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Michigan Beer and Brat Festival

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Kick off the summer with this Memorial Day weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy live entertainment while sampling an enormous selection of Michigan's finest microbrews, local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets.

VIP Admission begins at 3pm, General Admission from 4-8pm.

Visit Resorts and Lodges to learn more about the Michigan Beer and Brat Festival »


VIP Ticket Package

VIP Package includes: Admission at 3pm (one hour before general admission) to the Michigan Beer & Brat Festival, one (1) beer glass (9oz) and 10 tickets. Plus, you'll have exlusive access to two specialty beers on the Reserve Beer Trail! Visit Right Brain Brewery's table for a taste of "Who Gose There", a light and fruity gose with strawberries tart. It's very refreshing with a hint of salt. Tapistry Brewing will feature "Gin Barrel Aged Mr. Orange with Lime", a Belgian Wit beer brewed with blood oranges, chamomile, and rose hips, aged in gin barrels with lime.

Cost:  $60 per person (Ages 3 & under are free).

General Admission Beer and Brat Tickets

• General Admission Tickets, On Sale May 2 - Friday, May 25, 2018: $30 per person

• Day-of Pricing: $35 per person

• Ages 3 & under are free

General Admission Package includes: Admission at 4pm to the Michigan Beer & Brat Festival, one (1) beer glass (9oz) and 5 tickets.

Tickets can be used toward a wide selection of Michigan craft beers, brats and delicious sides! No refunds. Wristbands are available for pick up May 9 - 26, at Crystal Mountain's Front Desk, located in the Inn at the Mountain. If you are picking up your wristband on Saturday, May 26, wristbands will be available at the Front Desk until Noon, or you can visit the lower level of the Crystal Center after 2pm. Any guests ages 21+ must show valid photo I.D. at admission to the festival. Coolers are not permitted on the festival grounds.


Additional tickets will be available to purchase at the festival for $2 each.

Full Pour: 1 - 2 tickets*
Half Brat: 1 ticket
Full Brat: 2 tickets

*Some specialty craft beers and meads may be 2 tickets due to limited availability.

2018 Brewery Vendors:

Tapistry Brewing Perrin Brewing Co. Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Atwater Brewery Beards Brewery Arcadia Ales
Draught Horse Brewery Right Brain Brewery Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Mountain Town Brewing Company St. Ambrose Cellars Arbor Brewing Company
Roak Brewing Saugatuck Brewing Co. Founders Brewing Co.
Dragonmead Microbrewery Odd Side Ales Blake's Hard Cider Co.
Uncle John's Hard Cider Trail Point Brewing Company Cheboygan Brewing Co.
Northern Natural Cider House Brewery Terra Firma Grand Armory Brewing
Paw Paw Brewing Company Brewery Vivant Acoustic
Short's Brewing Company Ludington Bay Brewing Co. Stormcloud Brewing Company
Farmhaus Cider Bell's Brewery Iron Fish Distillery
Brengman Brothers North Channel Brewing Co.  

2018 Brat Vendors

Ebel's Maxbauer Market Honor Family Market
Mikowski's Meat Market and Deli Sander's Meats  


Drew Hale Band, 3-5pm

Influenced by Texas roots and artists such as Reckless Kelly and Eric Church, the Drew Hale Band’s music pays homage to the red dirt country and southern rock scenes, as well as paints a picture of their love for the people and culture of Michigan, where the band calls home. They have shared stages and played festivals with some of Nashville’s biggest recording artists, including Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Trace Adkins, Toby Keith, and more. You can count on an eclectic show that delivers a dynamic combination of originals and covers that bridge the gap between country, roots rock, and blues.

The Rock Show Band, 5:30-8pm

Mirroring the look and bombast of Journey in its 1980s heyday, The Rock Show Band takes fans on a sojourn through the greatest hits of the Steve Perry era. The song list timewarps to the golden days of shoulder pads and leopard prints as the band loves, touches, and squeezes out all the greatest hits. Their flashy fun performances are sure to keep you on your feet all night!

FREE Benzie Bus Rides

In addition to our resort shuttles who can transport guests to and from their accommodations to the festival, Benzie Bus will also provide free rides to locals. Please pre-schedule your ride by calling 231-325-3000.

See the Benzie Bus schedule below:

To Crystal Mountain        
Frankfort Family Fare 2pm 3:10pm 4:20pm  
Beulah Depot 2:10pm 3:20pm 4:30pm  
Honor Bus Shelter 2:20pm 3:30pm 4:40pm  
Crystal Mountain 2:40pm 3:50pm 5pm  
From Crystal Mountain        
Crystal Mountain 5:10pm 6:10pm 7:10pm 8:10pm
Honor Bus Shelter 5:30pm 6:30pm 7:30pm 8:30pm
Beulah Depot 5:40pm 6:40pm 7:40pm 8:40pm
Frankfort Family Fare 5:50pm 6:50pm 7:50pm 8:50pm

Car Show Featuring Tesla

Tesla and the Twin Bay British Car Club will cruise into the Michigan Beer and Brat Festival at 3pm and have their cars on display throughout the evening. 

Camp & 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:  $49

$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.

Crystal Mountain asks that you please be responsible about your alcoholic consumption. We encourage our guests to assign a designated driver or use on-property shuttles when leaving the festival. Cars left overnight will not be ticketed or towed. Those who chose not to drink at the festival will still have to pay the same price for admission as those who are drinking. All attendees have access to a lineup of musical talent, food and beverage vendors, merchandise, festival activities and prizes. For this reason, discounted tickets are not available.