Although I may spend my days and nights in Detroit these days, I was born and raised in all of the splendor that is Northern Michigan. One of the things that idyllic upbringing taught me was that summers are important and should be celebrated. For several summers in a row, Porterhouse Productions brings the Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival to The Village at Grand Traverse Commons on August 21 and 22, 2015. This is the kind of celebration I can get behind with over 70 craft breweries from Michigan and even a few other states. Not only is the beer noteworthy, but the two-day festival boasts quite the musical lineup with the likes of The Avett Brothers, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Motor City Horns, Billy Strings & Don Julin, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, and many more.
Each year, the festival gets a little better and little more interesting. This year, to make the experience truly “Northern,” they’ve added in Brew Camp. Since folks travel far and wide to see what Northern Michigan is really like, the festival decided to give them the full treatment. Guest can pay a little extra to stay at Brew Camp in Leelanau County at Eagles Meadow Campground on M-72. The biggest perk of this camping spot? It’s just minutes from Empire Beach and convenient to the festival. Brew Camp is a festival in itself with musical artists like the Way Down Wanderers, Lowdown Brass Band, Steel City Jug Slammers, and others performing to keep the party going. Oh yeah! And, a Hangover Breakfast can be a part of the package deal – any arguments?
Since music is only half of this Northern Michigan party, I should probably mention all of the amazing microbrew selections. There will be most of your Michigan favorites, quite a few cider makers, some breweries from around the country, and probably something for just about everyone. The festival will be featuring a Rare Beer Tour where participants will be able to try a rare or sour beer that will be tapped about every 30 minutes with a word from a brewer or brewery spokesperson. This is sure to make the experience for beer connoisseurs out there. For instance, big name brewer, Lagunitas Brewing Company is bringing an imperial brown ale called Wilco Tango Foxtrot, and Short’s Brewing Company is bringing something that sounds like a perfect summer drink, the Strawberry Short’s Cake. Those are just a couple options, I’m already salivating in anticipation!
Although both days are going to have some “awesome” musical acts, I’m looking forward to celebrating Michigan with my fellow beer drinkers on Friday night during the Michigan Music Celebration led by Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Motor City Horns. You can’t really find a better way to get tons of music and delicious beer AND be in the midst of Northern Michigan beauty. Will I see you there? General Admission for the weekend is $100 and there are lots of other ticket options as well. Be sure to follow along on Facebook to find out more tidbits about the festival, the music, and the brewers!
We’ve teamed up up with Porterhouse Productions to give one lucky Awesome Mitten reader a pair of tickets to Friday night’s Michigan Music Celebration led by Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Motor City Horns. Enter below!