Wine festival features Michigan beers


If you consider yourself a beer drinker, then the Great Lakes Wine and Beer presented by the Jackson County CVB is the place for you on May 19.

In addition to hosting at least 24 Michigan-based wineries, the wine festival will feature representatives from some of the state’s finest brewing companies.

So far 18 of the state’s best breweries have signed on to showcase and sell a variety of their Michigan-brewed beers. The list of breweries includes:

  • Ann Arbor Brewing
  • Arbor Brewing
  • Arcadia
  • Bad Bear Brewing Co.
  • Bells' Brewery Inc
  • Dark Horse Brewery
  • Founders
  • Frankenmuth Brewery
  • Grizzly Peaks Brewing Co.
  • Jolly Pumpkin
  • Keweenaw
  • Motor City Brew Works
  • Mt. Pleasant Brewing
  • North Peak Brewing Co.
  • Original Gravity Brewing
  • Rochester Mills Beer Co.
  • New Holland Brewing Co
  • Wolverine State Brewing Co.

“We are really excited to have a bigger emphasis on Michigan’s great beers this year,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “There are many breweries in the state and word is spreading about how enjoyable their brews are. This is a very neat opportunity to taste fantastic beers and wines from all over our great state while enjoying a special evening out with your friends.”

In addition to beer and wine, Michigan food vendors will also be featured, making the Great Lakes Wine and Beer Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB a purely Michigan event.

The Great Lakes Wine and Beer Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB, is a natural fit for the state, with a unique focus on Michigan-based wineries and breweries. With 14,600 acres of vineyards for commercial wineries across the state of Michigan, the Great Lakes Wine Fest is perfectly and conveniently situated at MIS in the southeast corner of the state.

Guests may sample wines, beer and food from Michigan vendors, and buy favorite wines by the bottle or case. The festival’s on-site retail store will have select wines and beer available for purchase at the event.

In addition to wine and beer sampling, seminars covering wine, food and other topics of interest will be held throughout the venue. Live entertainment throughout the weekend will also be featured.

Advance tickets for the Great Lakes Wine and Beer Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB are $25. Each ticket includes $10 worth of tasting tokens per day.

This event is for guests 21 and older.

Stay on site! Weekend camping is also available for $35 and $50 in the track’s Graves Farm Campground. Need an RV? A hassle-free camping option is available for the wine and brew fest at

Or stay nearby! Contact the Jackson County Convention and Visitors Bureau at for a listing of convenient hotels, all with free shuttle service to and from the wine fest courtesy of Jackson Public Schools.

Tickets and details are available at or by calling 800-354-1010. Also, please visit our Twitter feed @GLWineFest for information about the wine festival.

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