Thursday, August 18, 2011

Weekend Beer Events - August 18-21

This weekend is a very special one.  Why?  Because this weekend, for three hours only, you will have the rare opportunity to taste some sweet, sweet nectar of the gods poured by the delicate hands of Seth and myself.  That's right -- from 1pm to 4pm this Saturday, we will be pouring beer at Suds on the Shore in Ludington.  

Okay, so maybe the part about us pouring your beer isn't really that exciting, but we went to Suds on the Shore last year and it was a really fun time, so you should at least go for that reason.  Plus, you get to drink beer and help benefit the United Way of Mason County at the same time.  Everybody wins.  So, we hope to see you out there!

Thursday, August 18:  

Brew For The River -- Jolly Pumpkin
Time: 4:00 pm
Cost: Proceeds will benefit the Huron River Watershed Council
Venue: Jolly Pumpkin
Address: 311 S. Main St, Ann Arbor
"The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) and five of Michigan’s most famous microbreweries will celebrate the Huron River with special public events on Thursdays, August 11 through September 8, 2011. Wolverine (8/11), Jolly Pumpkin (8/18), Grizzly Peak (8/25), Arbor Brewing (9/1) and Blue Tractor (9/8) will participate. Each brewer has something special planned for their night and will donate a portion of their proceeds to HRWC. Attend all five events for a chance to win 10 months of beer or a priority spot for Jolly Pumpkin’s limited beer releases. Winners will be announced at Blue Tractor on September 8 and must be present to win. Visit, or contact Margaret Smith at HRWC,, (734) 769-5123 ext 605 to learn more, including how to get a Brews for the River passport to win prizes.

Beer is around 90 percent water, and it takes good quality water to brew good beer. Here in Ann Arbor brewers get their water from the Huron River, the cleanest in Southeast Michigan. HRWC works to protect our source of safe, clean water every day. Everyone is invited to raise their glass to support water quality, water conservation, and HRWC’s good work for the river since 1965.

Jolly Pumpkin (8/18) 311 South Main, Brewer Ron Jefferies premiers Hummocky Lick Sumac Sensation Starting at 4 p.m"

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, August 19:

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 2011 has begun! Every Friday we’ll be grillin’ on our back patio starting at 5pm. Each week we’ll have a different recipe using a New Holland beer. Grab your favorite NHB brew and rock out to the classics by your buds."

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, August 20:

Suds On The Shore
Time:  1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Cost:  $25 in advance/$30 at the gate. Ticket includes: entry, 8 tokens, and a souvenir mug
Venue:  Ludington City Park
Details: "Suds on the Shore is a craft beer and Michigan wine tasting festival (and home brew competition) held annually to benefit United Way of Mason County."

Dark Horse Annual Chicken Wing Thing
Time: 3:00 pm to 12:00 am
Cost: $7 at the door
Venue: Dark Horse Brewing Co.
Address: 511 South Kalamazoo Avenue, Marshall, MI
Details: Chicken wings, sauces galore, beer, cornhole tournament, and rock!

The Livery 6th Anniversary Party
Time: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Venue: The Livery
Address: 190 5th Street, Benton Harbor
Details: "An afternoon “Garden Party” from 12 to 6 pm. Custom menu from our Cafe.  DJ Danny Boy returns with his epic vinyl collection.

Livery 6th Anniversary Ale: Imperial brown ale aged in a rye barrel
Impeche: Barrel aged peach ale
Golden Nectar: Barrel aged nectarine ale
Trippel Weizenbock: Bourbon barrel aged wheat lager
Carvaceous: Barrel aged hoppy & sour ale blend"

Sunday, August 21:

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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