Limited tickets remain available for the 7th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival, presented by the Michigan Brewers Guild. Festivities will take place on Friday, October 23 (5-9pm) and Saturday, October 24 (1-6pm). Some 75 Michigan craft breweries offer samples of more than 600 different beers throughout the weekend, along with regional fare and entertainment (this year’s line-up can be found online here).
Friday tickets are $40 in advance ($45 at the gate, if any remain) and are available online. Saturday tickets are now sold out. Each ticket includes 15 drink tokens, each redeemable for a 3-ounce sample of beer. Additional tokens are available inside the festival grounds, for 50 cents each.
As one of its benefits, MiBeer Enthusiast Members are admitted to each festival one hour earlier than the general public. This membership is $55 per person, per year and may be purchased in advance online here. (NOTE: Enthusiast Memberships WILL NOT be sold/renewed at the gate). Additional member benefits include a ticket pre-sale for all festivals, VIP brewery tours scheduled throughout the year and a free t-shirt proclaiming your enthusiasm for #MiBeer.
The festival is held rain or shine. Festival attendees must be 21 years of age or older and have valid ID to enter. Designated Drivers are encouraged and DD tickets will be available online and at the gate for $5 each. Designated Drivers are not permitted to drink beer.
The Motor City has a long-standing brewing history, and in recent years it has been revitalized thanks to a growing interest in the craft beer movement. Eastern Market is one of the nation’s oldest farm markets and the area is rife with brewing history. In its heyday, there were more than 40 breweries in the Detroit area and malt silos still stand as a testament to the rich brewing history – making it the perfect backdrop for the Detroit Fall Beer Festival.
The Michigan Brewers Guild festivals are eco-friendly events, with cups, plates, cutlery and napkins all made of compostable materials. Festival attendees are asked to aid in the proper disposal of all refuse throughout the festival at one of the many recycling stations placed around the grounds, helping to reduce the overall waste sent to landfills to less than 5%. Volunteers will be on hand to assist at the recycling stations, making sure all the recyclables are properly sorted from the food items.
The Michigan Brewers Guild was formed in 1997 and held its first festival in July 1998. Today, the Guild hosts four festivals dedicated exclusively to Michigan craft beer produced by its nearly 180 member breweries.
Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $277 million. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”
The Michigan Brewers Guild is the network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Michigan Brewers Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025.