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Raise a Glass to July — Michigan Craft Beer Month

26-Jun-2015

The craft beer culture continues to brew in Michigan at a record pace – and in celebration of this long-standing beverage industry, the Michigan Brewers Guild is once again proud to announce July as Michigan Craft Beer Month, as recognized by the state legislature (#MiBeerMonth).

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Senators Peter MacGregor, (R) – Rockford; Rebekah Warren, (D) – Ann Arbor; Mike Kowall, (R) – White Lake; Ken Horn, (R) – Frankenmuth; Jack Brandenburg, (R) – Harrison Township; Marty Knollenberg, (R) – Troy; Vincent Gregory, (D) – Southfield; Jim Marleau, (R) – Lake Orion; Wayne Schmidt, (R) – Traverse City; Geoff Hansen, (R) – Hart; Dale Zorn, (R) – Ada; Dave Hildenbrand, (R) – Lowell; Margaret O'Brien, (R) – Portage; John Proos, (R) – Saint Joseph; Darwin Booher, (R) – Evart; Tonya Schuitmaker (R) – Lawton; and Curtis Hertel Jr. (D) – East Lansing; offered Senate Resolution No. 65 to observe July 2015 as Craft Beer Month. The complete SR-65 can be found here.

Representatives Jeff Farrington, (R) – Utica; Laura Cox, (R) – Livonia; Pam Faris, (D) – Clio; Holly Hughes, (R) – White River Twp.; Bill LaVoy, (D) – Monroe; David Maturen, (R) – Vicksburg; Kristy Pagan, (D) – Canton Twp; Earl Poleski, (R) – Jackson; Sarah Roberts (R) – Eaton Twp; and Michael Webber (R) – Rochester Hills offered House Resolution No. 111, which can be found here.

Since it was officially organized in 1997, the Michigan Brewers Guild (MBG) has seen its brewery membership grow from 35 to 155 (and growing) as of June 1, 2015. Additionally, a growing number of “Brewery in Planning,” (15) Allied (90+) and Enthusiast (2400+) members add to the overall support of the craft beer industry. Michigan’s craft breweries also contribute to the state’s #2 and #3 industries: agriculture and tourism, respectively, making it a true Pure Michigan experience. 

“The Great Lakes give us so much to be thankful for – and are among the biggest contributors to the ever-growing craft beer industry here,” says Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in the 2015 issue of Michigan. The Great Beer State magazine, the official publication of the Michigan Brewers Guild. “The impact of craft beer is far reaching – from the farmer growing hops and barley, to the malting and processing facilities, to the distributors and retail outlets that bring the finished product to the consumers. Craft beer is an agricultural commodity that provides and unparalleled social experience by bringing people together to interact, converse and celebrate in true Pure Michigan style.” 

According to Scott Graham, MBG Executive Director, Michigan ranks #5 in the nation in the number of overall breweries, and the industry provides a direct impact of more than 5000 jobs, more than $144 million in wages and more than $277 million in total output. A copy of the Guild’s latest economic impact study can be found here.

“We are a passionate community of brewers and enthusiasts that believes in quality artisanship, bold character, fun, responsibility, and pushing the boundaries,” says Graham. “It’s an exciting time to be part of the craft brewing industry in Michigan.”

The Michigan Brewers Guild encourages residents and visitors of The Great Beer State to celebrate Michigan Craft Beer Month by visiting area brewpubs and microbreweries, asking for Michigan craft beer at retail outlets and restaurants and attending regional celebrations like the 18th Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival (July 24-25) at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town – featuring more than 100 breweries and more than 1,000 award-winning, special release and original craft beers. Limited Friday tickets for this festival remain available at MiBeer.com (Saturday tickets are already sold out).

The Michigan Brewers Guild is the network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Michigan Brewers Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025. Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State”.

For Additional Information

Scott Graham
Executive Director
(517) 515-1444
director@michiganbrewersguild.org
Dianna Stampfler
Media Consultant
(269) 330-4228
dianna@promotemichigan.com
Our mailing address: Michigan Brewers Guild • 225 W Washtenaw, Suite C • Lansing, MI 48933

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