Celebrating its fifth year, the annual Frankfort Beer Week starts pouring Monday, October 8 and concludes Saturday, October 13 in the Lake Michigan coastal city of Frankfort and neighboring village of Elberta. This year the weeklong beer and food-themed event invites attendees to “Beer It Forward” with a charity fundraiser in partnership with the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation.
Money raised during the “Beer It Forward” promotions will be donated to endowments at the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation that are designated to benefit Benzie County nonprofit organizations. In addition, the GTRCF has agreed to match Frankfort Beer Week’s fundraising total, up to a maximum of $2,500.
“This year there was a collective effort to get more businesses involved with our beer week fundraising efforts,” says Stormcloud co-owner Rick Schmitt. “And that effort led to a partnership with The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, which has generously offered to match the funds we raise. Ultimately, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to ‘Beer It Forward’ to Benzie based non-profit organizations this Frankfort Beer Week.”
Stormcloud will offer a daily “Beer It Forward” tap in the microbrewery’s downtown Frankfort pub. One dollar from every “Beer It Forward” draft sold will benefit the GTRCF Beacon Endowment for Point Betsie Lighthouse. The endowment provides funding for the restoration and preservation of Benzie County’s Point Betsie Light Station, located at the southern entrance to the Manitou Passage. Additional “Beer It Forward” promotions will be posted on the Frankfort Beer Week website.
Frankfort Beer Week welcomes Lake Ann Brewing Company and Ludington Bay Brewing to downtown Frankfort. Benzie County’s Lake Ann Brewing will be pouring two of its brews all week at Dinghy’s Restaurant & Bar. A little over a block down Main Street, The Hotel Frankfort will host six brews sourced from Ludington Bay Brewing in downtown Ludington.
Also new this year, Frankfort’s Oliver Art Center is calling upon local artists to contribute to a Frankfort Beer Week ExhiBEERtion. The beer-themed, pop-up art exhibition featuring beer-inspired art will be on display at the art center. And The Garden Theater will show the documentary film Brewmaster, which screened at this summer’s Traverse City Film Festival.
Returning for a third year is Stormcloud’s “Chefvitational” Beer Dinner, featuring prominent northern Michigan chefs. Each chef is invited to pick one beer handcrafted by Frankfort’s Stormcloud Brewing Company and create one course to pair with their chosen beer. This year’s dinner takes place Monday, October 8 at Rocks Landing on the shores of Crystal Lake.
Chefs attending this year are Loghan Call of Planted Cuisine (Traverse City), Aaron Hagen of Bridge Street Tap Room (Charlevoix), Chris Hoffman of The Towne Plaza (Traverse City), Kristin Kiteley of Stormcloud Brewing Company (Frankfort), Adam McMarlin of Wren (Suttons Bay), Joe Meyers of Rocks Landing (Frankfort), and Becca Snook of Alliance (Traverse City).
Additional Frankfort Beer Week events include:
Brews & Brushes with Artful Creations – Create a beer-themed piece of art! Join Artful Creations at the Stormcloud Tasting Room at the Brewery to create a canvas painting. No experience necessary. Brews & Brushes is scheduled for Thursday, October 11 at 6:30pm.
Kids Open Mic Night and Pumpkin Carving – The Cabbage Shed will host its very first Kids Open Mic Night on Friday, October 12 at 5:30pm. Free pumpkins will be available for carving during the event. And adults can get into the fall fun with a free pumpkin with a beer purchase.
Beer & Cheese Pairing Workshop – Stormcloud’s Beer and Cheese Pairing Workshop returns with a guest appearance from The Cheese Lady of Traverse City, who will pair her fine cheese with Stormcloud’s handcrafted beer. Happening Friday, October 12 at 7pm.
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 required for some events happening this year. Find beer week specials at more than 20 area businesses this year.
About Frankfort Beer Week
A celebration of Michigan Craft Beer and the Frankfort area 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 and participating locations, visit FrankfortBeerWeek.com.