Category Archives: Beer Festivals

Grand Rapids Breweries St Patricks day events list 2017

St. Patricks day 2017 is fast approaching (March 17th) and we’ve contacted all the local breweries to find out who is having specials/events/music to celebrate. Obviously Irish on Ionia is the main St Patty celebration in GR but that is actually happening on the 18th this year, so that means double the boozing! The best place for up to date information is your favorite breweries Facebook page or of course right HERE as we will keep this list updated! Continue reading Grand Rapids Breweries St Patricks day events list 2017

Summer Craft Beer Festival

Summer Craft Beer Festival – John Ball Park – July 19th, 2014 2:00-7:00pm

Sample over 100 beers from a variety of the country’s best craft breweries. In addition to the incredible selection of beer, there will be live music, various vendors and mouth watering food available for purchase. This event is held outdoors in the picnic area of John Ball Zoo with parking adjacent or on the side streets. No pets are allowed and obviously it is a 21 and up event. This is the fourth annual Summer Craft Beer Fest sponsored by the local Grand Rapids radio stations (97.9 WGRD, Channel 95.7, 98.7 WFGR, 100.5 The River and 1410 AM The Touch) so it should be well run and organized. While the majority of craft brewers at the festival will be from Michigan there will be some from: Alaska, California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont and Washington. Some of the music acts that will be playing include: Tyler Howe, The Campanellis, Upstage Crew.

VIP Tickets: $45 in advance, $55 at the door. Includes a chance to sample limited rare brews in the VIP tent, a $5 food voucher, 20 sample tickets and a souvenir sample glass
General Admission Tickets: $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Includes 15 sample tickets and a souvenir sample glass. $10 designated driver tickets available too. $2.50 service fee per ticket when ordering online.

John Ball Park
1300 W Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
More info at:

Grand Rapids Beer Fest tickets on special

Grand Rapids Beer Fest tickets 31% off (limited time)

Another new beer fest will descend on Grand Rapids, MI at Ah Nab Awen Park on Saturday July 12, 2014 1:00 – 5:00 PM (VIP at NOON).

The Summer Beer Fest is a fantastic beer tasting festival in which you receive a sampling cup and 15 3oz serving tickets (VIP’s receive 20) included in your admission price (assuming you’re 21 or older). Beers will cost either 1 or 2 tickets depending on the beer you’re drinking. Additional tickets can be purchased.

The 2014 event will be an amazing experience in taste and sound including hot music to compliment cool brews.

Over 60 breweries from around the world, across the state and down the street will showcase their unique libations. The focus of The Summer Beer Festival is the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to speak to company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite brews. And it’s an opportunity to discover and taste new brews and special “limited release” beers and ales.

Save 31% off the ticket price for a limited time!!

Beer City Spring Fest 2014

Hudsonville, MI – Over 100 Michigan craft beers from more than 25 Grand Rapids area breweries, and live music, will be on tap May 3rd in Hudsonville, MI at the fairgrounds for the first ever Beer City Spring Fest.

Tickets go on sale March 27th at noon, and are available online at Tickets are $30.00 each, and include 15 samples. There is also an option to upgrade to VIP online, allowing early entry to the festival. Merchandise will also be available for 25% off at time of ticket purchase.

A limited number of bus tickets will be available online through a $15.00 ticket upgrade and will transport guests from locations in Grand Rapids to the fairgrounds and back to downtown Grand Rapids.

Beer City Spring Fest will run from 1pm – 6pm, and food trucks will be selling food for those that get the munchies while sampling west Michigans craft beers.
Continue reading Beer City Spring Fest 2014

Grand Pizza and Beer Fest

What is better then sampling pizza and beer? Nothing! Head to Grand Haven this weekend for their Pizza and Beer Fest Saturday March, 22nd. For only $20 you get to sample local pizza’s and beers from some amazing breweries and restaurants that you might not have tried before.
Participating Pizzerias: Jet’s Pizza, Old Boys’ Brewhouse, Marco’s, Pizza Hut WingStreet, Mr. Scrib’s, Vander Mill, and Clover Bar
Participating Breweries: Osgood, Acoustic Mead, Unruly Brewing, Vander Mill, Lemon Creek Winery, New Holland Brewing and Odd Side Ales
There will also be a pizza pie eating contest, live music by Barefoot Sunday and Downriver Unplugged, and a homebrewing seminar by Steve Siciliano of Siciliano’s Market.
The event runs from 12 – 4pm so it should make for a nice Saturday afternoon.

GR Breweries St Patrick’s Day Guide 2014

St. Patrick’s Day 2014 is coming quick and many Grand Rapids breweries are planning specials,events and live music for the entire weekend so here is a guide to help you maximize your beer drinking on this sacred holiday! While St. Patty’s day is all about green most of the local craft breweries might not have green beer on tap, but what they will have are Irish themed brews that true Irish people would be proud to drink with full flavors and quality ingredients. If you want live Irish music many breweries will be bringing in bands and for a full day of fun they will have Irish themed menu items so you don’t have to survive on a liquid diet alone.

First you should know about Irish on Ionia, the biggest St. Patrick’s Day Street Party in Michigan! It runs from 7am to 11pm on March 15th this year and promises to be bigger and better then ever. They’ve increased the size to two city blocks and two performance stages this year. Sponsored by McFadden’s, with advance tickets only $10 this is a St Patty party you want to be a part of. There will be heated tents, live Irish dancing, tons of music and plenty more so visit Irish On for complete details.
Irish on Ionia St Particks Day

Bell’s Brewing:
The Moxie Strings will perform from 4-7 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day and there is no cover. They will also be featuring quite a few specials from the kitchen and of course, plenty of beer on tap.

Brewery Vivant:
Monday March 17th ring in St Patrick’s Day with the first (of many) Monday Stein Night. Bring your favorite stein or boot and fill it up at the bar, starting at just $5/litre! They also have steins for sale, if you need an upgrade!
Friday through Monday expect Irish inspired food specials too.

Cellar Brewing:
Sun, March 16, 6pm – 10pm
Live Music – Paddy’s Cure

Gravel Bottom Brewery:
March 15th
Releasing Potato Dry Stout $3.50 pints
Catered Irish food 4:30-7:30pm

Harmony Brewing Company:
March 13th-17th
Corn Beef and Cabbage Pizza
Jameson half off

New Holland Brewing:
Saturday, March 15th:
12:30pm – 2:00pm: Gasta
6:00pm – 8:00 pm: Peat in the Creel
8:00pm – 10:00pm: Paddy’s Cure
Holland’s 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade starts at noon on 8th Street in downtown Holland and ends on the steps of New Holland Brewings pub.

Monday, March 17th:
4:00pm – 6:00 pm: Peat in the Creel
6:00pm – 8:00 pm: Andro

Monday, March 17th
3:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Monday Beer Specials: $1.00 of pours ($2.00 off for Pub/Mug Club members)

Specials On Tap:
The Road to Dublin – (Sabaitéireacht beoir) Milk Stout with Rowster Coffee infused with Irish Whiskey (Gaeilge)Oak Chips
Want something green in your glass? Try the Green Apple wine!!

On the Menu (available 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM):
Roasted lamb leg cubed, simmered in a rich burgundy stock,potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, peas and mushrooms. Served with Irish Soda bread accented with dried Michigan Cherries.
Sobie Meats Roasted Irish sausage with mashed russet potatoes accented with crème fraiche and garlic. Served with Irish Soda Bread.

Our Brewing Co:
March 17th Drew Behringer and the Politician at 8 p.m., plus two Irish beers; Dry County Irish Stout with Cocoa Nibs and Irish Red Cream Ale (in addition to the others on tap)

Rockford Brewing Co:
March 13-15th
$1 off Sheehands Irish Stout and O’Brien’s Irish Red
$7 Stromboli’s with choice of 4 ingredients
$2.50 Irish Cupcakes
March 13th Celtic Music by Peat in the Creel
March 14th Celtic Music by An Dro

Saugatuck Brewing Co:
March 15th Advance tickets needed
Traditional Irish Breakfast buffet 8:30 to 10:30am
Live music by Moxie Strings: 8:30-10:30am
Free Admission 6:30-10:30pm Live Music by 5 O’Clock in Dublin

Hideout Brewing Co:
Patrick Nolan – Saturday March 15th 9pm – 1am Mug Club member St. Patty’s themed potluck (sign up starts 2/24), Irish themed foods are encouraged

Unruly Brewing Co:
March 15th All Day $5 cover Doors open 10am – midnight
Live Music: Mona Shores Fiddles 11am, The Waxies 2pm, The TossPints 4pm, FiddleFace 9pm
2 special Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer Releases from Unruly
Irish Inspired soups and sandwichs from Fatty Lumpkins
Coffee, tea, and scones from Drip Drop Drink

White Flame Brewing:
March 17th only they will have $2 pints of Ugly Stick their oatmeal stout on Nitro!

Winter Beer Fest survival guide 2014

Michigan Brewers Guild’s Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ballpark is tomorrow so here is a quick 10 tips survival guide to make the experience more enjoyable as you guzzle locally brewed Michigan craft beers!
1. Bring patience, the event sold out in only 3 hours and that was for 6,000 people so you can expect the line to get in to be long, remember this is supposed to be fun and festive, plus there’s beer inside so relax!
Long lines at winter beer fest
2. It’s Michigan. In February. It’s probably going to be cold. Or maybe hot. Probably very cold. Bring winter weather clothes, a snowmobile suit probably would be a good idea, layers lots of layers. Remember just because you drink a bit and ‘feel’ warm your body can actually be very cold, alcohol doesn’t really warm you up it just moves the blood to your skin.
warm weather clothes while waiting for beer
3. Because you will be sampling lots of fine Michigan made craft beers at the Winter Beer Festival and that requires you to carry a cup you should put extra thought into what kind of gloves or mittens you will wear. Frozen fingers make it hard to grip your beer filled cups! These ‘Beer Cozy Mittens’ look like a good idea but whatever you wear make sure they are warm and have some grip to keep ahold of your beers.
Beer Cozy Mittens
4. Silly hats seem to be a recurring theme at the Winter Beer Fest. Not only is a hat a good idea to keep your head warm and prolong your drinking but they can help your friends find you in the crowds. Plus as you drink more they will help you make new friends as people giggle at your silly headgear.
Silly Hats
5. Don’t forget that while you are drinking all that tasty beer you might want to cleanse your palate, or maybe eat some snacks to help soak up some of that booze and let you keep drinking. A great way to keep your hands free to hold beer and yet carry some snacks with you is to string pretzels or any other food on a string and tie it around your neck like a necklace! Candy, donuts, sandwiches, meats, practically any food item can be strung around your neck to provide a quick food boost while you continue sampling Michigans finest beverages.
Snacks on a string necklace
6. Transportation is another consideration, the beer fest is suggesting you carpool due to limited parking because of the huge snow piles. Also after having sampled all the beer you can handle remember you should have a designated driver or other transportation option. There are Taxis, and even a shuttle service but plan ahead and make reservations.
GR Hopper shuttle for beer fest
7. Things allowed into the beer festival: Folding / camping chairs, water, hydration backpacks, and empty plastic or metal beverage receptacles.
8. Things not allowed inside the beer fest: No outside alcohol, dogs, anyone under 21, or glass containers will be allowed through the festival gates.
9. If you need to use a bathroom there will be Port-a-Potties available but they are outside so prepare your bum for the cold, if anyone has a tip to make cold weather Porta Potties easier to use I’d sure like to know!
winter beer fest porta potties
10. Don’t forget your state issued ID, you have to be 21 to enter!! Also if you are a Brewers Guild enthusiast bring that card as well. Of course bring your ticket too, those are like the golden ticket to the candy factory for adults 😉
Need ID to drink at winter beer fest

That’s all the tips I have for the 2014 Winter Beer Festival in Grand Rapids, if you have any other great tips for beer enthusiasts please comment and let me know for next year! Be safe and have FUN.

Winter Beer Festival

Tickets are sold out to the 9th annual Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival for Saturday February 22nd at the fifth third ball park. There will be over 800 different craft beers to try if you are lucky enough to have a ticket and we can hope the warm weather will shine through on that day for all the visitors. You can keep up to date with happenings using the ‪#‎MiWBF14 tag on twitter or facebook.

The Great Fox Brew HaHa 2014

February 14th and 15th at the Deltaplex is the Great Brew HaHa. Doors open at 5PM on Friday and 1PM on Saturday. Event concludes at 10 PM both days. Check out over 100 amazing craft beers and laugh with comedians Al Jackson and Pat McGann and many others. Also there is GRSSC Beer Olympics going on inside too. This is a fun way to spend a day sampling beers from many vendors inside during the winter and you get to enjoy comedy too as a bonus!

9th Annual Winter Beer Festival in GR

Grand Rapids 5th3rd Ballpark will again play host to the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival Saturday, February 22, 2014 – 1pm to 6pm. This event sells out within a few hours of being announced so if you don’t have tickets you are probably out of luck but if you are lucky enough to have gotten a ticket congratulations!
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