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The Sweet Taste of Michigan Craft Beer

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Craft beer enthusiasts are passionate about Michigan brews…and February is the perfect time to fall in love with rich, chocolaty and fruity beers. As you head out with your sweetheart this year for Valentine’s Day, consider ordering up a pint of one of these deliciously romantic Michigan made libations.

ARBOR BREWING COMPANY, Ann Arbor

Espresso Love (7.5%ABV | 15 IBUs). Oatmeal and 20 pounds of fresh roasted 100% fair-trade coffee, from the nearby Ugly Mug Café Brewed, contribute to a mildly chalky espresso character balanced by a rich, sweet creamy maltiness. The coffee finish dissolves into chocolate, with a slight roasty bitterness. Pairs well with desserts, especially dark chocolate, raspberries, and cheesecake.

ARCADIA ALES, Battle Creek

Cocoa Loco Triple Chocolate Stout (7% ABV | 39 IBUs). This award-winning beer gets its rich flavor from Simpson Chocolate, Weyerman Chocolate and Crisp Chocolate malts. The addition of lactose lends the beer a creamy quality- not unlike a milkshake- while the Blackstrap Molasses adds rich, burnt, syrupy flavors.  Flavors of baker’s chocolate and espresso dominate, while rich malty flavors and a subtle kiss of hops add nice balance, making this a truly one-of-a-kind BIG beer.

BELL’S BREWERY, Galesburg / Kalamazoo  

Smitten Golden Rye Ale (6.0% ABV | 42 IBUs). This spring seasonal offers rustic flavors from rye malt combined with citrusy, resinous hop aroma from Pacific Northwest varieties to create a crisp, refreshing take on the classic pale ale.

BREWERY TERRA FIRMA, Traverse City

Ancho Chili Dutch Double Chocolate Porter (5.3% ABV). There’s a special magic that happens between chilies and chocolate that was first utilized in ancient Latin America and still weaves its spell today. Ancho Chili Dutch Double Chocolate Porter showcases the perfect balance of chili flavor and warmth combined with dark chocolate. This is not a hot pepper beer – the warmth from the chilies builds slowly, enhancing the character of the beer without becoming dominant. Far from being a novelty beer, the richness of chocolate malts and Dutch cocoa combined with the deep, smoky flavor imparted by whole Ancho chilies while the beer is conditioning will keep them coming back for more.

ETERNITY BREWING, Howell

Imperial Cocoa Cherry (9% ABV | 80 IBUs). This robust imperial stout is like chocolate covered cherries in a glass, complete with a kiss of cherry sweetness—like a loving embrace. This beer will pair well with all of your Valentine’s Day desserts.

FOUNDERS BREWING COMPANY, Grand Rapids

Founders Porter (6.5% ABV | 45 IBUs). Described as “Dark, Rich and Sexy,” this beer pours silk black with a creamy tan head. The nose is sweet with a strong chocolate and caramel malt presence and no absence of hops gives this beer the full flavor you deserve and expect…it’s cozy like velvet. This 2010 World Beer Cup silver medalist is described as “a lover, not a fighter.”

GRAVEL BOTTOM BREWERY, Ada

Lion Heart (6.8% ABV | 36 IBUs). Forget the box of chocolates, let your lover’s sweet tooth indulge in the Lion Heart, an amorous robust porter made even more sensual with the addition of raspberry puree and cacao nibs. Luscious chocolate notes balance against the coffee and roast malt profile with accents of fruity tartness from the raspberry.

Susie Q (4.9% ABV | 16 IBUs). What’s better than a bouquet of flowers for your craft beer sweetheart? A bouquet of flavor from Susie Q, a cream ale brewed with hibiscus and rose hips. Soft smelling as a rose and light as a sunny day, Susie Q exhibits light malt sweetness which transitions to delicate citrus and floral flavors of the rose and hibiscus.

HARMONY BREWING, Grand Rapids  

Winter Nights (8% ABV) – the toasted aroma, smooth maltiness and slight chocolate and coffee notes give this winter warmer the tools to keep you and your loved one warm on a cold winter night!

JOLLY PUMPKIN, Dexter / Ann Arbor / Detroit / Traverse City

iO Saison (6.8% ABV). Part of the Baudelaire series, this beer will capture the hearts of art and artisan beer lovers alike. Drawn in by the historic elegance of the label design and then held tight by the rapture of flavors, it will be released in limited quantities. iO Saison is brewed in a lovely fashion, with rose hips, rose petals and hibiscus. Yet, don’t be easily deceived by her looks, for like love – she can be oh so dangerous. Available in late February.

LAKE CHARLEVOIX BREWING COMPANY, Charlevoix

Love Fuel (3% ABV | 6 IBUs). This raspberry Berlinerweiss looks like pink lemonade and smells like a fresh combination of fruit and German yeast with a tasty, bubbly flavor.

MOUNTAIN TOWN STATION, Mount Pleasant

Doctor Love (8% ABV | 18 IBUs). This imperial red ale with ale brewed with eight different invigorating herbs and a touch of flavor hops.

Love Potion #8 (7.5% ABV | 32 IBUs). This double chocolate stout is brewed with four different invigorating herbs, to get the blood flowing.

Sacred Gruit (5.8% ABV | 4 IBUs). The flagship gruit brewed with 3 different herbs that stimulate the mind, create euphoria and enhance sexual drive. For a little added fun, try the Peach Gruit, with peace juice added.

Chocolate Vibrant Stout (9% ABV). This imperial stout is full of flavor from chocolate, with aphrodisiacal herbs added for her pleasure.

NEWAYGO BREWING CO., Newaygo

Sweetheart Stout (5.8% ABV | 35 IBUs). This oatmeal stout is blended in three steps, with pureed raspberries.

NEW HOLLAND BREWING COMPANY, Holland

The Poet (5.2% ABV | 37 IBUs). This is a romantic offering for Valentine’s Day. This beer reveals a rich, smooth malt character enveloped in tones of roast and chocolate. A soft mouth-feel brings luxurious flavors and a soothing aroma. The Poet is as versatile as it is delicious – the perfect accent to any chocolate dessert.

NORTH PEAK BEER, Dexter / Detroit

Dubious Black Chocolate Stout (5.3% ABV | 50 IBUs). Sporting its “giant man-eating beaver” icon, this beer pays homage to Northern Michigan’s Beaver Island. This beer has the perfect combination of chocolate with roast and black malts, resulting in a smooth and rich beer. Judicious use of hops brings out a complex, yet subtle bittering, finished off with a big Goldings nose. This swirl of aroma, flavor and body is underscored by the rich, dark chocolate that is added at the end of the boil.

OUR BREWING COMPANY, Holland

Shot Through the Heart (9.5% ABV | 30 IBUs). This imperial porter is aged on cacao nibs, giving it a big, smooth, malty sweetness, with notes of dark chocolate, dried fruit and caramel.

ROCHESTER MILLS BEER CO., Rochester / Auburn Hills

Milkshake Stout (5.3% ABV | 20 IBUs). The combination of four different malts, along with a low hop level creates a deep dark beer featuring rich, roasted, malt flavors. The addition of lactose (milk sugar) adds complexity, body, and a residual sweetness lending a smooth creamy texture to this full-flavored brew. Once a seasonal offering in the pub, now prominently featured in state-wide distribution due to popular demand.

Paint Creek Porter (6.0% ABV | 21 IBUs). This pub-only offering is a robust beer that features a rich, velvety chocolate malt flavor that will compliment any chocolate dessert.

ROCKFORD BREWING, Rockford

Hoplust IPA (7.1% ABV | 70 IBUs). A profoundly hoppy hand-crafted American IPA, with a proprietary blend of six different hop varieties for a unique flavor experience. An intense bouquet of fresh hops will greet you on the nose, followed by the bursting tropical, citrus and piney flavors on your palette. The approach to this IPA is to focus more toward satisfying the craving for hop flavor than bitterness.

SHORTS BREWING, Bellaire

Hot Loins. A beer brewed with aphrodisiacs: Pomegranate, vanilla, honey and the most powerful aphrodisiac of all time – Tongat Ali – aka long jack.

Love Knife (6.7% ABV – 45 IBU) is a brownish red Belgian ale that explodes with aromas of strawberry, banana, and nectarine. Malt sweetness is quite low, allowing for the fruit flavors to be apparent throughout the beer.

Of course, there are countless other beers to LOVE…and the best is the one in your hand. Hopefully, that’s locally-crafted here in Michigan!

About the Michigan Brewers Guild

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 200+ 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 Michigan craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025.

MBG Announces 2016 Festival Dates

The Michigan Brewers Guild (MBG) has announced its 2016 festival schedule. With the exception of the UP Fall Beer Festival in September, the festivals are scheduled for the fourth Saturday (and the Friday before) of their respective months. Details about each festival are posted online at MiBeer.com.

Enthusiast Members are entitled to ticket pre-sale dates and one-hour early admission before the general public to all Guild festivals. For information and to purchase (or renew) a membership, click here.

February 26-27, 2016 (#MiWBF16)
Michigan Winter Beer Festival
Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park (Grand Rapids)
Tickets on Sale:  Now (Saturday: SOLD OUT)

July 22-23, 2016 (#MiSBF16)
Michigan Summer Beer Festival
Riverside Park – Historic Depot Town, Ypsilanti
Enthusiast Presale Tickets: Tuesday, April 26 at Midnight through Wednesday, April 27 at 11:59pm
General Tickets on Sale: Thursday, April 28 at 10am

September 10, 2016 (#UPFBF16)
UP Fall Beer Festival
Mattson Lower Harbor Park, Marquette
Enthusiast Presale Tickets: Tuesday, June 21 at Midnight through Wednesday, June 22 at 11:59pm.
General Tickets on Sale: Thursday, June 23 at 10am

October 21-22, 2016 (#DFBF16)
Detroit Fall Beer Festival
Eastern Market, Detroit
Enthusiast Presale Tickets: Tuesday, August 2 at Midnight through Wednesday, August 3 at 11:59pm.
General Tickets on Sale: Thursday, August 4 at 10am

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 (a number that increases almost on a monthly basis).

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.

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.”

Michigan Brewers Guild Announces 2016 Board of Directors

The Michigan Brewers Guild recently elected its 2016 Board of Directors at its annual meeting, January 13, at the Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel. Each board position is a two-year term, elected in alternating years (4, 3).

The conference was a record-breaker in many ways for the organization, with more than 450 attendees and nearly 60 vendors in the allied member Trade Show. The Guild also reported a record 201 member breweries during the Annual Meeting—an increase of 53 members since the previous January.

This year, four people were elected to the Guild board:

  • Ryan Cottongim, Owner of Witch’s Hat in South Lyon, was elected to his first term on the board, and will serve as the organization’s secretary.
  • Ron Jeffries, Owner of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in Dexter, was elected to his fifth term on the board during the history of the organization. He was a founding board member, serving from the organization’s formation in 1998 through 2003, and again in 2007-2008.
  • Scott Newman-Bale, Vice President of Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, continues to serve as Treasurer, was reelected to his fourth term and will once again serve as the organization’s treasurer.
  • Kristy Smith, Partner at Axle Brewing Co. in Royal Oak, was elected to her first term on the board.

Additional board members include:

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 201 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.

Canning Michigan Craft Beer

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The “official” birthday of the beer can is January 24, 1935—the day cans of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale first went on sale in Richmond, VA. According to Brewery Collectibles Club of America, “the beer can really made its debut some 14 months earlier—just before the repeal of Prohibition” when the American Can company engineered a workable beer can.

Some 85 years prior to the introduction of the beer can in America, Bernhard Stroh emigrated from Kirn, German toIMG_9668 establish a brewery in Detroit in 1850 called Lion’s Head Brewery, according to the company’s website. After his passing in 1882, his sons Julius and Bernhard Jr. expanded the company, first calling it the B. Stroh Brewing Company and later the Stroh Brewery Company.

During Prohibition, they operated under the name The Stroh Products Company (producing near beer with its alcohol extracted, birch beer, malt products, soft drinks and ice cream). After the Repeal of Prohibition in 1933, beer was once again the focus…and within a short period of time, canned beer was introduced.

In 1964, Stroh’s began its expansion with a buyout of the Goebel Brewing Company and in the years that followed, they acquired the rights to several other brands including Schaefer, Schlitz, Old Milwaukee and G. Heileman Brewing Company’s “Old Style”—a canned beer that was made in nearby Frankenmuth.

By the early 1980s, the Detroit-based Stroh’s was the third largest brewing enterprise in America but that title was short lived. In the mid-1980s, production ceased and the brand products were sold to Pabst Brewing Company.

Frankenmuth has been home to many breweries over its history, since being settled in 1845. In addition to G. Heileman, there was Cass River Brewery (which became Geyer Bros. Brewing Company), Carling Brewing Company, Carling-National, Frankenmuth Brewing Company and Frankenmuth Brewery—many of which produced beer in cans.

The first beverage cans were flat topped cans made of tin, opened with a church key that left triangular punctures in the lid through which the beer was poured. Next, low profile or j-spout cone top cans with crimped caps (similar to the caps used on bottled beer today) were introduced.

By the early 1940s, cans still representing only 10 percent of the beer market share—despite the fact that they were easily discarded, there was no deposit as there was with bottles, they were lighter to transport and easier to stack and store. That percentage decreased significantly at the onset of World War II as tin was needed for more important purposes.

It wasn’t until 1958 when Coors Brewing Co. of Golden Colorado unveiled its recyclable aluminum cans, changing the entire beverage industry. It was about this time that the way cans were opened also changed. By the early 1960s, the “pull tab” method became the most common way to open a can, followed by the “push tab” used primarily by Coors in the mid-1970s.

According to Wikipedia: “the push-tab was a raised circular scored area used in place of the pull-tab. It needed no ring to pull up. Instead, the raised aluminum blister was pushed down into the can, with a small un-scored piece that kept the tab connected after being pushed inside. Push-tabs never gained wide popularity because while they had solved the litter problem of the pull-tab, they created a safety hazard where the person’s finger upon pushing the tab into the can was immediately exposed to the sharp edges of the opening. An unusual feature of the push-tab Coors Beer cans was that they had a second, smaller, push-tab at the top as an airflow vent — a convenience that was lost with the switch from can opener to pull-tab.”

Today’s “stay tab” was actually developed in the 1970s, although many consider it a more modern contribution to the craft beverage industry. A “wide mouth” version was introduced in the 1990s.

In the most recent wave of craft brewing in Michigan, early adopters of the can were Rochester Mills Beer Company (est. 1998),  Keweenaw Brewing (est. 2004) and Millking It Productions (MIP) (2010-2015). It was 10 years into its operation before RMBC began canning, offering 12-ounce cans at its Rochester Mills pub in 2008 before expanding to 16-ounce pint size cans at its Production Brewery in 2012. Keweenaw Brewing was the first Michigan microbrewery to produce its beer exclusively in cans (since the very beginning), starting with Pick Axe Blonde. Today, they have five styles in the market year round, with two seasonals that were introduced in 2015.

Over the past few years, a growing number of Michigan breweries have begun to distribute their products in cans instead of or in addition to bottles. Nearly 30 different Michigan breweries now offer canned beer, with more than 150 different products in the marketplace (see lists below). And while many have invested in their own in-house canning lines, many are enlisting the help of local entrepreneurs interested in seeing the industry not only succeed but continue to grow and expand their brands.

Since the summer of 2013, Michigan Mobile Canning has been traveling around the state assisting craft breweries with its mobile, custom-configured canning line—complete with all the necessary supplies, labor and expertise. In the past 2.5 years, MMC has assisted 16 Michigan breweries take more than 2.3 million cans to market with its unique packaging process.

“Breweries think we are expensive and we are not,” says MMC owner Scott Richards. “The brewery has zero start up expense other than the money it takes to make the beer. We can do anything from 5-50 barrels.” By the second quarter of 2016, Richards says they’ll be adding nitrogen as an offering as well as a third mobile line to handle the increased demand from Michigan breweries utilizing their services.

There is no question that cans are more versatile when it comes to where and how easily you can transport them—the golf course, the boat, the beach, the trails. According to a posting on Merchant’s Fine Wine website: “Canned beer is better for the environment, and the cans protect the beer better from the damaging effects of light and oxygen. And unlike cans of yesteryear, modern aluminum cans are lined with a water-based coating, so beer never touches metal, thus there are no unpleasant or ‘metallic’ flavors. The secret, though, is to still pour the beer into a glass if you are able!”

Cheers!

The Michigan breweries distributing packaged beer in cans, ranging from limited release to widespread, multi-state reach are:

Which is YOUR favorite Michigan canned craft beer? #MiBeer #CannedCraft

 

*If we have inadvertently missed a Michigan craft brewery in can distribution, please email details to media@michiganbrewersguild.org.

Give the Gift of Michigan Beer & Related Swag

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Chances are you have a craft beer lover (or two) on your holiday shopping list. This year, give the gift of Michigan beer, while also supporting locally-owned businesses and the state’s overall agricultural industry.

Stop in your local microbrewery or brewpub and pick up a growler, four- or six-pack of a seasonal brew and build your own gift basket with a selection of brewery swag like stickers, buttons, t-shirts, home décor, bottle openers, gift cards and other unique stocking stuffers. A membership in the pub’s “mug club” would also be a nice offering.

Many retail outlets around the state also feature Michigan-made brews, including 12-bottle variety packs or build-your-own-six-pack options which provide a more personal touch to your gift giving.

Shop online at MiBeer for a variety of logoed items from the Michigan Brewers Guild. You’ll find everything from apparel, backpacks, tote bags, glassware, sunglasses, flags, license plates, beach balls, bottle openers, patches, pins, stickers, tin tackers, umbrellas and more.

Michigan Brewers Guild Enthusiast Memberships also make great gifts, providing a year of benefits like pre-sale dates for the four official festivals and one hour early admission to each, dollar-off pint options at participating breweries, special brewery tours and an official Enthusiast t-shirt — all for just $55.

About the Michigan Brewers Guild

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.

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www.facebook.com/MichiganBrewersGuild

www.twitter.com/MiBrewersGuild

Local Hop Initiatives Recognized by Michigan State University Extension (MSUE)

Michigan Brewers Guild Executive Director Scott Graham
& MSUE Educator Rob Sirrine Presented with Awards

Not only is Michigan a top five state for the number of craft breweries, but as a result of ongoing efforts on the agricultural side of the industry, it also ranks as the fourth leading producer of hops in the United States. Two organizations have lead the charge in both areas—Michigan Brewers Guild and Michigan State University Extension (MSUE).

10300243_563120300513754_7655198174427838779_nScott Graham, Executive Director of the Michigan Brewers Guild (MBG) was one of five industry leaders recognized with a Key Partner Award by Ray Hammerschmidt, Director of MSU Extension. Rob Sirrine, with the MSU Extension office in Leelanau County, received a Meritorious Service Educator Award. These awards were presented on Tuesday, October 13 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing.

The Key Partner award recognizes individuals, organizations, media, special MSU programs and government officials who have made significant contributions to creating, improving or promoting MSU Extension programs. Graham was nominated by MSU Extension representatives Ashley McFarland, Erin Lizotte and Rob Sirrine, with support from MBG Board Member Steve Berthel of New Holland Brewing Co., and Brian Tennis of New Mission Organics and Michigan Hop Alliance.

“Scott Graham has had a profound impact on MSU Extension and stakeholders across Michigan, as a tremendous partner from the onset of our programming efforts to build Michigan’s hop and barley industries,” says Sirrine. “He has participated in and sponsored every MSU Extension hop tour for seven years running, helping to increase hop sales to Michigan brewers. He has also been instrumental in increasing financial support for MSU barley research. As a result, he has helped facilitate relationships between Michigan’s growers and brewers to ensure a consistent, high-quality supply of raw materials for the craft beer industry.”

A native of northern Michigan, Graham has been involved in the brewing industry for more than 20 years. He holds a degree in Brewing Technology, served as an apprentice at the Frankenmuth Brewery and was the founding brewmaster for Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse in Gaylord.

In 2007, Graham was named the first Executive Director of the Michigan Brewers Guild—a non-profit organization which aims to unify the Michigan brewing community and to increase sales of Michigan-brewed beer through promotions, marketing, public awareness and consumer education. He is also responsible for monitoring and supporting a healthy beer industry in the state. At that time, the Guild had about 60 brewery members; today the organization boasts more than 170 members and Michigan is ranked #5 in the nation for the number of overall breweries.

Soon after Graham took over management of the Guild, he began to fostering relationships with the MSU Extension staff, including Sirrine.

“At that time, we were developing programs to support the hop industry in response to both a market-wide shortage and price increases that were negatively affecting the rapidly growing craft beer industry.”

Rob Sirrine

Sirrine, who holds a Ph.D. in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture from the University of California Santa Cruz, received a Meritorious Service Educator Award from MSUE. Over the past eight years, Sirrine has worked with colleagues and community partners to develop high-impact educational programming in three major areas: Hop production, the New FARM Program and the Grand Traverse Food Innovation Hub.

He has provided statewide leadership for hops outreach, demonstration and research efforts and through his efforts—and those of his colleagues—MSU is now recognized as the go-to hops information source outside of the Pacific Northwest. The Michigan brewing industry has benefited from Sirrine’s efforts to increase the quality, supply and market security of Michigan-grown hops. Michigan is also now the fourth leading producer of hops in the United States.

“The impact of craft beer is far reaching,” says Governor Rick Snyder in the 2015 edition of Michigan. The Great Beer State., the official publication of the Michigan Brewers Guild. “From the farmers growing hops and barley, to the malting and processing facilities, to the distributors and retail outlets that bring the finished product to consumers. Craft beer is an agricultural commodity that provides and unparalleled social experience by bringing people together to interact, converse and celebrate in true Pure Michigan style.”

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. Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State”.

Beer List – 2015 Detroit Fall Beer Festival

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The 2015 Detroit Fall Beer Festival will feature over 675 beers from 83 different Michigan breweries and brewpubs. Check out the list HERE!

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7th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival Celebrates City’s Rich Brewing History at Eastern Market

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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.

Detroit Fall Beer Festival Music Line-Up (#DFBF15)

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Once again Steve Berthel of New Holland Brewing has pulled together a spectacular list of music for the upcoming Detroit Fall Beer Festival, Oct. 23-24, at Eastern Market in downtown Detroit. Tickets are available still, here.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 23

  • 4-5 — DJ Dante
  • 5-6:30 — The Orbitsuns
  • 6:30-7:30 — DJ Dante
  • 7:00 — Welcome, Firkin Tapping, Fight Song
  • 7:30-9 — The Orbitsuns

SATURDAY OCTOBER 24

Congrats to #MiBeer #GABF Winners!

Congratulations to Founders Brewing Co., for taking a gold medal for reDANKulous, Short’s Brewing Company for taking a silver medal for Melt My Brain, Arcadia Brewing Company for taking a silver medal for India Pale Ale, River’s Edge Brewing Co. for taking a silver medal for Dubbel Entendre, Right Brain Brewery for taking a silver medal for Concrete Dinosaur, and Rockford Brewing for taking a bronze metal for Rogue River Brown, and to all the rest who entered your beers, you did your home state proud! (And thanks to Mark Curtis and DrinkGR for this recap!)

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