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Fifth annual Brew-Ski Festival set for March 8 at Boyne Highlands

Once again it is time for brews and skiing at Boyne Highlands Resort when the 5th annual Brew-Ski Festival kicks off on March 8.

This group of ladies are enjoying some of the outstanding brews that were on hand last year at Boyne Highlands. With over 220 breweries, there is something for everyone.
This group of ladies are enjoying some of the outstanding brews that were on hand last year at Boyne Highlands. With over 220 breweries, there is something for everyone.
Boyne Highlands Resort
Once again it is time for alpine skiing and sampling of the brews at the fifth annual Brew-Ski Festival at Boyne Highlands Resort
Boyne Highlands Resort

What you will find is some of the best skiing in the state, with a current base of 60 - 80 inches covering 435 acres with 55 ski trails and then comes the brews. Over 220 beers will be featured from some of the best breweries in Michigan and around the world will be available for testing. Combine this with live music and grilled foods, and you have the makings for a weekend that will not be forgotten.

As it always is at Boyne Highlands, along with the unique skiing possibilities the festival will present the fun weekend in an equally unique manner, with Brew-Ski tasting taking place at the base of the slopes. The festival area is constructed of snow and all the fun will take place outdoors as it should at a ski resort, that is until the sun begins to set and the festival moves indoors.

Beginning at noon, the festival will open at the base of the slopes and with the 220 plus beers to taste, there will be plenty of time to sample the beverage. Michigan is well represented in the selection with 20 state based breweries being on hand with the best beers they have to offer. But beer is not the only beverage to sample this weekend. There will also be a variety of ciders and mead to tantalize the pallet.

No festival would be complete without music and food to enjoy and Brew-Ski will not disappoint. The band Galactic Sherpas will perform live music throughout the afternoon and when it comes to eats, there will be grilled brats from Tannery Creek Market, hot chili and hot soft baked pretzels to enjoy.

For those who try their hand at home brewing, there will be brewers on hand from the Michigan Hop Alliance along with experts from Bad Teacher Brewing Supply.

When the sun begins to set at 5 p.m., the fun will move indoors at the resort to the Zoo Bar where the Aaron Vaughn Band will provide the tunes to keep the fun going until 8 p.m. At 9 p.m. it will be time to head over to the Slopeside Lounge where the musical group Remedee performs and the fun will continue for the rest of the evening.

Of course there is a special Brew-Ski Festival event package available for those who would like to take part in the weekend fun and it is a package that will take care of the visitor from start to finish. The package includes two nights accommodations, a Friday night hors d’oeuvres reception, breakfast each day at the huge breakfast buffet and two all day lift tickets and five drink tickets for use during the event.

So that visitors can show off that they attended Brew-Ski 2014, the package also includes a commemorative T-shirt and a pint beer glass to enjoy future brews from. Depending upon the accommodations, the package starts at $262 per person.

Of course the beer tasting area will be off limits to anyone under the age of 21. Tickets can be purchased at the base of the slopes for the four-ounce beer tastings, food and other merchandise on hand.

For more information go to the Brew-Ski Festival webpage and for accommodations check out he Boyne website or call the resort directly at (800) 462-6963.

And for a look at last years festival, check out this video of the fun!

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