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Fall and Winter 2014/2015 Beer Events

Written by  Lindsey Wylie-Gruen
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Zombie Beer Fest Zombie Beer Fest

VanderFest
Vander Mill, Spring Lake

Oct. 4, 4-10 p.m.
$25 in advance
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Your ticket includes eight sampling tickets, a printed festival mason jar and an evening full of beer, cider, music and entertainment. Get to know local cideries, as well as area breweries and restaurants.

 

Zombie Beer Fest
New Salem Corn Maze, Dorr
Oct. 18, 4-9 p.m. (rescheduled from Oct. 4)
$35, $45 VIP
beercityfestivals.com

Salem Corn Maze hosts its first Zombie Beer Fest, which will feature more than 30 microbreweries, cider mills and distilleries. Oh, and zombies. Attendees in full zombie costume will be granted early entrance to the festival and allowed access to the “Zombie Only” area, which will feature an exclusive beer specially designed for zombie consumption. Just try not to mistake the patrons for actual zombies when they're stumbling around at the end of the night.

 

Octoberfest Music and Craft Beer Festival
Downtown Ludington

Oct. 10-12, times vary by day
$20 advance, $25 at the door, $40 VIP
downtownludington.org/octoberfest

Oh man. This festival has expanded to two days to include more entertainment and -- duh -- beer. And guess what? There are daytime activities for the whole family in addition to the live music and beer tasting. New events this year include VIP Beer School and a meat-centric open fire cookout.

 

Founders 11th Annual Harvest Party
Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids

Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-close
$8-$10
foundersbrewing.com, (616) 776-1195

Back for 11 years and running, the Annual Harvest Party highlights Founders' Harvest Ale, a wet-hopped ale. Paid entry gets you a commemorative pint glass and your first pint of either Harvest Ale or a Founders Class 1 Beer. Musical performances include Whiskey Shivers, The Hooten Hallers, The Carboys and Angela Sheik.

 

Kalamazoo Craft Beer Festival
Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo

Nov. 1, 1-7 p.m.
$35 advance, $40 at the door, $60 VIP
wingsstadium.com

Your $35 ticket will get you 10 tasting tokens, or upgrade to VIP for $60 and receive 15 tasting tokens, a take-home six pack of craft beer, and an hour early admission. Taste beer from local and out-of-state breweries.

 

Kalamazoo Beer Week
Area Kalamazoo businesses
Jan. 10-17
kalamazoobeerweek.com

Established in 2012, this week connects crafts brewers with locally owned businesses to create perfect pairings. The week features tastings, interactive events, dinners and an opportunity for patrons to meet area brewers. In 2014, KBW hosted more than 200 beer-related events in eight days.

 

Pure Ludington BrrrewFest
Downtown Ludington
Jan. 31, time TBA

Ludington is presenting a new winter beer festival that will feature 20 Michigan breweries for an afternoon of music and brews.

 

10th Annual Winter Beer Festival
Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park
Feb. 27-28
Tickets on sale Dec. 4
mibeer.com/winter-festival

The mother of Michigan beer festivals, last year's fest sold out in a mere three hours. For the beer lover, this is Mecca. In 2014, there were 88 breweries at the fest and more than 800 beers to sample. (Please don't sample them all, though.)

 

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