Traverse City Winter Microw Brew Festival Tonight!

Lovers of craft beer, live music and local food will soon meet under heated tents in the historic Old Town district of downtown Traverse City for Northern Michigan’s second annual Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival. The Traverse City festival, produced by Porterhouse Productions, will launch with a kick-off party on Friday, February 11 featuring the popular Michigan band My Dear Disco, then expand to a full festival experience on Saturday, February 12.
The two-day event, which bills itself as a community celebration of winter fun, Michigan craft beer and food, and the arts, will be held for the first time in heated tents in Old Town Traverse City on Union Street between Seventh and Eighth Streets, as well as  near by in Blue Tractor’s downtown Traverse City parking lot. Over 3,000 attendees came out to Grand Traverse Resort & Spa last winter for the inaugural festival, a sister event to the Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival held each August at Grand Traverse Commons.
 More than 75 craft brews from Michigan and beyond will be featured at the festival, in addition to local wines, meads and hard ciders. Musical acts including Steppin’ In It, My Dear Disco, Delilah DeWylde & the Lost Boys, Funktion, Levi Britton, Soul Patch, Andrew Sturtz and several more will perform throughout the weekend.

Click to read MyNorth interviews with Steppin’ In It and My Dear Disco!

Tickets for Friday and Saturday (sold separately) are on sale now at Blue Tractor and Oryana in Traverse City and online at Admission is $12 advance/$15 at the door for Friday and $25 advance/$30 at the door for Saturday. Attendees must be age 21 or older. Free parking is available after 5:00 p.m. both days in the Old Town parking deck in downtown Traverse City, and festivalgoers are encouraged to walk or carpool wherever possible.
An overview of the scheduled festivities for the Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival is provided below. For complete details, visit


 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 – 5-10 PM

TCWMMF Kick-Off Party – At Blue Tractor & in heated tents in the Blue Tractor Parking Lot (423 S Union Street in Old Town, Traverse City, MI) $12 in advance, $15 at the door / Attendees must be 21+, no exceptions / ID must be present at time of entry.

North Peak $1 Happy Hour Pours, North Peak $3 Microbrew Pints, Full Bar Happy Hour and All Night Specials. Live music featuring My Dear Disco, Levi Britton Band and Andrew Sturtz Trio Featuring Blue Tractor’s BBQ and Smoked Food as well as Blue Tractor’s Full Menu and Personalized Service FREE After Party – Meet & Greet the Musicians, Late Night Menu & Continued Drink Specials available for purchase

 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011 – 3-10 PM

Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival – In Heated Tents in Old Town, Traverse City, on South Union Street between Seventh & Eighth Streets, at Blue Tractor, The Shed, Hibbard’s Parking Lot, and Blue Tractor Parking Lot (423 S Union Street in Old Town, Traverse City, MI) $25 in advance, $30 at the door / Attendees must be 21+, no exceptions / ID must be present at time of entry.

Over 75 Microbrew Flavors, Local Wines, Ciders & Meads. Admission includes five complimentary 7 oz. pours; additional drink tickets available for $1 each.

Live music featuring Steppin’ In It, Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys, Grand Traverse Pipes & Drums, Funktion, Levi Britton, Joe Wilson, Joshua Davis, Andrew Sturtz, Younce Guitar Duo, DJ Dominate, Fire Twirlers, Bruce Grossman, Soul Patch, Steven Leaf, and Eric Chamberlain

Hop-N-Brew Shack – Provides attendees with an opportunity to meet brewers face-to-face and sample limited-edition and select lines of brews and ales. Big enough to hold groups of 10-12 at a time, the Shack features a different brewery every 30-45 minutes. Tastings are open to all festival-goers on a first-come, first-served basis.Old Town food available for purchase from Blue Tractor (Smoked & BBQ Specials, Homemade Chips), Soul Hole (Right Brain Beer Braised Pork Sandwiches, Seafood Gumbo, Baked Mac-N-Cheese), Maxbauer’s (Homemade Brats & Hot Dogs), Wishbones (Gyros, Homemade Soups)

Non-Alcoholic Drinks available at the Hydration Station (which raises funds for Munson Medical Center’s Cancer Support Units), featuring Pure Waterworks water, Northwoods Soda, Higher Grounds Coffee and more FREE After Party – Meet & Greet the Musicians, Late Night Menu & Continued Drink Specials available for purchase.

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Article Comments

  • Michael Thompson

    My Dear Disco at Northpeak (Kilkenny’s?)? I can’t wait!

  • Anonymous

    I was at the Microbrew and Music Festival on Saturday. Without question, the MOST unorganized, poorly planned event I have ever attended in TC.

  • Dayton H

    Sheer mayhem and chaos! While last year was very enjoyable, this year was a huge letdown. Major changes as well as location will have to happen before I ever attend again. Too bad.

  • Anonymous

    I have to say I agree with the negative feedback left above. Very poorly planned. Way to many tickets were sold to this event. The entire event was spent in one long line or another and the music tents were so crowded it had to have been a safety issue. Workers and volunteers were rude and very unhelpful. I do not recommend this festival to anyone and will think twice about attending another Porterhouse event.