A mixed bag is expected this weekend for the 12th Annual Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival, February 24-25 at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, just north of downtown Grand Rapids. A warmer Friday and a snowy Saturday should make for interesting weather conditions for Michigan’s original winter craft beer celebration — one of four annual events presented by the state’s official trade organization, held by the brewers, for the brewers.
Here is the line-up of 969 beers from 130 breweries that the nearly 10,000 attendees can expect to sample throughout the 2-day event (Friday tickets remain available for $45 in advance and $50 at the gate (if available). You can purchase tickets online here.
Cheers to a Hoppy Valentine’s Day filled with Michigan Brews! Celebrate this loving holiday with someone to close to you and a Michigan brew that is near and dear to your heart. Try any one of these rich, chocolate, dessert-like, or fruity beers (or one with a sultry, loving or romantic name), and fall in love. (more…)
Winter is in full swing the mitten-shaped state of Michigan. It’s the perfect time to hit the slopes or trails and enjoy Michigan’s many winter sports from sledding and snowmobiling to skiing and boarding. While you’re enjoying the snow-filled days, we recommend these Michigan-brewed winter-themed beers. (more…)
The Michigan Brewers Guild presented the 2017 Tom Burns Award to Rex Halfpenny, publisher of the Michigan Beer Guide, at its annual conference Thursday night at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. This is the 20th Anniversary of the Michigan Beer Guide and the Michigan Brewers Guild.
The Tom Burns Award is given to a person who embodies the pioneering spirit of the Michigan brewing industry. This is an individual whose hard work, passion, and perseverance has been a guiding force in creating the Great Beer State while being supportive of the entire craft beer industry in Michigan. Nominees can be brewery owners or employees, can be affiliated with a beer wholesaler or beer retailer or otherwise involved in the industry. Nominees can be part of the industry now or in the past and do not need to be currently living. (more…)
The Michigan Brewers Guild (MBG) kicks off its 20th Anniversary with its largest annual conference and trade show to date, January 11-13, 2017 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. More than 500 attendees are expected, including 90 businesses exhibiting in the trade show. The conference is presented with The Master Brewers Association of America (MBAA) – District Michigan.
Keynote speakers include Dick Cantwell, Author and Co-Founder of Elysian Brewing Co. (speaking on Wednesday at 2pm) and Jim Koch, Brewer & Founder of Samuel Adams (speaking on Thursday at 3pm). (more…)
The holiday season is officially upon us. The decorations are up, the tree is lite, and the presents are bought… so it’s time to grab one of these Michigan Christmas beers and drink up as the snow comes down. The most flavorful craft beer in the world can be served right here in Michigan, and you better believe they didn’t forget about the holidays. There is a variety of Christmas themed brews produced right here in the Mitten, be sure to check out some of the holiday infused ones below. (more…)
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, known as the day people start their Christmas shopping. This year mix up your Black Friday tradition by trying these Michigan-brewed black ales.
Black ales or black IPAs (Indian Pale Ale) range from dark brown to pitch black in color. The taste varies from roasted malts notes to a hoppy flavor, there is sure to be a black ale perfect for your Black Friday mood! (more…)
By Caroline Cousineau
The leaves are turning colors and the nights are getting chillier. Halloween is approaching. To help you get in the ghostly mood Michigan breweries offer many Halloween appropriate beers.
If you’re not easily scared, Jolly Pumpkin in Traverse City has a history of hauntings. Before it was the Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, it was the Bowers Harbor Inn on Old Mission Peninsula. The legend goes that the original owner’s wife, Genevive Stickney, still haunts the brewery. (more…)
Not only do you get to sample 800+ beers from more than 100 Michigan craft breweries in one of the OFFICIAL #MiBeer festivals in the state, but you get a series of mini concerts featuring some of the most noted entertainers and bands in the Detroit area…including: (more…)
With more than 100 breweries and 800 beers, this festival is going to be bigger and better than ever before! Not only do you get the chance to sample the most diverse selection of craft beers but you’ll have access to the brewers and their teams who help make Michigan “The Great Beer State.” Cheers… (more…)