Thursday, July 14, 2011

Weekend Beer Events - July 14-17

Looking for something to do this weekend?  As always, Michigan isn't going to let you down.  Check out some of these great beer events going on throughout the weekend!

Thursday, July 14:

ABC Brew Pub - Beer Tasting: Wheats and Lambics
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 if purchased on tasting day.  Call 734-213-1393 to order tickets over the phone.
Venue: Arbor Brewing Company
Address: 114 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: "This tasting truly has something for every palate. From light and fruity wits, to clean refreshing American wheats to knock your socks off sour Belgian Lambics. We’ll select the best 2 dozen or so brews from the wide spectrum of wheat beers and pair them with an appetizer buffet, provide style and tasting notes, and top off the night with a door prize drawing."

Friday, July 15:

A Sip of Michigan - Birthday Bash (this event is SOLD OUT -- hopefully you already have your tickets!)
Time: 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
Cost: Sold Out
Venue: The Rattlesnake Club
Address: 300 River Place, Array, Detroit, MI
Details: "Join us for the biggest bash of the summer! We are joining forces with the Rattlesnake Club in Detroit  and Homefront Hugs to put on the second Sip of Michigan party in honor of our 1st birthday. All event profits will be going to Homefront Hugs, a Michigan-based organization dedicated to taking care of our troops stationed overseas, our wounded heroes,and our brave military families for 10 years now since 9-11." 

Corks for Conservation
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Cost: $40/person or $75/couple; Pre-event wine tasting class - $15/person
Venue:  Binder Park Zoo
7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek, MI 49014
Details: "Come to Binder Park Zoo’s Corks for Conservation wine tasting event on Friday, July 15th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm and sample some of the best wine and beer Michigan has to offer! Enjoy the Zoo after-hours with live music, delicious hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, live animal presentations, a complimentary Corks for Conservation wine glass and of course wine from over eight Michigan based wineries and beer from Arcadia Brewing Co., all while helping conserve endangered wildlife!"

New Holland Brewing Co. Backyard Beer-B-Q
Time:  5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost:  No cover charge
Venue:  New Holland Brewing Co.
Address:  66 East 8th St., Holland, MI
Details:  "Our Backyard Beer-B-Q Series is in full swing at New Holland Brewing Co. Restaurant & Pub! Join us this and every Friday out back on the patio!   This Friday, July 15, we will be featuring live music from 5:00 – 8:00 pm with Rick Doogie and food hot off the grill to tantalize your taste buds. Grab your favorite New Holland brew and join us every Friday through the summer out back on the patio!"

Free Mead Tasting at B. Nektar Meadery
Time: 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Cost: Free
Venue: B. Nektar Meadery
Address:  1505 Jarvis, Suite B, Ferndale, MI 48220
Details: "Mead is one of the oldest forms of fermented beverages.  At it’s most basic, mead is a simple wine fermented from honey, water and yeast.  B. Nektar’s award-winning meads start with good quality raw honey and then improvise from there.
On the first and 3rd Friday of every month, B. Nektar opens its doors to the public.  Taste a wide selection of the meads, talk to our meadmakers about what we do, meet other mead enthusiasts and homebrewers, and see where the magic happens- all for absolutely free.  It’s a great time- all that’s missing is you."

Saturday, July 16:

First Annual Riverwalk Grill Microbrew Beer Fest
Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cost: For Reservations and ticket information, please call: 989-246-9123
Venue: Riverwalk Place
Address: 777 W. Cedar Ave, Gladwin, MI
Details: "Featuring live music from The Blues Creators, this beer fest will feature beer samples, burgers and brats, and a full service bar. Come join in the fun!"

Roots Rock Reggae Fest wsg Zion Lion

Time: 7:00 pm to 1:30 am
Cost: Free admission
Venue: New Holland Brewing Co.
Address: 66 E. 8th St., Holland, MI
Details: "Hey Mon! It’s time again for this year’s Reggae Party on Saturday, July 16! The evening will start with front man Adrian Butler, of the band A.B! & Coconut Brown, spinning da beats from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. This year’s headliner is Zion Lion, performing from 10:00 pm – 1:00 am. Zion Lion is know as the “baddest reggae band” to hit the West Michigan music scene. The members are a combination of several bands from the Kalamazoo area that crossed each other’s path along the way and decided to form what they call the right mix of reggae."

Brewery Vivant Tours
Time:  12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
Cost:  $5 and includes beer samples
Venue:  Brewery Vivant
Address:  925 Cherry Street Southest, Grand Rapids, MI
Details:  "Want to learn about what makes Brewery Vivant beer so special? There is no better way than to learn from the very people whose passion put that beer in your glass. Tours are also a lot of fun. Impress your out-of-town guests by bringing them down to see how your local beer is made.

Official Brewery tours are given every Saturday at noon and 2:00. No reservations needed, just show up. Must be 21 years or older to take the tour.  Cost of the tour is $5 and includes beer samples.  All tour attendees get 10% off coupon from the company store.  Use it for shirts, hats, beer glasses, or take a 4 pk or case of beer home with you."

Sunday, July 17:

Microbrew Tastings with The Traverse City Tall Ship Co.
Time:  All day
Cost:  $50 per person
Venue:  Traverse City Tall Ship Co.
Address:  13390 S.W. Bay Shore Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684
Details:  "Join us on Sunday evenings aboard the tall ship Manitou (mid-June through Labor Day) for a sampling of superb local beer from Short’s Brewing Company , paired with Traverse City’s own Crusted Creations pizza.  For more information please call 231-941-2000 or 800-678-0383. "

Open Jazz Jam Session at HopCat
Time:  7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Cost:  No cover
Venue:  HopCat
Address:  25 Ionia SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Details:  "Every Sunday night West Michigan's jazz artists and jazz fans will have a place to relax and hang and get together for an 'old skool' jam session at HopCat in downtown Grand Rapids. After the first set, competent musicians and serious jazz students will be invited to join the trio hosted by drummer Randy Marsh. There may be an occasional Organissimo sighting when Jim Alfredson is home off the road."


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