4th Annual TC Winter Microbrew & Music Festival

4th Annual TC Winter Microbrew & Music Festival


What better way for Northern Michiganders to break the monotony of winter than with a brew festival? Outside, in the cold? Even better. Welcome to the 4th Annual Traverse City Winter Microbrew and Music Festival, Saturday, February 9, 2013. There you’ll find multiple tents sprawled across the Farmer’s Market lots near the bay (see map) filled with music, laughter, beer, wine and good cheer.

One of the more unique aspects of the festival in recent years is the silent disco, an amazing sight to see. Revelers all wear headphones, wirelessly tapped into the same stream of music, jamming to the groove together in what appears to others to be complete silence. Add parkas and snow boots, and it becomes a truly surreal scene.

But of course, people really come for the beer, and the TC Microbrew and Music Festival doesn’t disappoint. We don’t have this year’s list just yet, but here are the breweries in attendance in 2012 to give you an idea (no particular order, Michigan brewing companies noted with locations):

  • Arbor Brewing Company – Ann Arbor, MI
  • Goose Island
  • North Peak Brewing Company – Traverse City, Mi
  • Jolly Pumpkin – Ann Arbor, MI
  • Crispin Hard Cider
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • Unibroue
  • Cold Spring Brewing Co.
  • New Holland Brewing – Holland Mi
  • Mount Pleasant Brewing Co. – Mount Pleasant, MI
  • Shorts Brewing Company – Bellaire, MI
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Boston Beer Company
  • Left Foot Charley – Traverse City, MI
  • Brewery Vivant – Grand Rapids, MI
  • Schmohz Brewing Co. – Grand Rapids, MI
  • Tri City Brewing Company – Bay City, MI
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company
  • Cheboygan Brewing Company – Cheboygan, MI
  • Midland Brewing Company – Midland, MI
  • Keweenaw Brewing Company – Houghton, MI
  • Frankenmuth Brewery – Frankenmuth, MI
  • Bells Brewery – Kalamazoo,, MI
  • Acoustic Draft Mead – sweet cherry mead made in Benzie County, MI
  • Dark Horse Brewing Company – Marshall, MI
  • Fort Collins Brewery
  • Founders Brewing Co. – Grand Rapids, MI
  • Arcadia Brewing Company – Battle Creek, MI
  • Atwater Brewery – Detroit, MI
  • Odd Side Ales – Grand Haven, MI
  • Widmer Brothers
  • Magic Hat Brewery

If you have wine drinkers in the family, they haven’t been left out either (this list also from 2012):

  • Black Star Farms – Suttons Bay, MI
  • Bowers Harbor Vineyards – Traverse City, MI
  • Brys Estate – Traverse City, MI
  • Chateau Chantal – Traverse City, MI
  • Chateau Grand Traverse – Traverse City, MI
  • Peninsula Cellars – Traverse City, MI
  • 2 Lads Winery – Traverse City, MI
  • Northern Natural – organic cider from Kaleva, MI
  • Uncle John’s Cider Mill – St. Johns, MI
  • Vander Mill Cider – Spring Lake, MI

The Porterhouse Productions site shows the event starting at 5pm. Because of popularity, you may want to get tickets early. They actually went on sale Dec 10.

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