Nearly 100 brewery members of the Michigan Brewers Guild are headed to Traverse City on Saturday, May 13 for the 2nd Annual Michigan Spring Beer Festival at Turtle Creek Stadium (home of the Traverse City Pit Spitters) at 333 Stadium Drive (US-31 South). These breweries will have a collective 465+ unique beers (over 75 distinct styles available for sampling between 1-6pm. Enthusiast Members are admitted one hour early and those wishing to take advantage of this exclusive benefit (offered for an entire year’s worth of festivals) can join at MiBeerEnthusiast.com.
Tickets for this Spring Beer Festival are $50 per person in advance ($60 the day of, if any remain) and each includes 15 3-ounce samples (additional sampling tokens can be purchased on site). Admission is for those 21 and older only, with valid ID. The festival will be held outside, rain or shine. In addition to all of the great beers, the festival will feature food concessions run by the Pit Spitters.
In addition to the beer and food, the Michigan Spring Beer Festival features live music including Mark Lavengood and The Marsupials. In between will be the singing of the official Michigan Beer Fight Song and the ceremonial tapping of the Festival Firkin.
“We are thrilled to be returning to Traverse City to celebrate our Spring Beer Festival for a second year,” says Scott Graham, MBG’s Executive Director. “This area is known for its welcoming great beer culture and the Spring Beer Festival is the ideal place to gather, sample a variety of beers and welcome the warm weather season.”
The remainder of the MBG 2023 festival schedule includes:
- Summer Beer Festival – Friday, July 21 & Saturday, July 22 at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti
General admission tickets go on sale Thursday, May 4 at 10am.
- U.P. Fall Beer Festival – Saturday, September 9 at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette
General admission tickets go on sale Thursday, June 29 at 10am.
- Detroit Fall Beer Festival – Saturday, October 28 at Eastern Market in Detroit
General admission tickets go on sale Thursday, August 3 at 10am.
For more on each festival, visit MiBeer.com/events.
Formed in 1997, the Michigan Brewers Guild represents nearly 300 member breweries. The Guild is a passionate beer community that believes in quality artisanship, bold character, fun, responsibility and pushing the boundaries. The mission of the Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan beer industry with an overarching goal to help locally brewed beer attain 20% of all beer sales in the state by 2025.
Michigan’s brewing industry contributes more than 21,000 full-time jobs and $872 million in labor income, with a total economic impact of over $2.5 billion. In terms of overall number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #6 in the nation—supporting its title as “The Great Beer State.”