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Blues & Brews Festival to Return to Southeast Michigan

Written by  Paul Starr
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Blues & Brews Festival to Return to Southeast Michigan

Hundreds Expected to Attend 2nd Annual Event
Quickly becoming one of Southeast Michigan’s premiere fall festivals, the Blues & Brews Festival is back with a full line up of great live music and award-winning craft beers.  True to its name, the Blues & Brews Festival combines two of Michigan’s legends, Rhythm & Blues Music and hand-crafted beer, into one unforgettable event.
The 2nd Annual Blues & Brews Festival is scheduled for October 19, 2013 at The Pavilion, 115 Toledo Street, in beautiful downtown Adrian, Michigan.  Doors open at 3:00 p.m. with live entertainment immediately and running though the event’s close at 9:00 p.m.

Opening this year’s event is Chelsea, Michigan’s Bigfoot Bob and the Toe Tappers.  Big Smooth and the Hellraisers from Waterford, Michigan takes the stage at 5:00 p.m. and headlining this year’s musical lineup at 7:00 p.m. is The Thirsty Perch Blues Band from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each group brings its own unique Rhythm & Blues sound to the stage for a night of music that will keep your toes tapping.

This year’s beer offerings have been hand-selected by the Blues & Brews Group to provide a broad range of styles and flavors. Over 150 beers from Michigan and national brewers will be available. Some of the featured breweries are Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Short’s Brewing Company, Dark Horse Brewing Co., Petoskey Brewing, Rochester Mills Beer Co., New Belgium Brewing and Shock Top.  A selection of local wines will also be available for sampling.

Craft beer brewing is growing among hobbyists. Adventures in Home Brewing will provide brewing demonstrations to those interested in creating their own beers and Brew Analytical will demonstrate how scientific testing can help brewers perfect and refine their beer recipes. The Michigan Hop Alliance will also be on hand to answer any questions about the hops farming industry in Michigan.

Tickets for the event are $25 in advance and $30 each at the door.  Included in admission will be live entertainment and ten ‘tastes’ from some of the finest breweries from across Michigan and around the globe.  Tickets can be purchased online at or at participating United Bank & Trust locations. Food vendors will be on hand serving a wide variety of products from BBQ pork, Mexican cuisine, hot dogs and more.  In addition, downtown Adrian’s features a variety of restaurants that will be open to serve Blues & Brews Festival attendees.

The event is organized by the non-profit organization, The Blues and Brews Group, as a way to highlight all that the Downtown Adrian and Lenawee County area has to offer. Last year’s event drew over 700 guests into Downtown Adrian where they sampled a broad variety of local, regional and national beers and danced the night away to three Michigan Blues bands.  This year Blues & Brews Group president, David Thomas, anticipates an even larger crowd.  “Planning for this year’s festival has been underway since the last guitar riff last year.  We are anticipating over 1500 tickets to be sold for the 2013 Festival, and we can’t wait,” says Thomas.

Local sponsors for the event include the Adrian Downtown Development Authority (DDA, Wenn Seal Coating and Fence Rental, International Diamond, Frontier Communications, United Bank & Trust, Culver’s and Cotton Brewing Company. Organizations or businesses interested in sponsorship should contact David Thomas, Group president at (517) 260-0934 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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.