9th Annual Michigan Beer & Brat Festival

Saturday - May 24, 2014

Kick off the summer with this Memorial Day Weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy live entertainment while sampling Michigan's finest microbrews, local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets. Held outdoors, slopeside.


VIP Access: 3-4pm
Beer and Brat Festival: 4-8pm


Day of Admission
• $25, includes 5 tokens ($10 value)
• Additional tokens: $2 each
• Children 2 years old and under are free
• Admission includes commemorative glass, while they last.


Additional tokens cost $2 each and are available for purchase online or during the festival.
Two Tokens: One whole brat or full glass of beer
One Token: One half brat or half glass of beer

Festival Packages

Beer & Brat VIP Package
• $40, includes 10 tokens ($20 value)
• Early admission with exclusive access to two rare beers from the Brewer's Special Reserve Trail

Michigan Beer & Brat Festival Lodging Package
From $89 per adult, per night. Includes:
• Admission to Beer & Brat Festival (a $10 value!)
• $10 in event tokens per adult, valid towards beverages and food
• One souvenir glass per adult
• Breakfast daily
• Nightly lodging

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NEW this Year: Brewer's Special Reserve Trail

10 Michigan breweries participating in this year's festival will offer special craft beers in limited quantity, released very 30 minutes during the event. Trail Schedule:

3pm: Brewery Vivant - Undertaker, Belgian Ale
3:30pm: New Holland Brewing - Black Tulip, Belgian Tripel
4pm: Founders Brewing Co. - Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Double/Imperial Stout
4:30pm: Mt. Pleasant Brewing Co. - Peach Gruit, Herbal Ale
5pm: Bell's - Bull In a China Shop, American Barleywine
5:30pm: Short's Brewing Company - Bourbon Aphasia, Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Ale
6pm: Perrin Brewing Company - Black Goat, Double Black Lager
6:30pm: Beggars Brewery - Private Eyes, Dark Brown
7pm: Brewery Terra Firma - Little Italy, Honey Basil Ale
7:30pm: Saugatuck Brewing Company - Starburst Wheat, Wheat Ale

Beer & Brat VIP Package purchasers will enjoy a VIP reception prior to the the festival (3-4pm) that will feature two of the eight selections from the Brewer's Special Reserve Trail.

Festival Map (PDF) »


3-5pm: The Cookies

 5-8pm: The Rock Show

Michigan Breweries*





















*Confirmed 2014 Participating Breweries


Honor Family Market, Honor
• Blue Cheese-Jalapeno
• Philly Cheese
• Spinach Feta
• Roadhouse Salsa

Pleva's Meats, Cedar
• Cherry-Pecan
• Smoked Cajun

Buntings Market, Cedar
• Jalapeno-Italian-Cheddar
• Beer Cheese
• Cherry

Maxbauer Specialty Meat Market, Traverse City
• Asparagus-White Cheddar
• Steak & Mushroom
• Polish Kielbasa

Ebels General Store, Falmouth
• Deluxe Cheese & Onion
• Hawaiian
• Regular

Gabes Country Market, Maple City
• Smoked Hot Italian
• Smoked Sweet Italian

Kelly's Venison, Big Rapids
• Venison Deluxe
• Venison Jalapeno Deluxe

Kaleva Meats, Kaleva
• Blueberry
• Coney
• Chicken Cherry

Sanders' Meats, Custer
• Bacon & Cheddar

Beer Brewing Demo

Bad Teacher Brewing Supply will be on site demonstrating how to make your own brew! With a passion for homebrewing and education, Bad Teacher's mission is to make sure that every home brewer has the beer ingredients, beer making equipment, and brewing resources needed for inspired beer making.


Camp and Craft Childcare

Let our Camp & Crafts program entertain your child while you Beer and Brat! This childcare program is open to children ages 12 and under. Camp and Crafts program includes age appropriate crafts and games. Dinner included : Hot dogs, chips and watermelon.


• 4-8pm: $35
• $5 multiple child discount
• Before and after care is available. $10 per additional hour needed.

Advanced reservations required. Please call the Park at Water's Edge at 888.968.7686 ext. 7000.

Twin Bay British Car Club

At this year's festival, Crystal Mountain welcomes back the Twin Bay British Car Club, a group of British car enthusiasts who reside in the Traverse City area.

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