On Feb. 7, the Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival will once again take over downtown. Over 50 breweries will be represented at the festival and four music stages will be rocking with great music throughout the day.
Breweries come from near and far each year for this event. Local breweries at this year’s festival include Workshop Brewery, Stormcloud and The Filling Station. Other favorite breweries from throughout the state will also be there, including Blackrocks, Odd Side, Griffin Claw and Arcadia Ales. Many breweries are also participating in the rare and local hop beer tour.
And this year’s music lineup has something for everyone, with each band bringing its own unique flair. The Chardon Polka Band will be playing, and they aren’t your average polka band. And if polka isn’t your thing, you can try your hand at dancing to the African rhythm of Afro Zuma, based out of Grand Rapids. Then there’s Black Jake and The Carnies, who add a carnival flair to their already unique sound. You’ll also find The Mainstays, Blake Elliott & The Robinson Affair, Turbo Suit and Mike Maines & The Branches on stage throughout the day.
In between beer stops and musical performers, you’ll also find the legendary Silent Disco, the return of the Homebrewer’s Challenge, and various local food trucks.
This winter festival is usually a one-day event. This year’s festival, however, can easily be turned into a weekend-long event. If you’re looking to get a head start on the festival weekend, there will be a Brewer’s Social at Jolly Pumpkin Friday evening.
This evening of “beer, food and fun” will feature Younce Guitar Duo and Miriam Pico, a pint of beer and an amazing dinner. The menu features sriracha mayo artisan pizzas, a slider station with hickory smoked pulled pork with jalepeno slaw, a sausage station that includes beer braised sauerkraut and many other mouth-watering options.
And to replenish after the festivities, a Recovery Brunch is being held at Blue Tractor Sunday morning. There will be specials on Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas as well as a delectable “recovery” menu.
For full festival information, and to purchase tickets, please visit microbrewandmusic.com. You can also follow the Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival on Facebook for all the latest festival updates.