IRON MOUNTAIN – Brew Fest returns Saturday to downtown Iron Mountain.
This year, the event hosted by the Downtown Development Authority will take place from 1-6 p.m. on the Downtown Stage on Iron Mountain Street and will feature several popular Michigan breweries, including some local favorites.
Barrel + Beam, Alpha Brewing, Ore Dock Brewing Co., Bell’s Brewery Inc., Cheboygan Brewing Co., Big Lakes Brewing, Short’s Brewing Company, Tripleroot, StarCut Ciders and St. Ambrose Cellars are contributing beer samples.
“We will have more than 50 drinks to taste”, said Mindy Wittock, DDA program director.
“It’s great that 51st State and Alpha are joining us in bringing their own beers,” DDA Events Coordinator Kenzie Williamsen added.
Those who are not beer drinkers will also have plenty of options. New to the festival are Iron Fish Distillery and Les Cheneaux Distillers, both of Michigan. Les Cheneaux will make cocktails and Iron Fish will serve its old-fashioned bottled cocktail.
“We hope everyone will like it” said Wittock.
Bink’s Wines will also offer spirits, including a few specialty wines. “They’ll bring a new one that hasn’t come out yet,” said Williamsen. “It’s a lemonade flavor – it’s amazing.”
Bink’s will also have a peach black tea flavored wine. “These are both perfect for summer – very refreshing,” said Williamsen.
The crowd will be entertained by the One Human Band Bryan Drewyor, who will play their folk-Americana music from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The evening will close with Kind of Blues from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. which will offer the public authentic blues with a twist on jazz classics.
The DDA will feature fun games throughout the afternoon, including cornhole and yard Jenga.
“It’s just extra fun for the crowd drinking beer,” said Wittock.
The first 100 people through the door Saturday will receive a coupon from Solberg’s Greenleaf Sports Bar and Grill in Iron Mountain for a free Pick Ax pretzel with beer cheese with the purchase of a drink at the restaurant, Wittock said.
Pre-sale tickets are $38 and are available online at https://www.downtownironmountain.com. Tickets at the door will cost $40. Designated drivers can enter the grounds for $10. All festival attendees must be 21 or older to enter, even if they are a designated driver and don’t drink.
Passes will provide attendees with a sample tasting glass, as well as 14 vendor tokens. Beer tasting ranges from one to two tokens and cocktails from two to four tokens, Wittock said.
“This is the first year we’ve used the sampler-sized cups,” she says.
Ticket sales are going well, Williamsen noted.
“Brew Fest was last held in 2019 and we think people will be excited to come back,” Wittock added.
Smokler’s BBQ and Dulce Nulla Bakery will offer a variety of food options throughout the afternoon. Non-alcoholic refreshments will be available for purchase in the concession area.
The DDA still needs volunteers for the day of the event. Anyone interested can call the DDA office at 906-774-8534, or go directly to the DDA Facebook page in downtown Iron Mountain by sending a message or clicking the link to register.
Brew Fest will take place rain or shine. “We hope the weather will be good” wittock said, “but there is a lot of protection in case of adverse conditions.”
Brew Fest sponsors include Bacco, Solberg’s Greenleaf Sports Bar and Grill, Dickinson County Area Tourism Association, Northern Interstate Bank and 41 Lumber.
The DDA also thanked the Iron Mountain Department of Public Works for their help with the set-up.
“Brew Fest is our first regional event (of the summer season)”, Wittock noted, “and is a good summer event.”