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Inaugural Hops Festival celebrates craft beer boom

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Inaugural Hops Festival celebrates craft beer boom

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Inaugural Hops Festival celebrates craft beer boom

By Kristine Morris
Contributing Writer Photo Wikipedia.org Hops are actually the flower cluster, or seed cone, of the hops plant. It’s the hops that give beer its rather bitter, tangy flavor.

EMPIRE – Mark your calendar for Saturday Oct. 4 for the inaugural Empire Hops Festival.

From noon to 9 p.m., enjoy live music from The Benzie Playboys and Black Jake & the Carnies while sampling brews from some of the area’s best breweries including: New Holland, Right Brain, Stormcloud Brewing Company of Frankfort, Beard’s of Petoskey, The Workshop, and Short’s.

Food will be provided by Scalawags Fish & Chips, Deerings, Baytown Kitchen and Art’s Tavern plus a variety of food trucks from Traverse City. Admission is $10, and includes a commemorative beer glass and drink tickets.

According to organizers, the event “promises to have all the food, beverages, music and excitement of the Chamber’s annual Asparagus Festival celebrated each year in May.”
All waste generated by the event will be recycled using the services of Bay Area Recycling of Traverse City. A new niche crop “Hops farming is becoming the new agricultural product of the county,” said Empire Chamber of Commerce President and festival organizer Paul Skinner. “The majority of local and Michigan […]

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