Michigan fall beer festival brewing this weekend

Dawn Riffenburg
The Detroit News

Like beer? Like fall? Then the 7th annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival is for you.

More than 600 beers from 80 Michigan craft breweries will be available for sampling this weekend at the festival presented by the Michigan Brewers Guild.

The beer starts flowing from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Eastern Market. The festival continues Saturday, Oct. 24, from 1-6 p.m. In addition to scores of beers, the festival features regional fare and entertainment (this year’s lineup can be found online here).

The 2014 Fall Beer Festival

As of Monday afternoon, there were tickets available for Friday, but the popular Saturday session is sold out. If available, tickets may be purchased at the gate Friday for $45 at the gate and are $40 online ahead of time . Each ticket includes 15 drink tokens, redeemable for a 3-ounce sample. Additional tokens are available inside the festival grounds for 50 cents each.

Designated driver tickets will be available online and at the gate for $5 each. Designated drivers are not permitted to drink beer.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $277 million, according to the Brewers Guild. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks No. 5 in the nation.