Offering a creative way to try new craft brews, the Traverse City Ale Trail officially launched Friday evening at the Ales by the Rails Summer Music Festival, a new Porterhouse Productions event.

The Traverse City Ale Trail is an exciting new way for tourists and locals alike to experience the growing craft brew scene in the area. Those traveling the trail visit eight local breweries and get a stamp on their passports.

Once all eight breweries have been stamped, the passport can then be turned in at The Filling Station Microbrewery for a commemorative Silipint. There is even a chance to earn extra credit and receive a bonus prize by visiting the Grand Traverse Distillery.

Creator and organizer Troy Daily believes the Ale Trail “will bring the beer community together and will enhance the TC Cycle Pub experience.”

The TC Cycle Pub, another one of Daily’s creations, started offering tours this spring in downtown Traverse City. The two concepts combined provide people in the Traverse City area a great opportunity to experience the expansive craft beer scene.

Daily coordinated with the Filling Station and Porterhouse Productions to launch the Ale Trail during the Ales by the Rails Summer Music Festival, a family-friendly music festival held throughout the weekend. Those who attended were able to enjoy a variety of music and locally handcrafted food and beverages.

Filling Station brews and pizzas were offered at the event, accompanied by musical entertainment at the old railroad depot.

Blake Elliot got things started on Friday, followed by local favorites Seth Bernard & May Erlewine. Greg Brown was the headliner that night and attracted many locals to enjoy his folk music.

Festivities continued on Saturday with a Silent Disco featuring DJ Dominate. Sunday’s musical acts featured Mike Moran and Luke Winslow-King.

Children were also encouraged to attend the festival. Shetler Dairy ice cream and Northwoods root beer floats were available for kids to enjoy. They were also able to partake in many activities in the Children’s Garden, located next to The Filling Station.

A portion of the proceeds of the festival was given back to the development of the Grand Traverse Area Children’s Garden. Other proceeds from the festival went to other developments in the area, including TART Trails and Habitat for Humanity.

The Ales by the Rails Summer Festival was a great way to spend a Friday night. There was entertainment for all ages to enjoy, and it celebrated many great things the Traverse City area has to offer.

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