photo report by Ken Jacoby
The Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival in late July presented the attendees with a multitude of obstacles. Air raid sirens, torrential downpours, and the overflowing Huron River on Friday night, the sweltering heat and spotty thunderstorms gave the attendees for Saturday a near identical experience. Mere weather was not enough to stop the dedicated people who attended the Summer Beer Festival from enjoying themselves.
Thousands of people came from all over the state to sample over 3,000 beers made from more than 54 breweries in the state of Michigan. Over 9,000 tickets were sold which was an increase from last years Summer Festival which has been contributed to the number of people taking interest in home brewing, and micro breweries located throughout the state of Michigan.
Each ticket included 15 drink tokens which provided 3 oz. samples of any of the vast amount of beer selections available. The festival also had a large amount of food vendors selling a variety of food from hot dogs to barbecue ribs to help compliment the many tastes of beer for the evening.
The Michigan Brewers Guild isn’t stopping here with the outstanding success of these events either. Next up for the guild is the 2nd Annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival (formerly U.P. Oktoberfest) which will be held on Saturday, September 11th, 2010 from 1:00pm-6:00pm at Mattson Lower Harbor Park, Marquette, MI. Shortly after that they will be holding the 2nd Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival – October 23rd at the Eastern Market. Get details on both festivals from the Michigan Brewer’s Guild.