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  • Michigan Beer and Brat Festival

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    Name: Michigan Beer and Brat Festival
    Date: May 23, 2020
    Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
    Michigan Beer and Brat Festival
    Event Description:
    Kick off the summer with this Memorial Day weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy live entertainment while sampling an enormous selection of Michigan's finest microbrews, local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets. 
     

    ADMISSION

    VIP Admission begins at 3pm, General Admission from 4-8pm.

    VIP WRISTBANDS

    VIP Admission includes: Admission at 3pm (one hour before general admission) to the Michigan Beer and Brat Festival, one (1) beer glass (9oz) and 20 tickets. Plus, you'll have exclusive access to two specialty beers on the Reserve Beer Trail! Ages 3 and under are free.

    January 14 - April 30: $50 per person
    May 1 - May 22:  $60 per person

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    GENERAL ADMISSION WRISTBANDS

    General Admission includes: Admission at 4pm to the Michigan Beer and Brat Festival, one (1) beer glass (9oz) and 10 tickets. Ages 3 and under are free.

    January 14 - April 30:  $25 per person
    May 1 - May 22:  $30 per person 
    May 23 (Day Of Festival, At The Door): $35 per person

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    Wristbands are available for pick up May 10 - 23, at Crystal Mountain's Front Desk, located in the Inn at the Mountain. If you are picking up your wristband on Saturday, May 23, wristbands will be available at the Front Desk until Noon, or you can visit the lower level of the Crystal Center after 2pm.  Any guests ages 21+ must show valid photo I.D. at admission to the festival. Coolers are not permitted on the festival grounds.


    TICKETS

    Additional tickets will be available to purchase at the festival for $1 each. Tickets can be used toward a wide selection of Michigan craft beers, brats and delicious sides! No refunds.

    Full Pour: 3 - 6 tickets*
    Half Brat: 2 tickets
    Full Brat: 4 tickets

    *Some specialty craft beers and meads may be 4-6 tickets due to limited availability.


    ENTERTAINMENT

    TC KNUCKLEHEADS , 3-5PM

    The TC Knuckleheads are a fun-loving group of musicians that play great rhythm and blues, classic and current rock and country. Typical lineup includes several vocalists, lead and acoustic guitar, harmonica, keyboards/sax, drums and bass. They're ready to get the party started!

    THE DREW HALE BAND , 5:30-8PM

    Throughout Michigan, the name Drew Hale is synonymous with powerful vocals, compelling lyrics and haunting melodies. In 2016, Drew won the national Country Showdown competition held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, earning him the title Best New Act in Country Music, as well as the $100,000 cash prize. Most recently, The Drew Hale Band won the Detroit Regional round of 93.1 NashFM’s Nash Next contest.

    Influenced by Texas roots and artists such as Reckless Kelly and Eric Church, the Drew Hale Band’s music pays homage to the red dirt country and southern rock scenes, as well as paints a picture of their love for the people and culture of Michigan, where the band calls home. You can count on an eclectic show that delivers a dynamic combination of originals and covers that bridge the gap between country, roots rock, and blues.


    Crystal Mountain asks that you please be responsible about your alcohol consumption. We encourage our guests to assign a designated driver or use on-property shuttles when leaving the festival. Cars left overnight will not be ticketed or towed. Those who chose not to drink at the festival will still have to pay the same price for admission as those who are drinking. All attendees have access to a lineup of musical talent, food and beverage vendors, merchandise, festival activities and prizes. For this reason, discounted tickets are not available. Any guests ages 21+ must show valid photo I.D. at admission to the festival. Coolers are not permitted on the festival grounds.

    Location:
    Crystal Mountain
    12500 Crystal Mountain Drive
    Thompsonville, MI 49683
    Date/Time Information:
    May 23, 2020
    4-8pm
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    Fees/Admission:

    ADMISSION

    VIP Admission begins at 3pm, General Admission from 4-8pm.

    VIP WRISTBANDS

    VIP Admission includes: Admission at 3pm (one hour before general admission) to the Michigan Beer and Brat Festival, one (1) beer glass (9oz) and 20 tickets. Plus, you'll have exclusive access to two specialty beers on the Reserve Beer Trail! Ages 3 and under are free.

    January 14 - April 30: $50 per person
    May 1 - May 22:  $60 per person

     

    GENERAL ADMISSION WRISTBANDS

    General Admission includes: Admission at 4pm to the Michigan Beer and Brat Festival, one (1) beer glass (9oz) and 10 tickets. Ages 3 and under are free.

    January 14 - April 30:  $25 per person
    May 1 - May 22:  $30 per person 
    May 23 (Day Of Festival, At The Door): $35 per person

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