Suds it up: American Craft Beer week starts Monday

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

In these days of the foodie culture, nearly every type of food and drink seems to have its own day. National Ice Cream Day, for example, is the third Sunday of July. In the United Kingdom, National Fish and Chips Day is June 5. International Whiskey Day is March 27.

In the U.S., craft beer gets a whole week. Now in its 10th year, American Craft Beer Week starts Monday and runs through May 22. According to the American Brewers Association, all 50 states participated last year in the seven-day celebration of brew made independently and by traditional methods.

Being that Michigan is one of the top five brewing states in the nation, naturally, there are many ways to celebrate American Craft Beer week in all corners of Metro Detroit. Here are a few ideas:

Learn something

Sherwood Brewing Company, 45689 Hayes in Utica, will host a historical look at Detroit’s brewing industry from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday. Guests will be Motor City Brew Tours’ founder Stephen Johnson, who will sign his new book “Detroit Beer: A History of Brewing in the Motor City.” Charlie Korpal, who was a tour guide for the Stroh’s Brewery in the 1950s, will discuss Detroit’s brewing past.

Help out

Monday through May 21, the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery will donate $1 for every select beer sold to a different Ypsilanti-based charity, such as Ypsi Pride and the Ypsilanti District Library.

Get conditioned

The Michigan Cask Ale Festival at Ashley’s Beer & Grill in Westland is the largest offering of cask-conditioned craft beer at one time anywhere in Michigan, according to organizers. More than 30 casks ales from across the country will be served in Ashley’s outdoor beer garden 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at Tickets can also be purchased via the event’s new smart phone app, which can be used to make sure you don’t miss sampling anything you really want to try.

Pizza pairing

Jolly Pumpkin in Midtown Detroit recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The sour beer destination, which was visited by President Obama during the North American International Auto Show, has revamped its menu for the occasion, and now has sweet potato and kale pizza, spinach and artichoke pizza and grilled chicken pizza. Tuesday nights from 4-11 p.m. pizzas are $1-$2 off, depending on the size. Jolly Pumpkin has also changed its mug club details. For an $85 fee, club members get $1 off beer every day and $2 off during happy hour, plus discounts on Mondays.

Road trip

The most comprehensive American Craft Beer week programming is happening at Arcadia Ales in Battle Creek. The indie brewer, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, will host daily beer flights, beer-infused dinners, brewery tours and more. The Kalamazoo location will have beer trivia, yoga in the beer garden, a college night and a pet-friendly event. The K-zoo spot wraps up the week by celebrating it’s second birthday with a pig roast on May 21. Visit for details.

Plan ahead

One of the biggest craft beer events in the state is the 2016 Summer Beer Festival, July 23-22 at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti. This outdoor tasting event usually sells out. Now in its 19th year, the Michigan Brewing Guild’s summer smash hosts more than 1,000 products from 100 Michigan beer makers. Tickets, $40-$45 in advance, are on sale at

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