Celebrating its sixth year, Frankfort Beer Week starts pouring Monday, October 7 and wraps up Saturday, October 12 in the coastal city of Frankfort and neighboring village of Elberta. The weeklong celebration features an abundance of Michigan craft beer, beer themed events, and special offers at area restaurants and businesses.
Frankfort’s Oliver Art Center is celebrating beer week with an ExhiBEERtion! The beer-themed art exhibit features beer-inspired artwork from local artists. Oliver Art Center Executive Director Mercedes Michalowski says, “The ExhiBEERtion was such a success in 2018, we decided to make it a beer week tradition at the Art Center.” Area artists are welcome to submit works of beer art in any 2-D or 3-D medium. All submissions for the exhibit should be dropped off at the art center Thursday, October 3 or Friday, October 4 from 10am-6pm. The ExhiBEERtion will be on display at Oliver Art Center every day during Frankfort Beer Week. Learn more about the ExhiBEERtion at Oliverartcenterfrankfort.org.
Artists of fermentation are invited to take part in Stormcloud Brewing Company’s annual Beer Week Homebrewers Competition. The brewery is accepting homebrews of every beer type, which should be delivered to Stormcloud’s pub in downtown Frankfort by noon October 12. Homebrews will be tasted and judged by a panel of brewers and beer experts, with prizes awarded to brewers of the top three beers. Details at Stormcloudbrewing.com/homebrew
New Events at Frankfort Beer Week
Ludington, Manistee & Traverse City Breweries On Tap at The Hotel Frankfort
The Hotel Frankfort welcomes Ludington Bay Brewing Company, Manistee’s North Channel Brewing Co., and Traverse City’s Middle Coast Brewing to Frankfort Beer Week. The 86-year-old boutique hotel in downtown Frankfort will feature brews from all three breweries on tap at the hotel’s restaurant and bar.
For the Love of Craft Showing at The Garden Theater
Frankfort’s historic Garden Theater will host a screening of For the Love of Craft, a short documentary film produced by the Brewers Association, a nationwide organization of U.S. brewers. The film peels back the label of what it means to be a craft brewer and reveals the true heart of craft by introducing the people behind it, including well-known brewery founders Larry Bell of Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery and Kim Jordan of Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing. The film is showing Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm.
Empire Malting Company Presentation
Stormcloud Brewing Company welcomes Alison Babb, owner/operator of Empire Malting Company, to Frankfort Beer Week. Alison will speak about the challenges and benefits of producing artisan brewing malts from barley grown on her Leelanau County farm. The Empire Malting presentation takes place Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30pm at Stormcloud’s Brewery located on the east side of Frankfort.
Beer and Custard Pairing Workshop
Stormcloud also welcomes Gabe’s Old Fashioned Frozen Custard of Traverse City to Frankfort for an evening of pairing Stormcloud’s “Belgian Inspired” beer with Gabe’s traditional frozen custard. Workshop participants will explore the flavors produced by combining handcrafted beer with the rich and creamy sweetness of frozen custard. Happening Friday, October 11 at 7pm. Tickets to the workshop can be purchased through Stormcloud’s website.
Returning Beer Week Events
Chefvitational Beer Dinner at Rocks Landing
Returning for a fourth year is Stormcloud’s “Chefvitational” Beer Dinner, featuring prominent 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 7 at Rocks Landing on the shores of Crystal Lake. Reservations are required. A portion of proceeds from this event will be donated to the Home Delivered Meals Program operated by the Benzie County Council on Aging.
Kids Open Mic Night and Pumpkin Carving
The Cabbage Shed in Elberta will host its annual Kids Open Mic Night on Friday, October 11 at 5pm. Young entertainers will get the chance to perform on the Cabbage Shed’s music stage, with free pumpkins available for carving during the event.
Other Frankfort Beer Week events include a Pints for Polio fundraiser organized by the Frankfort and Benzie Rotary Clubs, a beer tent at Frankfort’s annual Fall Festival on Betsie Bay, an Oktoberfest celebration, and beer-infused food creations at many area restaurants.
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.