex Konrad

Functional Reactive Programming Patterns in Javascript

I'm Interested!

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Amara Keller

Amara Keller

How to Build a Chatbot

I'm Interested!

Amara is a Developer Advocate with IBM on the San Francisco City Team. Before her step into developer relations, she was an enterprise web application developer.

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Beau Carnes

Beau Carnes

Web development basics: Go from zero to project using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

I'm Interested!

Beau Carnes is a software developer at Elevator Up in Grand Rapids. He is also an experienced software instructor. Besides teaching in-person workshops and classes, he has created around 100 software training videos.

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Bernardo Pacheco

Bernardo Pacheco

ASTronomically Improving Your Developer Experience (A JS Abstract Syntax Trees Primer)

I'm Interested!

Bernardo has been building things for the Web for about 12 years now. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to work both on the back-end and the front-end with technologies.

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Brianna Marshall and Kelsey Perdue

Brianna Marshall and Kelsey Perdue

Uncovering the Hidden Strengths and Expertise on your Team

I'm Interested!

Brianna Marshall is a project manager at designvox. Kelsey Perdue serves as the Grand Rapids Assistant Campus Director at Grand Circus, where she helps move adult learners from an initial interest in a tech career through an intensive training program to work in a rewarding role.

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Bruce Abernethy

Bruce Abernethy

Flutter: "Build the best way to develop for mobile."

I'm Interested!

Bruce Abernethy is a life-long coder and educator having written code in the last four decades, and made a living at it over the last three, and still loving it.

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Charlie Sweet

Charlie Sweet

Antifragile Teams

I'm Interested!

Charlie Sweet coaches agile teams and manages IT professionals at Baird. He was a software developer for 10 years, and has degrees in fine arts and business.

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Charlyn Gonda

Charlyn Gonda

Code you can hold: Making your first IoT Wearable

I'm Interested!

Charlyn Gonda is a Software Engineer at Uber Eats, and former Developer Advocate for the Uber API.

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Chris DeMars

Chris DeMars

Believe in the Power of CSS

I'm Interested!

Chris DeMars is a UI developer first, UX architect always, working out of Detroit, Michigan. Chris is also an instructor, teacher assistant, and volunteer for the Ann Arbor and Detroit chapters of Girl Develop It.

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Crystal C. Yan

Crystal C. Yan

Build a Better Hiring Process with Design Thinking

I'm Interested!

Crystal Yan is a design and product leader with international experience in emerging markets, committed to transforming companies to be more design driven and with experience using behavioral design and artificial intelligence to create meaningful user experiences.

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Daniel Lindeman

Daniel Lindeman

A Practical Introduction to Serverless Architectures

I'm Interested!

Dan is a Software Engineer from Grand Rapids, MI, where he lives with his wife Kayla and his dog Bowie.

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Darren McCleary

Darren McCleary

Migrating the New York Times Games Platform to AppEngine

I'm Interested!

I'm a senior software engineer on The New York Times Games Team. I spent most of 2017 migrating the entire Games platform from LAMP to a microservice architecture in GCP with zero downtime for its 300,000+ paying puzzlers.

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Dave Poortvliet

Dave Poortvliet

Your homepage sucks and it’s your fault

I'm Interested!

Dave has been providing technical direction and oversight of university web operations at Grand Valley State University for over 15 years. He ensures design and development of custom web applications align with the strategic goals of the organization.

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David Giard

David Giard

Effective Data Visualization

I'm Interested!

David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades.

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Don Schenck

Don Schenck

OpenWhisk: Serverless, hosted anywhere

I'm Interested!

A developer who has seen it all, Don is a Microsoft MVP, author of "Transitioning to .NET Core on Red Hat Enterprise Linux" by O’Reilly Media, and currently a Director of Developer Experience at Red Hat, with a focus on Microservices and Serverless computing.

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Doug Mair

Doug Mair

Feed your inner data scientist: JavaScript tools for data visualization and filtering.

I'm Interested!

Doug is a Director of Consultanting at Improving Enterprises in Columbus Ohio. He started developing software as a high school freshman on a TRS-80 16K. He loved programming so much that he decided to get a BSCIS from Ohio State University.

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Dustin Ewers

Dustin Ewers

Full Stack Performance Tuning with ASP.NET Core

I'm Interested!

Dustin Ewers is a consultant at Centare, where he works to help businesses build better software. Dustin has been building software for over 10 years, specializing in Microsoft technologies.

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Ed Charbeneau

Ed Charbeneau

Goodbye client side JavaScript, hello C#'s Blazor

I'm Interested!

Ed is a Microsoft MVP and an internationally recognized online influencer, speaker, writer, design admirer, a Developer Advocate for Progress, and expert on all things web development.

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Frances Coronel

Frances Coronel

TypeScript 101

I'm Interested!

Frances is a developer with a design background who gets a lot of personal satisfaction out of helping the local tech community through her varied skill set.

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Guy Royse

Guy Royse

Machine Learning for Gamers: Dungeon Forecasts & Dragon Regressions

I'm Interested!

Guy works for Nexosis in Columbus, Ohio as a Developer Evangelist. Guy goes out into developer communities and helps others build great software.

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Jace Browning

Jace Browning

Best Practices for Automated Regression Testing

I'm Interested!

Jace Browning builds, customizes, integrates, and teaches engineering software tools. He has worked on products in the embedded, mobile, and web space, but his expertise is systems programming, specifically in Python.

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Jamie Wright

Jamie Wright

Building a Realtime Websocket API in Phoenix

I'm Interested!

Jamie Wright is a maker of internet things with a love/hate relationship for Redbull™, standing desks, and paintball guns. He has a love only relationship with teaching, learning, and building bots.

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Jason Sich

Jason Sich

Creating Functional Web Apps in ClojureScript

I'm Interested!

Software developer striving to deliver quality software consistently. Helping to build scalable software solutions during the day and casting Clojure spells at night.

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Jeff McGehee

Jeff McGehee

Building the World’s First Beer Tap Powered by Facial Recognition

I'm Interested!

Jeff’s professional career has been focused on applying computation to engineering problems — the majority of which have involved simulation, calibration, system control, and optimization.

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Jenn Creighton

Jenn Creighton

The how's and why's of flexible React components

I'm Interested!

Jenn Creighton is a senior front end engineer at ClassPass. She is likely to talk your ear off about React, JavaScript, or her hatred of CSS floats.

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John M. Wright

John M. Wright

Mocking .NET Without Hurting Its Feelings

I'm Interested!

As a 18-year veteran of the software industry, John has gained development experience ranging from “shrink-wrapped” software to large, distributed networks using multiple platforms and technologies.

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Jordan Whiteley

Jordan Whiteley

Pragmatic Functional Programming in C#

I'm Interested!

Jordan is a low key guy with the drive to learn about software architecture, functional programming, and web automation. He’s been into computers since the day his uncle gave him his old commodore 64.

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Justin Majeske and Elizabeth Means

Justin Majeske and Elizabeth Means

Angular in the Enterprise

I'm Interested!

Justin Majeske is currently a Lead Developer at Kunz, Leigh and Associates with 13 years of experience designing, developing, and maintaining web-based and batch systems.

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Keith Wedinger

Keith Wedinger

AWS Java Lambda Functions with Kotlin

I'm Interested!

Keith Wedinger is a Principal Consultant with Improving. He has over 28 years experience architecting, designing, developing and delivering high quality software solutions.

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Kendell Walker Joseph

Kendell Walker Joseph

The Next Generation of Software Developers

I'm Interested!

Hi, I a software developer and educator based in Grand Rapids. I play bass guitar, make things, and connect people.

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Kim Arnett 

Kim Arnett 

A Swift Intro to iOS

I'm Interested!

Kim Arnett is an iOS Developer at Expedia. She enjoys watching her creations work wonders while making a positive impact on the population. She’s interested in technology, feminism, mental health, and Iron Man.

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Laura Mosher

Laura Mosher

Harry the Hedgehog Learns You A Communication

I'm Interested!

Laura is a software engineer with a passion for clean code and oxford commas. She's passionate about creating a better world through code, kindness, and understanding.

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Lyn Sawyer

Lyn Sawyer

A Developers Role in Web Accessibility

I'm Interested!

I am a Software Engineer with experience in Web API, WCF, C#, MSSQL, MVC, Web Forms, Jquery, JavaScript, CSS and HTML. Yes, I am a nerd.

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Matt Behrens

Matt Behrens

Electron in the Real World

I'm Interested!

Matt has been a software developer and consultant with Atomic Object for three years; during that time and for decades before, he's worked and supported on several full-stack applications on the web, desktop, servers, and in the mobile space, across several different industries.

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Matthew D. Groves

Matthew D. Groves

I have a NoSQL toaster

I'm Interested!

Matthew D. Groves is a guy who loves to code. It doesn't matter if it's C#, jQuery, or PHP: he'll submit pull requests for anything. He has been coding professionally ever since he wrote a QuickBASIC point-of-sale app for his parent's pizza shop back in the 90s.

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Megan Boczar

Megan Boczar

Imposter Syndrome - Why did they let me come up here and talk to you?

I'm Interested!

Megan has been a software developer for less than a year. She graduated with a degree from the University of Michigan in anthropology with minors in museum studies and Polish language, literature, and culture.

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Michael Carr

Michael Carr

A lean mindset minus technical debt equals rapid development

I'm Interested!

I’m Michael Carr and I am the Founder of UK startup - GoRoadie. I started GoRoadie (https://www.goroadie.com) with the aim of helping driving students in the UK find the right driving instructor for them. Think AirBnB for driving instructors.

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Michael O Keefe, Chris Dahm and Jason Kusnier

Michael O'Keefe, Chris Dahm and Jason Kusnier

Building Applications Using Firebase

I'm Interested!

Michael O'Keefe is a currently Full Stack Developer at Kunz, Leigh and Associates with 3 years of experience designing, developing and maintaining web based systems using a variety of front and back end technologies some of which include .NET, Spring, Django, JSTL and Angular.

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Michael Stahnke

Michael Stahnke

What I’ve learned interviewing more than 200 people face to face

I'm Interested!

Michael Stahnke is Director of Engineering at Puppet, Inc. He's had a few roles at Puppet, and been a part of the company growing from 35 to 530+ employees.

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Nathan Loding

Nathan Loding

CSS-in-JS? What?! Why?!?!

I'm Interested!

I'm a nerd, I've always been a geek, dork, or nerd, and probably will always be. I love solving problems and technology is the best way to do that. I work professionally as an Application Development Consultant for OST, in Grand Rapids, MI.

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Olivia Liddell

Olivia Liddell

Becoming an Effective Mentor

I'm Interested!

Olivia Liddell is a Learning Technologist at Wiley, where she builds and maintains online courses for various universities. Previously, she taught middle school Arabic in Chicago Public Schools (as-salaamu 'alaykum!).

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Paul and Robin Schroeder

Paul and Robin Schroeder

Workshop: Rapid Delivery of Enterprise Architectures

I'm Interested!

As an independent consultant, **Paul Schroeder** has multiple decades of experience developing code for many large organizations. He has been delivering talks on code generation since 2003.

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Paul Harju

Paul Harju

Logging Like a Lumberjack

I'm Interested!

Full stack web developer that makes games in his spare time. Loves React and C#, tolerates Angular and Perl.

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Phil Kirkham

Phil Kirkham

Don't Call Me That! Why a tester isn't a QA person and other testing myths

I'm Interested!

A developer turned tester A Brit now living in Michigan missing proper bacon sandwiches

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PJ Hagerty

PJ Hagerty

Urban Legends: What You Code Makes You Who You Are

I'm Interested!

Developer, writer, speaker, musician, and founder of DevRelate.io, PJ is known to travel the world speaking about programming and the way people think and interact.

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Rachael McQuater Drew Colthorp

Rachael McQuater & Drew Colthorp

Writing Code That (Practically) Writes Itself With TypeScript

I'm Interested!

Drew Colthorp is a principal consultant and Rachael McQuater is a developer at Atomic Object.

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Rebecca Long

Rebecca Long

Building Inclusive Tech

I'm Interested!

Rebecca Long is a software engineer with 15 years experience focusing on quality assurance and devops at a cyber-risk assessment company in Spokane, Washington.

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Ronda Bergman

Ronda Bergman

I'd Hire more Women if they Would Apply!

I'm Interested!

Ronda has been working as a software developer for 18+ years, primarily in the .NET stack. She has worked for large multi-national organizations and small startups. She is the Co-founder and lead consultant of EllaVatec.

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Ryan Lanciaux

Ryan Lanciaux

React Now: Learn to build a React application

I'm Interested!

Ryan Lanciaux is a professional software developer in Ann Arbor, MI. Although he programs in several languages, his current area of focus is front-end development.

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Sam Bleckley

Sam Bleckley

It's a Bit of a Drag

I'm Interested!

Sam trained as an artist, and has written software for machine learning labs, computational biochemists, San Fransisco startups, and local Michigan companies.

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Stephen Cleary

Stephen Cleary

The Async Invasion

I'm Interested!

Stephen Cleary is a Christian, husband, and father who programs software in his spare time. :) He is a Microsoft MVP and the author of "Concurrency in C# Cookbook" (O'Reilly) as well as several MSDN articles.

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Taylor Krusen

Taylor Krusen

Writing Simple End-To-End Tests That Don't Suck

I'm Interested!

A tech-enthusiast and Japanophile, Taylor Krusen is an Associate Developer Advocate for Smartsheet. He typically spends his time coding, snowboarding, or teaching his little girl the art of mischief.

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Thomas Wodarek

Thomas Wodarek

Containers and Orchestration with Docker and Kubernetes

I'm Interested!

Thomas is an independent consultant working in the DevOps space around Grand Rapids. Working with containers and orchestrators, he keeps websites up and queries flowing.

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Tommy Truong and Sokwhan Huh

Tommy Truong and Sokwhan Huh

Target Practice Using WebVR

I'm Interested!

Tommy Truong is currently a User Experience Designer. Sokwhan Huh is currently a Full Stack Developer. Both at Kunz, Leigh and Associates.

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Schedule

Workshops and sessions


9:00 am - 5:30 pm (or earlier)
Building Applications Using Firebase

Learn how to leverage Google's Firebase service to build and host performant and scaleable web and mobile apps from the ground up. No database, server administration or authentication experience required, use only your knowledge in your favorite application development language!

Michael O'Keefe, Chris Dahm and Jason Kusnier
9:00 am - 5:30 pm (or earlier)
Containers and Orchestration with Docker and Kubernetes

Kubernetes has established itself as the most promising technology for container orchestration, leveraging Docker to produce a combination of flexibility and reliability. Attendees will learn how to take a pile of code, containerize it, and deploy it to their own functioning Kubernetes cluster.

Thomas Wodarek
9:00 am - 5:30 pm (or earlier)
Target Practice Using WebVR

Virtual reality is one of the hottest topics in the tech world today. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to take their own piece of the cake through building their own web-based, VR first-person-shooter using WebVR. Take your JavaScript knowledge and become a VR game developer!

Tommy Truong and Sokwhan Huh
9:00 am - 5:30 pm (or earlier)
Build a Better Hiring Process with Design Thinking

How do leading organizations hire effectively? Hear how one hiring manager used behavioral science research insights and human-centered design principles to improve the candidate experience, and learn best practices from leading technology corporations, startups, and consulting firms.

Crystal C. Yan
9:00 am - 5:30 pm (or earlier)
React Now: Learn to build a React application

At the end of this workshop you will be able to build a web application with the React JavaScript library. We'll cover topics such as state management, how to best structure your components, and great ways to leverage third-party libraries based on my four years of using React in production.

Ryan Lanciaux
9:00 am - 5:30 pm (or earlier)
Rapid Delivery of Enterprise Architectures

Beware ye of dangers that lurk in “Exampleware” software! Understand how patterns and practices form an Enterprise Architecture stack that adheres to S.O.L.I.D. principles - with a twist. Use code generation techniques to do it! It is time to learn a few new tricks and up your game!

Paul and Robin Schroeder
9:00 am - 5:30 pm (or earlier)
Web development basics: Go from zero to project using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

In this beginner's workshop, attendees will learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript from a professional web developer and experienced teacher. People will create a simple website and a JavaScript game. Attendees can bring their own website idea to work on, though this is not required.

Beau Carnes
9:00 am - 5:30 pm (or earlier)
Writing Code That (Practically) Writes Itself With TypeScript

JavaScript is a powerful language that's flexible- to a fault. TypeScript adds a layer of static typing over JavaScript that makes code stronger, more robust, and easier to write. We're going to dive into TypeScript fundamentals, development patterns, and a handful of magic tricks!

Rachael McQuater & Drew Colthorp
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Courtyard by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown

11 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Rate $179.00 + tax (Use Group Name: Beer City Code)

877-901-6632

Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Airport

3063 Lake Eastbrook Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Rate $119.00 + tax (Use Group Code: BCC)

(616) 285-7600

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Baymont Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Airport

2873 Kraft Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

(616) 956-3300

Staybridge Suites Grand Rapids-Kentwood

3000 Lake Eastbrook Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

(616) 464-3200

Wyndham Garden Grand Rapids Airport

4495 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

(616) 464-3200

Clarion Inn & Suites Airport

4981 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

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