Detroit Fall Beer Festival returns this year

The Detroit Fall Beer Festival is back after being canceled due to COVID-19 last year.

“Our mission as the Michigan Brewers Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan’s beer industry,” said Scott Graham, executive director of the Brewers Guild. “Our biggest promotions and our oldest promotions are our beer festivals. What better way to promote Michigan beer than getting people to try lots of different breweries all in one place?”

The Detroit Fall Beer Festival takes place in the city’s Eastern Market on October 23 and goes on sale on August 5.

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“With COVID-19, it’s been over a year since we didn’t hold any of our beer festivals,” said Graham. “First and foremost, they’re meant to showcase a range of breweries and their beer, but they’re also important fundraisers for our nonprofit.”

Slightly fewer breweries will be available at the Detroit Festival this year as some beer companies haven’t had to reopen since COVID-19 hit companies, he said. Usually over 100 breweries visit the festival and serve their products.

The Michigan Brewers Guild's 2019 Detroit Fall Beer Festival returned to Eastern Market on October 25, 2019.  The festival provided the opportunity to sample nearly 1,000 Michigan-made craft beers, stage entertainment, and food from local breweries and restaurants.

Ticket capacity is also reduced by ten or 20%. Details are still to be determined.

Two previously unplanned August festivals – one at LMCU Ballpark in Comstock Park and the other at Turtle Creek Stadium in Traverse City – have been canceled, according to the Michigan Brewers Guild. They were originally planned to make up for the canceled Michigan Summer Beer Festival at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti.

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Tickets for the two shows in August went on sale in June, but not enough people bought them – as many tend to plan family outings and overseas vacations that month, Graham said. Refunds were made to those who bought tickets.

“We all had to look at things differently during COVID,” he said. “So I hope people are friendly and understanding and thoughtful and move forward with us when we go back to our regular schedule of events.”

The Upper Peninsula Fall Beer Festival will return this year on September 11th at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. Tickets are available here.

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