Friday, May 09, 2014

Crystal Mountain adds a Brewer’s Special Reserve Trail to the Michigan Beer & Brat Festival

Written by  Paul Starr
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 Beer and Brat Fest

Crystal Mountain’s Memorial Day Weekend tradition, the Michigan Beer and Brat Festival, renews on May 24 (4-8pm) with a new Brewer’s Special Reserve Trail
Eight of the 38 Michigan breweries participating this year will be offering special craft beers in limited quantity, released very 30 minutes during the event. Tickets are still available for a VIP reception prior to the the festival (3-4pm) that will feature two of the eight selections from the Brewer’s Special Reserve Trail to include: Bell’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, Beggar’s Private Eyes (Dunkelweizen), Brewery Terra Firma’s Ethel the Frog (Extra Special/Strong Bitter), Brewery Vivant’s Undertaker (Belgian Ale), Founders’ Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Mount Pleasant Brewing Company’s Peach Gruit (Scottish/Ancient Herbed Ale), New Holland’s Black Tulip Belgian Trippel, Short’s Bourbon Asphasia (Bourbon Barrel Aged Ale) and one from Perrin Brewing to be named later.

The Brewer’s Special Reserve Trail represents just a sample of nearly 90 Michigan craft beers to be enjoyed at the base of Crystal Mountain’s slopes on Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. In addition, over 20 specialty brats from eight different northern Michigan markets will be served featuring flavors like Roadhouse Salsa, Chicken-Cherry, Asparagus-White Cheddar and Venison Jalapeño to name a few. Entertainment will be provided by The Cookies (3-5pm) and The Rock Show: The Ultimate Tribute (5-8pm).

Admission to the Michigan Beer & Brat Festival is $20 (includes 5 tokens) when registering online in advance ($25 day of the event) - click here. The VIP Package costs $40 (online reservation required) and includes 10 tokens as well as exclusive access to a pair of the Brewer’s Reserve beers (3-4pm) - click here. Overnight packages include admission, 10 tokens, souvenir glass and breakfast daily from $89 per adult, per night. Visit to book online or call 888.968.7686 to make your reservation.

Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort recognized nationally as one of the Midwest’s premier destinations. Located 28 miles southwest of Traverse City, Crystal Mountain offers 36 holes of championship golf, Crystal Mountain Golf School, the Park at Water’s Edge, Michigan’s only alpine slide, Legacy Art Park, award-winning Crystal Spa, a range of activities and off-site adventures, fine-dining, wedding, meeting and conference facilities and new this summer, the Edge Adventure Course!

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.