The Upper Peninsula’s first-ever Craft Beer Week will be held September 3-8, culminating in the Michigan Brewers Guild’s U.P. Fall Beer Festival in Marquette’s Lower Harbor.
U.P. Craft Beer Week is organized by A Pint Above, LLC. A Pint Above was founded by Jamie Strand of White’s Party Store in Marquette and Josh Marenger of Bay de Noc Brewers, the Upper Peninsula’s largest homebrew club. “We looked at some of the great craft beer weeks happening downstate and around the country, and thought that we could easily do something like that in the U.P. There is a lot of great craft beer to be had up here, including four new breweries that have opened within the last two years,” said Marenger.
Since the event venues are not being charged to host events or for promotion, donations are being accepted via its website to help cover costs. “While researching some other craft beer weeks around the country, we found some of them were charging up to a couple hundred dollars for each venue to participate in the event. Because this is a new event for all of us, and we didn’t want to exclude venues that fit the bill, we decided not to go that route,” said Strand.
Events are being held in almost every area of the Upper Peninsula, from Sault Ste Marie all the way up to Copper Harbor. A calendar of events and other details are available at www.upcraftbeerweek.com