Monday, June 12, 2017

Stormcloud Brewing Company Celebrates Beerthday with Fundraisers for Betsie Valley Trail

Written by  Paul Starr
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This June marks the fourth anniversary of Stormcloud Brewing Company opening its doors in downtown Frankfort. The northern Michigan brewery plans to celebrate its “Beerthday” on Saturday, June 17 with a pub party and two fundraising events. Both events will raise funding for the Betsie Valley Trail, a 22-mile pathway for bikers and hikers stretching across Benzie County.
For the first fundraising event, Stormcloud will host a Fun Walk / Ride on the Betsie Valley Trail starting at the Betsie Valley Trailhead in the village of Elberta and ending at Stormcloud’s pub in downtown Frankfort. For each Fun Walk / Ride participant, Stormcloud will donate $5 to the Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail, a non-profit organization that oversees the development and operation of the trail. The Fun Walk / Ride starts promptly at 4pm but participants are invited to meet early at the trailhead to enjoy a free hot dog, beverage and express bike tune-up. Participants are also encouraged to dress in costumes and decorate their bikes for a chance to win Stormcloud prizes. Benzie Bus will be available for rides to the trailhead from Stormcloud.

In addition, Stormcloud is hosting a fundraising event in its pub to benefit the Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail. 50% of all sales in the pub between the hours of 5-7pm will be donated to the local organization. Both fundraisers are part of the brewery’s Stormcloud Builds Community initiative.

As part of Stormcloud Builds Community, Stormcloud Brewing Company selects one charitable organization making a difference in northern Michigan to share its message with customers and help raise funding for the organization. Recipients are chosen every month during the summer season and quarterly thereafter. To date, Stormcloud Builds Community has helped support 17 non-profit organizations in northwest lower Michigan.

Stormcloud Brewing Company will also celebrate its big day with an outdoor beer garden and BBQ complete with live music, lawn games, beer can chicken on the grill, Nightswimmer Stout birthday cake and special release beers available at the beer tent on Stormcloud’s renovated lawn. To learn more, visit

About the Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail
The Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail (FBVT) is a Michigan not for profit corporation formed in 1993 to advocate, promote and encourage the development and successful operation of a recreational trail on the former Ann Arbor Railroad corridor in Benzie County. Learn more at

About Stormcloud Brewing Company
Stormcloud Brewing Company opened in June 2013 just two blocks from Lake Michigan in the coastal city of Frankfort, located in northwest lower Michigan. A small brewery specializing in Belgian-style brewing, Stormcloud offers 16 taps in addition to a full menu of flatbread pizzas, small plate appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, and specialty popcorn. In August 2016, Stormcloud was named the Best New Brewery in Michigan by MLive Media Group. Visit Stormcloud online at
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.