Any worthy beer events in Michigan this summer?

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by bobbyr5, May 21, 2013.

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  1. bobbyr5

    bobbyr5 Initiate (0) May 17, 2013 Michigan

    Looking find some cool beer events and festivals for the summer. Anyone have any that they would recommend?
  2. Runninmixz

    Runninmixz Initiate (104) Sep 22, 2012 Michigan
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    Brewers Guild Summerfest July 26th-27th.
    Kuhnhenn's Summer Solstice June 21-22
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  3. fishmich

    fishmich Devotee (417) Apr 11, 2013 Michigan
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    5th annual microbrew and music festival in traverse city on august 23rd.
  4. Marti403

    Marti403 Disciple (328) Jul 23, 2011 Michigan
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    Second the Brewer's Guild Summer Beer Festival and the Kuhnhenn's Summer Solstice.
  5. tommyz

    tommyz Devotee (420) May 28, 2007 Michigan
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  6. psykosis

    psykosis Aspirant (268) May 21, 2009 Indiana
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    ShortsFest Aug 3rd in Elk Rapids

    FoundersFest should be coming up soon.

    MBG and Summer Solstice as well.
  7. tommyz

    tommyz Devotee (420) May 28, 2007 Michigan
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  8. steebo777

    steebo777 Zealot (511) Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    I highly advise NOT going to this fest. There's a long story behind it, but basically it is run by a promoter who swindled Camp Casey (charity for kids with cancer) out of some money last year when the promoter ran it for them. As soon as the promoter found out the Camp Casey Summer Beer Fest is Saturday June 22nd they scrambled to do the Campus Martius Summer Beer Fest just to spite Camp Casey.

    So, to support a great charity and a much better beer event all around (the Kuhnhenns will have at least 5 solid taps, one being Raspberry Eisbock) hit up the Camp Casey Summer Beer Fest in Royal Oak (I'll be pouring too)!
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  9. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    Good to know. Do you know if they're releasing a full beer list prior to the event?
  10. steebo777

    steebo777 Zealot (511) Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    I'm not sure but will check.
  11. tommyz

    tommyz Devotee (420) May 28, 2007 Michigan
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    Wish I knew that before I posted it...Wish I could also delete that post now...Thanks for the info
  12. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    Thanks for the info.
    But dang, why couldn't these all be on different weekends. While the Solstice sounds awesome, I am very curious about the WildWestBeerFest.
  13. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Shorts Tap Takeover on the shores of Lake Superior on July 3rd and running into the 4th. At least 16 beers, possibly more.
    Eagle River, MI.
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  14. chrisbokmuller

    chrisbokmuller Aspirant (234) Sep 11, 2011 Michigan
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    I just realized that Summer Solstice (Sat.) and Founder's Fest are on the same day. Looks like I have to take that Friday off of work.
  15. steebo777

    steebo777 Zealot (511) Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    Seriously, they need to schedule these all different weekends. I am super bummed I can't hit Founders Fest :slight_frown:
  16. MichPaul

    MichPaul Zealot (597) Jan 28, 2012 Michigan
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    I'm so hoping that it works out and I can make it to the Summer Solstice this year. It would be my first time making it to Kuhnhenn. My family leaves for Japan the following Sunday. Anyone have an extra dog house, cause I will probably be living in one after this...
  17. TheGoof

    TheGoof Initiate (134) Apr 10, 2013 Michigan
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    Not a festival, but Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo has a big anniversary party on July 19th every year where they have 40+ new-to-Kalamazoo beers on tap. A lot of them are out-of-state craft beers that BAs have all probably had before, but a lot are also brews from in-state that are one-offs made only for the event (or made for the first time for the event), e.g. New Holland made a Raspberry Dragons Milk last year and Arbor made a Garam Masala Pale Ale (which had been made only once for draft at Corner and once for a party at Ashley's). I'll post the tap list once it gets posted in the weeks leading up to July 19.
  18. SeanfromShorts

    SeanfromShorts Aspirant (281) Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    Michigan Summer Beer Fest
    Suds on the Shore
    Shakespeare's Anny Party.
    Short's Fest
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  19. jeffdill

    jeffdill Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2012 Washington

    Anyone been to Kuhnhenn Summer Solstice before? What's it like? Is it like Dark Lord Day (outside beers allowed and encouraged) or just Kuhnhenn brews? Lots of taps? I'm planning on going this year.
  20. steebo777

    steebo777 Zealot (511) Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    Their FB page has great info, also a thread here about last year's. It is nothing like DLD and you can not bring any outside beers. This is the flyer:
  21. founder26

    founder26 Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2009 Michigan

    you are going man, and you can always crash at my place for a day or 2 :grinning:
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  22. MichPaul

    MichPaul Zealot (597) Jan 28, 2012 Michigan
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    Ha ha ha! Yeah, the aftermath may warrant it...
  23. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    My first thought, but then I thought "why would they care about people being torn between events?"
    Ah well.
  24. Bryan

    Bryan Initiate (0) Feb 29, 2012 Michigan

    Last year was very relaxed. Walked in around 3pm and got a table no problem. DLD has at least 6,000 people; Kuhnhenn might fit 200 people. It's not a crazy event by any stretch. I think they only released meads last year.
  25. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (1,860) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    You can get a good dose of festival events info here:
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