By Dianna Stampfler
Festival season kicks off Saturday, Feb. 22 with the ever-popular Michigan Winter Beer Festival. Meant for the hardiest of souls, this outdoor celebration features over 120 craft breweries offering samples of as many as 1,000 unique brews, at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park (just north of downtown Grand Rapids).
Turtle Creek Stadium, home of the Traverse City Pit Spitters baseball team, is the site for the inaugural MBG Spring Beer Festival on Saturday, May 16. Guaranteed to be a grand slam, this event welcomes craft beer lovers to kick off the warm weather season in Pure Michigan fashion.
The granddaddy of festivals is the Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti, July 24-25. The two-day festival takes over Riverside Park in historic Depot Town. As the largest of the MBG events, visitors can expect a record number of breweries and beer.
Marquette’s Lower Mattson Harbor Park, along the picturesque shore of Lake Superior, is the setting for the U.P. Fall Beer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 12. Many consider this to be their favorite festival of the year.
The year of beer comes to a close at the Detroit Fall Beer Festival on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the city’s historic Eastern Market. The area has a rich brewing history, which makes it the perfect backdrop for this autumn celebration.
Each festival features live local music and a variety of food options. Those who want to enhance their experience might consider an MBG Enthusiast membership; benefits include advance ticket sales and entry to the festivals one hour before the general public.
For more information, including festival times, ticket prices and brewery/beer lists (when available) visit mibeer.com.
Pictured above: Detroit Fall Beer Fest