The Awesome Mitten - Detroit Beer Festival 2012

Detroit Beer Festival 2012

The Awesome Mitten - Detroit Beer Festival 2012
Photo by John Kopicko.

With the World Series making its return to Detroit two weekends ago, the city’s beer taps flowed relentlessly.  Even with all the baseball-related festivities, it’s hard to imagine anywhere poured as much beer as the 4th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival, sponsored by the Michigan Brewers Guild. Taking place October 26th and 27th in historic Eastern Market, 50 craft breweries from all over Michigan brought over 300 beers for attendees to sample.  The festival provides an excellent opportunity to try out beers from newer breweries as well as experiment with well-established brews you haven’t managed to taste yet.

One of the youngest breweries in attendance, Greenbush Brewing Company from Sawyer, Michigan, had a strong showing at this year’s festival, providing attendees with over 30 beers to try.   Notable Greenbush beers included their Unicorn Killer Pumpkin Ale and Pain Imperial Cream Stout.

Another young brewery in attendance was Milking It Productions from Royal Oak, Michigan.  They offered their Axl Pale Ale and Brik Irish-Style Red Ale, sold in a 16% can, which provides you the perfect amount for your pint at home. If you’re interested in getting a 6-pack yourself, you can find Milking It in any Oakland County Meijer.

All in all, the festival provided a great atmosphere for good fun, funny costumes, great Michigan beer, and a lot of Detroit spirit. Be sure to visit the Michigan Brewers Guild site for other festivals happening across the state as well as instructions on how to attend next year’s event, which is bound to be even better.

~Erik Granning, Contributing Writer.

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