ORION TOWNSHIP — In recognition of American Craft Beer Week, Powers Distributing is planning its first Craft Beer Expo May 15 at Canterbury Village. The event will feature 17 breweries — including six from Michigan — as well as a strolling dinner and raffle prizes for event guests.
Tickets are $15, and include eight 3-ounce beer samples and strolling dinner; and $5 from each ticket sold will benefit Rock Star (Sustainable Talent And Retention) Warriors, a Michigan nonprofit that works to provide jobs for Michigan’s veterans. Tickets can be purchased online at www.craftbeerexpo.net. Additional beer tasting tickets may be purchased at the event. Ticket purchasers and event guests must be of legal drinking age. Guests are encouraged to drink responsibly. The event will be held to be held from 6-9 p.m. at Canterbury Village, 2369 Joslyn Ct. in Lake Orion
“Craft beer is exploding in popularity,” said Gary Thompson, chief operating officer of Powers Distributing. “Michigan is the fifth largest craft beer state in the country. Our breweries are experiencing fantastic development and the state offers an amazing selection of both local and national beers to craft beer drinkers. To celebrate this, we created a local beer event. American Craft Beer Week seemed to be the perfect time to invite the public to learn more about this 4,000-year-old beverage and how wonderfully it pairs with cuisine.”
Participating breweries include: Cheboygan Brewing Co., Dragonmead Brewing Co., Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., North Peak Brewing Co., Saugatuck Brewing Co., Uncle John’s Cider, Oskar Blues Brewery, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Tenth & Blake Beer Co., Samuel Adams – The Boston Beer Co., Magic Hat Brewing Co., Vermont Hard Cider Co. (Woodchuck), Brooklyn Brewery, Boulder Beer Co., Tommyknocker Brewing Co., Spoetzl Brewery (Shiner), and Anchor Brewing Co. Nine Canterbury Village food stations will provide pasta, chicken and beef cuisine samples.
As the beneficiary of the Craft Beer Expo, Thompson said he recognizes Rock Star Warriors for the work they do for our veterans. The event will allow patrons to “celebrate the service and return of those who have given the most for our safety, and those that make it possible for us to pursue our passions here at home,” Thompson said.
Julie Mann, founder of Rock Star Warriors, said: “We consider our military as a longstanding and large ‘family’ with a shared sense of purpose and mission, said Mann. “We consider ourselves fortunate to work with a company such as Powers who believes in the importance of longevity and family.”
The Craft Beer Expo will also offer event goers a chance to win raffle prizes including a Shiner Bock bike, bean bag toss game, a Weber Grill, and a golf bag. The purchase of an event ticket, each of which has a control number printed on it, automatically qualifies guests to enter to win one of these prizes. Winners of each item will be announced at the event by ticket number. Winners must be present to win.
Greater Media Detroit’s WCSX 94.7 FM is the event’s media sponsor. Visit www.wcsx.com for details about how you can win free event tickets from WCSX.