Beer Fest is back

Annual brewer’s guild event set for Saturday in Marquette

In the photo at left, East Channel Breweries’ Jordan Prunick and Ian McInnis pour beer for festival goers during the 2019 U.P. Fall Beer Festival at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. (Journal file photo)
Suzann Bargar and Jeff Veryser enjoy beer samples during a previous U.P. Fall Beer Festival. After a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 12th annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. (Journal file photo)
Mark Gordon, left, and Bill McCabe fry up a batch of whitefish at the Gordon's Fish & Chips food stand during a previous U.P. Fall Beer Festival. Food from Gordon’s Fish & Chips, Lake Superior Smokehouse Brewpub, Rollin’ Smoke Barbeque and Superior Mobile Koney will be available for purchase this year. (Journal file photo)
From left, Malissa Switzenberg as “Gia”, Echo Miller as “Dioynsus”, Nathan Morgan as “Hercules” and Caleb Gram as “Poseidon” dress as Greek gods and titans in celebration of a previous U.P. Fall Beer Festival. (Journal file photo)

MARQUETTE — Want to try Spooky Kriek or Borealis Broo? Visit the 12th annual Upper Peninsula Fall Beer Festival, which is set for 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette.

“We are really looking forward to seeing everyone at the U.P. Fall Beer Festival this weekend,” Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, said in an email. “One of the best things about the event is the people and the fun feeling of camaraderie.”

The guild puts on the annual event, which did not take place in 2020 due to COVID-19.

“We are really happy to be hosting the beer festival this year,” Graham said. “We have really missed seeing everyone and these events are important to help our nonprofit association fulfill our mission to promote and protect the Michigan beer industry.”

Patrons can use tokens at the U.P. Fall Beer Festival to sample numerous brews produced locally, across the U.P. and downstate.

Not only do these beers have a multitude of tastes, they often come with unusual names.

Barrel + Beam, located in Marquette Township, will have several beer varieties for people to try, including Acadian Connection, a sour beer. Lake Superior Smokehouse Brewpub, located in Harvey, will have Altitude Altbier among its offerings.

Marquette’s Drifa Brewing Company will have its share of unusually monikered beers at the festival, including Curse Undone, a pink guava kettle sour beer, and the Taiheke Warrior, an American IPA.

The Where’s My Bike? — a double IPA — and Sunkist Basil Pale Ale, a session IPA, will be offered by the Marquette Harbor Brewery and the Vierling Restaurant in addition to other brews.

Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette plans a long list of beers people can taste at the event, including the Lazer Wolf Doom Hammer Lemon I

PA, an American IPA; the Honey Lav, an American wheat beer; and Ray’s Fiesta Time Mexican Lager, a Vienna lager.

The Ore Dock Brewing Co. in Marquette also will have a lengthy list, including A Stout Named Soo — an imperial stout — and the North of Nowhere Series: Ginger Rye, a double IPA.

Jasper Ridge Brewery in Ishpeming plans to have its Blueberry Wheat, Wayward Blonde and JRB NEIPA — Jasper Ridge Brewery New England India pale ale — beers available for sampling.

Beverages from Superior Culture in Marquette are expected to include Orange Dream and Raspberry Lemonade Seltzer, both alternative sugar beers.

The Escanaba-based Upper Hand Brewery’s offerings will include the 2020 Sisu Stout, an American IPA, and the Red Buck, a light lager.

ByGeorge Brewing Co., based in Munising, has its share of oddly named brews, including Tripel Dog Dare Ya, a Belgian Tripel beer, and Choctopus, a six-month barrel-aged imperial stout. These and other beers are anticipated to be among its samplings at the festival.

Another Munising brewery, the East Channel Brewing Company, will have among its beers the Island’s Grand As Always Blood Orange Hefe.

The Houghton-based Keweenaw Brewing Co. will include in its list of beers a coffee beer, Borealis Broo, and Point Trail, a rye IPA.

The Soo Brewing Co., located in Sault Ste. Marie, will offer Maggie’s Irish Red, an Irish red ale, and Tiramisu Stout, a sweet stout, among other beers at the festival.

Sault Ste. Marie’s Superior Coast Brewery should have available its Basil Copperpot’s Fugly IPA, and English IPA, and Slugger O’Toole’s Irish Red, an Irish red ale, plus a few other beers.

Based in Kingsford, the 51st State Brewing Company will have available a variety of brews for sampling, including a Mango Milkshake — a double New England IPA — and the CG-4A Glider, a brown porter.

Menominee’s Three Bridge Brewing Company will offer among its samplings the Beno Fino Maximum, an imperial breakfast stout; the Cranky Dwarf, a cherry tart ale; and the Tree Shaker, a Samoa cookie sweet stout.

The eastern part of the U.P. is represented as well, with the Les Cheneaux Distillers of Cedarville presenting its Moon Over Mackinac, an American wheat beer, and its Island Hopper IPA, an American IPA, as well as other beers.

What would a beer festival be without sound? Superior Pipes & Drums and WhoDat Brass will roam the grounds and provide the day’s musical entertainment. For people needing non-liquid sustenance, food from Gordon’s Fish & Chips, Lake Superior Smokehouse Brewpub, Rollin’ Smoke Barbeque and Superior Mobile Koney will be available for purchase.

Patrons will be allowed to bring water and other non-alcoholic beverages in non-glass containers as well as food, folding/camping chairs and coolers into the festival. They may not bring outside alcohol, glass containers, children, strollers, bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, rollerblades, or animals.

Tickets are $50 per person in advance plus service fees, and $55 the day of the event, with designated driver tickets $10.

To get tickets, visit MiBeer.com/Events/up-fall-beer-festival. Each ticket includes admission to the festival and 15 tokens for beer samples. Ticket costs support the Michigan Brewers Guild, a nonprofit trade association, and help offset costs associated with the event, including beer, tents, music and other items.

Individuals may join the guild as an Enthusiast Member to get VIP access to its beer festivals. Visit MiBeer.com to join.

Christie Mastric can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is cbleck@miningjournal.net.


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