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Beer List for the 2013 Winter Beer Festival

Here is a list of participating breweries and their beer lists for the upcoming Winter Beer Festival. The list is just about complete…only waiting on one more brewery. There will be a record crowd, record number of breweries, and a record number of beers (625) at this year’s event! Please note that some beers have an (*) next to them… these beers will require two (2) tokens per 3oz sample. And there is even a beer with (**) next to them… this beer will require three (3) tokens and will ONLY be available in a 3oz pour (no full glasses). Check back for daily updates!

51 North Brewing Co.
Lake Orion Light
Tangerine Wit
Spencer Island Rye
Dogway IPA
Windwalker Brown

57 Brewpub
Mayan Midnight Chocolate Stout
Dirty Blonde
Red Shedman Rye IPA
Stinger Honey Ale

Arbor Brewing Co.
Roxy Rye Lager
The Listenership Smoked Pale Ale
Huxell Best Bitter
Sledgehammer Chocolate Porter

Arcadia Brewing Co.
Hopmouth Double IPA
Hop Rocket Imperial IPA
B-Craft Black Double Black IPA
Cocoa Loco Chocolate Stout
Loch Down Scotch Ale
Nut Brown Ale
Cereal Killer Barleywine
Imperial Stout
Bridgets Irish Red
Angelers Pale Ale
Toaster Fight Blonde Ale
Sky High Rye

Atwater Brewery
Dirty Blonde
Vanilla Java Porter
Grand Circus IPA
VooDoo Vator Doppelbock
Winter Bock
* VJ Black Imperial Stout
* Shaman’s Porter
Double Down Imperial Amber Ale
Mai Bock
Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale
Teufel Bock

Beards Brewery
* Rabid Goat Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale
Pomegalactic Pale Ale
Malabar IPA
Somethin’ Somethin’ IPA
New School Rye Amber
Victorious Pale Ale
Serendipity Porter

Bell’s Brewery
Two-Hearted Ale
Raspberry Ale
Deb’s Red
McGill’s Stout
Batch 9000
Le Batteur
Le Pianiste
Le Contrebast
Q-Falls Lager
This One Goes To Eleven
Hell Hath No Fury
* Bourbon Barrel Black Note
* Bourbon Barrel Batch 9000
* Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout
Third Coast Old Ale 2011
* Wild One Raspberry
Red Nose ESB
Sweet Potato Stout

Big Buck Brewery
Cocoa Nib & Oak Aged Stout
Smoked Porter
Vanilla Hazelnut Brown
Citron Wheat
Imperial Stout
Pumpkin Ale
Cranberry Pomegranate Wheat
Irish Stout
Raspberry Wheat
Camp Fire Joe
Cranberry Red Hot Blond

Blackrocks Brewery
Double Ginger IPA
Saison Bruin
Rad’s Red Krampus
Wilson Creek Porter
Coconut Brown
Dry Hop Cream Ale
Stella’s English Barleywine (tapping at 3pm)

Blue Tractor Brewery
For a Few Shillings More Strong Scotch Ale
Demonic India Black Ale
Lazy Sunday Hefeweizen
Punky’s Monkee Belgian Rye Pale Ale
Belgian Red Ale

B.O.B.’s Brewery
Robert The Barrel Bourbon Imperial Stout
Barrel Aged Barleywine
Peanut Butter Porter
Tiramisu Stout

Brewery Vivant
Tart Side of the Moon Dark Farmhouse Ale
Ancho Rauchbier smoked beer with chiles
North French Ale Biere de Garde
Menage a Trois India Brown Ale
Love Shadow Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout
* Helen Wine Barrel Aged Sour Ale
* Angelina Barrel Aged Sour Ale

Cheboygan Brewing Co.
La Cerveza Mexican-Bohemian
Winter Marzen
Lighthouse Amber

Copper Canyon Brewery
Northwestern Gold Munich Helles
Devil’s Peak IPA
MBG 15th Anniversary Double IPA (12-3)
Rocktoberfest (12-3)
Summerzest (12-3)
Figgy Pud’n (12-3)
Buffalo Jump Stout (12-3)
Melange des Fleurs (3-6)
Apple Streudel Tripel (3-6)
Dark Helmet Schwarzbier (3-6)
Todd’s Wicked Ale (3-6)
Inauguration 2013 Belgian Dubbel (3-6)

Corner Brewery
Ypsitucky Jack Old Ale
Bourbon Barrel Hoptown Brown
Buzzsaw IPA
Mr. Delicious Double IPA
Ryeclops Imperial Rye
Phat Abbott Tripel

Cranker’s Brewery
Professor IPA
Bulldog Red Irish Ale
5th Voyage Coconut Porter
Old Siberian Strong Ale
Strongarm Stout
Crankenstein Amber Lager
Professor Double Dry-hopped IPA

Dark Horse Brewing Co.

    Tables #1 & #2

Crooked Tree IPA
Raspberry Ale
Amber Ale
Boffo Brown Ale
Reserve Special Black Ale
Scotty Karate Scotch Ale
Perkulator Coffee Doppelbock
ONE Oatmeal Stout
TOO Cream Stout
TRES Blueberry Stout
FORE Smoked Stout
Plead the 5th Imperial Stout
* Double Crooked Tree
Thirsty Trout Porter
Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th Imperial Stout

    Tables #3 & #4

Artic Dekoorc Eert
Sc-7 Dekoorc Eert
Edacsac Dekoorc Eert
Ollirama Dekoorc Eert
I Want More Stout
Salmeeyaki Ooot
Rye Kwon Do
KBE Volume II
* Monster 29
* Lambeek Wants Dragonfruit
Aigre Plead the 5th Imperial Stout
HomoBourbon Sapien
Militiagan Potable Oat Wine
Westy Wendall’s Wheat
Olde Ale

Detroit Beer Co.
Detroit Doppelbock
Sumatra Stout
Crooked Grill IPA
Local 1529 IPA

Detroit Brewing Co.
Sanders Chocolate Stout

Dragonmead Microbrewery
Full Fathom Baltic Porter
Killer Bee Honey Trippel
Ring of Fire Hot Pepper Ale
Redwing Raspberry Wheat
Sin Eater Belgian Dark Strong
Imperial Stout
Corktown Red
Final Absolution Belgian Style Trippel

Eaglemonk Pub & Brewery
Red Eye Rye
EagleMonk IPA
Irish Red
Delta Porter
Instigator Doppelbock
Winter Warmer

Fenton Winery & Brewery
Staggering Bull Imperial Nut Brown
Smoked Porter
Double Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
Unbridled IPA
* St. Gin’s Imperial Whiskey Stout (4:30pm release)
* Widowmaker Bourbon Hopped Russian Imperial Stout (2pm release)

Filling Station Microbrewery
Prague Bohemian Pilsner
Dalilah IPA
* Einbeck Doppelbock
Corktown Stout

Founders Brewing Co.
Centennial IPA
All Day IPA
Red’s Rye PA
Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale
Spite Pepper Ale
* Frangelic Mountain Brown
* KBS Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
* Blushing Monk Belgian Raspberry Ale
* CBS Maple Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
* Curmudgeon’s Better Half
* Bolt Cutter Barley Wine

Frankenmuth Brewery
Batch 69 IPA
Hefeweizen Ale
Red Sky Irish Red Ale
Harvest Ale Fresh Hopped Pale Ale
Munich Dunkel

Grand Rapids Brewing Co.
Silver Foam Organic Export Lager
Rosalyn Bliss’s Blonde Organic Mango Blonde Ale
Senator Lyon’s Stout Organic Dry Stout
The John Ball Brown Organic Nut Brown Ale
The Fish Ladder Organic American IPA
Old Kent’s Dubbel Organic Belgian Dubbel
Menage A Trois Organic India Brown Ale (collaboration with Brewery Vivant)

Great Baraboo Brewing Co.
Disintegrator Winter-Bock
Boston Blackstone Porter
Heartland Hoppy Pale Ale
Snake Eye Canyon Red Ale

Greenbush Brewing Co.
Distorter Porter
Anger Black IPA
Mammoth Weizenbock
Ursus Winter Olde Ale
Retribution Belgian Hybrid
1825 Belgian Strong
Isole Belgian Dubbel
Hollow Promises Wheat IPA
Barrel Aged Hyde
Barrel Aged Retribution
Barrel Aged Ursus
Barrel Aged Terminator X
Barrel Aged It’s My Porter And I’ll Rye If I Want To
Delusion Imperial Cream Stout
Barrel Aged LTD
Barrel Aged Vanderbush
Barrel Aged Mincemeat Porter
Barrel Aged Cabra Perdida
Barrel Aged Dystopia
Barrel Aged Distorter
Barrel Aged Isole
Pain Imperial Cream Stout
Dystopia Russian Imperial Stout
Cabra Perdida Imperial Blueberry Stout
Rage Double Black IPA
Brother Benjamin Imperial IPA with local hops
Unicorn Killer Pumpkin Ale
Insufficient Kitchen Double Brown Ale
Mincemeat Porter
Mr. Hyde Sumatran Cream Stout
Norton the 2nd Imperial IPA
Chai Life Jewish Strong Ale
Heath Lager Smoked Lager
Big Brown Bock
Rick Dazzle Chili Pepper Porter
I Love You Pete Barleywine
Dojo Pony Wasabi IPA
Little John Double Chocolate Stout
Zack De La Rojo Mexican Hop Chocolate
Nanook Imperial White Lightning
Warb’s Nuts Black Saison with Hazelnut
Ann Curry Porter
Quatre Epete Quad IPA
Peterhosen Elderflower Ale
Eh to Zed Maple Brown
Damn Dirty Ape Banana Porter
Peter’s Cotton Tail Spice Beer
Tootsie Scotch Ale

Grizzly Peak Brewing Co.
Little Giant Lager
Final Repose Ale
Burton-Brussels Express Wood-aged English IPA
Edwyn’s Warm-up Ale Strong Pale Ale
Empire Farm Dry-hopped Pale Ale

Harmony Brewing Co.
Winter Nights By Danielle Steel Winter Warmer
Cross Roads Rye PA
Fiddle Stix IPA
Battle Imperial White IPA
Golden Lion Tamarin Pale Mild
Star Stuff Belgian Dubbel
Deep End Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Hideout Brewing Co.
Gangster IPA
Smuggler’s Hazelnut Stout (nitro)
Aviator Pale Ale
Tommy Gun Red (nitro)
* Double Dark Double IPA Batch 500 (nitro)
Silky Smooth Cream Ale
Dark Roast Hazelnut Stout (nitro)
Lover’s Chocolate Milk Stout (nitro)
Chocolate Rye
9AM Hazelnut IPA
Nitro Hazelnut Breakfast IPA
* Imperial Boozehound Brown (nitro)
* Bacon Brown Ale
Espresso Milk Stout
Strawberry Brown Ale

Umamba Sour Schwarzbier
Panthro Baltic Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels
Frangelico Oil Rigger Imperial Stout
Blambic Wild Ale with blueberries and blackberries
Axis: Sour As Love AKA Jean Claude Van Dammit! Oude Bruin
Menage A Trois Indian Brown Ale (collaboration with Brewery Vivant)

Jaden James Brewery
Cream Ale
India Pale Ale
Black IPA
Tri-Power Triple IPA
Imperial Russian Stout

Jameport Brewing Co.
Carr Creek IPA
Mocha Java Porter
Shirley Weizenbock

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
La Roja Sour Flemish Ale
Bam Noire Dark Sour Farmhouse Ale

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.
Fluffer Session IPA
* Michigan Mud Coffee Coco Vanilla Imperial Stout
Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale
Rye Guy
Simcoe Silly Belgian IPA
** Raspberry Eisbock
* Fourth Dementia Barrel Aged Olde Ale
* A Few Shillings Too Many Wee Heavy

Liberty Street Brewing Co.
Brewers Garden IPA
Emperor Norton Imperial Stout
Punkin’ Pie Ale
Starkweather Stout
Liberty One Robust Porter

Lily’s Seafood
Propeller Island Pilsner
Reggies French River Red
Sven & Ollie’s IPA
Round Island Rye
Big Shoal Bay Brown
A. Strange Oatmeal Stout

The Livery
McGilligan’s American IPA
Basket Case Imperial Chocolate, Rye, Oat, Milk Stout
Agent 99 Belgian Quad
SMaSH Summit American IPA
Double Paw Double IPA
* Barrel Aged 33 1/3 Lager
* Barrel Aged Verchousity Dark Trippel
* Barrel Aged Bastard Cousin Stout

Michigan Beer Cellar
Black Magic RyPA
Top Secret IPA
7 Seas IPA
Double Top Secret Imperial IPA
English IPA
Honey Maple Winter Wheat
Not Old Enough Old Ale
Wild Card RIP Russian Imperial Stout
Cellar Joy Porter
Imperial Gem Pilsner
Uncle Krunkle’s Dunkelweizen
Michigan Sunshine Wit Beer

Midland Brewing Co.
Responsibly Pilsner
3 Mile Marker Hefe Weizen
Copper Harbor Copper Ale
Midland Pale Ale
Brothers IPA
Red Keg Amber Ale
Lumberjack Lager
Jenny’s Nut Brown Ale
Pine River Smoked Porter
Dublin Street Stout

MIP Brewing
SNO Belgian White
AXL Pale Ale
BRIK Irish Red
JET Black Pale Ale

The Mitten Brewing Co.
Country Strong IPA
Death to Flying Things Bourbon Imperial Stout
Milk Wilcox Sweet Stout
Black Betsy American Stout
Sparky’s ESB

Motor City Brewing Works
Winter Ale
Hard Cider

Mount Pleasant Brewing Co.
Train Wreck Amber
Crazy Train Black IPA
Coal Stoker’s Blackberry Ale
Peach Gruit
Railyard Raspberry Wheat
Steam Engine Stout
Iron Horse IPA
Sacred Gruit
Impervious Imperial Stout
Belgian IPA
Belgian Train Wreck
Belgian Tripple
Acclimation IPA
Hoptimal IPA
Big Kowalski 12.8 Saison
Bourbon Barrel Train Wreck
Bourbon Barrel Steam Engine Stout
Sensessional Session IPA
Love Potion
Mystery Brew

New Holland Brewing Co.
Cabin Fever Brown Ale
The Poet Oatmeal Stout
Sundog Amber Ale
Mad Hatter IPA
MI Nightmare Sour Ale
* Envious Oak Aged Ale
* Dragon’s Milk Barrel Aged Stout
Full Circle Kolsch
Night Tripper Imperial Stout
Water Sign IPA
Monkey King Saison
* Four Witches Black Saison
Imperial Hatter
Paleooza MI Pale Ale
* Rum Dragon’s Milk Barrel Aged Stout
Mad Hatter Firkin

North Peak Production Brewery
Dopple Schlam Hoppy Dopplebock
Diabolical IPA
Siren Amber Ale
Nomad Hard Cider

Odd Side Ales
Bourbon Barrel Aged Citra Pale Ale
Bourbon Barrel Aged Mayan Mocha Stout
Derlicte Pineapple IPA
Bean Flicker Blonde
Fussy IPA
Java Chip Mint Stout
Fat Bottom IPA
Mushroom Brews
Albino Stout
Simcoe Sensation Session IPA
Dutch Chocolade Koffie Stout

Old Boys’ Brewhouse
Connor’s Kolsch
Bad Rap Apple Ale
Dogtail IPA
Kennel King Imperial IPA
Shut-Up Jason Imperial Brown
Kiss My Haggis Scotch Ale
Nutsack Chocolate/Peanut Stout
Old Boys’ Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Olde Peninsula Brewpub
Razberry Wheat
Stout Chocula
Gingerbread Porter
Ghost of Stout Chocula

Ore Dock Brewing Co.
Dream Weaver Belgian Amber Ale
Saison d’Hiver Imperial Black Saison
Belgian Blonde
Ore Dock IPA
Ski Bum American Style Wheat
Winter Wit Imperial Belgian Witbier
Rye Stout

Original Gravity Brewing Co.
Southpaw IPA
440 Pepper Smoker
* Bellywasher Scotch Ale
Primordial Porter
2-Wheeler Witbier

Our Brewing Co.
Foreign Market Ale
Toasted Coconut Porter
Andes Mint Milk Stout
Martas Farmhouse Ale
Dutch Tourn Brown Ale

Paw Paw Brewing Co.
Right Paw Imperial Stout
Jake’s Vanilla Porter
Coconut Porter
Black River Oatmeal Stout
St. James English
KVA Extra Pale
Black Talon Black IPA

Perrin Brewing Co.
Golden Ale
Vanilla Imperial Stout
Black Lager
* Bourbon Barrel Double Black Lager
Raspberry Blond
Double IPA
* Bourbon Barrel Rye Wine
* Bourbon Barrel Nut Brown

Petoskey Brewing Co.
Horny Monk Belgian Ale
North 45 Amber Ale
Tucker’s Pale Ale
Mind’s Eye PA
Dark Knight Black IPA
Snowbird Wheat Ale
BaDonka Dunkel
Hopsessed Double IPA
* Stink Fist Triple IPA

Pike 51 Brewing Co.
The Kush IPA
Sabotage Milk Stout with Coffee
Sinister Kid Imperial Porter
Knight’s on Mastadons Imperial Brown Ale with Coffee
Batch 51 Rye Wine
Mojo Hand Single Hop Black IPA
Cherry Triple

Redwood Brewing Co.
American Stout
Sow Yer Oats Oatmeal Stout
Winter Warmer

Right Brain Brewery
Second Coming Imperial IPA
Igor Takes A Digger Imperial Brown
North Paw – collaboration with Paw Paw
Kelapa Porter – collaboration with Paw Paw
Naughty Girl Stout
CEO Stout
Fat Lad Imperial Stout
Debauchery Wheat Wine
Thai Peanut Amber
Looping Owl Amber aged in whiskey barrels
Steve the Imperial Brown aged in whiskey barrels
Mangalitsa Pig Porter
Shadow Watcher Stout
Strawberry Fields
Pecan Bourbon Pie Whole Amber Ale
Dead Kettle IPA

Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Lazy Daze Lager
Wit’s Organic
Paint Creek Porter
Milkshake Stout
Rochester Red
Cornerstone IPA
Snow Dazed Winter Warmer
Bourbon Barrel Rochester Red
Bourbon Barrel Milkshake Stout
Bourbon Barrel Snow Dazed
Vanilla Coffee Milkshake Stout Firkin
Chocolate Cherry Milkshake Stout Firkin

Rockford Brewing Co.
Rockford Country Ale
Sheehan’s Irish Stout
Rogue River Brown
Hoplust IPA

Wheat Hopper dry-hopped American Wheat

Round Barn Brewery
Vanilla Cream Stout
Christmas Coffee Porter
Belgian Dubbel
Peach Fuzz Pale Ale
Grape Expectations
Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout
Maharaja Black IPA

Royal Oak Brewery
90 Shilling Scotch Ale
Great White IPA
Snowdrift Winter Ale
Count Zaroff’s Imperial Stout
Uli Kunkel’s Coconut Crème Porter

Saugatuck Brewing Co.
Singapore IPA
Reverent Monk Belgian Style Tripple
ESB Amber
Pathfinder Pale Ale
Neapolitan Milk Stout
Serrano Pepper Ale
Bon Fire Brown
Hop on a Blonde
Hop Scotch Double Hopped Scotch Ale
Double Black Double Hopped Black Ale
Dramanatrix Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout Firkin (tapping @ 1pm)

Schmohz Brewing Co.
Kiss My Scottish Arse
Mad Tom’s Robust Porter
Hopknocker Imperial IPA
Bone Crusher American Stout
Gypsy’s Kiss Bock
Caraway Rye Ale
Treasure Chest ESB
Gingerbread Brown Ale
Zingiberene Gruit

Sherwood Brewing Co.
Buxom BlonDDe Ale
Mistress Jades Hemp Ale
Black Tornado Hop Stout
Darth Lager
Houlihan’s Irish Stout
BlonDDeZilla American IPA
Black Jack Hazelnut Coffee Stout
Pink Elephant Oak Aged Strong Spiced Ale (2pm release)

Short’s Brewing Co.
Gingersnap English Brown Ale
Bourbon Wizard Barrel Aged Barleywine
Bonafide Legit American IPA
Bourbon Goodnight Bodacious Barrel Aged Double India Black Ale
Bourbon Huma Lupa Licious
Good Feller Imperial American IPA
Lil Wheezy Heavily Hopped Amber Ale
Juicy Tree Experimental IPA
Abnormal Genius Experimental Golden Ale
Carob Stout Imperial Stout
Huma Lupa Licious IPA
Liberator Double American IPA
Woodmaster Experimental Brown Ale
Evil Urges Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Cup A Joe Coffee Stout
Stray Cat Street Fighting for the Devil Experimental Old Ale

Tri City Brewing Co.
Hell’s Half Mile Munich Helles
Torchon Belgian Pale Ale
Giant Slayer Russian Imperial Stout
* Dragon Slayer Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Strong Belgian Dark
Scotch Ale
Mon Tressor Belgian Lavendar Tripel

Vander Mill
Totally Roasted Hard Cider
Blue Gold Hard Cider
Chapman’s Golden Strong Ale
Chapman’s Blend Hard Cider
Finder’s Keepers Cyser
Hard Apple Cider

Walldorff Brewpub
Honey Oat Brown Porter
* 500
Creme Brulee Java Stout
Bee Sting Honey Rye
Hopnoxxxious IPA
Cobains Double Dark IPA

White Flame Brewing Co.
Black Flame Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Passed Out Willy Double IPA
Bourbon Barrel Black Sheep
Big Willy Barrel Aged Double IPA
Super G IPA
P.O.P. Porter
Black Sheep Black IPA
Double Tap Hoppy Pale Ale

Witch’s Hat Brewing Co.
Train Hopper IPA
Barrel Aged Train Hopper
Big Doedish Double IPA
Night Fury Imperial Stout
* Bourbon Barrel Night Fury
Tuscan Coffee Stout
* Bourbon Barrel After X-Mas Belgian Strong
Royal Rumble Double Red with Blood Oranges
Demon Cleaner Belgian Tripel
Edward’s Portly Brown
Sir Edward’s Double Brown
Fear Of The Dark Black Barley Wine
1908 Smoked American Wheat

Wolverine State Brewing Co.
Premium Lager
Dark Lager
Amber Lager
Gulo Gulo India Pale Lager
Barista Brown Lager with Coffee
Massacre Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Dark Lager

Woodward Avenue Brewers – a.k.a. The WAB
WABatt Blue Canadian Pilsner
Raspberry Blonde
Custom Porter
Vanilla Porter
Juniper Pale Ale
Bout Stout Oak Aged Russian Imperial Stout
Glutenless Maximus IPA
Detroit Maiden IPA



  • Brian says:

    What is up with multi-token beers?

    • Eric Briggeman says:

      Not every beer costs the same when sold to the Guild, so the more expensive beers we have decided to require more than one token for. Much the same way your local brewery does not charge the same price for a pint of their Pale Ale as they do for their Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.

      • Robert Geiger says:

        They don’t however, charge double or triple.

        • Eric Briggeman says:

          Robert: Actually, that is EXACTLY how we guaged that. Beers that cost the Guild double what a standard Pale Ale cost on average we made 2 token pours. Beers that cost over triple what an average Pale Ale costs we made 3 token pours. So you have incorrect knowledge.

  • Robert Geiger says:

    This would be GREAT as a pdf. I like to plan my tasting experience.

  • Robert Geiger says:

    Apparently my local brewery has “incorrect knowledge” as well. A pint of pale ale there is $4.50 while a pint of the barrel aged Baltic porter is $5.50. Thanks for setting me straight, I’ll pass along the information.

    • Eric Briggeman says:

      I am talking about the Guild’s cost for the kegs. So if you want to do $.50 token math, we charge $2.67 for a pint of “average” price beer – or $.50 per sample (which would include both Pale Ale and Baltic Porter), and then we would charge $5.33 for a pint of “premium” priced beer – or $1.00 per sample. Now these are not style specific…every brewery charges different prices for their kegs. I don’t think it is unreasonable to expect to give an extra token for your favorite brewery’s rare, vintage, or barrel-aged beers. I hope you, and others, can understand that. I would more than willing to discuss it at length in person if you feel the need.

  • Rob Putman says:

    Hey Eric,

    Will you guys be releasing the program in advance like you have done in the past?


    • Eric Briggeman says:

      That is our plan… still waiting on beer lists from a couple breweries, but if we can get it online we will.

  • Phillip Hansen says:

    Has something changed from the past iterations of this event to today other than the event becoming more costly to attend? Overall prices of tickets has been set. The budget set by the guild should be set as well. There should be no variation in the ‘cost’ of each beer due to the initial incoming revenue being fixed at the time of the event. Additional sales of tokens should be seen as profit to the Guild and should not be a source to be relied upon (i.e., the only means) of which the Guild generates positive revenue for putting on this event. Charging additional tokens for perceived ‘rare’ beers only discourages individuals from trying beers that they otherwise would not have an opportunity to try. If this is the goal, then this policy should be seen as being successful. as it currently stands, the economics do not seem to align with the strategy.

    • Eric Briggeman says:

      Phillip, we do budget for our revenues and expenses, and this event has become more costly to produce. We don’t limit the brewery on the dollar value of the kegs that they sell to us, but rather on the volume. We have a formula that we use to make sure we have enough beer for the bodies that will be in attendance. Over the past several years it has been increasingly popular for breweries to bring more beers that cost them more to produce, which in turn means they sell them to us (through beer distributors) at an increased price as well. This concept creates an incredible list of beers at our events, but also a growing expense for beer on the P&L. I’m sorry that you feel the way that you do. I’m assuming by your comments that you don’t like to try small batch, high-gravity, or barrel-aged beers at local breweries because they charge more for them… With that point of view you will be missing out on some incredible beers!

      • Phillip Hansen says:


        You completely missed my point and also failed to address the simple economics of the fixed nature of the ticket prices and revenue coming into the Guild, and instead chose to focus on my consumer behavior (which was incorrect). The event is more costly to produce, as you stated, and ticket prices have remained constant. Cheers to you and the Guild for not increasing prices, as fixing ticket prices naturally leads to a drag on P&L as costs increase. At the same time, however, as with any profit-making venture, this should naturally lead to a balance of costly beer and beer that is sold to the Guild at a lower price per ounce, relatively speaking, so that your ‘formula’ still remains intact. With prices fixed, charging more tokens has no impact on your P&L in this instance. Additional funds are not coming into the Guild. Instead, you are creating a situation where individuals will line up for the incredible offerings that Greenbush, Dark Horse, or Shorts is offering (as three examples) for the single token required for each and every one of their beers. The main goal of the Guild and with all of your events is to allow for individuals to try many offerings that are not (or rarely) offered either at the particular brewery or elsewhere. Charging additional tokens for certain ‘more expensive’ offerings discourages this practice. Simply limiting the amount of the expensive beer (to the 3 oz. pour restriction, as stated at the top of the listing) for a single token both satisfies the goal of allowing the most individuals to try the most ‘expensive’ offerings, and also allows for individuals to try more offerings throughout the event. In the end, revenue remains constant either way to the Guild. Charging multiple tokens for beers where the end consumer does not recognize an inherent difference in cost out of pocket encourages individuals to bring their extra tokens from previous Guild events to forgo spending more to buy additional tokens.

        • Eric Briggeman says:

          Phillip, it doesn’t sound like there is much of an issue then. We have not raised ticket prices recently as you’ve pointed out, although you asked in your last post “has something changed… other than the event becoming more costly to attend.” I also like the concept of bringing back tokens from old festivals because it prevents people from having to buy more tokens to sample the multi-token beers, plus it keeps the Guild from having to buy more due to people not bringing them back to each festival to use (they are quite expensive). And lastly, I hope it will cause people to line up for a lot of the single token beers… in addition to all the rare and barrel-aged beers. These events have a TON of beer that people have never heard of and never tried, so this is the perfect opportunity to sample beers from new breweries and brewpubs. All of our beer festivals are designed to be tasting events, hoping for people to get 3oz pours of everything they try. We only offer the full 6oz glass as an option for those times when you want to grab some food and have more than a small sample to drink. I’m sorry that you disagree with this concept. I hope it doesn’t discourage you from sampling everything that you would like to try, but if by chance it does there are almost 600 beers that will only cost 1 token. If you would like to stop by the Festival office during the event I would be more than happy to discuss it further.

  • AJ says:

    It’s disappointing that people will complain about absolutely anything. I’m a big fan of having the choice of spending an extra token or two to taste a special/rare beer. I’d imagine the other option is to not have such beers at the fest at all. If you’re opposed to spending multiple tokens on a beer, there’s still a ridiculous number of good beers available.

    • Eric Briggeman says:

      AJ, thank you for your comments. And you are correct, there are a RIDICULOUS number of 1-token beers available!

  • Nicole Lewis says:

    print-friendly version soon, please!! Also–where can my friend find info about DD tickets?

  • Dan says:

    Last year, there were a ridiculous amount of 1-token beers also. ALL OF THEM. I was more of a big fan of that.

  • Don says:

    Is this the first time there have been multiple token beers? Was there a notification of this before ticket sales? I love the beer fest…….just wondering….

  • Michael Vought says:

    Hi Eric – Are we allowed to bring a backpack in with water and/or food? I’ve been trying to find information on the website about what is allowed, but haven’t thus far. Thanks!

    And for what it’s worth – don’t lose sleep over the “one” guy complaining. I think it’s an incredible opportunity to sample beers from all over Michigan at a very reasonable cost. He would probably still complain if you were giving it away. It seems some breweries have even opted to sell you kegs at a very cheap (compared to normal) cost. Greenbush for example (I’m sure there are others) has all their beers listed as 1 token – and I know theses are not all “1 token” beers to produce.

    • Eric Briggeman says:

      Yes you can bring a backpack and water/food. Just no glass or alcohol. Thanks for the comments…I hope you enjoy yourself at the Festival! Cheers

  • Angela Bellsux says:

    Call me crazy, but the festival is less than a week away and people are scrounging around for basic information to no avail. Since this is such a large event, the information must be out there. Where can I find it? All I’ve come up with is the “survivors guide” and shuttle information. I’m looking for info on the number of tokens you get for the $40, table set up, your typical FAQ.

  • Brynn sexton says:

    Are there tickets still available to attend?

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