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Mayfest brings area craft breweries together for nonprofit beer tasting

More than 25 local and regional breweries will soon be filling glasses for philanthropy at the inaugural Indiana Michigan Craft Beer Mayfest.

The festival makes its debut 1 to 7 p.m. May 9 in the central plaza of Granger’s Toscana Park, 201 Florence Ave.

Tents featuring samples of more than 100 handcrafted ales and lagers will line the shopping center’s parking lot, with food pairings provided by co-hosts Mattson’s Custom Catering and Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Hospice at Home

Indiana Michigan Craft Beer Mayfest
1 to 7 p.m. May 9
Toscana Park, 201 Florence Ave., Granger

: General Admission $45 (2 to 7 p.m.)
Early Bird $55 (1 to 7 p.m.)
Designated Driver $10 (includes free soft drinks and water)

“Jim (Herter, owner of Mattson’s Custom Catering) has been writing for Great Lakes Brewing News for about 20 years. He’s a huge craft beer enthusiast,” said Barb Kmitta, Mattson’s event director. “He was talking about how there’s no real good beer fest in the area. There’s the one at Century Center, but that’s for-profit and not what it’s all about.”

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Suds from Saugutuck Brewing Co., Three Floyds Brewing Co., Iechyd Da Brewing Co., Evil Czech Brewery and Bare Hands Brewing Co. will flow, among others. Find the full list at

Local acoustic quartet Alligator Blackbird will be serenading attendees with its blend of pop-rock music throughout the day. 

“We’re hoping to promote education of beer, promote local culture and charities and to have a huge emphasis on responsible consumption,” Kmitta said.

Free local taxi rides will be available for attendees of the festival. Outside food and beverages, animals and people under 21 are not allowed.

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