Over 200 beers to be enjoyed at ninth annual Keweenaw Brewfest

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette file The Keweenaw Community Foundation Keweenaw Brewfest takes place for the ninth time from Saturday at the Ray Kestner Waterfront Park. in Houghton. More than 200 beers will be available during the KCF’s most important fundraiser for the year.

HOUGHTON — The Keweenaw County Foundation Keweenaw Brewfest is in its ninth year, and according Jim Vivian, it’s a solid fundraiser for the organization.

Vivian, who is KCF executive director, said there will be a lot of beers to choose from at the event.

“This year, we’ll have over 50 brewers and over 200 beers,” he said.

The Keweenaw Brewfest takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Ray Kestner Waterfront Park in Houghton, Vivian said. Music will be provided by Bob Hiltunen and the Funky Brewsters.

Last year, Vivian said about 1,500 people attended the Brewfest, and in 2015 it was about 1,350.

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette file photo The Keweenaw Community Foundation Keweenaw Brewfest takes place for the ninth time from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Ray Kestner Waterfront Park in Houghton. More than 200 beers will be available during the KCF’s most important fundraiser for the year.

Tickets for the event are $30 before Saturday.

“With the ticket you get 12 tokens (for beers), and a collectible glass for pours,” he said.

Vivian said tickets can be purchased before Saturday online at the KCF website at keweenawgives.org, by calling the KCF at 482-9673, or by stopping by the KCF office at 236 Quincy St. in Hancock. Tickets can also be purchased at the Keweenaw Brewing Company in Houghton. The event is open only to people 21 years old and older. Identification must be presented when buying tickets.

Vivian said tickets can be purchased at the event for $40. More tokens must be purchased if more than 12 pours are desired.

Food will be available at the event from vendors, also, Vivian said, including Bonfire Steakhouse at the Magnuson Inn in Houghton, Captain Matt’s Fish n’ Chips, The Fitzgerald in Eagle River, Suomi Restaurant in Houghton, and Vollwerth’s in Hancock. The food must be purchased separately from the beer.

The Brewfest will take place rain or shine, Vivian said. People can eat under the pavilion at the park. The grass in front of the bandstand will be for dancing and socializing. Vendors tables will be covered, also.

“All of our brewers will be under tents near the water,” he said.

No one under 21 years old will be allowed into the event, Vivian said.

Vivian said the money raised from the Brewfest is very important for operations of the KCF.

“This is a fundraiser to keep the doors open and the lights on,” he said.

The KCF has more than 100 funds, Vivian said. The KCF Youth Advisory Council is very active in providing funds for programs, which benefit young people. The Herman Gundlach Endowment is also very active.

“That’s done a lot in our community over the years,” he said.

Organizations which have funds at the KCF include Omega House hospice care, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, and the Portage Health Foundation.

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