Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival 2013

 Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival, July 26th, 2013

Riverside Park (Ypsilanti), MI

I hadn’t been to one of the Michigan Brewers Guild’s beer festivals in what seemed like a very long time.  Kevin & I are regular attendees at SAM_0840their festivals.  The Winter festival is a blast being outdoors in the
   winter enjoying beer, followed by a great Grand Rapids nightlife.  The Summer festival is also a blast but for enjoying the outdoors in the exact opposite season.  And the Fall festival sort of bridges the gap between the Winter and Summer festivals.  We’d missed the Fall festival the previous year, and the Winter festival, so the Summer festival would be 1 full year without hitting one of these awesome events of spending a relaxing afternoon around so much good beer.


SAM_0842This year’s festival didn’t disappoint, either.  We went to the Friday evening session (5pm – 9pm), since we didn’t get our plans together until a couple weeks prior and all of the Saturday tickets were sold out.  It was a nice sunny summer afternoon, and as usual, the weather was perfect.  We had good “long Michigan summer daylight hours” providing sun for great atmosphere, but being far enough away to not melt us while we meandered about the park sampling beers.  The venue had expanded.  Each year it seemed it got a little bit bigger with another tent here, or another offshoot serving area there.


This year, the back corner along the river went back even deeper into the park.  Far enough that they had to put in 2 music areas.  The main SAM_0856shelter had a good band playing near the entrance, but as you moved to the back area, you couldn’t really hear/enjoy the music so they put a girl with a guitar and a microphone to provide live music to the rest of the area.  In addition to the new bigger area, and 2nd live music artist, we noticed there were a ton of new breweries.  It seemed like most of the breweries were ones we hadn’t heard of before.  Of course I knew about the ever-growing Michigan brewery list, and the newbies seemed to be well represented.  So we still hit our known favorites, but we also sampled a lot of new breweries.  Some good, some not so much.  But it added some new places to my list of breweries to visit on future road trips.  Which its always good to have a list like that when travelling around the state with the family…  “What?  There’s a brewery in this town?  I had no idea.  I guess we can go eat there.”  My ratings below…


5 Stars

  • 51 North, Kraken Kolsch
  • Founders Brewing, Centennial IPA


4.5 Stars

  • Witch’s Hat, Big Doedish
  • Cellar Brewing, Monkey Wrench IPA


4 Stars

  • Odd Side Ales, Dark Citra Pale Ale
  • Sherwood Brewing, MonoHop Mouteka 2IPA
  • Hopcat, Fish Ladder IPA
  • Saugatuck Brewing, Cluster FuggleSAM_0852
  • Short’s Brewing, Hopstache


3.5 Stars

  • Frankenmuth Brewing, Batch 69
  • Dark Horse Brewing, Edacsac Dekoorc Eert
  • Eaglemonk Pub & Brewery, Annie’s IPA
  • Cranker’s Brewing, Professor IPA
  • Bell’s, Roundhouse IRA


3 Stars

  • Bell’s, Two Hearted IPA
  • New Holland, Dragon’s Milk Cask
  • Paw Paw Brewing, 2Paws IPA
  • Kuhnhenn Brewing, Loonie Kuhnie


2.5 Stars

  • Atwater Brewing, WRIF Lager


2 Stars

  • Brewery Ferment, 45th Parallale