Warren’s Big Brew Fest set for April 28

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published April 6, 2018

 Warren’s Dragonmead Microbrewery will be among the breweries featured at Warren’s Big Brew Fest at Halmich Park April 28. Dragonmead will showcase its Final Absolution Belgian-style trippel ale, pictured, and several other beers, including its Tuhelles Enbock, a German-style Maibock; Under the Kilt Wee Heavy, a Scottish Ale aged in bourbon barrels; and the Castlebrite apricot wheat.

Warren’s Dragonmead Microbrewery will be among the breweries featured at Warren’s Big Brew Fest at Halmich Park April 28. Dragonmead will showcase its Final Absolution Belgian-style trippel ale, pictured, and several other beers, including its Tuhelles Enbock, a German-style Maibock; Under the Kilt Wee Heavy, a Scottish Ale aged in bourbon barrels; and the Castlebrite apricot wheat.

Photo provided by Spencer Helvey

WARREN — If they brew it, will they come?

It’s a good bet they will, given the list of long-celebrated and up-and-coming Macomb County breweries on board to support Warren’s second annual Big Brew Fest April 28 at Halmich Park.

Organizers said the homebrewing and craft beer festival will offer an opportunity for brewers of all skill levels to share their creations and make something new with ingredients produced in the state of Michigan. Homebrewing will begin at 10 a.m., and beer sampling will run from noon to 6 p.m. at the park. There’s a $5 charge at the entrance, which includes a glass for tasting, and samples cost $2 for a 4-ounce pour.  

Participating brewers with their own equipment will get an opportunity to craft a 100 percent Michigan-made beer using donated wort, malts and hops from Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Motorcity MaltHouse and Top Hops, respectively.

Beyond homebrew samples, festivalgoers will also enjoy a variety of beers created by a host of Macomb County breweries including Kuhnhenn, Dragonmead Microbrewery and the Falling Down Beer Co., in Warren;  Sherwood Brewing Co. and Brooks Brewing, in Shelby Township; Blake’s Hard Cider Co., in Armada; and Shipwreck Brewing Co. and Jamex Brewing Co., in St. Clair Shores.

Several of the breweries will take a stab a making this year’s special festival beer, Same Difference. They’re using the same hops and malts, but applying their own spin on the brew by varying the strength of each ingredient and selecting a particular yeast. The “People’s Choice” of the best brew will take home an award.

“The recipe is going to be left up to the brewers. We’re using the same grains and hops, and they’re going to figure it out from there,” said Jennifer Locher, the general manager at Dragonmead. “We’re all going to make it and see whose is the best.”

Warren Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said there will also be a cornhole tournament, a petting zoo, live music and food trucks.

Veterans of the U.S. military are admitted for free. Sampling is for those 21 and older. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Kids 12 and younger are admitted for free, and pets are welcome.

Halmich Park is located on the north side of 13 Mile Road, west of Ryan Road.

More information about the festival is available online at warrenbigbrew.com.