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Swap out your lederhosen for a pair of wooden shoes and gear up for the next beer festival. Tickets for the first annual Dutch Girl Bier Fest are on sale online and at Dutch Girl Brewery (DGB) taproom.

The festival will take place on Oct. 17 from 4-11 p.m. In celebration of the occasion, DGB will be tapping their first two barrel-aged brews. Dirty Boots Imperial Milk Stout has been aged in rye whiskey barrels and the Monastic Front Belgian Tripel IPA has been aged in gin barrels, all from Corsair Artisan Distillery.

Food will come from the local Righteous Cuisine and Top Butcher Shoppe and BBQ.

Dance music will be provided by local group Oregon Dreamchild and Mystic Dub will bring world/reggae-style tunes

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GRAND RAPIDS – Sample unique beer varieties while walking among the dead at Calder Plaza this fall; Zombie Beer Fest is moving its tasty and macabre festivities downtown. Beer City Festivals and Fermenta have teamed up to host an all-Michigan roster of breweries, cider producers, spirits, and more on Oct. 17 from 4-8 p.m.

In addition to enjoying over one hundred styles of Michigan beer, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a costume contest, listen to live music, play games, and take photos at a free photo booth.

General admission tickets are going for $39 and VIP tickets—which get you an hour early admission and five additional drink tickets—are going for $49. Purchase them online only at beercityfestivals.com

Part of the proceeds from the event will be going to Fermenta, a nonprofit group founded by Michigan women who support diversity, camaraderie, networking, and education in the craft beer industry. The funds they receive will support their scholarships.

 

Drink craft beer, wine, and cider at the Cheers to Michigan Brew Fest and help raise money for a good cause. Financial advisors Waddell & Reed are sponsoring this beer festival at The Deltaplex on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to benefit Friends & Families of Cystic Fibrosis (FFCF).

The event will include over 20 craft breweries, wineries, and cider mills. Bands Fast Hand Blues Band, Forrester, Jesse Cline & Michael Carnavo, Fled Five, and Pop Cult will provide musical entertainment, along with DJ Jason Veeder.

The goal is to raise awareness and funds for those afflicted with the life-threatening genetic disorder. FFCF is a local nonprofit organization that keeps the funds it raises in the West Michigan region. Those involved in the organization make care packages for children and young adults who are hospitalized with the disease, assist families with medical supplies and equipment that may not be covered by insurance, and help families contending with the disorder with a variety of other costs.

Advance admission is going for $35 and includes entry, 15 tasting tickets, and an FFCF collectible beer mug. Admission at the door will be $45. Tickets are available online. Visit the FFCF website to learn more about the event.

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KALAMAZOO – Think your homebrew is a winner? Enter it in the annual Bell’s Homebrew Competition on Sept. 19 at the Kick-Off and Expo event at Bell’s Eccentric Café, and you could find yourself in Denver for the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

The first place winner gets to brew his or her recipe at Bell’s original brewery and have it served on tap at the Eccentric Café. The first place winner will also win a free trip to the 2016 GABF in Denver as a guest of Bell’s Brewery with exclusive access to some of the festival’s events.

Bell’s will cover the airfare cost of a round trip to Denver—so long as the winner is within the continental U.S.—as well as lodging for two nights. While the winner is in Denver, he or she will team up with Bell’s for the 2016 Pro-Am Competition, which pairs homebrewers with commercial brewers to compete for top honors. The winner will also attend the awards ceremony and members-only session.

The only requirement of entering the competition is that participants use Bell’s wort in their brew, which they can obtain at Bell’s Homebrew Competition Kick-Off and Expo event on Sept. 19.

The Kick-Off and Expo event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and sign-up for wort pick-up will start immediately at 11 a.m. and distribution of the wort will start at 1 p.m. Only a limited amount of wort is available, so it will be distributed in a first-come-first-served fashion. In the past years, over 200 individuals have been able to receive wort.

Learn more about the event here and start planning your perfect recipe. Entries are due by Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

HARBOR SPRINGS – You know what would make a romantic fall resort stay even more romantic? A beer festival. That’s exactly what Boyne Highland Resort plans to host. The second annual Hops ‘n Highlands Microbrew Festival will take place Sept. 26 from 1-6 p.m, and festival-goers can enjoy chairlift-views of the changing colors and surrounding lakes, zip-line rides above the festival grounds, and discounted spa services.

Admission is free for attendees aged 21 and older, and four-ounce pours of over 150 beers from more than 40 Michigan breweries will go for $2. Those who want to take advantage of even more resort services can reserve a special Hops ‘n Highlands event package, which includes hotel lodging right at the resort, an hors d’oeuvres reception with Michigan beers on tap, a breakfast buffet, a commemorative t-shirt and pint glass, and 5 drink tickets, starting at $105 per person.

The event will feature classic festival eats, including grilled brats and a variety of selections from local food trucks. Entertainment during the festival will be provided by Huckleberry Groove, and even more is scheduled to follow after the festival ends at 6 p.m.

Learn more about the event on the Boyne Highlands website.

HARBOR SPRINGS – You know what would make a romantic fall resort stay even more romantic? A beer festival. That’s exactly what Boyne Highland Resort plans to host. The second annual Hops ‘n Highlands Microbrew Festival will take place Sept. 26 from 1-6 p.m, and festival-goers can enjoy chairlift-views of the changing colors and surrounding lakes, zip-line rides above the festival grounds, and discounted spa services.
Admission is free for attendees aged 21 and older, and four-ounce pours of over 150 beers from more than 40 Michigan breweries will go for $2. Those who want to take advantage of even more resort services can reserve a special Hops ‘n Highlands event package, which includes hotel lodging right at the resort, an hors d’oeuvres reception with Michigan beers on tap, a breakfast buffet, a commemorative t-shirt and pint glass, and 5 drink tickets, starting at $105 per person.
The event will feature classic festival eats, including grilled brats and a variety of selections from local food trucks. Entertainment during the festival will be provided by Huckleberry Groove, and even more is scheduled to follow after the festival ends at 6 p.m.
Learn more about the event on the Boyne Highlands website.

ANN ARBOR – Since the 1300s, the Union of Belgian Brewers has existed as guild for Belgian breweries. It still exists today as one of the oldest professional associations, and nearly all Belgian breweries belong to it. On Sept. 4, the Union will ennoble founders and co-owners Roy More and Jeff More of Ashley’s Restaurants as honorary Knights of the Union of Belgian Brewers at its annual ceremony in Brussels, Belgium.

Those who are dubbed into the Knighthood of the Brewer’s Mash Staff (“Ridderschap van de Roerstok der Browers”) are recognized as having made significant contributions to the promotion and development of Belgian Brewing. Roy and Jeff More will be the first in Michigan to receive the honor.

In addition to being widely acknowledged as a premier beer bar, Ashley’s has participated diversely in promoting Belgian beer for decades. Every February, Ashley’s Westland location hosts the largest exclusively Belgian-made beer festival in the U.S. Both Ashley’s locations offer a full range of Belgian-made beers as part of their craft beer portfolio.

“Ashley’s first started serving Belgian beers in 1985, and we held our first Belgian beer sampling event in 1988,” said Jeff More.

“Ashley’s has always been about helping people have a great time,” said Roy More. “One of the ways is through great beers, and the Belgian brewers are recognized as being among the best in the world.”

The knighting ceremony will be held in the Brussels Town Hall on the Grote Markt (“Grand Place”) next to the Union building, which has been occupied by the Union since the 17th century.

Photo: Erik Smith

Photo: Erik Smith

ANN ARBOR – Since the 1300s, the Union of Belgian Brewers has existed as guild for Belgian breweries. It still exists today as one of the oldest professional associations, and nearly all Belgian breweries belong to it. On Sept. 4, the Union will ennoble founders and co-owners Roy More and Jeff More of Ashley’s Restaurants as honorary Knights of the Union of Belgian Brewers at its annual ceremony in Brussels, Belgium.
Those who are dubbed into the Knighthood of the Brewer’s Mash Staff (“Ridderschap van de Roerstok der Browers”) are recognized as having made significant contributions to the promotion and development of Belgian Brewing. Roy and Jeff More will be the first in Michigan to receive the honor.
In addition to being widely acknowledged as a premier beer bar, Ashley’s has participated diversely in promoting Belgian beer for decades. Every February, Ashley’s Westland location hosts the largest exclusively Belgian-made beer festival in the U.S. Both Ashley’s locations offer a full range of Belgian-made beers as part of their craft beer portfolio.
“Ashley’s first started serving Belgian beers in 1985, and we held our first Belgian beer sampling event in 1988,” said Jeff More.
“Ashley’s has always been about helping people have a great time,” said Roy More. “One of the ways is through great beers, and the Belgian brewers are recognized as being among the best in the world.”
The knighting ceremony will be held in the Brussels Town Hall on the Grote Markt (“Grand Place”) next to the Union building, which has been occupied by the Union since the 17th century.

Photo: Erik Smith

Photo: Erik Smith