Beer Fest a perfect way to celebrate 20 years

In Wednesday’s edition of The Mining Journal, it said this year the Michigan Brewers Guild celebrates 20 years of advocating and being the official voice for the Michigan craft beer industry. We can’t think of a more fitting way for Yoopers to mark this occasion than with Saturday’s U.P. Fall Beer Fest at Mattson Lower Harbor Park.

The Brewers Association states that Michigan ranks sixth in the nation in terms of the overall number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.” This certainly has an enormous impact on the state’s economy, not to mention the economic boost the U.P. Fall Beer Fest brings to the local area.

A press release from the Michigan Brewers Guild states that Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $600 million.

A record 92 Michigan craft breweries will be serving up more than 588 beers on Saturday at the ninth annual event, and with this being the vicennial year of the Michigan Brewers Guild, it seems appropriate that a record be broken.

As with any event of this type, we advise drinking responsibly — but if you have a chance, head down to Lower Harbor Park to celebrate the 20-year landmark with some of the tastiest brews our state has to offer. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at and are $40 in advance or $45 at the gate, if any remain available. A handful of outlets around Marquette also have tickets for $40, including Blackrocks Brewery, the Marquette Food Co-Op, Ore Dock Brewing Company and The Vierling.