Walking into the Big Beer festival at Halmich Park in Warren, MI, we were greeted by the smell of beer in the air. Curious about this smell, we learned of ten home brewers mashing in as the air smelled of wort throughout the entire park.  We noticed everyone was spread out in huddles keeping warm in the pavilions as the day was a bit cold for the end of April, but not a surprise to most Michigan folk.

The event was to promote Dragonmead Microbrewery’s 20th anniversary celebration, as they invited a host of local breweries and home brewers to collaborate and provide liquid gold for their customers whom have helped them reach this 200-year mark.  Along with Dragonmead, the event also had beers and representatives from Baffin, Brooks, Sherwood, Blakes, Black Bottom, and Kuhnhenn.  This was also a promotion for a large home brewer fest as multiple home brewer guilds were assisting in keeping everyone warm with their brews.

The members of the CRAFT homebrew club had an incredibly light and flavorful pale ale named Australian Summer, and another favorite of mine was a New England IPA from the Kuhnhenn Brewers Guild that created a more hop forward flavor than your standard hazy and juicy profile which was a nice surprise to those who love the style but want a bit more hops.

Dragonmead collaborated with many of the brewers in attendance, which included a New England IPA with Brooks Brewing, a cider of course with Blakes, and a Cherry Channel Belgian Strong with Baffin Brewing to name a few.  Kuhnhenn, whom as of late has been doing so much with firkins, crafted “The Commodore” in honor of the late Dragonmead founder, Larry Channel.

A great turnout for a fantastic one off celebration of beer in Warren, we salute Dragonmead and their 20 years as a brewery in Michigan, and can’t wait to see what the next 20 will bring!


**Images compliments of Dragonmead Brewery and Matt Bush**



A craft beer fan since 19, used to look for your non-regular beers on frequent trips to downtown Windsor with friends, at 21 Ken basically took over an entire refrigerator with monthly visits to Merchants. With 5 years of podcasting prior, Ken decided to create the brand and show Better on Draft in the spring of 2015, and began creating his dream of a beer-centric website that wasn't too full of itself. He now runs the board and does a lot of the back office stuff while the show goes on, keeping everyone in line, and the beer flowing!


Dan · May 2, 2017 at 7:45 pm

If you liked that Australian Summer beer it was part of a hop experiment CRAFT Homebrew Club did in which 24 brewers brewed 24 beers with 24 different hop varieties. Everyone used the same recipe with just the hops being altered. That beer used Australian Summer hops.

Don · March 15, 2019 at 9:52 am

Bigbrewday.com is the world’s largest big brew day, all grain, hops, yeast and hot water are at NO cost. No wort truck needed for the event. $5 homemade brats and a killer raffle at 3pm. See you the last Saturday in April!


Don · March 15, 2019 at 10:07 am

“World’s Largest Big Brew” happens the last Saturday in April. Proudly sponsored by Pontiac brewing Tribe and Rochester Mills Production Brewery. In our 8th year on April 27th. All grains, hops, yeast and hot water are free! Over 100 homebrewers brewing 900+ gallons. No wort truck needed for this event! Homemade brats just $5.
Killer raffle at 3pm.


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