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Michigan Winter Beer Festival Dates Announced for 2010

Fifth Annual Event to be Held Outside at Fifth Third Ballpark, February 27

WHO: Michigan Brewers Guild (40+ microbrewery members featuring 200+ craft beers)

WHAT: 5th Annual Winter Beer Festival

WHERE: Fifth-Third Ballpark – Comstock Park (just north of downtown Grand Rapids)

WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 2010 (Noon-5pm). MBG Enthusiast Members are admitted one hour before the general public, at 11am.
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WHY: To celebrate Michigan’s craft beer industry and the winter season!

INFO: Tickets are available now for $35 in advance at, at the Fifth-Third Ballpark box office and at participating Guild member breweries. If any tickets remain, they’ll be available at the gate the day of, for $40 each. Ticket includes admission and 15 tasting tokens.

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  • mybeerisgood says:

    I have been to the Winter Fest the last two years and the one big problem both years was not enough restrooms. Last year was better that the first year at the Ball Park but it was still a huge problem. I waited in line for up to 45 minutes which is way to long. People generally use the restroom more often when out in the cold so even more are needed just for that reason. I went to the Summer Fest for the first time this past summer and never had to wait in line for the restroom. I have friends that went to the Winter Fest last year but will not go this year because of the restroom issue. I hope that this problem is resolved this year.


  • mybeerisgood – thank you for your comment. There will be more “Ameri-cans” as we call them, this year. I apologize for the inconvenience the past couple years. We thought we fixed the problem last year by ordering more porta-johns per person than we have at the Summer Festival. Unfortunately it has taken us a couple festivals to figure out that the reason it still wasn’t enough is not because people “go” more often in the winter, it’s because it takes everyone 4 times as long to un-do and then re-do their clothing. They just don’t turn as fast as they do in warmer weather. We have a bunch more ordered and I am planning to not have the same problem again. Please tell your friends that they won’t encounter the same issue again if they would like to come back.

    Eric Briggeman, President

  • David says:

    That’s a good fix….I remember the same the last two years too! I hope the layout is the same as last year (parking lot) because that kicked $#* over walking the ups and downs in the stadium-plus you can’t really have a bonfire in the stadium upper deck! See every beer fan soon…

  • Kelly says:

    Are tokens from last year’s festival still honored as you have done in the past?

    Happy to hear there will be more portapotties!

  • John says:

    Where can I find a list of the Breweries and Craft Beers that will be at this years festival? Last year there was a list on this website, but this year I can’t find one.

  • Yes, you can use tokens from any of the 4 Brewers Guild festivals.

    A list of the participating breweries and beers will be posted in early to mid February.

  • Kevin says:

    Dear MGB Staff:
    For Winter Beer Fest, have you considered having a separate tent just for “warming” or shelter?
    If the weather gets bad (like it did at HarvestFest), everyone takes cover in the tents, and you can’t tell who is in line for beer sampling and who just wants to get out of the inclement weather…..
    Just a thought…can’t wait until Feb 27th! 🙂

  • Robin says:

    Just wondering if you can purchase tokens for tastings.. there looks to be a lot of beers I would like to try!

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