Sunday, June 30, 2013

Annual BBQ & Brewfest takes place in small town Northern Michigan

Written by  Kristie Ryder
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Annual BBQ & Brewfest takes place in small town Northern Michigan

With summer upon us, the quiet little town of Glen Arbor comes alive with the familiar increase of summer travelers.  This makes for the ideal time to hold its annual BBQ & Brew fest underneath the big tent on one of the only empty lots in town.
For a $15 entry fee participants enjoyed a selection of brews from nine Michigan breweries as well as food provided by local eateries and live music. Additional tickets were available at a buck a piece, with two tickets buying you a generous pour, and food ranging from three to four tickets for BBQ ribs with coleslaw or slow cooked pulled pork sandwiches. The brewery lineup included favorites like Founders, Right Brain, Shorts Brewing, Arcadia Ales, Schmohz, Cheboygan Brewing and North Peak, enough variety that provided a selection of brews for every taste.

Options for those looking for a fruit infused beer included Short’s Soft Parade and Right Brains Strawberry Fields. Some great IPA’s for those who seek out hoppy brews included Founders All Day and Dry Hopped IPA‘s, Cheap Date by Arcadia Ales, Hopknocker by Schmohz, and Huma Lupa Licious by Short’s. B-Craft Black by Arcadia Ales also made it to the festival, an unbelievable double black IPA. Great kick, great flavor. Bonecrusher by Schmohz and Breakfast Stout by Founders provided the rich, coffee flavored brews, while Cheboygans Lighthouse Amber filled the gap for those looking for an Amber ale North Peaks Nomad cider added that little bit of something different to the flavors of the festival, giving those who have not the opportunity to experience a traditional hard cider.

All in all it was the perfect brewfest. A reasonable entrance fee, nine breweries with a selection of beer styles, generous pours, live music, small town and just the right amount of festival goers. It makes it easier to enjoy your beer and keep your glass full when you’re only three or four deep in line, and with plenty of elbow room, no worries on spilling your beer!

Kristie Ryder

Kristie Ryder

Most people just call me Ryder.  I used to be the girl who drank cheap beer.  You know, whatever you could get a 24 pack of for under $12.  All that changed while bartending my way through my second Bachelors degree.  Now my boyfriend calls me "beer snob" because I only drink the good stuff (and PBR, I still love PBR!!) I picked up the hobby of homebrewing in early 2012 and have made it to the "experimenting" stage.  Not bad, not bad at all....although there was that one batch...oh never mind!  I just love beer!