2014 Winter Microbrew & Music Festival
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Farmers Market parking lot at the corner of Union Street & Grandview Parkway in downtown Traverse City
Ages 21+

GA Tickets : 4pm – 10pm
Early Bird : 3pm10pm (early bird tickets are sold out)


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An urban winter wonderland will greet craft brew, music and culinary lovers at the Fifth Annual Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival scheduled for 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 about 35 craft breweries – and their brewers or brewer reps – from Michigan, a handful of carefully selected national brands, 150+ flavors of brews, wines, ciders and meads, live musical acts, marching bands, a silent disco, and local food vendors. Festivities are scheduled to take place from 4-10 p.m. (Early Bird festivities begin at 3 p.m.).


Friday Night Brewer’s Dinner
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa will host a Brewer’s Dinner in the Resort’s Michigan Ballroom the Friday evening, February 7, before the Winter Microbrew & Music Festival. The dinner will be guided by Beervangelist Fred Bueltmann and will feature brewers or brewery ambassadors, 11 small plates paired with 11 (4oz) beer samples, and live music by PitchBlak Brass Band. Additional drink and dinner tickets will be available for purchase.

Sunday Morning Brewer’s Scratch Brunch Buffet
Join us on Sunday morning, February 9, from 10 a.m. ’til 1 p.m. for a Scratch Brunch Buffet at The Workshop Brewing Company. A perfect spot to cure what “ales” you after a long hard night of Microbrew-&-Music-festing! Chef Scott is cookin’ up “something with eggs, something with potatoes, something sweet, and something with bacon” … not necessarily in that order. Yum! Click here for more info.

Rare Beer Tour
Check out Petoskey Brewing’s Wookie Kisses, North Peak’s Cortez The Killer, Short’s Bourbon Carrot Cake (served to the Early Birds), Brewery Vivant’s Love Shadow, and several other rare beers at the festival! New this year is our first Rare Beer Tour. This tour will travel through the Festival site with stops at several brewery tents where a specialty rare beer will be tapped every 20 minutes. The Tour will include a story for each rare beer straight from a brewer or brewery spokesperson!

Community Brew Series
The Microbrew & Music Festival aims to create an interactive, educational and truly unique brew experience. Starting in 2014 we are introducing our Community Brew Series – collaborative craft beers brewed at and with the local breweries and our festival team. At this winter’s Festival, we will feature two Community Brews: Beggars Brewery’s “Beggars Private Eyes Dunkelweizen” and North Peak Brewing Company’s “Cortez The Killer.” For more info, visit our Beer Lady’s blog at beerlady231.wordpress.com.

Homebrewer’s Challenge
Bad Teacher and the Microbrew & Music Festival are teaming up again to produce the MBMF Homebrewer’s Challenge. This year we have nine brewers competing for 3 winning spots.  The style is stout and each brewer will bring 5 U.S. Gallons of  their kegged brew for the competition. Click here for more information!

Brews! (click here for flavors and descriptions)
this list may change without notice
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

Music! (click here for musician bios)
this list may change without notice
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

Yummy Grub! (click here for menus)
Siren Hall, 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. More details to come
The Workshop Brewing Co.: details to come

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, give-aways, 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.