Michigan Beer and Brat Fest reimagined for this year

The Michigan Beer and Brat Festival has been reimagined for this year, a temporary move until it can resume to its traditional operations in 2022.

Rather than host a huge gathering of thousands of guests, Crystal Mountain will instead feature individual specialty brat and beer pairings every Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Crystal Mountain Executive Chef Jack Wenz will prepare and serve brats paired with Michigan-made craft beers throughout the resort on weekends. Those pairings will also be available for sale in the Mountain Market for guests to take home and prepare themselves.

“Reimagining the event is a responsible course of action at this time,” John Melcher, Crystal Mountain chief operating officer, said. “We’re excited for 2022 and seeing a return of the traditional and large-scale festival, welcoming back thousands of guests for the official start of summer.”

A listing of pairings will be available soon on

About Crystal Mountain:

Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort destination located 28 miles southwest of Traverse City and a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The 1,500-acre resort features lodging, dining, downhill and cross-country skiing, two championship golf courses, shopping, award-winning Crystal Spa, Michigan’s only alpine slide, Peak Fitness, the Park at Water’s Edge, Michigan Legacy Art Park, weddings, a conference center and real estate options. Visit for more resort details or information about Four Seasons Club memberships.