The Upper Peninsula's first-ever Craft Beer Week will be held September 3-8, culminating in the Michigan Brewers Guild's U.P. Fall Fest in Marquette's Lower Harbor.
U.P. Craft Beer Week is organized by A Pint Above, LLC. A Pint Above was founded by Jamie Strand of White's Party Store in Marquette, and Josh Marenger of Bay de Noc Brewers, the Upper Peninsula's largest homebrew club. "We looked at some of the great craft beer weeks happening downstate and around the country,and thought that we could easily do something like that in the U.P. There is a lot of great craft beer to be had up here, including 4 new breweries that have opened within the last two years", said Marenger.
Since the event venues are not being charged to host events or for promotion, donations are being accepted to help cover costs. "While researching some other craft beer weeks around the country, we found some of them were charging up to a couple hundred dollars for each venue to participate in the event. Because this is a new event for all of us, and we didn't want to exclude venues that fit the bill, we decided not to go that route", said Strand.
While details are still being worked out, there are confirmed events happening all over the U.P., from Sault Ste Marie all the way up to Copper Harbor. A full event calendar will be available at www.upcraftbeerweek.com