10th annual Brewfest in Houghton

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette — John Bloom pours a St. Ambrose-style mead for Brett Thode of Green Bay at the 10th annual Keweenaw Brewfest in Houghton Saturday.

HOUGHTON — Hundreds of people flocked to Kestner Waterfront Park Saturday for the 10th annual Keweenaw Brewfest.

The festivities raise money for the Keweenaw Community Foundation.

“It’s a great event,” said Jim Vivian, executive director of the Keweenaw Community Foundation. “It helps us bring awareness to the Keweenaw Community Foundation. It keeps the lights on and doing the things the community expects of us.”

The festival featured more than 60 brewers and 200 beers brought in through Peterlin, Pisani and Imperial distributors.

“There’s a lot of new beers,” Vivian said. “There’s a lot of beers that are only on sale at certain times of the year the distributors were holding for this event.”

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette — Saturday’s 10th annual Keweenaw Brewfest drew hundreds of people to Kestner Waterfront Park in Houghton.

In addition to the beer, Vivian credited the reliably good turnout to live music, which Saturday included Rewind, as well as food, which this year included Fitzgerald’s, The Matador, Baby E’s BBQ and Vollwerth’s.

Many of the people in Saturday’s crowd were returnees. It was the second time at Brewfest for Carsten Kulheim of Hancock.

“I like trying different beers, the atmosphere, meeting people,” he said.

Paul Van Buren of Penscacola, Florida, is vacationing in the Upper Peninsula for several months. He found the Brewfest online and decided it was the perfect time to check out Houghton.

“It’s so laid-back,” he said. “It’s fantastic. There’s no problems.”

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