Thursday, July 19, 2012

More Than Twenty Brewers Announced for ‘Michigan Bier Celebration, a taste of Oktoberfest’ Frankenmuth, Michigan July 21, 2012

Written by  Paul Starr
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More Than Twenty Brewers  Announced for ‘Michigan Bier Celebration, a taste of  Oktoberfest’ Frankenmuth, Michigan  July 21, 2012

More than twenty brewers will participate at The Michigan Bier Celebration, a taste of Oktoberfest, to be held at the Harvey Kern Pavilion in Frankenmuth, MI on July 21, 2012 from 1-11 p.m.
Twelve brewers from Michigan have registered including Frankenmuth Brewing Co., Tri-City Brewing, Arcadia Brewing, Rochester Mills Beer Co., Atwater Brewery, Mt. Pleasant Brewing Co., MilKing it Productions, Dragonmead, Sagatuck Brewing Co,, Liberty Street Brewing Co., Uncle John’s Cider Mill and Vander Mill. Colorado and California will be represented by two breweries each, Tommy Knocker Brewery (CO), Boulder Beer Co (CO), Lagunitas Brewing (CA) and Stone Brewing (CA). Also attending will be Woodchuck Hard Cider (VT), Great Lakes Brewing Co. (OH), Summit Brewing (MN), Spoetzl Brewery (Shiner Beer) (TX) and Blue Point Brewing (Long Island, NY). Come sample some great beers and ciders at this first annual one day event.

“Michigan craft beer lovers will get a sneak peak at more than two dozen “2012 Oktoberfest” brews expected to debut in Frankenmuth,” says Haithem Sarafa, executive director of Charity Celebration. “Visitors can sample the many different styles of this seasonal brew as well as other beer/cider products, many of which will be introduced into retail stores in early August,” adds Sarafa.

Live music will fill the air beginning at 1 pm and will showcase more traditional German music with the Steve Drzewicki Polka Band and the Fred Ziwich International Sound Machine along with DJ Litio filling in the changeovers throughout the festivities. The popular headliner FUNKTION will be performing from 9 pm-11pm.

Advance General Admission to the festival is $10.00/$12.00 at the door which includes a souvenir 5 oz. plastic Oktoberfest boot, access to all entertainment/dancing, food and retail vendors. Advance VIP tickets are also available for $25.00/$30.00 at the door which will include early admission to the festival (noon), a souvenir 5 oz. plastic Oktoberfest boot, 8 beer tickets for sampling, $5 in food vouchers and access to all entertainment/dancing, food and retail vendors.

Tickets and attendance will be strictly limited so purchase your tickets early. Additional beer sampling tickets may also be purchased at the event. Designated Driver tickets may be purchased the day of the event for $10.00 and you must be 21 or older to attend.

The event is being organized by Charity Celebration and all proceeds from the Michigan Bier Celebration will go to charity with the Frankenmuth Rotary, Frankenmuth Beautification, Cass River Fund, Toys for Tots, Michigan Brewer’s Guild and other Michigan 501 c 3 charities expected to be some of the beneficiaries. Tickets for the event can be purchased on-line by going to or at the Frankenmuth Brewery located at 425 S. Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 (989-262-8300). For more information or if you would like to be a participant brewery, retailer or sponsor, please contact Chuck Osberger at 248-930-9440 or email: cosberger AT

About the Frankenmuth Brewery:

The Frankenmuth Brewery, founded in 1862, is the second oldest brewery in the country. It now operates as a microbrewery/restaurant serving casual classic American fare as well as featuring a river view banquet/entertainment facility with full service beer, wine and liquor selections. The Frankenmuth Brewing Company provides high value appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees, award winning hand-crafted old-world beer and exceptional customer service.

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.