Raise a Glass: July is Michigan Craft Beer Month

By: Toni Cunningham | July 7, 2014

July is Michigan Craft Beer Month, and there’s plenty of reason to celebrate. Whether you live in the Lower Peninsula like we do, or further north in the U.P., the Great Lakes state is full of breweries and beer fanatics statewide. Thus, a commemoration is in order!

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Michigan Craft Beer Month in southeast Michigan, all of which include kicking back with a locally brewed beer. Take a look at all of the opportunities you’ll have to do so this month:

Ale Mary’s Craft Beer Hall, 316 S. Main St., Royal Oak, officially opened as of the beginning of the month. After much anticipation, you can now enjoy a Michigan craft beer at an ideal location. Downtown Royal Oak is hard to beat, and this newly labeled “beer community” establishment will allow you to celebrate Michigan Craft Beer Month in style.

Grab an Oberon on tap or something from Short’s and get ready to enjoy the atmosphere. An order of Lobster Tacos or a juicy burger might not hurt, either.

Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, hosts various events each month, and there is no shortage for the duration of Michigan Craft Beer Month. Head to the brewpub on Thursday, July 10 for a “Wheats, Wits and Lambics” beer tasting.

Purchase a ticket and you’ll get to enjoy approximately two dozen beer samples and an appetizer buffet. Whether you enjoy fruity or sour beer, you’ll likely find a sample or two to suit your taste buds. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Clubhouse BFD, 2265 Crooks Rd., Rochester Hills, is hosting a Greenbush Brewing Company tap takeover on Wednesday, July 23. If you’ve been simply dying to try a Greenbush brew but don’t find yourself in the Sawyer area very often, now is your chance to try as many as you can get your hands on (within reason, of course—someone has to drive home!).

Tap takeovers are a great way to sample a few brews from a particular brewing company, especially ones that might not be close in proximity to Metro Detroit.

Mt. Brighton, 4141 Bauer Rd., Brighton, hosts downhill mountain bike races every other Thursday throughout the summer, and on Thursday, July 24, the event will get kicked up a notch, because it will involve beer. Bell’s beer, to be exact.

Bell’s Mountain Bike Night will begin at 5 p.m. and includes Oberon, bike races and prizes. This way, you don’t have to feel guilty about drinking a beer or two—because you’re exercising simultaneously!

The Wurst Bar, 705 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti, is known for its gourmet brats, burgers and, of course, beer. On Friday, July 25, the restaurant will host a pre-Summer Beer Fest shindig, kicking off the festivities with a Greenbush Brewing Company tap takeover.

There will be eight to 10 Greenbush varieties to choose from and the taps start flowing at 9 p.m.

The 17th Annual Summer Beer Festival, sponsored by the Michigan Brewers Guild, will be held in Ypsilanti on Friday, July 25 through Saturday, July 26, and is a wonderful way to wrap up Michigan Craft Beer Month. Located at Riverside Park in Depot Town, the fest includes over 800 beers from 80 plus Michigan craft breweries.

In addition to the beer, there will be food for purchase and live music to keep you entertained. Tickets for Friday cost $35 (which gets you 15 taster tokens) and Saturday is already sold out! Act fast before it’s too late. Designated driver tickets are also available for Friday night for just $5.

Michigan craft beer is really something special, and very much worthy of having its own special month. Take some time to kick back and relax with a local brew at one of these events during Michigan Craft Beer Month!