We're almost to the end of Michigan Craft Beer Month and over halfway through the summer (oops, I said it!), so it's time to make the most of what's left! Get out and enjoy some of these great beer events going on this weekend. Seth and I will be kicking off the last weekend in July by attending the 1st Semi-Annual "Weird Michigan" Beer and Food Exhibition at Shark Club in Howell tonight. It's going to be a great chance to enjoy some of the rarest beers in the state, so we hope to see you there!
Thursday, July 28:
1st Semi-Annual "Weird Michigan" Beer and Food Exhibition
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Cost: No cover. $1 4-oz tastes, special beer and food prices
Venue: Shark Club
Address: 1140 S. Michigan Ave, Howell, MI
Details: "Celebrate all that is weird, strange, unique and wonderfully Michigan. We will be featuring the most unique beer this state has to offer as well as its quintessential foods. Join us for Beer, Food and Trivia centered around weird Michigan facts and brewery facts. We will have a ton of giveaways and people from the industry to mingle with."
For more information and to see a list of some of the beers that will be offered, click the link above.
Cask conditioned ale tapping at Fort Street Brewery
Time: 8:00 pm to 2:00 am
Cost: Varies depending on the beer
Venue: Fort Street Brewery
Address: 1660 Fort St., Lincoln Park, MI
Details: A new cask is tapped every Thursday. For more information, call 313-389-9620
Friday, July 29:
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, Jul2 29, we will be featuring live music from 5:00 – 8:00 pm with Red Tail Ring 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!"
Saturday, July 30:
3rd Annual Brew-Ha-Ha!
Time: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $5 Gets you the official Brew-Ha-Ha! souvenir mug and first beer.
Venue: Fort St. Brewery
Address: 1660 Fort St., Lincoln Park, MI 48146
Details: "5 of our own beers on tap, including 8 new ones! 8 More beers on tap from Buckeye Brewing Co. & Voodoo Brewing Co. Live music from Odd Man Rush & McSpillin' Starting at 2 p.m. Brewery collectables for sale! A live brewing demonstration!"
Busch's Great Tastes of Michigan
Time: Busch’s of Ann Arbor: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm & Busch’s of Saline 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: Busch's of Ann Arbor and Saline
Address: 2020 Green Road, Ann Arbor & 565 E. Michigan Ave, Saline
Details: "Free Samples from all over Michigan! Featuring OVER 40 different companies and products. Enter to win a Michigan Vineyard Weekend. See store for details."
Pig & Whiskey
Time: 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Cost: Free to attend, tickets necessary for food and drinks.
Venue: Downtown Ferndale
Address: E. Troy Street between the WAB and The Emory
Details: "Metro Times is partnering with the Woodward Avenue Brewers (WAB) and the Emory to close E. Troy Street for this event and the event will be free to attend. Pig and Whiskey will be the premier regional barbecue event with a whiskey-drenched twist.
Whiskey and BBQ will be available to sample from 12-8 p.m. Live music begins at 5 p.m. and will end with the Detroit Cobras at 9:45 p.m. The beer tent will stay open through the entertainment! Pig and Whiskey is free to attend!"
For more details, and to see a list of Michigan beers that will be available, click the link above.
Sunday, July 31:
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
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."