Calling All Beer Connoisseurs: Don’t Miss These Incredible Local Beer Fests

October 1, 2023
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October is a jam-packed month for beer festivals in Metro Detroit. The area’s rich brewing history ensures attendees will have a good time and leave with satisfied beer bellies. Every type of craft beer imaginable, coupled with various food trucks and vendors, makes a dream come true for any beer lover…

BREW & FALL FEST

7171 Auburn Road, Utica

October 7 

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4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The 7th annual Brew and Fall Fest will be taking place at the Right Field Patio around and under the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Garage at Jimmy John’s Field. Guests can enjoy live music from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., football being streamed in the TLC Clubhouse, face painting and other fun fall activities, meet and greets with the United Shore Professional Baseball League mascot, tasty fall treats like donuts and cider, and of course all the beer from the featured breweries. Arctic Circle, Ascension Brewing, B. Nektar Meadery, Bell’s Brewery, Blake’s Hard Cider, Brew Detroit, CANarchy, Drafting Table Brewing Company,  GravCap, Loaded Dice, New Belgium, Odd Side Ales, Perrin Brewing Co., Prairie Artisan Ales, Rustic Leaf Brewing Company, Sherwood Brewing, Sierra Rose, Third Monk Brewing, Transient Artisan Ales, Untitled Art., and Unwined Winery are all expected to attend, boasting their finest beer and wine. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of and include 10 3 oz pours of beer and cider. Designated driver tickets are also available for $10, and include unlimited soft drinks/water. Kids 12 and under are free to attend. 

Brew & Fall Fest beer festival hosted by uspbl
Photo courtesy of Brew & Fall Fest

TACOS, HOPS, & TEQUILA FESTIVAL

1 Parking Lot, Wyandotte 

October 7

3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Tacos, Hops, and Tequila is a 21+ taco and beer festival and will have an array of street tacos from some of Metro Detroit’s finest food trucks and restaurants, and a cash bar available. This event will take place in the City Parking Lot on the Riverfront, off of Oak Street. Tickets are $25 and include a commemorative glass with 10 tickets for beer, wine, or cocktail sampling. Designated driver tickets are $15. Check-in begins at 3:00, but attendees must be checked in by 6:30 p.m. 

SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN BEER FESTIVAL

22700 Huron River Drive, Huron Charter Township

October 14

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m

The Southeast Michigan Beer Festival is a 21+ fundraising event for the Huron Township Rotary, that offers a large selection of beer and wine, provided by local breweries and wineries, along with music by DJ Scott and food from Iron Mike’s. The organization has announced a few of the selected breweries and wineries, including Dark Horse Grand Armory, Blackrocks, Keweenaw, Lansing Brewing, Perrin, New Holland, Shorts, Griffin Claw, Eastern Market, Atwater, Dragon’s Milk Reserves, Bell’s Founders, Frankenmuth, Blake’s Angry Orchard, Great Lakes, St. Ambrose, Bee Well Mead & Cider, and B. Nektar, with more to come. The festival is set to take place, rain or shine at Lajko Park under headed tents. Advanced tickets are $40 or $45 at the door, and admission includes 15 tokens for 3 oz beer and/or 1.5 oz wine samples. Designated driver tickets are $5. 

GROWL-ER BREWFEST

333 Charles H Orndorf Drive, Brighton

October 15

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

One can expect to find beer and man’s best friend at the Growl-er Brewfest. “2 Stones Events and SELCRA are partnering once again for the third year of this Livingston County dog-centric event featuring local craft breweries, food trucks, and live music at the SELCRA Meijer Park. Early Bird tickets are $30 until October 9, and Designated Driver tickets are $10 for entry only. This dog-friendly event features a dog-gone fun obstacle course, puppy pool, and photo ops for pups and their humans. All dogs attending the event must be kept on a leash at all times and be human- and dog-friendly. In addition to sipping craft beers, wine, and ciders, attendees can also purchase incredible food from our food truckers and listen to live music,” says Cal Stone, from 2 Stone Events. Tickets include a branded Growl-er Brewfest pint glass and 12 drink tickets for 3 oz samples. You can expect to see Aberrant Ales, Brewery Becker, Block Brewing Company, Eternity Brewing Company, Full Circle Brews, Hartland Brewing Co., North Center Brewing Company, Reed City Brewing Co., River’s Edge Brewing Company, Third Monk Brewing Company, Ore Creek Craft Cider, and Trinchero Family Estate Wines. As this event is benefiting SELCRA, there will be a donation drop-off area for dog beds, crates, food, treats, etc., to be distributed to partner agencies.

Growl-er brewfest beer festival
Photo courtesy of Growl-er Brewfest

DETROIT FALL BEER FESTIVAL

Eastern Market

October 28

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Detroit Fall Beer Festival is one of the largest beer festivals in Michigan. There will be live performances by local musicians, food from several Detroit restaurants available for purchase, in addition to fresh, locally sourced beer from various breweries in Michigan. The Festival is scheduled for October 28, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., or from noon, for Michigan Brewers Guild Enthusiast members, at the Eastern Market. Tickets are $55 in advance or $65 the day of, if available. Tickets include 15 drink tokens for a 3 oz sample of beer, but certain specialty beers may require two or more tokens. Additional tokens are available inside the festival for 50 cents. Designated driver tickets are $10, and all attendees must be 21+. 

Bottoms up!

This article has been updated to include new information. The original article was published on September 28, 2022, and was authored by Aaron B. Cohen.

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