Sunday, September 04, 2016

8th Annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival to be held on Saturday, September 10

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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The 8th annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival is being held this Saturday, September 10 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mattson Lower Harbor Park in downtown Marquette on Lake Superior. This is the first of two fall beer festivals put on by the Michigan Brewer’s Guild, with the Detroit Fall Festival scheduled for Friday, October 21 and Saturday October 22, 2016. The Michigan Brewer’s Guild also puts on the Winter Festival at Comstock Park’s Fifth Third Ball Park north of Grand Rapids, and the Summer Festival in Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park in Depot Town.
This year’s event features over 60 different Michigan breweries with 400+ different beers. Of course, many breweries from Marquette and all over the Upper Peninsula will be in attendance including the Vierling Restaurant and Marquette Harbor Brewery, Blackrocks Brewery, Chocolay River Brewery, and Ore Dock Brewing Co. Also attending will be many new breweries as well as big names from all over Michigan including Founders, Brewery Vivant, Short’s, Greenbush, and Dark Horse. Kalamazoo’s Bell’s tap lineup this year will include a Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury and also featured at this year’s festival is Bell’s U.P. counterpart from Escanaba, Upper Hand Brewery. Spring Lake’s Vander Mill will also be in attendance with both beer and hard cider selections. For a complete list, download the BeerFestList app on ITunes or Google Play. The event will also include local food options and live bands.

Tickets are currently available through Eventbrite via the following link:

Tickets are $40 (plus service fee) and include 15 taster tokens. Non-drinking designated driver tickets are available for $5. Michigan Brewer’s Guild Enthusiast memberships are also available which entitles member to early entry one hour prior to their events as well as pre-sale opportunities for future events.This year’s event is expected to sell out so make sure to purchase soon.

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.