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TC Winter Microbrew & Music Festival, Feb. 8th, 4-10 pm

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An urban winter wonderland will greet craft brew, music and culinary lovers at the 5th Annual Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Musical Festival, Saturday, February 8, 2014 in downtown Traverse City.

This year, the popular regional festival will be hosted in the heart of downtown Traverse City in the Farmers Market lots on Union Street and Grandview Parkway. The event will feature thirty-five craft breweries – and their brewers or brewer representatives from Michigan. A handful of carefully selected national brands, with more than one-hundred and fifty flavors of brews, wines, ciders and meads will be present; along with live musical acts, marching bands, a silent disco and local food vendors. Festivities are scheduled to take place from 4-10 pm.

Early Bird tickets are sold out. If you purchased in advance, and you’re an early bird, you are welcome to enter the event at 3 pm. Non-early birdies are welcomed to enter at 4 pm. This is a 21-year-old and up event – ID’s will be asked for at the door. Be sure to carry your ID with you all night! And don’t leave it anywhere!
Highlights of the Night:

Friday Night Brewer’s Dinner hosted by the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in the Resort’s Michigan Ballroom, the Friday evening before the festival (February 7th). The dinner will be guided by Beervangelist, Fred Bueltmann, and will feature brewers or brewery ambassadors. Guests will enjoy eleven small plates paired with eleven (4oz) beer samples, and live music by PitchBlak Brass Band. Additional drinks and dinner tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Sunday Morning Brewer’s Scratch Brunch Buffet, from 10-1 pm at The Workshop Brewing Company February 9th. The WBC is a perfect spot to cure what “ales” you after a long hard night of Microbrew & Music festivities. Chef Scott is cooking up something sweet with eggs, potatoes and bacon…not necessarily in that order.
Too many brews to choose from and not sure where to start? Try going on the ‘Rare Beer Tour.’ You’ll check out Petoskey Brewing’s ‘Wookie Kisses,’ North Peak’s ‘Cortez The Killer,’ Short’s ‘Bourbon Carrot Cake (Early Bird Special), Brewery Vivant’s ‘Love Shadow,’ as well as other rare beer specials. The ‘Rare Beer Tour’ will take you through the festival site with stops at several brewery tents where a specialty rare beer will be tapped every twenty minutes. The tour includes a story for each rare beer surprise.

The Microbrew & Music Festival aims to create an interactive, educational and truly unique brew experience. This year, the Community Brew Series has been introduced into the mix of festivities. The Community Brew Series is a collaboration of craft beers brewed at and with the local breweries and festival team. At this winter’s festival, the Beggars Brewery’s “Beggars Private Eyes Dunkelweizen” and North Peak Brewing Company’s “Cortez The Killer” are the two featured CBS brews. For more information, visit the Beer Lady’s blog at: beerlady231.wordpress.com.

Teaming up with ‘Bad Teacher,’ the festival will also feature Homebrewer’s Challenge – time to team up! Nine brewers will be competing for three winning spots. The style is stout and each brewer will bring five U.S. Gallons of their kegged brew for the competition. Want to know more? Show up at the event!
Brews featured include:

Acoustic Draft Mead, Arbor Brewing Co., Arcadia Ales, Beard’s Brewery, Beggar’s Brewery, Bell’s Brewery, Blue Point Brewing Co., Brewery Ferment, Brewery Vivant, Clown Shoes, Dark Horse Brewing Co., Epic Brewing Co., Filling Station Microbrewery, Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery, Founders Brewing Co., Great Lakes Brewing Co., Greenbush Brewing Co., Green Flash Brewing Co., Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Left Foot Charley, Mount Pleasant Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing Co., New Holland Brewing Co., North Peak Brewing Co., Odd Side Ales, Petoskey Brewing, Schmohz Brewery, Short’s Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., St. Ambrose Cellars, Stormcloud Brewing Co., Vander Mill Ciders

Featured Musicians include:
Mustard Plug, Frontier Ruckus, Third Coast Kings, Don Julin & Billy Strings, Chardon Polka Band, PitchBlak Brass Band, Grand Traverse Pipes & Drums, DJ Dominate, Deep Blue Water Samba School, Brett Mitchell, Miriam Pico, Andrew Sturtz, Younce Guitar Duo

Hungry? Get your grub on with some of these local favorites:
Siren Hall (you want to try their blackened whitefish!!), Roaming Harvest, Michigan Venison Company, House of Doggs, Pigs Eatin’ Ribs, Bay Town Kitchen
After Parties
Inside Out Gallery: Featuring the Third Coast Kings. $5 cover. 9:00 p.m.
The Workshop Brewing Company

*100% of alcohol sales from the event will benefit Bay Area Recycling for Charities’ Xero Waste Events, a local non-profit organization providing comprehensive recycling services to the region and contributing an annual portion of its revenues to local charities and summer festivals. At the 2013 Summer Microbrew & Music Festival, $20,000 was raised for local non-profit CherryT Ball which directly supported local food banks and Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center.

Sam Porter, founder of the Microbrew & Music Festival, anticipates the Festival will provide a burst of energy to the downtown region. “We’ve welcomed over 50,000 ticket buyers to nine Microbrew and Music festivals over the past five years to experience the craft brew culture and great music of our community. Our goal is to have another sold-out festival and help drive thousands of residents and visitors into downtown merchants, bars and restaurants during an otherwise slow week in February,” he says.
Porter adds that after-parties at downtown establishments will further connect festival attendees with the downtown district.

General admission tickets are $40. Tickets include a custom 7oz. tasting glass, $10 worth of drink tokens, BATA shuttle service, music, and all other festival amenities. Additional drink tokens will be available for purchase on-site for $2 each.

Tickets and festival details are available at www.microbrewandmusic.com. Festival announcements, giveaways, and other information can be found at www.facebook.com/microbrewandmusic. Attendees are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as the festival has sold out in past years. Ticket buyers must be at least 21-years-old.

The Microbrew & Music Festival educates, celebrates, and inspires community collaboration through the joy of craft brew and great music while raising funds for nonprofits.

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