St. Clair Shores to host Big Brew Fest

By: Alyssa Ochss | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 22, 2024

 The Big Brew Fest, presented by St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation, will take place from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on April 27.

The Big Brew Fest, presented by St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation, will take place from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on April 27.

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation Department will host the Big Brew Fest from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on April 27 at Blossom Heath Park on Jefferson Avenue.

Parks and Recreation Event Director Henry Bowman said they will have live music including the Laughing Madmen.

“They haven’t performed much here in St. Clair Shores, so I’m really looking forward to people enjoying them,” Bowman said.

Nikki Holland and the Dirty Elizabeths will also play at the event.

“I like bringing them in because Nikki is a St. Clair Shores resident,” Bowman said.

The event will feature brews from local businesses including Copper Hop Brewing Co., Baffin Brewing Co., Jamex Brewing Co. and others.

Bowman said they were waiting for a beer event license from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission at the time of publication.

“But as soon as we have that in place, then we’re going to look at bringing in some other ones like Atwater and possibly some other ones from around the metro Detroit area that have a nice variety,” Bowman said.

Bowman guesses there will be anywhere from six to 10 beers. Food trucks will also be available for folks to enjoy.

Sponsors this year include Michael Agnello Jewelers, B.A.S. Security Systems, Bryant Goodreau Michigan Insurance Source and the Paul Genaw Agency - Farm Bureau Insurance.

Ryan Balicki, owner of Copper Hop Brewing Co., said the city hosts the event and reaches out to local breweries to showcase them.

“We’ll have a beer on tap there and it’s really just to kind of support the city and show the people within the event what the city has to offer as far as breweries go,” Balicki said.

He also said, weather permitting, the event is a fun time.

“The city spent a lot of money and time on Blossom Heath to make it a very community-centric area,” Balicki said. “And it’s beautiful. It’s a good time. It’s a great atmosphere and they really did a great job with the area.”

The event is for people 21 and older. Once in the event area, eventgoers must remain there and cannot bring their own alcohol. There is no admission charge for the event.