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Michigan Beer Fest 2013!

Last Friday was the Michigan Brewers Guild’s Summer Beer Festival for 2013.  (For background, check out my post from 2012.)

Just earlier that morning, I wrote the following in this space:

… my posts about the festival have been very light on beer details.  But not this time.

This time, I’m going to be prepared.  I’m going to eat a ton of bread right before I go.  Not that bread will actually reduce the effects of alcohol, I just figured eating something would help.  I’m also going to bring a little notepad and a pen so that I can be a good little journalist wannabe.


Well, I’m here to tell you that I completely failed.  But it wasn’t my fault.  One of the first comments to the post came from Rachel who said

–       All that bread, all that beer – be careful or you might get a yeast infection. (Ew.)


Ugh.  I didn’t know that’s a possibility.  I know a lot about all kinds of things,  but somehow missed learning about the epidemiology of yeast infections.  So I got spooked and didn’t eat anything before going.

The plan was that I was going to catch a cab with the Blood Sucking Lawyers to the fest.  Boom Boom was then going to hitch a ride with The Sicilian and her husband (aka The Dude) about 45 minutes later.  But the cab showed up 30 minutes late, so we sent him away and hitched a ride with the others.  When we got there we had to make up for that lost time, right?

What I’m trying to get at is that, within minutes, my plans of taking copious notes went to hell pretty quickly.  Here are notes that I took minutes after visiting the first tent.

BF13 notes 1 blogging

Like how I rewrote “made with baby formula” only slightly more legibly?  Yeah, this is totally Rachel’s fault.

I realized that, in order to get you readers all kinds of information on the brewers and the beers, I would have to take notes. Not only would I have to be able to actually read them, they would also need to be detailed tasting notes with vivid descriptors that transport the reader to the festival.  Ones that really relate what the beers actually tasted like.  Not like this one.

BF13 notes 2


So I was faced with a decision – take notes as a service for you, gentle reader, or have some fun with my friends.

You lost.

But, I did manage to make good on this statement from Friday –

No promises, but I’m going to try to Tweet live from the event!  Follow me – @FWHedonist – to get in on the action!


Here’s just a few of my tweets…

BF13 tweets


Here are some of the pictures, make sure to check out Twitter and Instagram for more.  Some of them include Boom Boom, thus proving that she does exist…

BF13 DK hs

Some of Dark Horse Brewing’s 99 beers.

BF13 hat


BF13 kuhn

Me with Now Entering Flavor Country's Erica, and this site's contributor - The Sicilian

Me with Now Entering Flavor Country‘s Erica, and this site’s contributor – The Sicilian

BF13 tshirt

It didn’t make much sense in person, either.

BF13 food

Ate these wayyyy too late – jambalaya, Biercamp’s hopwurst sausage, pulled pork

Me and The Sicilian

Me and The Sicilian


Can’t wait ’til next year.  You coming along?


Ann Arbor

About thefoodandwinehedonist

I don't know everything about the world of food and wine, but I'm not going to let a small detail like that stop me from blogging about it.

14 comments on “Michigan Beer Fest 2013!

  1. a2sicilian
    July 31, 2013

    The first line in your notes looks like, “Dark hose best squid–flat, no acorn.” I completely agree.

  2. saltedplates
    July 31, 2013

    hope you got to try some Kuhnhenn brews

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      July 31, 2013

      Wait, you’re in Michigan? I like Kuhnhenn a lot. My buddy Beowulf always has a growler of heir creme brulee stout on hand. This year they had a Mardi Gras theme and had all these beers that tasted like Nawlins’ drinks – hurricane, mai tai, etc. Spent an inordinate amount of time there…

      • saltedplates
        August 1, 2013

        I am not in Michigan but I am from there, my dad’s office is across the street from their brew pub and they are old family friends. Most of my first adventures into out there beers came from them. I really love their DRIPA and use their growlers around Philly all the time.

  3. PinotNinja
    July 31, 2013

    Having a good time should always win!

  4. thefoodandwinehedonist
    July 31, 2013

    Yeah… but I do occasionally feel guilt for not being more informative here. OK, make that “informative at all.”

  5. Jen and Tonic
    August 1, 2013

    BEER! I seriously love the stuff. Sadly, I’ve been off of gluten for awhile, and beer is just full of it. I think I’d make exceptions for festivals since I’m not Celiac, just someone with a sensitivity.

    Oregon has a HUGE craft brew festival every summer. I love the energy of beer festivals.

  6. UndercoverL
    August 1, 2013

    For some reason, the fellatio barn sounds so intriguing. I think I will set one up at my next fund raiser. I will use a bowl full of peeled grapes. It will be awesome.

  7. seasonedwithsarcasm
    August 8, 2013

    No apologies. It’s hard to have good commentary and notes when you are at a beer fest. Even if you are eating, and don’t get hammered from all the samples, you don’t want to stop chatting with your buds or the brewers about the beers just to take notes and shit. Personally, I’m jealous. I want a beer fest!!!

  8. Books, Brews and Booze
    March 13, 2014

    This is an amazing synopsis! And speaking from the perspective of a journalist, your penmanship is perfect! 🙂

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