The Great Beer State Concert Series will be presenting a number of concerts in 2016. Plan to join your friends for a fun time with great Michigan bands paired with tasty Michigan craft beer. Please check back for future dates and plans.
Kicking off 2016, five Michigan breweries located near the shores of Lake Michigan will collaborate to celebrate beer and music as a kick off for July as Michigan Craft Beer Month.
New Holland Brewing Company is hosting a collaborative brew at their Pub on 8th in downtown Holland, known for brewing exclusively with Michigan-grown ingredients. An expanded brewing crew, including brewers from New Holland, Old Boys’ Brewhouse, Lake Charlevoix Brewing, Rare Bird Brewpub and Big Hart Brewing, will make “Mashpaddle” and take the beer and the brewers on a tour along the lakeshore to kick off Fourth of July and Michigan Craft Beer Month.
The brew crew includes several musicians, who have formed “Mashpaddle”—a limited-edition band, including Lake Charlevoix’s Adam Engelman on guitar, New Holland’s Steve “Bert” Berthel on pedal steel, Jesse Jett on vocals and songwriting and The Beervangelist Fred Bueltmann on bass and sousaphone.
The tour is a series of events, visiting each of the collaboration brewpubs, along with special performances by “Mashpaddle” scheduled between anchor sets by the The Strapping Owls - Live Wire Soul—a trio that includes Bueltmann, as well as veteran musicians, Nicholas Barron and Larry Beers.
The tour is supported by Michigan Brewers Guild (MBG) as part of its developing Great Beer State Concert Series and MI Local Hops in Williamsburg, a local hop farm and processing facility located in Williamsburg.
The Mashpaddle: Lake Michigan Brewers’ Collaboration Tour schedule includes:
- Wednesday, June 29 (7-11pm) – Old Boys' Brewhouse, Spring Lake
- Thursday, June 30 (8pm-Midnight) – Rare Bird Brewpub, Traverse City
- Friday, July 1 (6-10pm) – Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company, Charlevoix
- Saturday, July 2 (8pm-Midnight) – Big Hart Brewing Co., Hart
- Sunday, July 3 (6-10pm) – New Holland Brewing Co., Holland
The upcoming MBG festival schedule, including live and local entertainment, includes:
- July 22 - 23
- 19th Annual Summer Beer Festival@ Riverside Park in Depot Town, Ypsilanti
- Sept 10
- 8th Annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival @ Mattson Lower Harbor Park, Marquette
- Oct 21 - 22
- 8th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival @ Eastern Market, Detroit
- Feb 26 - 27
- 12th Annual Winter Beer Festival @ Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park (Grand Rapids)