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Aug. 15

Michigan Brewers Guild Returns to Marquette for Popular U.P. Fall Beer Festival this September

Members of the Michigan Brewers Guild will once again gather in Mattson Lower Harbor Park along the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette on Saturday, September 10 for their annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival. This year, 85 breweries will be sampling over 470 beers (and 85 unique styles). The complete list (subject to change) is online: 2022 UP Fall Beer Festival List.

Tickets are on sale now at MiBeer.com. General Admission is 1-6pm, with the gates opening at Noon for a VIP hour for Enthusiast Members. Tickets are $50 per person in advance ($60 day of) with Designated Driver tickets for $10.

“The U.P. Fall Beer Festival is a favorite of many in the beer community,” says Scott Graham, Guild Executive Director. “Brewers and attendees alike look forward to this festival and the unique atmosphere of Marquette's Lower Harbor.”

The Guild's Detroit Fall Beer Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 22 from 1-6pm, at Eastern Market in Detroit. Tickets for this annual gathering, which takes place on the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Guild, are on sale now at MiBeer.com.

It was October 22, 1997 when a surprising collection of 49 people representing 30 operating breweries gathered at a pub in Saginaw to discuss how they could collectively promote Michigan-made beer. A consensus arose out of that meeting that a formal association of Michigan brewers should be organized and on December 3, 1997, the Michigan Brewers Guild was officially formed.

The Guild held its first festival in July 1998 and today it hosts five festivals dedicated exclusively to Michigan beer produced by its nearly 300 member breweries (a number that increases on a monthly basis).

The Guild is the network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $600 million. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #6 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”



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