U.P. Beer Fest set for Saturday

The U.P. Fall Beer Fest does not get underway until Saturday, but there is plenty of excitement brewing about it Friday.

The tents were being set up for the one–day event Friday, as a big crowd of craft beer enthusiasts is expected.

The Michigan Brewers Guild says the craft brew industry in the state has grown from just three facilities two decades ago to about 140 today.

“Our beer festivals are a great way to expose yourself to local, fresh, handcrafted beer, whether you’re a very experienced beer connoisseur, or if you’re just discovering that there’s this wonderful of fresh beer out there,” Scott Graham, of the Michigan Brewer’s Guild said.

Michigan is ranked fifth in the nation on the number of breweries and eighth in craft beer output. Much of that is being created here in the Upper Peninsula.

During the U.P. Fall Beer Fest, nearly 300 Michigan crafted beers from more than 40 breweries will be available.

The takes place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Mattson Lower Harbor Park.