St. Joseph Heats Up the Season with Winter Beer Fest Saturday, Jan 25th

On Jan. 25, St. Joseph Today invites everyone 21 years and older to come out of hibernation and meet friends at this lakeside destination during the fifth annual outdoor St. Joe Winter Beer Fest. The event takes place from noon to 4:00 pm, at the corner of Broad St. and Lake Blvd. in St. Joseph, Mich.

Southwest Michigan is a year-round craft beer destination. “January in Michigan is a perfect time to celebrate the craft brew industry.” Said Ken Kozminski, owner of The Buck Burgers and Brew, “There will be a great mix of both regional and local brewers (16) bringing some outstanding specialty brews to this event. Expect to sample some of the best beers ever brewed and some never brewed before.”

With tickets limited to only 850 available, Amy Zapal, executive director of St. Joseph Today said, “This is one of the hottest tickets around. People come from all over the region to participate in this awesome fest.” They are $35 in advance and go on sale at 10:00 a.m. January 2nd. Ticket price includes: admission, tasting cup, 12 tokens (one token per sample), entertainment courtesy of JellieFish Productions, and winter comradery. Food will be available for purchase from Nosh Village and Twisted Dawg. Festival attendees can order tickets online at or purchase them at the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center, 301 State St. in downtown St. Joseph.

Zapal expects that beer fans will be excited about the lineup of Michigan breweries planned for the festival. Breweries include: Altes Beer, Bell’s Brewery, Haymarket Brewing, Maplewood Brewery, Mitten Brewing, North Pier Brewing, Perrin Brewing, Round Barn Brewery, Saugatuck Brewing, Silver Harbor Brewing, Sister Lakes Brewing, Tapistry Brewing, The Livery, Virtue Cider, Watermark Brewing, Witch’s Hat.

Thank you to The Buck Burgers and Brew, Beaudoin Electrical Construction, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, Re/Max by the Lake, and SWMI Brew Tours for their sponsorship of Winter Beer Fest and for their support of our community and this event.

 Stay the weekend in Michigan’s Great Southwest! Come into town a day early for the 8th Annual Downtown Chili Tour on Friday, January 24. Whether visitors like their chili mild or fiery hot, their chili-inspired desserts simply sweet or sweet and spicy, or toasty hot beverages, they will find more than 25 ways to chase away the chill.

To learn more about this and other winter events, contact St. Joseph Today.  Visit or call 269-985-1111.

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