In this article we’re going to list the best microbreweries in Michigan.
And what better way to kick off the top 10 best Michigan made beer festival list than with the best annual Michigan craft beer festival in both the lower and upper peninsula?
Michigan Cider Dayze Festival
As Michigan’s craft beer industry soars to new heights, the hard cider business follows closely in its footsteps. What was once a tiny subculture of the mainstream beer population will soon become mainstream, and Cider Dayze, hosted at Blake Farm’s compound, is such an event to spearhead the new changes.
Need a ride? No sweat, partner. We got you covered. Swing by Woodward Avenue Brewery in Ferndale, MI and purchase a $5 bus ticket (one-way) to the festival, or a round-trip ticket for $10 from the festival back to the original pick-up location. But hurry. Limited seating is available and tickets sell out fast.
Michigan’s premier festival is a non-profit event held at Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill: 17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada, MI 48005, United States on August 27th and 28th
Beer City Spring Fest
Here Michigan beer lovers are teleported to Michigan beer heaven (conveniently located in a small corner of craft beer heaven) at this pro-Michigan brew fest, which in the past included top-notch breweries such as Brewery Vivant, Founders, New Holland, and Bell’s.
Ed Quint from Byron Center, MI recently commented, “As first time beer fest attendees, the experience at Springfest was enlightening to say the least. My son Max & I enjoyed tasting beers from breweries we have never been to, listened to live music, and shared a few laughs with fellow “beer enthusiasts”. The Fairgrounds were a perfect venue & the weather was awesome! Hats off to the organizers for making our first fest experience wonderfully tasty.”
This festival is held in Hudsonville at 56th St., Hudsonville, MI 49426
8th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival
If you’ve been to one of the nation’s largest farmers market, you will know that Eastern Market is well-known to have dozens of varieties of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, and meats to choose from at unbeatable prices.
What few people DO know is that for two days out the year it also becomes one of the most popular beer festivals in Michigan.
With over 75 breweries and more than 700 beers, your drink selection is just as diverse as your food pairings at Eastern Market. Rain or shine this event is being held along with live music and ready-to-eat food available for purchase.
The 8th annual Detroit Fall beer fest is held at the infamous Eastern Market district: 2934 Russell St Detroit, MI 48207 on October 21 from 5:00 P.M – 9:00 P.M and October 22nd from 1:00 P.M to 6:00 P.M EST.
2016 Summer Beer Festival
With over 1,000 beers from more than 100 of the best Michigan craft breweries to sample from, you can’t go wrong with free live entertainment, music from a variety of local Michigan bands and made-to-order food.
The 2016 Summer Beer Festival is held at the Riverside Park in the historic Depot Town, Ypsilanti, MI on July 22nd from 5:00 P.M – 9:00 P.M and July 23rd from 1:00 P.M to 6:00 P.M EST. Tickets are $35 in advance; $40 at the gate, if available.
12th Annual Winter Beer Festival
The 2017 Winter Beer Festival will feature over 100 Michigan breweries and brewpubs statewide. Each ticket comes with 15 tasting tokens which you can then exchange for 3 oz. Samples of over 1000 different craft beers (please note some specialty beers may require 2 tokens per 3 oz. sample)
Guests will also have exclusive access to fine music from local Michigan bands, other entertainment, ice sculpture demonstrations, and fire pits to warm up by over a nice glass of cold beer.
The 12th Annual Winter Beer Festival is held at Fifth Third Ballpark at Comstock Park just north of Grand Rapids, MI on February 24th from 5:00 P.M – 9:00 P.M and February 25th from 1:00 P.M to 6:00 P.M EST.
8th Annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival
Ever dreamed of overlooking Lake Superior in the scenic Mattson Lower Harbor Park in downtown Marquette while sipping on 400 locally created beers from more than 60 Michigan breweries state-wide?
We have. Now you can, too! The U.P. Fall Beer Festival allows you to enjoy a variety of delicious food from area restaurants while listening to talented line-up musicians ‘jam their hearts out’ while enjoying a cold one.
The 8th U.P. Fall Beer Festival is held at Ellwood’s a Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette, MI 49855 on September 10th from 1:00 P.M to 6:00 P.M EST only.
Annual Lansing Beer Festival
Lansing Beer Fest features 25+ breweries including Michigan’s favorite Blake’s Hard Cider, Acoustic Draft Mead, Arbor Brewing Co., Arcadia Ales, Right Brain Brewery Co., Old Nation Brewing, Spartan Beer, The Gallery Brewery, Uncle John’s Hard Cider, Founders Brewing, Eagle Monk Brewery and many others.
In addition to great beer, cider, mead, spirits and wine, they have food truck courts, live music, vendors and more!
Advance tickets are $30 ($35 at the gate) and $40 for VIP which includes early NOON entry, a festival glass and 15 tasting tickets.
The Annual Lansing Beer Festival is an outdoor event held on Washington Ave. Between South ST. And Elm St. In REO town on June 18th from 1:00 P.M to 6:00 P.M.
Annual Founders Fest
The 10th Annual Founders Fest features a number of exclusive and/or rare beer tappings and two stages of live music at Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI. It is Founders biggest and best party of each year celebrating with beer, music and food.
A variety of local food vendors line the streets with their best fare, and some of the area’s most talented artisans showcase their wares at Artist’s Row. Super Happy Funtime Entertainment provides thrilling sideshow acts, and the High Five Program assists in waste diversion to keep the festival green.
It runs from 3 – 11 p.m on Grandville Ave., right in front of the brewery.
Bell’s 30th Anniversary Funvitational
Bell’s Funvitational is known to draw die-hard beer fans from all across the state, many of whom wait for hours for the chance to purchase a single ticket.
One of Bell’s patrons, Landis, said, “I just heard how big the festival would be and I wanted to go.”
The event is expected to have over 60 craft beers including 4 from other states. Most beer enthusiasts consider it the biggest beer festival in the entire state.
The event will be held at Homer Stryker Field at Mayors Riverfront Park on September 12th. Tickets are $45 per person.
World Expo of Beer
Bold name fitting for a eclectic event held at Frankenmuth’s Heritage Park. With a single admission ticket only $10, it is by far one of the least expensive entries on the entire list, although sampling tickets are sold separately.
This Expo is an annual fund-raising event held by the Frankenmuth Jaycees on the third weekend each May in Frankenmuth, MI. It features nearly 300 different beers available all around the world.
All proceeds are donated to charitable causes statewide.
This concludes the top 10 best Michigan craft beer festivals list. There’s no question that the list above are some of the best we have in Michigan today. There are several more but we wanted to narrow it down to some of the best we here at Blake’s Hard Cider had the pleasure to be vendors at ourselves over the years.
Does that make us a bit biased?
But it also makes us hardcore fans ourselves of these various festivals giving breweries a golden platform to ‘strut their stuff’.
It’s not about competition among vendors, although we’re all competitors, it’s about sharing our newest and latest creations with you, our supporters that keep us in business and sharing a common desire to create the best damn hard cider and craft beer in the universe!
(Hey. We can dream, right?!)
We were drinking aficionados, and still are, before we became producers. With our years of experience and love of this business, we believe you’ll get the most value out of putting any one or more of these festive events on your calendar to attend to next to support our local breweries, pubs, winery and cider products. Without you there is no us. So on behalf of Blake’s, we wish to simply say:
“Thank you for your support, and may you and your family continue doing so for generations and generations”.
Blake’s Hard Cider Team