Hops on the Harbor returns

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MANISTIQUE — The Hops on the Harbor craft beer festival, hosted by Manistique Elks Lodge 632, will return to the Manistique Marina from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 for its second year.

Manistique Elks Lodge 632 Exalted Ruler Mary Hook, who is the event’s co-chair, said Hops on the Harbor was inspired by lodge members’ interest in the craft beer scene.

“One of our members is a local bar owner, and we’re all kind of craft beer lovers,” she said.

The first-ever Hops on the Harbor festival took place last August.

“We had about 180 people,” Hook said. She expects attendance numbers for this year’s festival to be between 300 and 500.

However, Hook said that the weather was not very cooperative last year. A major rainstorm hit the area during the event, but guests were able to enjoy themselves despite these conditions.

“One thing that we figured out is that rain doesn’t stop the beer drinkers,” she said. Hook also noted that this year’s festival will feature a 40-foot by 80-foot tent.

Several Michigan breweries — including Upper Hand Brewery from Escanaba, Blackrocks Brewery and Ore Dock Brewing Company from Marquette, Cognition Brewing Company from Ishpeming, and many more — will offer samples of their beers at Hops at the Harbor this year.

Hook noted that Ore Dock will be bringing a new beer — which they have not yet named — to the event.

Festival attendees will be given 16 tickets, which they can exchange for samples, and a glass to take home.

“You get a free beer glass with your admission,” Hook said.

Food will be sold at the festival by Ray’s BBQ Cookout, and Radio Results Network will provide music during the event.

Hook said that, since Hops on the Harbor is smaller than other craft beer festivals in the area, it provides a more intimate experience for guests.

“You get a more personal touch,” she said.

All proceeds from Hops on the Harbor will go towards Manistique Elks Lodge 632. Tickets for the event can be purchased at Manistique Elks Lodge 632, at Wheaty’s Pub, and at www.hopsontheharbor.com