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Summer Beer Festival Highlights Michigan Craft Beer Month

The Michigan Brewers Guild invites you to celebrate Michigan Craft Beer Month (July) by visiting area brewpubs and microbreweries, purchasing Michigan craft beer at retail outlets and restaurants and attending regional celebrations like the 11th Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival (July 25-26) at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town.

Rep. Rebekah Warren (D – Ann Arbor / 53rd District) introduced Resolution 401 which passed in the Michigan House in June designating July 2008 as Michigan Craft Beer Month, commending the Michigan craft brewers for “providing jobs, improving the balance of trade, supporting Michigan agriculture, and educating residents about the history and culture of beer while promoting the responsible consumption of beer as a beverage of moderation.”

More than 45 Michigan microbreweries and brewpubs will showcase 250-plus craft beers the 11th Annual Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival. The festival is open from 5-9pm on Friday and 1-6pm on Saturday and is the highlight of Michigan Craft Beer Month.

Admission tickets for the 2008 Summer Beer Festival, (including12 drink tokens) are:

Friday – $25 in advance ($30 at the gate)

Saturday – $30 in advance ($35 at the gate)

Advanced tickets may be purchased online at, at participating member breweries and select retail locations around the state or by calling 877-772-5425. Attendees must be 21 or older to attend. Designated driver tickets are available online and at the gate for $5 each. Additional drink tokens are available for 50 cents each.

In addition to the individual brewpubs and microbreweries, restaurants around Michigan, including Crunchy’s in East Lansing and HopCat in Grand Rapids, also have specials and events planned throughout the month. For more information, visit

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  • Chester says:

    Are you planning on attending this year’s Michigan Brewer’s Guild Summer Beer Festival on July 26th? Would you like to but have trouble making it out to Ypsilanti? We have just the thing for you.

    There will be a bus tour leaving Kalamazoo the day of the event and will return later that evening. Here are all the details:

    * Bus leaving from Gil’s Market (8005 Douglas Ave.) at 11am
    * Bus returning at 8pm
    * Michigan Beer Provider on the Bus (Bravo Restaurant and Cafe)
    * Tickets are $60 and include the $30 festival ticket
    * Must be 21 years of age or over

    Interested? Visit for more information on the festival and contact Chet at (269-649-1802 or for more on the bus tour.

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