MyNorth News Service

(Press Release provided by Boyne Highlands)

HARBOR SPRINGS: Boyne Highlands Resort’s 2nd Annual Hops ‘n Highlands Microbrew Festival takes place on Saturday, September 26 at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs. The event highlights Northern Michigan beer and features more than 40 Michigan breweries and over 150 beers. The event celebrates Michigan as “The Great Beer State” —highlighting Michigan craft beers exclusively.

The festival offers free admission to ages 21 and older with tickets available for beer tastings. Tickets are $2 each for a four-ounce pour. The outdoor tented tasting area is open from 1 to 6 pm. Northern Michigan breweries include local favorites Petoskey Brewing Co. and Beards Brewery, as well as Bell’s Brewery, Brewery Vivant, Cheboygan Brewing Co., Greenbush Brewing Co., Keweenaw Brewing Co., New Holland Brewing Co., Right Brain Brewery, Short’s Brewing Co. and many more.

Event goers can delight in the flavors of the season with plentiful seasonal brews and tasty eats from food trucks including Happy’s Tacos and Wood Fired Up, as well as brats on the grill. Huckleberry Groove, a horn band and crowd favorite, returns with live entertainment during the festival.

While at the resort, soak up the beauty of fall with complimentary scenic chairlift rides to the top of Boyne Highlands where there are panoramic views of Little Traverse Bay, Crooked Lake, and the surrounding Pleasantview Valley. Or fly high above the festival with a special on Twin Zip Rides, two rides for $15, noon to 8 pm.

After the festival wraps up, the Slopeside Lounge continues to deliver fun with live entertainment beginning at 6:30 pm.

Those in need of relaxation can head to The Spa for Brew and Renew and receive 20% off spa services.

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 Michigan beers on tap, hot breakfast buffet, commemorative t-shirt and pint glass, plus five drink tickets. The package starts at $105 per person for a Friday or Saturday night stay or $173 per person for a two-night stay. For reservations, call 800.462.6963 or visit

For the complete list of participating breweries, visit

Boyne Highlands Resort is a family-owned, four-season destination located in Harbor Springs, Michigan, established in 1963. With 435 skiable acres, Boyne Highlands is the largest ski area in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and also offers the highest vertical terrain. Resort attractions include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, tubing, Zipline Adventures, 81 holes of golf, spa, lift-serviced mountain biking and Bike Park, kids programs, lodging, meeting and wedding facilities and real estate.  Boyne Highlands has been recognized by the readers of as Midwest’s Favorite Downhill Terrain, named the Best Ski Resort in Michigan by The Oakland Press and offers Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play. Boyne Highlands is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.

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