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Traverse City Beer Week features diverse and fun beer themed events throughout the week. Participating locations include breweries, brew pubs, restaurants, and the retail locations.  Take a look at the list below and start planning your Beer Week experience!


Friday, Nov. 7th 

Short's Pub Crawl Pre Party - 4 pm at The Yard
The Yard Short's Brewing Company Party with the folks from Short's, before the big crawl!                                                                                     
Short's Pub Crawl Pre Party - 4 pm at U & I Lounge
Short's Brewing Company Party with the folks from Short's, before the big crawl!    

Mini Golf Beer Tasting - 7 pm at Right Brain Brewery        
This one-of-a-kind beer tasting and Mini-Golf tournament fusion is not to be missed! Play four holes of mini-golf IN THE BREWERY, and get a special beer tasting at each hole. The winner of the tournament gets a free Lifetime Membership to Right Brain Brewery. Must be 21+ to participate. Must pre-register at Right Brain Brewery, or on the day of the event, but space is limited to 50 competitors. $5 per entry.

Short's Pub Crawl - 7 pm at The Franklin, U and I, The Yard, Little Fleet, 7 Monks, Bubba's, and Short's    
Take a tour of Traverse City, and try a different Short's beer at six locations along the way!  Completing participants will win a Pub Crawl T Shirt (while supplies last).  Pub crawl passports can be found at Traverse City Tourism, or at participating locations as early as the week prior to the crawl.    

Sours, Sours, Everywhere! - 7 pm at Brewery Ferment 
A flight of Ferment sour beers. Featured throughout the rest of the week as available. 

Saturday, Nov. 8th 

Beer and Cheese Pairing - 2 pm at Brewery Ferment 
Bad Teacher Brewing Supply and Northern Michigan Homebrewers Guild will be on-site with a demonstration. Educational and fun! Talk with local homebrewers while seeing a beer brewed. Featuring a special Bad Teacher and Ferment collaboration beer. (Lions game on TV. Deals include Half Off Half Time and a pitcher of Worker’s Daily for $10 or with our Tavern Cheese for just $14.)

Beer Dinner - 5 pm at the Boathouse
Brewery Vivant and Left Foot Charley Beer Dinner featuring the beers of Brewery Vivant and cider by Left Foot Charley. 

Specialty Beer Release - 6 pm at Fire Fly Restaurant
Atwater Brewery Special Tapping of Atwater's New Christmas Ale.  This will be the first tapping of this beer in Traverse City and will also feature two other Atwater specialty beers on tap.          

Sunday, Nov. 9th         

RBB Hangover Cure & Tailgate - Right Brain Brewery 
11am - 1 pm 
THE RBB HANGOVER CURE - Coffee, Bloody Marys, Mimosas... We're going to make them with beer! RBB Beer-tenders will be demo'ing and serving Micheladas (bloody mary beers) and Beermosas, and Chef Mike will be offering a tailor made Breakfast Waffle. Did we mention specials on CEO Stout? Your hangover doesn't have a chance. 

1pm - 4:30pm
THE RBB TAILGATE - Once your hangover is subdued, come catch the games with your friends and munch on RBB Beer Brats or Pulled Pork Sliders made with CEO Stout BBQ sauce. Chef Mike will be on hand to explain the culinary secrets behind these great dishes and answer any of your game-day questions.   

Homebrew Day - 1 pm at Brewery Ferment
Bad Teacher Brewing Supply and Northern Michigan Homebrewers Guild will be on-site with a demonstration. Educational and fun! Talk with local homebrewers while seeing a beer brewed. Featuring a special Bad Teacher and Ferment collaboration beer. (Lions game on TV. Deals include Half Off Half Time and a pitcher of Worker’s Daily for $10 or with our Tavern Cheese for just $14.)

Retail Tasting - 5 pm at Tilley's Party Store 
Try the beers of Atwater in one of Traverse City's favorite craft beer retailers!  

Tasting Night - 6 pm at 7 Monks featuring Griffin Claw Brewing    
Taste a number of Griffin Claw Beers and meet the people behind this great brand!    

Monday, Nov. 10th 

Short's Tasting - Burritt's Market (time TBD)    
Food by Burritt's, Beer by Short's.  What could be better?                                                                                             

RBB Beer Dinner w/ Chef Mike - 7 pm at Right Brain Brewery        
A five-course beer dinner created and prepared by RBB Head Chef, Mike Meador. Meet the chef and pick up some tips on cooking with beer. Tickets are required and available at Right Brain Brewery. Limited space available. $25 per person.                                                                                                           
MI Beer Night (In conjunction with the Michigan Brewers Guild) - 7 pm at 7 Monks     
Join 7 Monks as they host some of your favorite Michigan Breweries.  Taste rare beers and pair them with your favorite dishes at the restaurant.                                                                                                                                                      

Tuesday, Nov. 11th                                                                                          

Short's Beer and Cake Pairing - 6 pm at Aerie inside the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa        
Beer and dessert pairing: Short's style.  What a great chance to pair some sweets with beers and learn the philosophy behind pairing! $15 per person.                 

Rare Beers at Rare Bird (with a side of D-Trivia) - 6 pm at Rare Bird Brewpub
Atwater Brewery rare beers at Rare Bird! Five Atwater beers not often found (Atwater's Pub Exclusives!) along with Detroit themed Trivia Night.                                                                                            

Craft Beer Trivia - 7 pm at Right Brain Brewery    
Test your knowledge of everything craft beer. Bring your best team of up to six players and compete for your chance to win a $20 Right Brain gift card. Free-to-Play. Must be 21+ to participate.    

American Belgo's at 7 Monks - 7 pm at 7 Monks 
A night filled with the flavors of specialty beers by Brewery Vivant!      

Wednesday, Nov. 12th   

TCBW Beer Releases: Exclusive! - 3 pm at Rare Bird Brewpub 
Beers never released before, exclusive to Traverse City Beer Week!

Beer Sampling with Brewery Vivant - 5 pm at The Franklin 
Join Jason Spaulding, president/owner of Brewery Vivant at The Franklin from 5-8 pm and enjoy a selection of Brewery Vivant beers paired with specially created dishes from The Franklin. 

Jolly Pumpkin and 12% Imports - 6 pm at 7 Monks 
12% Imports visits one of your favorite TC craft beer hotspots.  Check out their great lineup and visit with the terrific people behind these brands!     

Drink My Brewcast - 6 pm at Brewery Ferment 
Meet and greet with the cast. Listen to the most popular episodes while discussing with the hosts. 7pm there will be craft beer trivia. Prizes for winners.

Brewery Q&A! - 7 pm at Right Brain Brewery
Participate in a question and answers panel with four of Right Brain's key players: Owner, Russell Springsteen, Head Brewer, Nick Panchame, Brand Manager, Leif Kolt, and Head Chef, Mike Meador. Complimentary chips and dip will be provided and get your pints for just $3. Make sure to bundle up as this will be taking place in the brewery, and the beer likes it cold. 21+ only. Tickets avaiable at the brewery. $5      

Beer Dinner - at Amical (time TBD)  
Short's Brewing Beer Dinner                                                                                 

Thursday, Nov. 13th 

Beer Dinner - 5 pm at Fire Fly Restaurant 
Beer pairing dinner featuring Brewery Terra Firma brews. 

Collaboration Beer Release - 6 pm at Rare Bird Brewpub 
Atwater and Rare Bird Collaboration beer release party.  

Grand Rapids takes on TC! - 6 pm at 7 Monks 
​Founders Brewing visits 7 Monks for the flavors of Grand Rapids, as you sample Founder's Beers (both hard to get ones as well as "old reliables."        

Brewtopia Beer & Food Pairing - 7 pm at Right Brain Brewery 
A special TCBW edition of RBB's food pairing club! Come and learn the power of the small bite. We'll be going through four separate courses of combination pairings, trying to show you how much flavor can be packed into a single mouthful. Hosted by Chef Mike and RBB Beertender, Jessi Laffin. $7 per person. Limited space. $7      

12 Tap Taco Takeover - at 7 Monks (time TBD)   
Short's Brewing like never before: a beer & taco pairing!   

RBB Keg Hunt - 7 pm at Right Brain Brewery
Find the kegs and win a lifetime membership to Right Brain Brewery! Teams of 2 to 4 players compete in an Amazing Race style elimination race, following clues, and trying to track down the RBB Kegs. Equal parts physical challenge and clue solving. Come dressed warm and ready to trudge through the elements. Bring a flashlight. Participants will receive $2 off beer for the evening. Pre-registration is required. 21+ only. $5 per person. $5 per person      

Friday, Nov. 14th  

Specialty Beer Release - Noon at Brewery Terra Firma
Try a Terra Firma Original for the first time ever! $4.50/pint                       

Atwater Tasting - 5 pm at Union Street Station
Atwater Brewery offers a collection of beers on tap for your tasting!          

Farm to Ferment - 7 pm at Brewery Ferment 
Highlighting beers that feature locally sourced ingredients.

Extra Fun Events!

Traverse City IPA Challenge - 11/6/15 - 5:30 pm at The Little Fleet 
The IPA challenge is a local competition between 11 Traverse City breweries. Each brewery will produce their “Best IPA”. 200 beer lovers will be a judge and choose their favorite brew. There will also be local celebrity judge panel choosing their top IPA. All tasting will be blind. Ticket holders will know the description of the beer, ABV, and other facts, but the brewery will remain confidential. At 9 pm an awards ceremony will take place. The winning brewery will take home a trophy and the privilege of saying their brewery has “The Best IPA in Traverse City”

Great Beerd Run 5K - 11/15/2014 - 10 am at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Beard's Brewery, Right Brain Brewery and Short's Brewery Join Grand Traverse Resort and Spa under the Pavilion Tent for the first ever Great Beerd Run--a 5K fun run designed to celebrate all things Beer and Beard.  This is an untimed run with on course ber tastings provided by three different local breweries.  There will also be a post-race Beer Tent featuring a Best Beard Contest, race grub, music, and beer.  


TCBW is fashioned for the sole purpose of craft beer appreciation, customer education, and experiential learning. All events that take place throughout the week will have programmed elements to them with the intention to offer education or insight into some aspect of the craft beer movement, a special product or style of beer, or some other element of the industry.