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Michigan Beer & Brat Festival

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Join our 17th annual celebration of Michigan made food and craft beverages happening Saturday, May 25, 2024.

Enjoy live entertainment from The Drew Hale Band and The RockShow while sampling an enormous selection of Michigan's finest microbrews, meads, hard ciders, wine, liquor and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets.


Admission

VIP Admission begins at 3pm, General Admission from 4-8pm. Ages 3 and under are free. 

VIP Admission - Limit of 500 guests!

$75 per person. Includes early festival access at 3pm, which means shorter lines during VIP hour, choice of seating, and an extra hour with The Drew Hale Band! Plus, you’ll receive one 8oz beer glass, 20 food and beverage tickets and one exclusive voucher for a Brewer’s Special Reserve beer - only available during our 3pm-4pm VIP hour (or while supplies last). Ages 3 and under are free. 

General Admission

Admission begins at 4pm. Includes one 8oz beer glass and 10 food and beverage tickets. Ages 3 and under are free.

February 28 - April 4:  $30 per person
April 5 - May 17:  $40 per person
May 18 - 24:  $50 per person
May 25 (Day Of):  $55 per person


Entrance Token

Guests will pick up a token for festival admission. Tokens are designated with your appropriate festival entry time (either 3pm or 4pm). Any guests ages 21+ must show valid photo I.D. at admission to the festival. Guests will then be provided a color coded wristband to verify age and admission.

Tokens are available for pick up May 13 - 25 at Crystal Mountain's Front Desk, located in the Inn at the Mountain. If you are picking up your token on Saturday, May 25, they will be available at the Front Desk until Noon, or you can visit the lower level of the Crystal Center after 2pm.


Food & Beverage Tickets

Additional food and beverage tickets will be available to purchase at the festival for $1 each. Tickets can be used toward a wide selection of Michigan craft beers, meads, hard ciders, wine, liquor, soda, water, brats, and delicious sides! No refunds.

Full Pour: 3 - 6 tickets*
Half Brat: 2 tickets
Full Brat: 4 tickets

*Some specialty craft beers, meads, hard ciders, wine, and liquor may be 4-6 tickets.


Entertainment

The Drew Hale Band , 3pm - 5pm

Drew and his band refer to their unique musical genre as “Roots Rock”, a high octane blend of country, blues, and rock and roll. A Drew Hale live show serves up a mix of high energy original music as well as a wide range of creatively re-imagined covers. Whether solo, duo, trio, or full band, there is sure to be something that will catch your ear, and leave you singing all night long.

The RockShow Band , 5:30pm - 8pm

If you are looking for an Ultimate Rock Tribute, you found it. Members of the group have been entertaining crowds of all ages for over 25 years and as The RockShow they are one of the Midwest’s top touring Rock Tribute bands.


Participating Vendors

Beverages

NEW!  Broad Leaf Brewery
NEW!  Third Nature Brewing
NEW!  Three Bridges Taproom & Distillery   (Beer & Seltzer Only)
Draught Horse Brewery
Founders Brewing Co.
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
North Peak Brewing Company
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Stormcloud Brewing Company
Brewery Vivant
Lansing Brewing Company
Bell's Brewery
Short's Brewing Company
Upper Hand Brewery
North Channel Brewing Co.
Dragonmead Brewery
Great Mead Hall & Brewing Company
FUL Beverage
Iron Fish Distillery
St. Ambrose Cellars
Northern Natural Cider House
Uncle John’s Hard Cider
Blake's Hard Cider
Black Star Farms  

Brats

NEW! Larry's Grocery
Ebel's General Store
Sanders Meats
Mikowski's Meat, Market & Deli
Maxbauer's Meat Market
Honor Family Market


Coolers and backpacks are not permitted on the festival grounds. No outside alcohol is allowed in the festival. No pets allowed. Tickets are non-refundable. The festival will occur regardless of the weather conditions. If you cannot attend for any reason, you may sell or transfer your ticket to someone else.

Crystal Mountain asks that you please be responsible about your alcohol 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 choose 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. Any guests ages 21+ must show valid photo I.D. at admission to the festival. 

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Festival FAQs

What is your refund policy?

Admission is non-refundable, per event industry standard (similar to a concert, sporting event, etc.). The festival will occur regardless of the normal weather conditions. If you cannot attend for any reason, you may sell or transfer your admission to someone else.

Can I bring a cooler or backpack inside the festival?

Coolers and backpacks are not permitted on the festival grounds.

Can I bring my own alcoholic beverages?

No outside alcohol is allowed in the festival. 

Can I bring my pet to the Michigan Beer and Brat Festival?

Unfortunately pets are not allowed at the Michigan Beer and Brat Festival.

Do you have a designated driver ticket?

Those who choose 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.

Can I leave my car overnight?

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. Benzie Bus will also provide rides for festival attendees in the local area. Service will be door-to-door! Please inquire with Benzie Bus about rates. This service runs until midnight. Call or text 231-325-3000 for a ride.

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