Michigan Craft Beer is King

Budweiser can call itself “King” all it wants, but Michiganders know the truth. When it comes to craft beer, Michigan is the place to look.

This weekend marks the ninth annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival at the Grand Traverse Commons. Featuring more than 50 breweries from all around Michigan, as well as both local and national musical talent, the festival will run Friday (8/27) from 4pm-10pm and Saturday (8/28) from 3pm-10pm.

Over the past several years Michigan has become known as a hotbed for craft breweries, and it seems that wherever your Mitten getaway lands you, there is a unique and delicious craft brewery not too far away. According to the Pure Michigan website, Michigan is “fifth in the nation in the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs.”

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Photo by Bernt Rostad.

We all have our favorite. Whether it’s Bell’s, or Founders, or Short’s, or New Holland, or Frankenmuth, or Cheboygan, or Atwater, or any of the dozens and dozens of others, there’s a special bottle with a clever name and a unique logo that we can all claim as our personal choice. The positive reviews on the various brews are endless.

via Instagram, @BellsBrewery
via Instagram, @BellsBrewery

There have even been Michigan craft brewery tours created by the various brewers and organizations. If you haven’t taken one yet—or even if you have for that matter—you need to check them out.

Are you a stout person? Give Founders Breakfast Stout a try. Maybe you’re an IPA fan? Look no further than Short’s Bonafide Legit. Or, maybe lighter beers are your thing? That’s easy—pick up some of Cheboygan’s La Cerveza.

The selection is outstanding for whatever your palate desires. Head out to your local party store, find the “Michigan” section and grab whatever looks most appealing. You’ll love it.

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4 Comments

  1. I recently moved from Ohio to Oregon, and I can confirm after travelling up north, spending a month on Superior at Hurricane River, and generally being a huge fan of craft beers: The west coast has a few, a bare few. One can’t find Founders, Fat Heads, Bells or many of the other Awesome Oh/Mi/Pa brews out here at all. There seems to be a movement toward heavy-hopped wheat beers with lighter malts here, rather than the massive stouts and meaty IPA’s I was used to finding in Mi and Oh. Forget Maryland, where I lived in the interim, one can’t even find Troegs seasonals, nor much more than Stone’s offerings at most places that claim to have craft beers. Every time I go back east, I have to swear to bring beer back to oregon for friends who also lived in Ohio and other friends who have become Breakfast stout and Harvest ale (founders) fans.

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