Locals filled the Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing, MI to celebrate great food, music, and of course, beer, at the Microbrew and Music Festival on Friday and Saturday.
Over 40 breweries were represented from places all over Michigan as well as the entire country. While the festival brought many favorites for those in attendance, like Bell’s Oberon, it also enabled the showcasing of new brews and new breweries.
One of the newer breweries at the festival — Beggars Brewery, which started brewing this past fall in Traverse City — took advantage of the spring festival to get their name out.
“This is our first festival outside of Traverse City,” owner and brewer Michael Rizik, said. “As a brewer, I just want to expose my beer to the widest audience as possible and hopefully get some converts.”
Other breweries, such as Short’s Brewing Company, opted to expose new seasonal brews rather than bringing their more well-known favorites.
While touring the park full of booths from breweries and food vendors, attendees could also enjoy the music that the festival also brought. Two stages allowed for a variety of bands including a headliner each night — Dirty Heads on Friday and O.A.R. on Saturday.
O.A.R. fans responded to a tweet on Saturday posted on the band’s twitter page asking for song requests. Not only did the band receive plenty of requests to build a set list, but fans also expressed their devotion, noting that they were traveling hundreds of miles for the concert.
One fan, Lansing resident Chelsea Lewis, mentioned she would be seeing the band for the 34th time.
“I have loved them for years and they always play night after night with the same energy as before,” Lewis said. “I think it helps to bring bigger bands into the Lansing music scene and show what a growing industry it is becoming.”
While the festival provided a great time along with food and drinks, it was all a part of a greater cause. All of the net profits from alcohol sales benefited the Greater Lansing Food Bank and Xero Waste Events.
Greater Lansing Food Band provides food for those in need in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee Clare, Isabela and Gratiot counties, annually serving tens of thousands of people in the area.
Xero Waste Events is a Michigan non-profit organization that provides recycling services and education on sustainable event practices.