Friday, September 30, 2011

Detroit Fall Beer Festival Celebrates City’s Rich Brewing History

Written by  Barb Starr
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Michigan Brewers Guild - 2011 Detroit Fall Beer Festival

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 – including the 3rd Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival.

As one of four annual events sponsored by the Michigan Brewers Guild, this fall event – held on Saturday, October 22 at Eastern Market – is being held in conjunction with media partner, metrotimes. Some 50 Michigan craft breweries will offer samples of more than 200 different beers throughout the afternoon. 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.

This year’s entertainment line-up includes The Beggars, a Ferndale alternative rock band, DMZ – an alternative rock band from Detroit and Doop & The Inside Outlaws, a Detroit-based alternative country band. DJ Dante LaSalle will be spinnin’ the hits as well. Admission to the Detroit Fall Beer Festival is $35 in advance or $40 at the gate (if tickets are available; last year, the event sold out days beforehand) and includes 15 drink tokens (each good for one 3-ounce beer sample).

The festival runs from 1-6pm, with Guild Enthusiast Members being admitted at Noon. Enthusiast Membership is just $35 per year and includes one-hour early admission to all four Guild-sponsored festivals, first-pint discounts at participating Guild member breweries, special brewery tours and a membership t-shirt. Enthusiast memberships and tickets to the Detroit Fall Beer Festival can be purchased online at www.michiganbrewersguild.org.  A list of participating breweries, as well as retail outlets selling festival tickets, will be posted at www.mbgmash.org .

The Detroit Fall Beer Festival is held outside, rain or shine. Festival attendees must be 21 to enter and ID MUST BE SHOWN (no exceptions). Throughout the week leading up to the Detroit Fall Beer festival, craft beer lovers can enjoy a variety of activities during the 3rd Annual Detroit Beer Week. A detailed list of events will be posted online at www.facebook.com/detroitbeerweek.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry contributes over $24 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $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.”

The Michigan Brewers Guild exists to unify the Michigan brewing community; to increase sales of Michigan-brewed beer through promotions, marketing, public awareness and consumer education; and to monitor and assure a healthy beer industry within the state. For more information, including a list of Michigan microbreweries, log on to www.michiganbrewersguild.org.