Monday, August 8, 2011

Suds On The Shore Beer Festival

I'll be heading back to Michigan the end of next week for a much needed visit with relatives and of course I have plans for some Midwest beer tasting while I'm at it. I can't wait to do some taste comparisons between what's brewing here on the West coast and beers from the midland. I suspect that they may not be as hoppy as a lot of us Californians prefer but I will keep an open mind. It's not a happy coincidence that the annual Suds On The Shore beer festival will be going on while this short vacation occurs. You may remember the write up from guest writer 'Mom' when she attended in 2009.

Here is the press release and a list of participating brewers this year. It'll be nice to sample so many offerings in one location.

United Way of Mason County
August 5, 2011
The Suds On The Shore Committee in partnership with United Way of Mason County, beneficiary of the proceeds from the event, will be hosting its third craft beer and Michigan wine tasting festival on Saturday, August 20, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m at Ludington City Park. Tickets can be purchased at Jamesport Brewing Company, Surroundings and United Way of Mason County. They can also be purchased on-line at

Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the gate and include, souvenir sampling glass, eight 4 ounce samples of beer or 2 ounce samples of wine and “2012 Save the Date” magnet. Non-drinkers or those serving as designated drivers can purchase tickets on the day of the event for $5.00. Individuals attending the festival must be 21 years of age or older and present valid ID to enter.  
We are very excited about this year’s festival and are optimistic that it will only continue to grow. Last year, the number of people attending the festival almost doubled when compared to the prior year, and we are optimistic that this year’s festival will be even bigger,” stated Curt Vanderwall, Committee Chair. “What is nice about this type of fundraising event is that it attracts people from all over the state, which ends up being a win, win for our entire community,” Vanderwall added. 
According to Vanderwall, there are 27 vendors who will be at the festival providing samples of beverages such as, craft beer, hard cider, mead and wine, which is an increase of seven from last year. There will be live band performances beginning at 1:00 p.m. with C-Spin and at 3:00 p.m. Zeek and Wally will be performing. In addition, there will be a food concession, festival souvenir booth, and new to this year’s festival, a home brew beer demonstration.
For more information or to volunteer contact the United Way of Mason County office at 231-843-8593 or visit the Suds On The Shore website at or on facebook.
Registered Vendors

  1. Allstar Import’s Germany and Belgian Beers
  2. Arbor Brewing Company
  3. Atwater Brewery
  4. B. Nektar Meadery
  5. Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
  6. Brewery Vivant
  7. Cascade Winery and Jarden James Brewery
  8. Crispin Apple Cider
  9. Founders Brewing Company
  10. Frankenmuth Brewery
  11. Elite Brands USA
  12. Great Lakes Brewing Company
  13. Henry Fox Sales
  14. Jamesport Brewing Company
  15. Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
  16. Michigan Beer Cellar
  17. Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company
  18. New Holland Brewing Company
  19. North Peak Brewing Company
  20. Old Boys Brewhouse, Inc.
  21. Red Hook
  22. Saugatuck Brewing Company, Inc.
  23. Schmohz Brewing
  24. Short’s Brewing Company
  25. The Walldorff Brewpub and Bistro
  26. Vander Mill
  27. Widmer Bros.
If you're in the area or planning to go to this event. Let me know so we can say hello to each other. See you there.

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