Great Times On-Tap at Beer & Brat Festival

Michigan Beer, Local Brats, and Live Music take Center Stage

THOMPSONVILLE, MICH – The summer season officially comes to northern Michigan this Memorial Day weekend with the 8th annual Michigan Beer & Brat Festival, Saturday, May 25th (4-8pm) at Crystal Mountain.

USA Today recently named Michigan one of the top craft beer states in the country. Care to decide for yourself? Nearly a quarter of the state’s micro breweries will be on hand to compliment a dizzying array of specialty brats from local markets and butchers. In addition to the many varieties of beer, there will also be Michigan-made mead and hard cider. Among the breweries lined-up are Short’s, Right Brain, New Holland, Bell’s, Brewery Ferment, The Filling Station, and more.

Admission at the gate is $10 per person with the first 1000 people receiving a commemorative Beer & Brat Festival glass. Several packages are also available; among them a limited number of VIP tickets ($40 per person and includes admission to the festival an hour earlier) and lodging specials (starting at $99 per person/per night) that include admission to the festival, a room for the night and breakfast the next day.

The local food and drink will be enhanced by live music slopeside with The Outer Vibe, Brian Nolf, and Jason & Nick scheduled to perform. New this year, an after party will continue the festivities in the Vista Lounge beginning at 8pm.

And for the petrol-heads among us, members of the Twin Bay British Car Club will be on hand with some classic steel from across the pond.

Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort with one of Golf Magazine’s Top 25 Golf Schools in America, Spa Magazine’s Best Midwest Spas three years running, named among the inaugural Detroit Free Press 16 Green Leaders in Michigan. Located in northwest lower-Michigan, the resort features downhill and cross-country skiing, Michigan Legacy Art Park, golf, alpine slide, water playground, lodging, dining, countless year-round outdoor activities and kids programs, and Crystal Spa.

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