HOUGHTON - Keweenaw Brewfest is back and bigger than ever.
Set for 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the East Houghton Waterfront Park in Houghton, the third annual fundraiser for the Keweenaw Community Foundation will feature five local food vendors and 35 breweries from around the country.
"They will have multiple beers so we will probably have in excess of 80 different beers," event organizer Mike Rose said. "The first year we hoped to sell 450 tickets. We sold 625 tickets and turned away over 100 people because we were unsure how many people could fit into the security area we had set up."
Steve Zutter pours a glass of beer for Jake O’Donnell of Hancock at the 2011 Keweenaw Brewfest in Houghton. The third annual Brewfest is set for 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the East Houghton Waterfront Park in Houghton and will feature five local food vendors and 35 breweries. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette file photo by Garrett Neese)
Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased at the Keweenaw Brewing Company in Houghton, Dollar Bay Linoleum and Tile in Dollar Bay or the foundation office in Hancock.
Rose said $25 tickets can be reserved in advance by calling the foundation office and then paying for them at the gate. Tickets purchased Saturday are $35.
"For your ticket purchase, you'll receive a 6-ounce commemorative glass and 15 wooden tokens," Rose said. "You can walk around and talk to the different beer folks and try a sample pour for each one of your tokens."
Participants must be 21 years old to attend. IDs will be checked at the gate.
Three distributors - Peterlin, Pasani and McCabe - are involved with Saturday's event, Rose said, and the Keweenaw Brewing Company will be among the 35 featured breweries.
Food will be available for purchase from vendors including Pilgrim River Steakhouse, Portage Health chef Mark Pittillo, Rock House Grill, Carmelitas and the Shelden Grill.
Live music will be performed by classic rock and roll band Boodie Creek, which is donating its time for the event.
Rose said last year there were 1,220 tickets sold for Keweenaw Brewfest and the event raised $19,000.
"It was a great success," he said. "This year we made more tickets."
A critical part of putting on Keweenaw Brewfest are the 80 volunteers who are pitching in Saturday.
"I cannot do this without my volunteers," he said.
KCF Executive Director Barb Rose said she is grateful for her husband's effort in contributing to the foundation.
"I certainly respect that my husband has done all of this work and that the results will come to the Keweenaw Community Foundation," she said. "It is a huge effort on his part."