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Brrr Fest Or Craft Beer, The Ludington Beer Scene Is It

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 three popular places in downtown; Ludington Bay Brewing Compnay, Jamesport Brewing Company and The Mitten Bar.

Ludington Bay Brewing Company is the newest brewery to open its doors and leave an impression on Ludington’s beer scene. Located on South James Street, it is one of the first must-see locations when you arrive in Ludington. Moments after you enter its tasting room and restaurant, your attention will be drawn to the glass wall separating you from the working brewery. As you sit inside its stunning tap room or outside on the patio, you will be dazzled by its carefully curated menu meant to pair perfectly with its artisan ales and lagers.

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 at this place is amazing as well.

Jamesport Brewing Company, or JBC, has been a local staple since 2000. The Pub, as locals lovingly refer to it, lit a fire and led the way in introducing the West Michigan area to stouts, IPAs, Scottish ales, and many more craft beer styles. JBC features 12 of its house-crafted beers on tap, including eight mainstays and four rotating seasonals. Fan favorites include JBC’s Scottish strong, blueberry wheat, ESB, and Hefeweizen. 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!


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.

1PM TO 7PM (RAIN OR SHINE!) at Rotary Park

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 information coming soon!



5th Annual Pure Ludington BrrrewFest - January 26th, 2019

A Michigan winter is never complete without beer! Bundle up and head outside for the Pure Ludington BrrrewFest on Saturday, January 26th 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.


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 


Engine Creative 

Beer Love Sponsors:


Luciano's Ristoranti

Stearns Hotel 


2018 Breweries:

Arbor Brewing Co. Fetch Brewing Co. Roak Brewing Company 
Austin Brothers  Founders Brewing Co. Rochester Mills 
Bell's Brewery Great Mead Hall & Brewing Co. Saugatuck Brewing Co.
Big Hart Brewing Co. Love Wines  Short's Brewing Co.
Blake's Hard Cider Jamesport Brewing Co. Starving Artist Brewing Co.
Brewery Vivant  Ludington Bay Brewing Co. St. Ambrose Cellars
Cellarmen's  Mountain Town Brewing Co. Stormcloud Brewing 
Elk Brewing  Perrin Brewing Co. Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen 
Farmhaus Cider Co. Ridge Cider Co. Virtue Cider 


Things To Do & See This Winter

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