Harbor Springs, Mich. - Boyne Highlands has a new event on tap this fall for craft beer lovers. The Hops 'n Highlands Microbrew Festival takes place Saturday, September 27, and is celebrating Michigan as the "The Great Beer State" by featuring Michigan craft brewers exclusively.
Like the resort's highly successful wintertime Brew-Ski Festival, Hops 'n Highlands offers free admission to ages 21 and older with tickets for beer tastings available for purchase. Tickets are $2 each for a four-ounce pour.
The inaugural event plans to feature 35 Michigan breweries with nearly 100 total beers. The outdoor tented tasting area is open from 1 to 6 p.m. and features live music by Huckleberry Groove. Breweries range from local favorites, Petoskey Brewing Co. and Beards Brewery, as well as brewers from all over Michigan, Marquette to Warren. A sampling includes Short's Brewing Co., Founders Brewing Co., Bell's Brewery, New Holland Brewing Co., Right Brain Brewery, Jolly Pumpkin Artisian Ales, Darkhorse Brewing Co., Blackrocks Brewery, Dragonmead Microbrewery, and many others.
Event goers will have a chance to delight in the flavors of the season with plentiful seasonal brews and barbeque eats. The resort is also offering complimentary scenic chairlift rides during the festival with breathtaking panoramic views of Pleasantview Valley and Little Traverse Bay. Riders can unload the chairlift to take photos and enjoy a hike.
A special Hops 'n Highlands Microbrew Festival event package is available offering hotel lodging at Boyne Highlands Resort, a Friday night hors d'oeuvres reception with a tap takeover and kick-off firkin from New Holland Brewing Co, hot breakfast buffet, commemorative t-shirt and nonic pint glass, plus five drink tickets. The package starts at $105 per person, per night, or $173 per person for a two-night stay. For reservations, call 800.462.6963 or visit boynehighlands.com.
For the complete list of participating breweries, visit boynehighlands.com.
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