Monday, November 03, 2014

Recap of Octoberfest Music & Craft Beer Festival in Downtown Ludington

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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This year’s downtown Ludington Octoberfest Music & Craft Beer Festival featured an expanded 3-day lineup of food, beer, and music with additional family friendly options featured for the early crowd. Many of the favorite activities from last year’s festival were repeated again for this year’s festival including the downtown chili walk, MittCrit charity bike race, and of course the Bell’s Brewery sponsored beverage and music tent. This year’s expanded weekend also included an Octoberfest Kid’s Fun Run, pumpkin patch and harvest activities, and “Open Fire,” a new meat-centric event on Sunday in the beer tent.
Similar to last year’s event, the local Michigan beer friendly Mitten Bar held a Bell’s tap takeover. While last year’s takeover took place the same weekend, this year the takeover was held the week prior but the bar still had many Bell’s specialty releases on tap for the event. These included a Proud Mitten double-IPA, Cinnamon Sunrise, as well as Two-Hearted from a cask. On tap in the beer tent this year was a selection of Bell’s seasonal and mainstays including Best Brown and Bell’s own Octoberfest beer.

Saturday’s food vendors in the tent included A + L Restaurant featuring burritos, tacos, and other Mexican fare as well as Low N Slow BBQ Co with smoked sausage, pulled pork and prime rib options. The main stage music acts included headliners Simplified with a solid lineup of supporting artists featuring Sophistafunk, Dutch Henry, and a surprise performance from Funktion, the band’s only scheduled show this year. VIP tickets for this year’s festival included a special Bell’s Beer School Friday tasting and an acoustic performance meet and greet with headlining act Simplified, as well as early entrance in the beer tent, additional drink tokens, and a commemorative pint glass.

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.