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The growing popularity of craft beer in Michigan hasn't escaped the Ludington area. Visitors and locals alike are tapping into some of the best Michigan beer around, thanks to two popular places; Jamesport Brewing Company and The Mitten Bar.

The Mitten Bar, voted by Draft Magazine three year's straight as one of the Top 100 Beer Bars in America, this a must when visiting Ludington. Located in the heart of downtown Ludington, this cozy bar serves up exclusively Michigan made beer, liquor, wines and food! The music scene on any given night at this place is amazing as well.

Jamesport Brewing Company, also located in downtown Ludington, is Ludington's only brewery. On site, Jamesport brews an IPA, Hefeweizen, Weizenbock, Brown Ale, Altbier and Apricot Wheat just to name a few. This hot spot also serves up some great food---a little bit of something for everyone. Summer is great time to stop by becuase you can enjoy your brews with a view. Sit on their outdoor deck to find amazing views of the harbor and if you are lucky, the SS Badger too!

Check out these festivals and events that celebrate BEER!


4th Annual Pure Ludington BrrrewFest - January 27, 2018

A Michigan winter is never complete without beer! Bundle up and head outside for the Pure Ludington BrrrewFest on Saturday, January 27th from 1-6pm in downtown Ludington. Brewers from throughout Michigan will be showcasing their best. Spend the weekend in Ludington and enjoy Michigan Craft Beer and live music!

This fundraising event benefits the Friends of Ludington State Park, who do so much to continue to maintain and enhance one of our community's biggest assets.

Tickets are $25 in-advance and include 6 drink tokens and a 5 oz. commemorative tasting glass. Tickets will be $30 at the door. Each token gets you 5oz. of beer or cider. Five additional tokens can be purchased for $5. This event is only for those 21 and older.

Tickets are on sale now!


4th Annual Pure Ludington BrrrewFest Sponsors: 

Brew Master Sponsor:

Safety Decals 

Entertainment Stage Sponsor:

Ludington Yacht Sales

Beer Tap Sponsors:

Ludington Bay Brewing 

Ludington Beverage 

Beer Love Sponsors:


Luciano's Ristoranti

Engine Creative 


Breweries Attending: 

Arbor Brewing Company

Big Hart Brewing Company

Brewery Vivant 


Farmhaus Cider Company

Great Mead Hall & Brewing Company

Jamesport Brewing Company

Ludington Bay Brewing 

Mountain Town Brewing Company 

Perrin Brewing Company 

Roak Brewing Company 

Rochester Mills 

Saugatuck Brewing Company 

Short's Brewing Company 

Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen 

Virtue Cider 



Suds on the Shore Craft Beer & Wine Festival - August 18, 2018

Ludington City Park welcomes over 50 brewers from throughout Michigan. Come spend the afternoon sampling, socializing and enjoying live, local music. Benefits United Way of Mason County.

1PM TO 7PM (RAIN OR SHINE!) Rotary Park - Ludington, Michigan

Must be 21 years of age or older to enter and present ID. Due to this type of event - no babies, no children, no strollers, no one under 21. $25 in advance. $30 at the door

Ticket includes: entry, 8 tokens (worth one 4oz sample ), souvenier glass 


Octoberfest Music & Craft Beer Festival- September 28 - 29, 2018

The 6th Annual Octoberfest Music & Craft Beer Festival has expanded to include a full weekend of activities kicking-off Friday through Saturday.

Visit Downtown Ludington for more information about events. 


Things To Do & See This Winter

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