When is the Michigan Brewers Guild Beer Festival?
Summer Beer Festival is July 26-27, 2013 at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti (Tickets on sale May 1)
How do you get Tickets?
Tickets are sold online through links on MiBeer.com and at participating member breweries and beer stores. MBG Festivals typically sell out far in advance so make plans to purchase tickets early.
How many beers do I get?
15 drink tokens are included with admission and each drink token is redeemable for a 3oz sample of beer*. Additional tokens will be available inside the festival for 50 cents. The Michigan Brewers Guild utilizes drink tokens and specially marked cups to assure that we comply with Michigan Liquor Control Commission regulation and have a controlled means of serving beer. Festivals attendees are expected to willingly provide a token for each and every sample of beer received. We appreciate your cooperation. Festival attendees must be 21 years of age or older and have ID to enter. Designated Drivers are not permitted to drink beer. * Some rare, vintage, or barrel-aged beers with higher cost will be 2-3 tokens
How and where do I get the 15 tokens that come with my ticket?
You’ll pick up the tokens inside the event, after you scan your ticket and go through the gate.
I have beer tokens leftover from a previous Michigan Brewers Guild beer festival. Can use them for future festivals?
Yes! Bring them back, use them instead of buying extra drink tokens, share them with friends, etc. Just please do not try to use them if you’ve entered using a Designated Driver ticket. Designated Drivers are non-drinking tickets only, and any Designated Driver seen drinking will be ejected from the festival without exception.
Where can I find a list of beers you’ll have?
A list of the beers available at the festival will be posted on The Mash as soon as it becomes available in advance of the festival.
I lost my ticket confirmation email – where can I go to re-print my tickets?
You will be able to retrieve your ticket by logging into our ticket sales page using the account you created when you purchased the ticket. More information on how to retrieve your tickets can be found on Eventbrite’s Help Page.
Will there be a shuttle to/from the festival?
There are not currently any plans for a shuttle at the 2013 Summer Beer Festival. Please plan your transportation ahead – there are many taxi services in the Ypsilanti / Ann Arbor area that will drive you to/from the festival for very reasonable rates.
Where can I park?
There will be no parking at Riverside Park, but you can find plenty of parking throughout Depot Town and the surrounding area. For free parking just a short walk away, there’s a large lot in Depot Town (north of Cross St. between Rice St. and River St.), as well as one east of Frog Island Park along Rice St., and another lot northeast of the old train depot along Depot Drive.
Street parking is also available along Cross St., River St. and other neighborhood streets around Depot Town. You can also find paid parking close to the festival in private parking lots and driveways.
Are any hotels running special deals for the festival?
Yes. We will provide a list of known hotels offering deals soon. In the meantime, we recommend you call several area hotels and ask them if they have any special rates available for festival attendees.
What can I bring with me into the festival?
Folding / camping chairs, water, hydration backpacks, and empty plastic or metal beverage receptacles are all allowed into the festival. Small (e.g. 10′ x 10′) shade tents are also allowed, provided they are set up out of the way of foot traffic.
What am I not allowed to bring with me to the festival?
No outside alcohol, dogs, glass containers, or grills will be allowed through the festival gates.
What must I bring with me to be allowed into the festival?
All festival attendees must present their driver’s license or valid state ID at the gate, even if you’re using a non-drinking (DD) ticket. Enthusiast members who wish to take advantage of the one hour early entry at 12pm must have their valid Enthusiast membership card with them as well.
Can I enter the festival if I’m not 21 years old?
No, you must be 21 or older to enter the festival.
Is this festival outdoors?
Yes. Check the weather forecast ahead of time and dress appropriately! It may be very hot and/or rainy. The festival will proceed rain or shine. Consider bringing an umbrella or poncho if the forecast calls for rain.
Are their indoor restrooms?
No. Port-a-potties are located outdoors as always.
I’m under 21 but am a Designated Driver for someone else and will not be drinking. Can I still enter the festival?
No, you must be 21 or older even if you’re a DD and are not drinking.
Can I bring my kid with me to the festival?
No, children are not allowed into the festival for everyone’s safety (with the exception of immobile infants). Please make childcare arrangements ahead of time.
I lost my Enthusiast ID card / I just joined as an Enthusiast and don’t have my card yet. Can I still get in an hour early?
Yes. Bring your receipt of Enthusiast membership purchase to the Will Call tent for review, where we can stamp your ticket for early entry.
I am an Enthusiast, but my spouse is not. Can he/she enter the festival early with me for Enthusiast hour?
No. Only Enthusiast members are granted early entry for Enthusiast hour at festivals, so if you want to bring a guest with you to enter at that time, they will need to be an Enthusiast member, too. Membership cards will be checked at the gate. This keeps the Enthusiast hour crowd small enough that members enjoy the value of very short lines.
What accommodations are made for smokers at the festival?
Smoking is prohibited under any festival tents – however, people may smoke outside in the open air. The Michigan Brewers Guild thanks you for helping make this a zero-waste event by disposing of your cigarette butts properly in designated butt recycling bins.
Can I pre-party / tailgate in the parking lot before the festival?
No. Please don’t.