The Michigan Brewers Guild Upper Peninsula Fall Beer Festival is hours away from taking place in Marquette, MI!

The annual event is taking place at Mattson Lower Harbor Park on the shores of Lake Superior later today, Saturday, September 10, 2022. VIP ticket holders begin admission at noon, while General Admission is allowed access at 1 pm. The festival runs until 6pm.

Photo Credit – Michigan Brewers Guild

A little over 80 Michigan Brewers Guild member breweries are on the bill with roughly 500 beers that will be offered. With rain in the forecast, it is shaping up to be a cool fall day in the Upper Peninsula. This festival is one of our favorites at Better on Draft. Its typically the first weekend after Labor and occurs around the time of 906 Day. It is the perfect festival to stop thinking about summer beers and start thinking about fall offerings.

For this fest, we will not be having a team cover it. We decided to make our list a little different this time around and not put them in numeric order. Instead it’s organized by beer types – lighter beers, IPAs, Oktoberfests, and heavier beers. We thought this could be a different approach to the festival instead of a #1 vs. #20 situation. Within each type of beer, beers are organized in alphabetical order by brewery name.

Lighter Beers

Pandemic Pilsner

Alpha Michigan Brewing Company | Alpha | German Pilsner | 5.5%

Four on the Floor Lager

Beards Brewery | Petoskey | American Lager | 5.6%


Silver Spruce Brewing | Traverse City | Pale Lager | 4.5%

Speed of Lite Beer

Stone Hound Brewing | Williamsburg | Light Lager | Unknown ABV


Transient Artisan Ales | Bridgman | American Lager | 4.5%


On Island Time

51st State Brewery | Kingsford | NEIPA | 6.1%

Sexy Dadbod X-tra IPA

ByGeorge Brewing Co. | Munising | DIPA | 9.1%

Judy’s Big Booty

Drifa Brewing Company | Marquette | NEIPA | 6.5%


North Grove Brewers | Montague | American IPA | 5.5%

Sunny Dew

Upper Peninsula Brewing Company | Negaunee | NEIPA | 7%


BBA Oktoberfest Lager

Ascension Brewing | Novi | Oktoberfest | Unknown ABV


Block Brewing Company | Howell | Märzen | 6%

Operation Stein Grabber

Copper Hop Brewing Company | St. Clair Shores | Märzen | 5.2%


Five Shores Brewing | Beulah | Märzen | 6%


Two Roots Brewing Co | San Diego, CA (production in Auburn Hills) | NA Beer | 0% 

Heavy Beers

Barrel Aged Barbaric Yawp

Blackrocks Brewery | Marquette | Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy | 11%

Cyclical Mist

Cognition Brewing Company | Ishpeming | Imperial Stout | Unknown ABV

Imperial Peanuts and Crackerjack

The Mitten Brewing Company | Grand Rapids | Imperial Porter | 11.8%

Imperial Toasted Marshmallow Stout

Rochester Mills Production Brewery | Auburn Hills | Imperial Stout | 7.5%

BA De Peche Monk

Saugatuck Brewing Company | Saugatuck | Belgian Tripel | 10.5%

Check out all the beers here. Which beer are you looking forward to at the festival?


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By Ed Norton

Edwin "Ed" Norton was first introduced to craft beer when his designated fraternity Big Brother Vince asked him if he knew anything about the topic. Ed admitted his ignorance and the rest is history as Ed and Vince would split six-packs of craft beers each week during Ed's probationary status. Ed is now a craft beer enthusiast who is always on the lookout for a beer he has not tried when bottle shopping or drinking at breweries and bars. In addition to drinking beer, this livelong Michigan resident enjoys a bunch of hobbies that he doubts you really care about, other than drinking beer and sounding off about it.

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