The U.P. Craft Beer Week kicks off today, Sept. 1, in Marquette and five other Upper Peninsula cities.
Marquette has 37 of the 70 daily events across 12 local venues. The event is hosted by A Pint Above — a special non-profit that promotes the Upper Peninsula through its microbrewery scene.
“This is to promote the local community more than anything,” said A Pint Above President Josh Marenger. “We’re promoting the local beer scene to get it to improve every year and it has so far.”
Marenger is a member of Bay de Noc Brewers, a homebrew club based in South Central Upper Peninsula. He’s joined with Marquette’s Jaime Strand of White’s Party Store and others to get the week-long event running.
“We looked at some of the great craft beer weeks happening downstate and around the country,and thought that we could easily do something like that in the U.P. There is a lot of great craft beer to be had up here,” Marenger said.
White’s Party Store is hosting Marquette’s first event today with a sampling from 4-6 p.m.. Copper Harbor, Eagle River, Escanaba and Sault Ste. Marie will also have events.
“It’s important to us to have events all over the Upper Peninsula, rather than just one city,” Marenger said. “The U.P. is a huge place, so we want to make sure that you can participate, wherever you are. Our numerous venues have been great about supporting us by offering unique and fun events.”