Celebrating its fourth year this October, the annual Frankfort Beer Week starts pouring Monday, October 9th and wraps up Saturday, October 14th. The weeklong series of beer and food-themed events happens in the Lake Michigan coastal city of Frankfort and the neighboring village of Elberta.
Returning for a second year is the “Cloudvitational,” a Chef Invitational Beer Dinner, featuring prominent northern Michigan chefs. Each chef is invited to pick one beer handcrafted by Frankfort’s Stormcloud Brewing Company and then create one course to pair with their chosen beer. The dinner takes place Monday, October 9th in the main dining room of the historic lodge at Chimney Corners Resort, just north of Frankfort on the shores of Crystal Lake.
Chefs attending this year are Mike Fradette of Bradley’s Pub & Grille (Interlochen), Simon Joseph of Harvest and Gaijin (Traverse City), Joe Meyers of Stormcloud Brewing Company (Frankfort), Adam Raupp and Devin Shaw of Mission Table (Old Mission Peninsula), Andrew Schudlich of Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm (Omena), Steve Tebo of Chimney Corners Resort (Frankfort), and Katie Viswat of 7 Monks Tap Room (Traverse City, Boyne City).
“The Cloudvitational is a one-of-its-kind beer and food event in northern Michigan,” says Chimney Corners’ Resort Operations Manager Lisa Schroeder-Confer. “Our guests enjoy incredible cuisine prepared by the exceptional culinary talent in our area and paired with the world class beer being brewed right here in Frankfort. Last year’s Cloudvitational sold out very quickly and we’re looking forward to another successful kick-off to Frankfort Beer Week with this year’s dinner.”
In an effort to help fight hunger in northern Michigan, Chimney Corners Resort and Stormcloud Brewing Company will make a donation on behalf of the event to the Benzie County Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program. Additional Frankfort Beer Week events include:
State of Michigan Hops and Grains Presentation – Rob Sirrine, educator for Michigan State University Extension, is joined by Dean Baas of the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, and Sarah and Richard Anderson, co-owners of Iron Fish Distillery in Thompsonville, for an exploration of the current state of the hop and grain growing industry in Michigan. The presentation will take place in The Garden Theater on Tuesday, October 10 at 7pm and will include tastings of beers brewed with 100% Michigan grown hops.
Paints and Pints – Enjoy a brew or two while learning how to paint an abstract composition. No experience is necessary for this class instructed by Brian Iler, Associate Director of Frankfort’s Oliver Art Center. Paints and Pints is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11th at 5:30pm.
Beer & Food Pairing Workshops – Stormcloud Brewing Company, voted Michigan’s Best New Brewery by MLive Media Group, and FrankZ, voted Best French Fries in Northern Lower Peninsula in a recent MLive poll, will each host a beer and food pairing workshop. On Thursday, October 12th, Stormcloud’s Beer and Cheese Pairing Workshop features The Cheese Lady of Traverse City, who will combine her fine cheeses with Stormcloud’s handcrafted beer. Then on Friday, October 13th, FrankZ will host a Beer and French Fries Pairing Workshop that ties together the savory flavors of FrankZ french fries with robust Stormcloud ales.
Other Frankfort Beer Week events include a beer tent at Frankfort’s annual Fall Festival on Betsie Bay, a homebrewers competition, an Oktoberfest celebration, and beer-infused food creations at many Frankfort and Elberta area restaurants. Reservations are required for some events happening this year. Visit FrankfortBeerWeek.com for details.
About Frankfort Beer Week
A celebration of Michigan Craft Beer and the Frankfort area’s food scene, Frankfort Beer Week is a weeklong series of beer and food related events happening in Frankfort and neighboring Elberta. For a list of daily events, visit Frankfort Beer Week online.
About Frankfort & Elberta
Frankfort and Elberta are located in Benzie County, Michigan’s smallest county with only 320 square miles. Benzie County is rich in both farmland and publicly owned state and federal land, including the four-season treasures of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve. For more information about the area visit the Frankfort-Elberta Area Chamber of Commerce and Benzie County Visitors Bureau.