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Typically, November in Northern Michigan means dark skies before 6:00 p.m., shorter business hours, and an exodus of summer and fall visitors. However, Traverse City Beer Week keeps the area energized with a wide array of special events meant to highlight the creativity and successes of the Traverse City beer scene. This year’s Traverse City Beer Week took place from November 11-17, and contained over 50 events.

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And while Traverse City Beer Week might attract some outside visitors, it is also a great opportunity for locals to enjoy their hometown before winter settles in. With special tastings, exclusive tappings, and unique pairings, it is easy to find a quick stop after work or enjoy an evening out with friends.

This year, The Little Fleet held a different themed event each night of the week. Monday was Founders Bingo. It was free to play, and various Founders brews were on tap, including some exclusive free samples. The Founders rep was also on site to call numbers and give away prizes.  

On Tuesday, The Little Fleet hosted a rare release from Lagunitas, a world premiere of Slow Tako from Brewery Vivant on Wednesday, a sour beer night on Thursday, and a Seafood Dinner on Friday.

Most of these events were casual, making it easy to stop in after work for something special. For instance, Sour Beer Night featured sour beers on tap from various breweries, including Jolly Pumpkin, Short’s, and various cellar exclusives. The weather was warm enough to sit outside, which made an exclusive beer after work even more enjoyable.

Other breweries and taprooms throughout downtown held similar style events. Rare Bird Brewpub hosted a Founders and Dark Horse Tap Jam. Upon walking into Rare Bird, it appeared to be an average evening. However, with a closer look, brewery reps were giving away swag and taps featured an equal selection of Founders and Dark Horse brews. Founders KBS was on tap, as well as Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse. This was only the second time that the barrel aged version of Plead The 5th Imperial Stout had been on tap in Traverse City.

7 Monks Taproom has become known for its unique pairings and themed events during Traverse City Beer Week. This year, the taproom dedicated an evening to Traverse City’s brewing history. The Filling Station brewed a historically inspired Kratochvil Bohemian Pilsner to be a featured tap for the evening, and a large beer history timeline was on display. So, with a pilsner in hand, many visited with friends during happy hour while also examining the timeline. The timeline featured artifacts, maps, and interesting information regarding some of Traverse City’s first breweries.

Little Fleet

Traverse City, Mich – The Little Fleet and Create TC announce the second annual Summer Launch Party to take place on Sunday, May 29 starting at 12pm. The second annual bash will be held at The Little Fleet and entire parking lot in Downtown Traverse City. Admission is free for all ages.

Gary Jonas, owner of The Little Fleet is excited about the party and the lot updates, “The lot keeps getting better. We’ve got great trucks, more space, and now The Big Squeeze…a large outdoor bar with beer, wine and cocktails. We are excited to celebrate the beginning of another season with our annual summer launch party. We’ve all earned it, let’s enjoy our summer.”

The Summer Launch party will take place on Sunday, May 29th in and outside of The Little Fleet. Doors will open at 12pm with live music starting shortly after by DJ Ras Marco, Soul Patch, Radel Rosin, Skee-Town Stylee. DJ Ras Marco will play summer hits between band sets and remain the emcee for the day.

DJ Ras Marco (Marco Dedenbach) from TC has been the reggae DJ at WNMC for 12 years, and decided to take it on the road a couple years ago.

Soul Patch is a Traverse City, MI based band with music as versatile as its members. Together they hold a masters in groove. Individually they infuse styles from several backgrounds including, world beat, jazz, reggae, bluegrass, funk, surf, rockabilly, ska, blues, and straight up rock n’ roll.

Radel Rosin is an Acoustic artist that was raised with the love for music. From the age of a toddler he was introduced to the guitar while constantly adding more and more instruments and developing into a multi instrumentalist. With the love for Classic rock from his parents influencing him to listen to bands like the Beatles or Led Zepplin, Paul Simon etc.. has put a great twist to his genre of cover song selection, at the same time bringing out well written originals of his own.

Skee-town Stylee takes the best vibes of the lakeshore, chills them out and grinds them up into what Summer sounds like. It’s beaches, beer and weed; it’s a Long Beach-meets-Midwest sound. Stylee has been bringing their liquid reggae-dub grooves to the lakeshore since 2009, playing countless shows, drawing crowds both young and old to a fresh take on a classic sound.

The Summer Launch party will include a large open venue in the parking lot where eight food trucks will be open all day. The Big Squeeze will be open in the parking lot including an unforgettable Margarita station. There will a free bounce house for children. Outdoor festivities will last from 12pm until the party stops, or around 10pm. Inside, there will be drink specials all day. A wide variety of Northern Michigan’s best summer beers and cocktails will also be available.

Go here for ticket information: Tickets are FREE all day for the event. Open to all ages all day.

In a town smothered by festivals, the first Traverse City Beer Week set out to not be a festival. Rather, it’s a casual collection of events happening throughout Traverse City, “fashioned for the sole purpose of craft beer appreciation, customer education, and experiential learning.”

TCBW began Friday night with the Kickoff Pub Crawl and will run through the week, ending on Nov. 15.

Those that participated in the kickoff crawl were given a pub crawl pass that was punched at each location. Participants could then turn in their completed passes for a free TCBW shirt.

Each of the six locations featured different Short’s brews while Joe Short and the Short’s team led the crawl. Stops along the way included Little Fleet, Bubba’s, U&I Lounge, Brew, 7 Monks and Firefly. I was able to enjoy the Kind Ale at Little Fleet, Good Humans at U&I and finished the night with a Pistachio Cream Ale at 7 Monks.

Many of the crawlers stopped at a location specifically for the Short’s brew that was on tap. Homebrewer and microbrew enthusiast, Jerry Morse, was excited for the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster featured at Brew. “It’s a great IPA and appeals to my geeky side.”

The opportunity to enjoy your favorite specialty brews will be a highlight of TCBW. Various events were held over the weekend, including an exclusive Cask Ale Fest at The Little Fleet on Saturday.

“We decided to do the cask event because it was something different,” explained Little Fleet owner Gary Jonas.

Indeed, cask ales are quite different from traditional ales. Beers are served from casks, without additional carbonation. The result is a different, unique drinking experience. Continuing with a Short’s theme, I tried the brewery’s Mystery Stout. From the cask, the Mystery Stout warmed you up as you drank it. With a nice warm nutty flavor, the oatmeal and molasses followed through nicely for a smooth finish.

For the Cask Ale Fest, Little Fleet had six different cask ales on tap. There was live music throughout the day, and a variety of food trucks were on site.

The Little Fleet will also be hosting other events throughout the week. “When we were contacted by Imperial, we decided to stack the week full of events,” stated Jonas. Imperial Beverage, a major craft beer distributor, coordinated many events for TCBW and Little Fleet has planned quite a variety. Events it will be hosting include a Food Truck Dinner, Beer, Cheese and Booze pairing with New Holland and Sour Beer Night with Jolly Pumpkin.

For more details on the events at Little Fleet and other locations during TCBW, visit http://www.traversecity.com/events-523/.

In a town smothered by festivals, the first Traverse City Beer Week set out to not be a festival. Rather, it’s a casual collection of events happening throughout Traverse City, “fashioned for the sole purpose of craft beer appreciation, customer education, and experiential learning.”

TCBW began Friday night with the Kickoff Pub Crawl and will run through the week, ending on Nov. 15.

Those that participated in the kickoff crawl were given a pub crawl pass that was punched at each location. Participants could then turn in their completed passes for a free TCBW shirt.

Each of the six locations featured different Short’s brews while Joe Short and the Short’s team led the crawl. Stops along the way included Little Fleet, Bubba’s, U&I Lounge, Brew, 7 Monks and Firefly. I was able to enjoy the Kind Ale at Little Fleet, Good Humans at U&I and finished the night with a Pistachio Cream Ale at 7 Monks.

Many of the crawlers stopped at a location specifically for the Short’s brew that was on tap. Homebrewer and microbrew enthusiast, Jerry Morse, was excited for the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster featured at Brew. “It’s a great IPA and appeals to my geeky side.”

The opportunity to enjoy your favorite specialty brews will be a highlight of TCBW. Various events were held over the weekend, including an exclusive Cask Ale Fest at The Little Fleet on Saturday.

“We decided to do the cask event because it was something different,” explained Little Fleet owner Gary Jonas.

Indeed, cask ales are quite different from traditional ales. Beers are served from casks, without additional carbonation. The result is a different, unique drinking experience. Continuing with a Short’s theme, I tried the brewery’s Mystery Stout. From the cask, the Mystery Stout warmed you up as you drank it. With a nice warm nutty flavor, the oatmeal and molasses followed through nicely for a smooth finish.

For the Cask Ale Fest, Little Fleet had six different cask ales on tap. There was live music throughout the day, and a variety of food trucks were on site.

The Little Fleet will also be hosting other events throughout the week. “When we were contacted by Imperial, we decided to stack the week full of events,” stated Jonas. Imperial Beverage, a major craft beer distributor, coordinated many events for TCBW and Little Fleet has planned quite a variety. Events it will be hosting include a Food Truck Dinner, Beer, Cheese and Booze pairing with New Holland and Sour Beer Night with Jolly Pumpkin.

For more details on the events at Little Fleet and other locations during TCBW, visit http://www.traversecity.com/events-523/.

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