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Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association will host a new beer festival this fall. The first annual Beers, Bar Food and Bands will celebrate the eponymous trifecta on September 8, 2018 from 3-8 p.m. at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing.

“People come out and they want a good drink, they want good food and they want good music,” said I’m A Beer Hound’s Paul Starr, festival organizer and the force behind Lansing Beer Fest and Beerfest at the Ballpark. “If you accomodate all those things, people are going to have a great time.”

Beers, Bar Food and Bands will replace Beerfest at the Ballpark Fall. This new festival will celebrate “world class beer,” with over 40 local, regional and international microbreweries, cideries and distilleries offering over 150 craft beverages. Many of the breweries represented will be from out of state and across the pond, including the likes of Alaskan Brewing, New Belgium Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada, as well as a variety of top tier German and Belgian breweries.

 

“We’re not bringing in mainstays, we’re bringing in something that beer geeks are going to get excited about,” Starr said.

Food is a central feature of the event, Starr said. As many as 15 greater Lansing eateries will be furnishing samples of their best bar food, with dishes like gourmet tacos, pizza, chili and wings—“all kinds of beer-drinkin’ food,” Starr said. Food samples can be purchased with food tickets, which are not included in the festival ticket cost and will sell for $1 each. Sample prices will vary between participating restaurants.

The Darin Larner Trio will open the music portion of the festival, providing southern rock tunes. Other bands performing include LOA, Off The Ledge and Vandalay, which Starr described as some of Lansing’s best musical acts.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the National Hospitality Institute, a nonprofit encouraging safety in hospitality by overseeing online and classroom seminars for everything from server training to food safety courses. The institute trained Beers, Bar Food and Bands volunteers to safely dispense alcohol and not over-serve festival patrons.

“This event has so many layers to it,” Starr said. “I think that will make it strike a chord with more people.”

General admission tickets are available for $30 and come with 10 tickets for beer. VIP tickets cost $40, come with 15 beer tickets and enable festival access an hour early at 2 p.m. Designated Driver tickets are $15. All tickets can be purchased online.

 

 

 

Lansing, Mich. — The 6th Annual Lansing Beer Fest is coming back to REO Town, Lansing on Saturday, June 16th on Washington Ave. between South St. and Elm St. from 4-9pm, with special VIP entry starting at 3pm.

This year’s festival features live music, just like years past. Headlining this year is Heart of Jordan , a local Lansing Hard Rock/Alt-Metal band, with supporting acts by the Jonestown Crows and Handsome Pete.

In addition to great music, this year’s festival is hosting 25 different breweries, cideries, and distilleries with 80 different selections to choose from. There will be several beer specific vendors.

Like last year, there will be a Giant Chess and Checkers set for more entertainment, and a Giant Connect Four has been added for extra fun.

The food choices are to be just as excellent with options from Shove It Pizza Truck, featuring the hottest pizza options, Ms. K’s Kitchen, with gluten-free options, and From Scratch Food Truck, serving fresh Mediterranean options. There’s sure to be a delicious option for everyone.

General Admission tickets (4pm entry) can be purchased in advance for $32 and $37 at the door, and includes a Logo Sampling Glass as well as 10 Sampling Tickets. VIP tickets (3pm entry) can be purchased in advance for $42 and includes a Logo Sampling Glass plus 15 Sampling Tickets.

Must be 21 to attend. Designated Driver tickets can be purchased for $10.

The festival proceeds benefit the REO Town Commercial Association.

Lansing, Mich — Beerfest at the Ballpark will return to Cooley Law School Stadium this April for its fifth year celebrating Michigan beer, cider, mead and spirits.

Attendees will have plenty of space to taste Michigan craft beverages inside the stadium and on Michigan Ave. outside the stadium, which will be blocked off for the festival.

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“Beerfest at the Ballpark is a unique festival, because being at a small minor league baseball stadium is a really cool atmosphere,” said Paul Starr, the festival’s organizer.

The festival will take place on April 28 from 3 to 8 p.m. VIP ticket holders can enter at 2 p.m. The event will happen rain or shine, and there will be plenty of covered space to retreat to if it rains.

Over 300 beers from 50 Michigan breweries will be represented at the festival, as well as the products of 15 cideries, meaderies and distilleries from around the state. Every festival ticket includes entry to the festival, a sturdy logo tasting glass and 10 or 15 tasting tickets, which are redeemable for one three-ounce pour of beer.

“The main festival will have a really good beer selection,” Starr said. “Founders Brewing Company is bringing CBS and Bell’s Brewery is bringing Black Note, and there will be many more favorites and new brews to try.”

For the first time in the festival’s history, VIP ticket holders can take part in a rare beer tasting. For $25 on top of VIP ticket cost, taste two-ounce pours of 10 rare Michigan sours and barrel aged beers, including Arbor Brewing Company’s 2017 Velvet Hammer, a sour brown, and Saugatuck Brewing Company’s Rum Barrel-Aged Imperial Beam Me Up Stouty.

“I’m most excited about the rare beer tasting we’re offering this year,” Starr said. “It’s exciting to give people a chance to taste these great beers they might not encounter otherwise.”

The festival will also feature a selection of live music performed on two different stages. Attendees can look forward to performances by Hoist: A Tribute to Phish, Delilah DeWylde, Mark Warner, Shelby and Jake and The Swift Brothers.

Beerfest at the Ballpark tickets are available for purchase online and at the Cooley Law School Stadium box office, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on non-game days and 10 a.m. to 7th inning on game days.

LANSING, Mich— A 2-year version of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA), which lowers the federal excise tax for breweries, was passed on Wednesday, December 20, 2017  by the 115th U.S. Congress. This savings will allow Michigan’s nearly 300 small brewers, including many manufacturers and entrepreneurs, to reinvest in their businesses, expand their operations and hire more workers.

Under the bill, the federal excise tax will be reduced to $3.50/barrel (from $7/barrel) on the first 60,000 barrels for domestic brewers producing less than 2 million barrels annually, and reduced to $16/barrel (from $18/barrel) on the first 6 million barrels for all other brewers and all beer importers. The bill would maintain the current $18/barrel rate for barrelage over 6 million. The legislation is currently written as a 2-year provision. The provisions of this bill are effective January 1, 2018.

The effort to bring meaningful federal excise tax relief to small brewers has been a primary political objective for the Brewers Association (BA) and state guild from across the country for almost 10 years.

“We would like to thank all of our brewery members who have helped support of this effort over the years traveling to DC and reaching out locally to emphasize the importance of this legislation and how it will help stimulate economic growth and create jobs throughout Michigan. We would especially like to recognize the Brewers Association for their tireless leadership,” Scott Graham, Executive Director of the Michigan Brewers Guild.

“Our expectation is that small brewers will use their savings related to the re-calibration of the federal excise tax on beer to invest in their breweries, expand their operations, create more jobs and hire more American workers,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association. “We are very appreciative that Congress has enacted these bipartisan, strongly supported measures.”

“We are very excited to invest our tax savings back into our brewery and our people,” says David Manson, Ambassador of Fermentology of Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette.

Currently, Michigan craft brewers contribute over $2 billion to the state’s economy and are responsible for an estimated 14,400+ jobs.

We’d like to thank House of Representatives co-sponsors Jack Bergman (R), Bill Huizenga (R), John Moolenaar (R), Daniel Kildee (D), Fred Upton (R), Tim Walberg (R), Mike Bishop (R), Paul Mitchell (R), David Trott (R), Debbie Dingell (D), John Conyers, Jr. (D), and Brendan Lawrence (D); as well as Senate co-sponsors Debbie Stabenow (D) Gary Peters (D) who supported the bill> for joining 303 and 54 of their House and Senate colleagues as co-sponsors of this bill. Their support will help <State>’s small and independent brewers continue to grow and thrive.

 

Art and Craft Beerfest

Lansing, MI–Art & Craft BeerFest brings art, beer, and music together for a two day festival in Lansing’s REO Town. The 2016 Art & Craft BeerFest will be held on Friday, January 29th from 6pm to 10pm, with special extended VIP hours available both days.

The festival will be kicked off with a ceremonial firkin tapping on January 30th at 6pm.

Ticket holders will have access to four venues: The Cadillac Room (Inside Riverview Church), Robin Theatre, AA Creative Corridor & REO Town Pub. All are located on same block in REO Town, Lansing.

Each venue will house different art, bands, beer, wine and cider.

New this year, there will be live ice sculpting on Friday from 5pm to 7pm. On top of a great variety of art, there will also be a wide range of live music throughout the four venues.

The festival boasts more than 25 beers from Right Brain Brewing Co., including rarer brews like Mangalitsa Pig Porter, Imperial CEO, and North Shore Iron Works.

Non-beer drinkers will have options from Blake’s Hard Cider, including their 4 mainstay ciders plus 10 seasonal and rare varieties. This year will also feature a variety of Michigan wines.

Food options will be available from Truckin’ Diner, Saddleback BBQ, Mark’s Gourmet Dogs, and Detroit Frankie’s Wood Fired Brick Oven.

For more info, visit the event page at ArtandCraftBeerFest.com.

Art and Craft Beerfest
Lansing, MI–Art & Craft BeerFest brings art, beer, and music together for a two day festival in Lansing’s REO Town. The 2016 Art & Craft BeerFest will be held on Friday, January 29th from 6pm to 10pm, with special extended VIP hours available both days.
The festival will be kicked off with a ceremonial firkin tapping on January 30th at 6pm.
Ticket holders will have access to four venues: The Cadillac Room (Inside Riverview Church), Robin Theatre, AA Creative Corridor & REO Town Pub. All are located on same block in REO Town, Lansing.
Each venue will house different art, bands, beer, wine and cider.
New this year, there will be live ice sculpting on Friday from 5pm to 7pm. On top of a great variety of art, there will also be a wide range of live music throughout the four venues.
The festival boasts more than 25 beers from Right Brain Brewing Co., including rarer brews like Mangalitsa Pig Porter, Imperial CEO, and North Shore Iron Works.
Non-beer drinkers will have options from Blake’s Hard Cider, including their 4 mainstay ciders plus 10 seasonal and rare varieties. This year will also feature a variety of Michigan wines.
Food options will be available from Truckin’ Diner, Saddleback BBQ, Mark’s Gourmet Dogs, and Detroit Frankie’s Wood Fired Brick Oven.
For more info, visit the event page at ArtandCraftBeerFest.com.

LANSING — Mother Nature eased off on cold temperatures for a while and let her Spring light shine down on Lansing this past Saturday for the first annual Beerfest at the Ballpark.

The event was held at the Cooley Law School Stadium in Downtown Lansing. Hundreds of craft beer aficionados and first-time beerfesters flocked to the ballpark, which is home to the Lansing Lugnuts.

Breweries sprawled on the front lawn of the stadium as well as setting up inside the concourse.

Michael Biddick, West Michigan Market Manager for Saugatuck Brewing Company, said the near 50 degree weather put everyone in a good mood.

“The sun is shining and everyone seems to be having a great time,” he said. “I believe they sold out, which is great for a first time event.”

People soaked up the sun as much as they could. While cold and chilly in the concourse, it was easy for festivalgoers to walk down a few steps to stadium seating in the sunlight.

Over 35 Michigan breweries, cideries and meaderies participated in the event. Entertainment was provided in the form of live acoustic music.

Lansing resident Dave Shannon was excited for the event as soon as it was announced.

“It’s great for the city,” he said. “I’m glad they’re bringing craft beer to Lansing. I think it really helps bring everyone together so we can all enjoy it.”

For $30, festivalgoers received 10 tasting tickets and a souvenir logo glass. With $35 tickets, patrons received early entry, a logo glass and 15 tasting tickets.

Proceeds from the event benefitted the Old News Boys of Lansing, which raises money to provide shoes and boots for children.

Biddick said feedback on all of the Saugatuck beers was positive. He also had a great time enjoying some beers like the rest of the crowd.

“I’m a big fan of Dark Horse’s Plead the Fifth and Kuhnhenn’s DRIPA,” he said. “It’s a great event and I hope they do it again and it continues to grow.”

As a lifelong Lansing resident, Shannon is excited for next year.

“I can’t wait to do it again,” he said. “The weather was perfect and we had a blast.”


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