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    • #3279
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      It is difficult to keep track of ALL the craft beer events happening in the area as well as around Indiana and Michigan. We try to keep the site Calendar updated, but I thought an ongoing forum post would be a way for ANY member to add an event that they have heard of. This list will also feature events that anyone can attend, not just events that MEGA is invited to participate in.

      I will also try to feature upcoming events in the monthly newsletter. So here is a list of upcoming events in August, September, and October. And PLEASE add any events you learn about or edit any posted events as needed.

      Aug. 2 – Brew Haven
      Downtown New Haven, next to Trion Tavern, 503 Broadway St. / 2:00-6:00 pm
      http://brewhaven.triontavern.com

      Aug. 14-17 – Michigan Homebrew Festival
      Holly, MI (northeast of Detroit at Groveland Oaks Campground)
      http://www.mhfsite.com for more details on the festival

      Aug. 23 – Festiv-Ale
      Victory Field in Indianapolis / 4:00-8:00 pm
      http://www.indiana.cff.org/festivale

      Aug. 23 – Beers Across the Wabash
      John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge, Lafayette and West Lafayette / 1:00-5:00 pm
      http://www.beersacrossthewabash.com

      Sept. 4-7 – Oktoberfest
      German Park, 8602 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis / 4:00 pm daily
      http://www.indianapolisgak.com/oktoberfest,

      Sept. 6 – ZooBrew
      Potawatomi Zoo, South Bend / 4:00-7:00 pm
      MEGA will have a tasting booth

      Sept. 20 – Sun King CANvitational
      Pan Am Plaza in Indianapolis / 1:00-5:00 pm
      http://www.canvitational.com

      Sept. 27 – Weko Beach Brewers Fest
      Bridgman, MI / 1:00-7:00 pm
      MEGA volunteers invited to pour. MEGA also doing a brewing demonstration
      http://www.wekobeachbrewersfest.com

      Sept. 27 – Valpo Brewfest
      Central Park Plaza, Indiana Ave. and Lafayette St., Valparaiso / 1:00-5:00 pm
      http://www.valpobrewfest.com

      Oct. 18 – Munster Ale Fest
      Munster, IN / 1:00 – 5:00 pm
      http://www.munsteralefest.com/main.html

    • #11462
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      It is difficult to keep track of ALL the craft beer events happening in the area as well as around Indiana and Michigan. We try to keep the site Calendar and Facebook page updated, but I thought an ongoing forum post would be a way for ANY member to add an event that they have heard of. This list will also feature events that anyone can attend, not just events that MEGA is invited to participate in.

      12 Bell’s of Christmas

      Saturday, December 13 – Hops at 84 East, Holland, MI
      We will be pouring 12 drafts and a firkin for your drinking pleasure! We will be featuring: Two Hearted, Amber Ale, Winter White, Oarsman, Roundhouse IRA, Rye Stout, Expedition Stout, Kal-Haven Rye Ale, Quince Third Coast Old Ale, Sweet Potato Stout, Harry MaGill’s Spiced Stout and of course Christmas Ale.
      http://bellsbeer.com/events-2/?select=1&pkeyEventID=5554

      Kalamazoo Beer Week
      January 10-17, Kalamazoo, MI
      http://www.kalamazoobeerweek.com

      South Bend Brewfest
      Saturday, January 24 – Century Center, South Bend
      MEGA invited to have pouring booth
      http://www.southbendbrewfest.com

      Winterfest
      Saturday, January 31 – Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis
      http://www.drinkin.beer/event/winterfest_2015

      Firkin Freezeout
      Saturday, February 7
      Founders Brewery, Grand Rapids, MI
      http://www.foundersbrewing.com/taproom-events/founders-firkin-freezeout

      Shelf Ice Brew Fest
      Saturday, February 7, 1-5PM
      600 block to 800 block Franklin St, Michigan City IN (OUTSIDE EVENT)
      http://www.shelficebrewfest.com

      Cider Summit Chicago
      Saturday, February 7 – Navy Pier, Chicago
      http://www.cidersummitnw.com

      Winter Beer Festival
      Friday, February 27 (3pm to 7pm) & Saturday, February 28, 2015 (1pm to 6pm)
      Fifth Third Ball Park, Comstock Park (just north of Grand Rapids)
      http://www.mibeer.com/winter-festival

      Founder’s KBS Week
      March 9-14 in Grand Rapids, MI
      http://www.kbsweek.com

      Art of Beer Festival
      Saturday, March 21 (5:00 – 9:00 pm) – Lake Michigan College Mendel Center
      MEGA invited to have info. booth and volunteer pourers for other booths
      http://www.artofbeerfest.com

      Blue Chip Brewfest
      Saturday, April 11, 12-5PM
      Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City, IN
      MEGA invited to have pouring booth
      Tickets: $45
      http://www.bluechipcasino.com/whats-new/events

      MEGA Big Brew Day
      Saturday, May 2, Time TBA
      Celebration of National Homebrew Day
      Crooked Ewe, South Bend, IN
      Forum topic will be posted soon

      IN-MI Craft Beer Mayfair
      Saturday, May 9, 1:00 – 7:00 pm
      Toscana Park, Granger, IN
      MEGA invited to have pouring booth
      Inaugural event featuring IN-MI craft beers, local food and music
      Forum topic and website will be posted soon

    • #11468
      Jim MolerJim Moler
      Moderator
    • #11472
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      10th Annual Winter Beer Festival
      Friday, February 27 (3pm to 7pm) & Saturday, February 28, 2015 (1pm to 6pm)
      Fifth Third Ball Park, Comstock Park (just north of Grand Rapids)
      http://www.mibeer.com/winter-festival

      Saturday session is already sold out, but still tickets available for Friday session.

    • #11473
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      10th Annual Winter Beer Festival
      Friday, February 27 (3pm to 7pm) & Saturday, February 28, 2015 (1pm to 6pm)
      Fifth Third Ball Park, Comstock Park (just north of Grand Rapids)
      http://www.mibeer.com/winter-festival

      Saturday session is already sold out, but still tickets available for Friday

    • #11497
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      Cider Summit Chicago
      Saturday, February 7
      Navy Pier Grand Ball Room, Chicago
      11AM – 3PM & 4PM – 8PM
      http://www.cidersummitnw.com

      Cider Summit will feature over 150 ciders including regional favorites and international classics from countries such as England, Scotland, France, and Spain. The event will also feature specially selected food pairings, regional and national cider association display booths.

      Tickets are $30 and will be sold online only via CiderSummit.com. Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass and 8 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket. Designated driver tickets are available for $5, and include a bottle of water. A separate ticket is required for each session. The event is 21 and over only. A sell-out is expected, so please purchase in advance.

    • #11498
      Jim MolerJim Moler
      Moderator

      Jan. 31st is the Winter Beer Festival and Indiana Brewers Guild
      Down in INDY!.
      not sure it’s sold out of not.

    • #11500
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      Cincinnati Malt Infusers, All American Homebrew Competition
      Saturday, Feb. 14
      Registration to enter closes February 6th.
      COMPETITION ENTRY LIMIT HAS BEEN REACHED – ENTRIES CLOSED 🙁

      The competition is being held at the Cincinnati Duke Energy Convention Center in conjunction with the Cicny Winter Beerfest. All judges and stewards will receive a free VIP pass into the Beerfest on Saturday night as our way of saying “Thanks for your service!”

      As always, Judges and Stewards are needed. Please register and sign up to judge or steward. Get all the details at, All American Homebrew Competition.

      Best of Show winner will get to brew his or her beer at a Professional Brewery in Cincinnati. That beer will then be presented at an upcoming Cincy Beer Festival Event.

      We will be using the 2008 BJCP Guidelines and caping the entries at 325.

    • #11501
      Jeff WilhelmJeff Wilhelm
      Participant

      Kalamazoo Beer Week
      Kalamazoo MI
      January 10-17, 2015

      Visit Website Here

      Kalamazoo Beer Week

      Kalamazoo Beer Week, known fondly as KBW, is all about building a relationship with craft beer. Some of us already share this passion: an affinity for hand-crafted products, made by people who care about an enriching brew experience and carefully fashioned flavor profiles. But some are newer to their understanding of how amazing craft beer can be.

      Kalamazoo Beer Week is a weeklong series of events that support the craft beer experience through special tastings, dinners, and interactive events. Patrons will meet the brewers themselves, learn about what it takes to develop these kinds of intricate, highly desired products, and hopefully achieve a greater sense of this market segment that has taken hold of beer drinkers everywhere.

      KBW 2014 was one for the record books. We hosted over 200 events in an 8-day period, survived a Polar Vortex and debuted the lovable Kalamazoo Beer mascot. Just when we think we can’t possibly have any more fun, we prove ourselves wrong. Make plans now to join us for KBW 2015 – you’ll be happy you did.

    • #11507
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      Founders has a couple of great upcoming events

      Firkin Freezeout
      Saturday, February 7
      Founders Brewery, Grand Rapids, MI
      http://www.foundersbrewing.com/taproom-events/founders-firkin-freezeout

      It’s a free, daytime celebration of real ale in the friendly confines of our outdoor beer garden! Bundle up, and bring the whole family, as this is an all-ages event! We’ll be pouring a rotation of over 40 expertly crafted-firkins throughout the day, including the breakout hit of last year’s Freezeout, Dirty Bastard with Maple Syrup, Vanilla & Cinnamon! Live ice carving will draw your eye and keep you entertained, and our culinary team will be serving up intriguing BBQ creations hot off the grill! The event goes from 11am until sundown, and is totally free!

      KBS Week

      March 9-14
      Founders Brewery, Grand Rapids, MI
      http://www.kbsweek.com

      Bottles of KBS available for pickup in the Founders taproom will be released using a pre-ticketed reservation process on EventBrite. Bottles can be reserved beginning on Saturday, February 14, at 11am EST, and they will be available for pickup March 10–14. Ticket proceeds will go to Grand Rapids Whitewater.

    • #11511
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      MEGA Big Brew Day
      Saturday, May 2, Time TBA
      Celebration of National Homebrew Day
      Crooked Ewe, South Bend, IN
      Details to be discussed at upcoming MEGA Meetings
      Forum topic will be posted soon

      IN-MI Craft Beer Mayfair
      Saturday, May 9, 1:00 – 7:00 pm
      Toscana Park, Granger, IN
      MEGA invited to have pouring booth
      Inaugural event featuring IN-MI craft beers, local food and music
      Forum topic and website will be posted soon

    • #11518
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      Breweriana, Beer & Soda Can Expo
      Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27th & 28th

      Baymont Inn & Suites
      515 Dixie Way North
      South Bend, IN 46637

      Show open to general public on Saturday at 9:00 am

      Over 100 tables of drinking memorabilia and collectibles
      http://www.hoosierbeer.com for more details

    • #3280
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      Bottle Caps & Corks Amateur Beer & Wine Competition
      Sunday, March 22, 1-4 pm
      Christiana Creek Country Club, Elkhart, IN

      This is a fundraising brewing competition for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Tickets are $25 and include beer and wine samples, appetizers, live music & a tasting glass.

      All Judging Competition entries must be brought to Christiana Creek Country Club) on the day of the event (March 22, 2015) between 10am-12pm. Click here for more information.

    • #27111
      Dan
      Participant

      This is an old thread, hope you don’t mind me reviving it here. The new City-Wide Liquors on E LaSalle (really nice place if you haven’t visited) is hosting Misbeehavin’ Meads for a tasting on April 19 at 5pm. I’ll be there, probably closer to 5. I love mead, and I want to support the closest meaderies to South Bend (I believe that is Misbeehavin’, Boneflower, and Manic out of Chicago or somewhere around there).

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    • #3279
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      It is difficult to keep track of ALL the craft beer events happening in the area as well as around Indiana and Michigan. We try to keep the site Calendar updated, but I thought an ongoing forum post would be a way for ANY member to add an event that they have heard of. This list will also feature events that anyone can attend, not just events that MEGA is invited to participate in.

      I will also try to feature upcoming events in the monthly newsletter. So here is a list of upcoming events in August, September, and October. And PLEASE add any events you learn about or edit any posted events as needed.

      Aug. 2 – Brew Haven
      Downtown New Haven, next to Trion Tavern, 503 Broadway St. / 2:00-6:00 pm
      http://brewhaven.triontavern.com

      Aug. 14-17 – Michigan Homebrew Festival
      Holly, MI (northeast of Detroit at Groveland Oaks Campground)
      http://www.mhfsite.com for more details on the festival

      Aug. 23 – Festiv-Ale
      Victory Field in Indianapolis / 4:00-8:00 pm
      http://www.indiana.cff.org/festivale

      Aug. 23 – Beers Across the Wabash
      John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge, Lafayette and West Lafayette / 1:00-5:00 pm
      http://www.beersacrossthewabash.com

      Sept. 4-7 – Oktoberfest
      German Park, 8602 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis / 4:00 pm daily
      http://www.indianapolisgak.com/oktoberfest,

      Sept. 6 – ZooBrew
      Potawatomi Zoo, South Bend / 4:00-7:00 pm
      MEGA will have a tasting booth

      Sept. 20 – Sun King CANvitational
      Pan Am Plaza in Indianapolis / 1:00-5:00 pm
      http://www.canvitational.com

      Sept. 27 – Weko Beach Brewers Fest
      Bridgman, MI / 1:00-7:00 pm
      MEGA volunteers invited to pour. MEGA also doing a brewing demonstration
      http://www.wekobeachbrewersfest.com

      Sept. 27 – Valpo Brewfest
      Central Park Plaza, Indiana Ave. and Lafayette St., Valparaiso / 1:00-5:00 pm
      http://www.valpobrewfest.com

      Oct. 18 – Munster Ale Fest
      Munster, IN / 1:00 – 5:00 pm
      http://www.munsteralefest.com/main.html

    • #11462
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      It is difficult to keep track of ALL the craft beer events happening in the area as well as around Indiana and Michigan. We try to keep the site Calendar and Facebook page updated, but I thought an ongoing forum post would be a way for ANY member to add an event that they have heard of. This list will also feature events that anyone can attend, not just events that MEGA is invited to participate in.

      12 Bell’s of Christmas

      Saturday, December 13 – Hops at 84 East, Holland, MI
      We will be pouring 12 drafts and a firkin for your drinking pleasure! We will be featuring: Two Hearted, Amber Ale, Winter White, Oarsman, Roundhouse IRA, Rye Stout, Expedition Stout, Kal-Haven Rye Ale, Quince Third Coast Old Ale, Sweet Potato Stout, Harry MaGill’s Spiced Stout and of course Christmas Ale.
      http://bellsbeer.com/events-2/?select=1&pkeyEventID=5554

      Kalamazoo Beer Week
      January 10-17, Kalamazoo, MI
      http://www.kalamazoobeerweek.com

      South Bend Brewfest
      Saturday, January 24 – Century Center, South Bend
      MEGA invited to have pouring booth
      http://www.southbendbrewfest.com

      Winterfest
      Saturday, January 31 – Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis
      http://www.drinkin.beer/event/winterfest_2015

      Firkin Freezeout
      Saturday, February 7
      Founders Brewery, Grand Rapids, MI
      http://www.foundersbrewing.com/taproom-events/founders-firkin-freezeout

      Shelf Ice Brew Fest
      Saturday, February 7, 1-5PM
      600 block to 800 block Franklin St, Michigan City IN (OUTSIDE EVENT)
      http://www.shelficebrewfest.com

      Cider Summit Chicago
      Saturday, February 7 – Navy Pier, Chicago
      http://www.cidersummitnw.com

      Winter Beer Festival
      Friday, February 27 (3pm to 7pm) & Saturday, February 28, 2015 (1pm to 6pm)
      Fifth Third Ball Park, Comstock Park (just north of Grand Rapids)
      http://www.mibeer.com/winter-festival

      Founder’s KBS Week
      March 9-14 in Grand Rapids, MI
      http://www.kbsweek.com

      Art of Beer Festival
      Saturday, March 21 (5:00 – 9:00 pm) – Lake Michigan College Mendel Center
      MEGA invited to have info. booth and volunteer pourers for other booths
      http://www.artofbeerfest.com

      Blue Chip Brewfest
      Saturday, April 11, 12-5PM
      Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City, IN
      MEGA invited to have pouring booth
      Tickets: $45
      http://www.bluechipcasino.com/whats-new/events

      MEGA Big Brew Day
      Saturday, May 2, Time TBA
      Celebration of National Homebrew Day
      Crooked Ewe, South Bend, IN
      Forum topic will be posted soon

      IN-MI Craft Beer Mayfair
      Saturday, May 9, 1:00 – 7:00 pm
      Toscana Park, Granger, IN
      MEGA invited to have pouring booth
      Inaugural event featuring IN-MI craft beers, local food and music
      Forum topic and website will be posted soon

    • #11468
      Jim MolerJim Moler
      Moderator
    • #11472
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      10th Annual Winter Beer Festival
      Friday, February 27 (3pm to 7pm) & Saturday, February 28, 2015 (1pm to 6pm)
      Fifth Third Ball Park, Comstock Park (just north of Grand Rapids)
      http://www.mibeer.com/winter-festival

      Saturday session is already sold out, but still tickets available for Friday session.

    • #11473
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      10th Annual Winter Beer Festival
      Friday, February 27 (3pm to 7pm) & Saturday, February 28, 2015 (1pm to 6pm)
      Fifth Third Ball Park, Comstock Park (just north of Grand Rapids)
      http://www.mibeer.com/winter-festival

      Saturday session is already sold out, but still tickets available for Friday

    • #11497
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      Cider Summit Chicago
      Saturday, February 7
      Navy Pier Grand Ball Room, Chicago
      11AM – 3PM & 4PM – 8PM
      http://www.cidersummitnw.com

      Cider Summit will feature over 150 ciders including regional favorites and international classics from countries such as England, Scotland, France, and Spain. The event will also feature specially selected food pairings, regional and national cider association display booths.

      Tickets are $30 and will be sold online only via CiderSummit.com. Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass and 8 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket. Designated driver tickets are available for $5, and include a bottle of water. A separate ticket is required for each session. The event is 21 and over only. A sell-out is expected, so please purchase in advance.

    • #11498
      Jim MolerJim Moler
      Moderator

      Jan. 31st is the Winter Beer Festival and Indiana Brewers Guild
      Down in INDY!.
      not sure it’s sold out of not.

    • #11500
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      Cincinnati Malt Infusers, All American Homebrew Competition
      Saturday, Feb. 14
      Registration to enter closes February 6th.
      COMPETITION ENTRY LIMIT HAS BEEN REACHED – ENTRIES CLOSED 🙁

      The competition is being held at the Cincinnati Duke Energy Convention Center in conjunction with the Cicny Winter Beerfest. All judges and stewards will receive a free VIP pass into the Beerfest on Saturday night as our way of saying “Thanks for your service!”

      As always, Judges and Stewards are needed. Please register and sign up to judge or steward. Get all the details at, All American Homebrew Competition.

      Best of Show winner will get to brew his or her beer at a Professional Brewery in Cincinnati. That beer will then be presented at an upcoming Cincy Beer Festival Event.

      We will be using the 2008 BJCP Guidelines and caping the entries at 325.

    • #11501
      Jeff WilhelmJeff Wilhelm
      Participant

      Kalamazoo Beer Week
      Kalamazoo MI
      January 10-17, 2015

      Visit Website Here

      Kalamazoo Beer Week

      Kalamazoo Beer Week, known fondly as KBW, is all about building a relationship with craft beer. Some of us already share this passion: an affinity for hand-crafted products, made by people who care about an enriching brew experience and carefully fashioned flavor profiles. But some are newer to their understanding of how amazing craft beer can be.

      Kalamazoo Beer Week is a weeklong series of events that support the craft beer experience through special tastings, dinners, and interactive events. Patrons will meet the brewers themselves, learn about what it takes to develop these kinds of intricate, highly desired products, and hopefully achieve a greater sense of this market segment that has taken hold of beer drinkers everywhere.

      KBW 2014 was one for the record books. We hosted over 200 events in an 8-day period, survived a Polar Vortex and debuted the lovable Kalamazoo Beer mascot. Just when we think we can’t possibly have any more fun, we prove ourselves wrong. Make plans now to join us for KBW 2015 – you’ll be happy you did.

    • #11507
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      Founders has a couple of great upcoming events

      Firkin Freezeout
      Saturday, February 7
      Founders Brewery, Grand Rapids, MI
      http://www.foundersbrewing.com/taproom-events/founders-firkin-freezeout

      It’s a free, daytime celebration of real ale in the friendly confines of our outdoor beer garden! Bundle up, and bring the whole family, as this is an all-ages event! We’ll be pouring a rotation of over 40 expertly crafted-firkins throughout the day, including the breakout hit of last year’s Freezeout, Dirty Bastard with Maple Syrup, Vanilla & Cinnamon! Live ice carving will draw your eye and keep you entertained, and our culinary team will be serving up intriguing BBQ creations hot off the grill! The event goes from 11am until sundown, and is totally free!

      KBS Week

      March 9-14
      Founders Brewery, Grand Rapids, MI
      http://www.kbsweek.com

      Bottles of KBS available for pickup in the Founders taproom will be released using a pre-ticketed reservation process on EventBrite. Bottles can be reserved beginning on Saturday, February 14, at 11am EST, and they will be available for pickup March 10–14. Ticket proceeds will go to Grand Rapids Whitewater.

    • #11511
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      MEGA Big Brew Day
      Saturday, May 2, Time TBA
      Celebration of National Homebrew Day
      Crooked Ewe, South Bend, IN
      Details to be discussed at upcoming MEGA Meetings
      Forum topic will be posted soon

      IN-MI Craft Beer Mayfair
      Saturday, May 9, 1:00 – 7:00 pm
      Toscana Park, Granger, IN
      MEGA invited to have pouring booth
      Inaugural event featuring IN-MI craft beers, local food and music
      Forum topic and website will be posted soon

    • #11518
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      Breweriana, Beer & Soda Can Expo
      Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27th & 28th

      Baymont Inn & Suites
      515 Dixie Way North
      South Bend, IN 46637

      Show open to general public on Saturday at 9:00 am

      Over 100 tables of drinking memorabilia and collectibles
      http://www.hoosierbeer.com for more details

    • #3280
      Chuck Bergman
      Moderator

      Bottle Caps & Corks Amateur Beer & Wine Competition
      Sunday, March 22, 1-4 pm
      Christiana Creek Country Club, Elkhart, IN

      This is a fundraising brewing competition for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Tickets are $25 and include beer and wine samples, appetizers, live music & a tasting glass.

      All Judging Competition entries must be brought to Christiana Creek Country Club) on the day of the event (March 22, 2015) between 10am-12pm. Click here for more information.

    • #27111
      Dan
      Participant

      This is an old thread, hope you don’t mind me reviving it here. The new City-Wide Liquors on E LaSalle (really nice place if you haven’t visited) is hosting Misbeehavin’ Meads for a tasting on April 19 at 5pm. I’ll be there, probably closer to 5. I love mead, and I want to support the closest meaderies to South Bend (I believe that is Misbeehavin’, Boneflower, and Manic out of Chicago or somewhere around there).

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