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Michigan summer beer festival

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Michigan Summer Beer Fest

Enjoying a variety of beers
Photo provided by Visit Ypsilanti

What is the best way to spend your summer? Enjoying great food, beer, and unique music! Well if one or all of these are on your list then you should attend the 17th Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival, which is the oldest beer festival by the Michigan Brewers Guild.

Imagine taking the afternoon to select from over 800 varieties of craft beer from more than 80 different breweries in the state. The best part of the Michigan Summer Beer Festival is the fact that it happens, come rain or sunshine. The festival is held in picturesque Riverside Park along the Huron River near Historic Depot Town in Ypsilanti, MI. The town of Ypsilanti is located next to Ann Arbor, MI, which is one of the most happening and progressive cities in the area.

The summer beer festival is a great reason to plan a weekend in Ypsilanti, MI, as there are many wonderful things to see and do in the area.

Michigan Beer Festival
The biggest and oldest beer festival in Michigan is set to start Friday July 25th at 5:30pm and will continue in Saturday July 26th starting at 1pm. The Michigan Brewers Guild invites craft brewers from all over Michigan this years event will include more brewers this year than in previous years showcasing their beers. Some of last year’s brewers included Arbor Brewing Co., Dark Horse Brewing Co., Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Motor City Brewing Works and many, many more. In addition to great beers there will be a variety of food choices from across the state available for purchase, as well as live musical performances by various bands from around Michigan. Musical acts for Friday, July 25th are Four Block Empire who feature blues and rock. On the acoustic stage Abigail Stauffer trio and Dragon Wagon who is a bluegrass band. DJ Lewis will be spinning all night for the crowds on Friday. Saturday’s acts feature The Reefermen who are a rock, blues and reggae band from 1 – 3pm and the Sponge who is an alternative rock band from 5-7pm with DJ Danny Boy through out the day. For the beer enthusiast this is an ideal way to spend a summer day, as it has everything the beer drinker is wanting in a festival. This year’s event expects thousands of people to attend with Saturday already being sold out, but tickets are still available for Friday, July 25th. Please keep in mind that this is a 21 and older event.
Ypsilanti has many great things to offer in the area for one to do while in town for the Summer Beer Festival below are just a few places to check out.

Ypsilanti Farmers Market
Whenever you visit a new place, the first place you should scout is the local market. The Depot Town Farmers market is a must visit to get a feel of the local fresh produce and culture. Open every Saturday from May to October between 9am to 1pm.

Automotive Heritage Museum
For those interested in vintage cars, the Heritage Museum is a worth visit. Witness some of the best machines and auto engineering from over 100 car manufactures, all under one roof at the Automotive Heritage Museum. You can also check out the Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Car Show, which is one of the longest running vintage auto shows for Volkswagen.

Yankee Air Museum
One of the unique stops in the area is the Yankee Air Museum with over 47,000 square feet of aviation history on display at Willow Run Airport. This airfield served as a plant to build the B-24 Bomber starting in 1941 and where B-25 bombers are still flown out of today. While visiting the museum make sure to book an experience of a lifetime and enjoy the thrill of flight in their B-17 “Yankee Lady” or B-25 “Yankee Warrior”

The nightlife in Ypsilanti is another added attraction to spend some amazing time with your loved ones at a pub or dancing to some groovy music at a club. Right from old school bars, state of the art lounges, pubs with an old worldly charm; Ypsilanti has it all. So choose what works best for you and spend a good time over dinner and drinks at some of the best bars in the town.

Food and Drinks
Ypsilanti offers a variety of dining options from wonderful cafes to restaurants. Café Ollie in Depot Town with the unique offering of selections including a Vegan and Vegetarian menu, as well as having several different ways to serve Mac-n-Cheese. Also be sure to check out their large selections of Michigan craft beers and wines to enjoy while in the café or take it to go. If looking for something a little sweeter try the ice cream made by a locale creamery or one of the many varieties of home made scones or one of their many adult shakes while there. Some other recommendations would be Pita Pita with their amazing Mediterranean menu of Shawarma, Fafafel, Hummus and Baklava and for great Mexican check out Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant, who make a mean Margarita and have a wonderful lunch menu. Also in the area are Aubree’s Pizzeria and Tavern and The Wurst Bar.

Fly Fishing
Now who wouldn’t want to indulge in some fishing? To calm your nerves from all the beer fest madness, fly-fishing is an excellent way to unwind and get some peace. A perfect weekend exercise, sign up for a fly-fishing extravagance and get ready with your hook, line and sinker. Shultz's Outfitters offers four seasons fly fishing on the banks of the Huron River

Arts and Theatre
How can a trip to Ypsilanti be complete without a dash of theatre and orchestra? Witness some of the best in entertainment perform at the numerous theaters across the town. Some must watch performances are Black Arts Council, Ann Arbor Symphony, Chelsea Gallery, Dale Fisher Gallery, Clay Gallery and Darwin’s Studio.

Rolling Hills County Park
For those with kids, the Rolling High County Park is a must visit. This outdoor adventure park is nestled on 363 acres and provides all year around entertainment for young and old alike. Be it gliding through the slides in the water park or hiking through the picturesque trails, fishing in the majestic lakes or just spending a quite day under the oak tree; everything about this park is just splendid. This is indeed a one stop halt for everyone in the family. Definitely recommended!!

These are some of the places that you shouldn’t miss while spending a summer weekend in Ypsilanti, but most importantly if you don’t have kids along then the Michigan Summer Beer Fest is a must visit.

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