Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Detroit Fall Beer Festival Expands to 2 Days Celebrating City’s Rich Brewing History at Eastern Market

Written by  Paul Starr
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Detroit Fall Beer Festival Expands to 2 Days Celebrating City’s Rich Brewing History at Eastern Market

Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27
The Michigan Brewers Guild (MBG) is proud to announce that its popular Detroit Fall Beer Festival, held at Eastern Market, is expanding into a 2-day event in 2012. Festivities will take place on Friday, October 26 (5-9pm) and Saturday, October 27 (1-6pm). The event is once again held in conjunction with metrotimes. Some 50 Michigan craft breweries offer samples of more than 300 different beers throughout the weekend.
Michigan Brewers GuildFriday is expected to be a lighter crowd, giving festival-goers a more relaxed atmosphere in which to sample. Saturday – which traditionally sells out in advance of the event – is expected to be at capacity again this year.

Tickets for each day are $35 in advance ($40 at the gate, if any tickets remain); they are available online at www.MiBeer.com, at select member breweries and at a limited number of retail outlets. For a list of ticket outlets and other festival updates visit www.mbgmash.org. 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.

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 on line 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 entertainment line-up for this year’s festival will be announced at a later date, on the Guild’s Facebook page.

As one of its perks, MBG Enthusiast Members are admitted to each festival one hour earlier than the general public. This membership is $45 per person, per year and may be purchased in advance online here. (NOTE: Enthusiast Memberships WILL NOT be sold/renewed at the gate). Additional benefits include discounts at participating member breweries, VIP brewery tours scheduled throughout the year, and a free t-shirt proclaiming your enthusiasm for Michigan Beer.

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 10%. Volunteers will be on hand to assist at the recycling stations, making sure all the recyclables are properly sorted from the food items.

The Guild

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes well over $24 million in wages with a economic contribution well over $133 million. In terms of overall number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”

Founded in 1997 and celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2012, the Michigan Brewers Guild exists to unify the community of brewers, to increase the sale of Michigan Craft Beer, to contribute culturally and economically throughout the state, and to monitor and assure a healthy brewing industry. By working collaboratively with proponents of craft beer, the organization strives to achieve 10% share of all beer sold in Michigan by producing world-class events, increasing public awareness, educating consumers, and encouraging responsible consumption.

MICHIGAN BREWERS GUILD TIMELINE:
  • 1997 – Creation of Michigan Brewers Guild
  • 1998 – Inaugural Summer Beer Festival – July (Greenmead, Livonia)  
  • 2000 – Summer Beer Festival Relocates (Frog Island, Ypsilanti)  
  • 2004 – Summer Beer Festival Relocates & Expands to 2 Days (Riverside Park, Ypsilanti) 
  • 2005 – Inaugural Winter Beer Festival – February (Old Town, Lansing)
  • 2007 – Winter Beer Festival Moves to Grand Rapids (Fifth-Third Ballpark, Comstock Park)
  • 2008 – Inaugural UP Fall Beer Festival – September (Mattson Lower Harbor Park, Marquette)
  • 2008 – Inaugural Detroit Fall Beer Festival – October (Eastern Market, Detroit)
  • 2012 - Detroit Fall Beer Festival expands to 2 days

For more information, including a list of Michigan craft breweries, log on to www.MiBeer.com.

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.