Grand Rapids is prepping up for what could be one of the largest beer celebrations in West Michigan. Celebrating the German Oktoberfest heritage, Saturday’s Hoptoberfest will feature great beer, art and entertainment.
Six of the eight breweries have confirmed their line-ups for the event:
- HopCat: Hopfenkatze Festbier, Zugspitze Weizen, Roggen Bitch, Fornicator, Black Mamba
- The Hideout Brewing Company: New World Ale, Abbey Ale, Oktoberfest
- Schmohz Brewery: Oktoberfest, Treasure Chest ESB, Hopknocker Imperial IPA
- Founders Brewing Co.: Dirty Bastard, Centennial IPA, Breakfast Stout
- Brewery Vivant: Farmhand, Big Red Coq and a special wood aged selection
- Jaden James Brewery: Oktoberfest, IPA, Porter
Also pouring at the event are Michigan Beer Cellar and White Flame Brewing Co., but the two have yet to release their offerings.
And if the local beer wasn’t enough, a German Haus will also be available, featuring beers from Kostritzer, Unertl, Hofbrau and Brauerei. In addition to the wide array of beer, Hoptoberfest will feature “Art Avenue,” a section of the festival devoted to showcasing Grand Rapids-area artists.
Gates open at 2 p.m. Saturday, and the festival music starts soon after with Rob Blaine’s Big Otis Blues playing at 2:30. Big James & the Chicago Playboys as well as Stacy Mitchart follow. Finally, headliner Lonnie Brooks caps off the night at 8 p.m.
The 77-year-old blues player, originally from Louisiana, will take the stage with songs “Don’t Answer the Door” and “Sweet Home Chicago.”
The event closes down Ionia Street SW between Weston and Oakes streets, running 2-11 p.m. Advance tickets are $10, and will be available at the door for $15. Tickets can be purchased from HopCat, Brewery Vivant, Stella’s Lounge, McFadden’s, The Hideout Brewing Company and Jaden James Brewery.