Summer Beer Festival

Beer…By the Numbers

  • Average price of a 1/3-liter draft beer in Lausanne, Switzerland: $17.60 (highest in the world).
  • Average price of a 1/3-liter draft beer in New York City: $9.22.
  • Average price of a 1/3-liter draft beer in Bratislava, Slovakia: $2.80.
  • Average cost of a pint of beer in 2016: $3.99.
  • Average cost (adjusted for inflation) of a pint of beer in 1952: $5.93.
  • Craft beer’s sales growth in the first half of 2016: 6 percent.
  • Imported beer’s sales growth in the first half of 2016: 6.7 percent.
  • Grams of carbohydrates in a bottle of Michelob Ultra: 2.6.
  • Grams of carbohydrates in a bottle of Bud Light: 6.6.
  • Pounds of spent grain produced by New Belgium Brewing at its Fort Collins, Colorado, brewery: 73 million.
  • Spent grain’s share of brewery by-products: 85 percent.
  • Style categories in this year’s Great American Beer Festival competition: 96.
  • Estimated number of beers expected to be entered in this year’s GABF competition: 7,000.
  • Beers to be poured at this weekend’s Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival: 1,107.
  • Breweries that will pour at the MBG Summer Beer Festival: 125.
  • A Taxing Problem for Michigan’s Summer Beer Fest

    For some years, the southeast Michigan community of Ypsilanti has hosted the Michigan Brewers Guild’s Summer Festival. The festival has grown and thrived at city-owned Riverside Park, with last year’s event drawing 9,000 people and 50 Michigan-based breweries.

    Ypsilanti’s city fathers have noticed the crowds. On Tuesday, Council approved a five-percent tax on tickets to events held at city parks, which adds up to $15,000 in tax revenue from the beer festival alone. Worse yet, the tax rises to ten percent starting in 2013.

    Needless to say, the brewing community isn’t happy, and there’s even a possibility that the Guild will look for a new home for future Summer Festivals.

    Beer List for the MI Brewers Guild Festival

    The Michigan Brewers Guild has posted the list of participating breweries and what they’ll be pouring at this weekend’s Summer Beer Festival at Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park. The Guild expects the two-day event to attract more than 9,000 festival-goers.

    The Summer Beer Festival is the Guild’s flagship event, but it isn’t the only one on the calendar. The second annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival will take place September 11 in Marquette, and tickets are on sale now. The second annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival returns to Eastern Market on October 23, and ticket sales begin on August 1. Looking farther ahead, the sixth annual Winter Beer Festival is scheduled for February 26 at Fifth Third Field in Grand Rapids. Tickets go on sale December 1.

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