The Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival is coming up Friday and Saturday in Ypsilanti, and it looks like it will be another record-setting year with nearly 800 beers from 88 different breweries from all across the Mitten.
But there's something else new in 2014, and it's Fermenta, the craft beverage trade group created by and for women involved in Michigan's beer, wine, cider, mead, and spirits industries. To celebrate their official launch, the ladies have collaborated at a number of their respective breweries and come up with some tasty-sounding libations. While you're at the festival, look for the "Fermenta" sign (pictured above) and try one, some, or all of the following:
- Belgian Vanilla Stout - Pike 51 Brewing
- Caramel Sea Salt Stout - Witch's Hat Brewing
- Honey IPA - Saugatuck Brewing
- Honey Melon Amber Ale - Fenton Winery & Brewery
- It's About Thyme Honey IPA (w/ thyme) - Short's Brewing
- Liz's Rye California Common - Wolverine State Brewing
- Lucie's Lullaby Belgian Blonde (w/ strawberry and rhubarb) - Boatyard Brewing
- Smoked Peach Kombucha - Unity Vibration
- Vanilla Cinnamon Ale - Cotton Brewing
If you're a woman in the craft beverage biz, or just interested in it, tune in to Detroit's WDIV-TV4 around 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, for a segment featuring Fermenta president Pauline Knighton of Short's and Annette May, the first woman to become a Certified Cicerone. Or, probably easier, find Fermenta on Facebook.
The group's official launch is scheduled for Sunday, August 24 (exact time TBD), at the WhichCraft Taproom in my old stomping grounds of Midland. The event will feature membership opportunities, the chance to talk with the founders of the group and women in various aspects of the craft beverage business (brewers, sales, media, and educators) and will also feature an educational seminar. And collaboration brews will be available on tap.
Cheers to women and alcohol!