Friday, January 13, 2017

Ludington Hosts Third Annual Pure Ludington Brrrewfest

Written by  Paul Starr
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Ludington Brrewfest article

January normally may be a hibernation month in Michigan, but it’s anything but that in Ludington as it hosts the Pure Ludington BrrrewFest Michigan craft beer festival for its third year, Jan. 28 in downtown Ludington.
“Ludington is a year-round visitor destination, with many winter weekends just as jam-packed with activities as our summer months,” said Kathy Maclean, executive director of the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (LACVB). “Anyone looking to add some one-of-a-kind events to their winter traditions should book a weekend in Ludington. And many hotels are offering great rates to boot.”

Held Saturday, Jan. 28 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Rotary Park, Pure Ludington BrrrewFest features 30 Michigan brewers plus live local music in an outdoor setting. Andy Thomas will open with an acoustic music set, followed by headliner American Hairband dedicated to the glam and hard rock movement of the 70s, 80s and 90s. Tickets ($25 in advance online or $30 at the door) include a 5 oz. sampling glass plus six drinks tokens. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Ludington State Park, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, enhancing and promoting the wise use and conservation of Ludington State Park. Information is at pureludington.com/beer.

Confirmed brewers include Austin Brothers, Bell's Brewery, Blake’s Hard Cider, Brewery TerraFirma, Brewery Vivant, Big Lake Brewing, Dark Horse Brewing Co., Dutch Girl Brewery, Ellison Brewery & Spirits, Farmhaus Cider Co., Fetch Brewing Co., Jamesport Brewing Company, Love Wines, LLC, Mountain Town Brewing Company, Perrin Brewing, Petoskey Brewing Co., Ridge Cider, Roak Brewing Company, Rochester Mills Brewing, Short's Brewing Company, Starving Artist Brewing Company, Storm Cloud Brewing Company, The Mitten Brewing Company. Check the Facebook event page for the final list of brewers.

Brrrewfest-related events also are part of the weekend fun, including:
  • Boozy Breakfast, Jan. 28, 9 - 11:30 a.m., Barley & Rye. facebook.com/barleyryebar. A special “boozy” breakfast will kick off the day of BrrrewFest with drink specials like $3 beer-mosas, $7 mimosas and $6.50 Irish coffee. Food specials (all $7) include breakfast burritos and burrito bowls, breakfast quesadillas and biscuits & gravy.
  • Winter Fat Bike Trail Open House, shorelinecyclingclub.org/winter-fat-bike-rendezvous. The Shoreline Cycling Club will show off the Ludington area’s groomed fat bike trails while offering demo bikes at this free event, weather permitting. No registration needed, but interested participants should fill out a short form in advance. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions.
    • For beginners: Jan. 28, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Ludington School Forest Trails. Meet at the warming tent at the corner of Sherman Road and Tinkham Avenue near the entrance to the School Forest Trails. Opportunity to try a fat bike on 7-8 miles of groomed trails. No experience necessary; bikes and helmets provided.
    • For experienced riders: Jan. 29, 11 a.m., Manistee National Forest. Meet at the corner of West Forest Trail and Cooper Creek/Morton Road near Lake Michigan Recreation Area. Members of the Shoreline Cycling Club will lead riders on a fat bike tour of the trails through Manistee National Forest. Different ride options available based on ability between 1 and 3+ hours long. Must bring your own bike and helmet.

As an added bonus, many of Ludington’s hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, resorts and cottages offer discounted room rates and enticing packages during the winter. Find seasonal discounts, coupons and packages at pureludington.com/visitors_packages.cfm.

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.