On the evening of Saturday, June 15th, the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market will be bustling not with patrons in search of fresh produce, but with the attendees of the third annual BRU Fest. BRU Fest is a fundraising event aimed at bringing together beer aficionados and food lovers to support the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.
Featuring the same lineup as in 2011 and 2012, BRU Fest 2013 will not disappoint those who have been in previous years. For just $39, attendees receive 10 beer tokens, four tickets for burgers and wings, a souvenir mug, entry into BRU Fest giveaways, and games and entertainment for the evening.
The event is not, however, without a few changes. This year, the minds behind BRU Fest have added an exclusive VIP package. A $60 VIP ticket grants an enhanced BRU Fest experience that includes an hour-early entrance (VIPs arrive at 6 p.m., general admission begins at 7), a larger souvenir mug, BRU Fest shirt, private beer tappings with exclusive food pairings, and more.
For the night’s entertainment, the Detroit-based 80’s tribute band Square Pegz will be bringing their tubular tunes to BRU Fest for the evening.
For the fare, Bagger Dave’s Legendary Burger Tavern and Buffalo Wild Wings are back in action for the third time at BRU Fest. If you’re unfamiliar with Buffalo Wild Wings, they’re pretty much the king of wings. Personally, I’m hoping to get my hands on some Asian Zing wings come June 15th (VIPs: keep an eye out for an exclusive dry rub).
Bagger Dave’s was founded right down the street from the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market in Berkley. Though the chain may be slightly lesser known than Buffalo Wild Wings, between having just opened their thirteenth location this month in Grand Rapids and how awesomely delicious their burgers are, they won’t be for long.
Rounding out the cuisine again this year is the Ferndale based, Treat Dreams. After opening in August of 2010, Treat Dreams gained popularity with their offbeat, scrumptious flavors prepared onsite. The great minds behind Treat Dreams have, in fact, concocted over 500 different flavors. This list includes a few beer-based creations for BRU Fests past, such as Oberon Sorbet and Double Cream Stout with chocolate and toffee. I can’t wait to see what they’ve got up their sleeves this year.
Also back as the star of the show and exclusive microbrewery at BRU Fest is Bell’s Brewery. Bell’s will be stepping their game up once again this year, providing 22 of their delicious craft beers (as opposed to the 15 they brought in 2012). Aside from the classic favorites (i.e. Oberon, Two Hearted Ale, etc.), many are specialty beers and/or beers that are rarely available to the general public. Top of my list to try? The Raspberry Ale, made with massive amounts of Michigan grown raspberries, and the Bourbon Barrel Batch 9000, aged 8 months for a sweet taste of caramel, molasses, and underlying notes of bourbon. VIPs will also be privy to a special surprise beer!
The best part? ALL of the proceeds benefit the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, a statewide nonprofit organization providing financial, informational, and emotional aid to the families affected by leukemia, lymphoma and related disorders. As president Bill Seklar puts it, “An event doesn’t have to be black tie to make a big impact.”
Better yet, one lucky Awesome Mitten reader and a friend will be attending the event on us with a pair of tickets provided by BRU Fest! Simply leave a comment below by Sunday June 9th at 11:59 p.m. and tell us which Buffalo Wild Wings sauce, Bagger Dave’s burger variety, Treat Dreams flavor, or Bell’s craft beer you’re looking forward to trying for a chance to win! We’ll announce the winner Monday June 10th at noon!
CONGRATULATIONS to our contest winner, Kara!
To the rest of our awesome readers, there’s still time to pick up tickets to BRU Fest! Hope to see you there!