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traverse city beer week

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.

Traverse City, Mich – The Filling Station Microbrewery and the TC Cycle Pub are thrilled to offer TC Cycle Pub™ Pale Ale, which released May 6th.

With hints of citrus and fruits, this medium-bodied pale ale is an easy-drinking 5.4% ABV, the perfect craft beer for summer days on the TC Cycle Pub. This beer is available exclusively at The Filling Station Microbrewery.

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Starting immediately, all TC Cycle Pub tours will include one (1) free growler (empty), which The Filling Station will fill most of their beers at a discounted rate of only $10 ($2 off, 1 fill only) for TC Cycle Pub riders. Additional growlers can be purchased and filled for $15.

“We’ve been hoping for this collaboration to happen for a few years,” says Kevin Farron, co-owner of the TC Cycle Pub, “and with the new law that allows riders to drink beer and wine onboard our bike tours, the time was right to make it a reality.”

The new law gives quadricycle tour goers – like the TC Cycle Pub riders – the ability to drink beer, wine or cider on board their bikes, while the group is driven by an employee. TC Cycle Pub still maintains restrictions on hard liquor and glass bottles aboard their bikes, and limits tours to 2 hours.

Both the TC Cycle Pub and The Filling Station Microbrewery are family owned and operated business. Located just off the TART Trail in the historic railroad district, The Filling Station Microbrewery specializes in wood-fired flatbread pizzas, fresh salads, and a rotating list of at least 10 beers. They also now house both TC Cycle Pub bikes: The Big Bike, built for 8-14 riders, and the sleeker Circle Cycle, built for 4-6 riders. Booking both vehicles together can accommodate groups of 15-20 riders.

The cost for the Big Bike (8-14 riders) is $300, and the Circle Cycle (4-6 riders) is $175. Both are for 2-hour tours.

The cost for the new TC Cycle Pub™ Pale Ale is $4.50 for a 16oz pint, or $12 for a 64oz growler fill.