Seventh Anual UPToberfest!


September 24, 2012
Contact: Josh Marenger

(906) 420-0779


Upper Michigan’s premiere fall craft beer and wine event is coming to Escanaba’s lakefront on Saturday, October 13th. The seventh annual UPtoberfest is scheduled for 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. (ET) along First Avenue North in downtown Escanaba, immediately behind Hereford & Hops Steakhouse & Brewpub.

The event is hosted by Bay de Noc Brewers, Inc., a home brewing group, to showcase craft beers and wines from throughout the region, offer education about the brewing and wine-making process and support the local community. All profits from UPtoberfest will benefit the United Way of Delta County.

Guests will be able to sample more than 40 microbrews and 20 wines from across Michigan in keepsake souvenir glasses. The ticket price includes a large selection of foods paired to the beers and wines to be offered at the festival, including spit-roasted chicken. The food is being specially prepared by Mark Ammel, owner of Bobaloon’s Café in Escanaba.

Once again this year, there’ll be a special emphasis on beers and wines made in the Upper Peninsula, according to Bay de Noc Brewers Secretary Josh Marenger. His club will also conduct a beer brewing demonstration. The event will also feature more tent space this year, according to Marenger, as well as live music by the acoustic bluegrass group “Grassfire.”

The ticket prices are the same as last year: $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased on line at, as well as at Hereford and Hops and Bobaloon’s Café in Escanaba and White’s Party Store in Marquette.

Bay de Noc Brewers, Inc. is dedicated to the promotion and responsible consumption of home- and craft-brewed beer. More information is available at The United Way of Delta County supports 16 local non-profit agencies, and its website is


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