Not being able to get tickets to the annual Winter Beer Festival in Grand Rapids can wound a person to their core. But it’s nothing a snow blower, some friends and the construction of a giant snow beer cooler can’t fix. It was then that Biggums’ Beer Fest was born and Commissioner James Beck, along with henchmen Travis Earley, Mack Scudder and David Radel, were brewing up something good. Held annually, toward the end of winter, Biggums’ Beer Fest is a chance to get out of the house with friends and enjoy your favorite beer around a bonfire. Admission is “a six pack of your favorite microbrew per person,” Beck said. “We put them in the snow bank and try whatever and share for the whole night. The best part of finding your brew is to shop around for something you want to try.” Friends bring food potluck style with beer out back in the yard with music and burn barrels for “hobo style barrel fires” to keep warm. In the past, beer koozies and bottle openers have been parting favors but new and notable this year, organizers are trying for a sledding luge. -Missy Black*
*This writer attended and became beerified.