The Tapped Beer Festival returns June 18 to downtown Midland

Tapped Beer Festival takes place from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. More than 50 breweries from across the country will be attending and lobbing for the event in Larkin’s parking garage.

Renee Smith, downtown events coordinator, said the festival is organized by the Midland Downtown Business Association, with this year being the first time the event has taken place in the parking lot.

The event was moved from Main Street when the city introduced The Commons refreshment zone because liquor licenses are not allowed to overlap, she said. It also allows event protection from bad weather.

All breweries will be housed on the first floors of the garage. The top floor/roof of the garage will feature an interactive beer garden with live music, food and games.

The majority of breweries/cideries/wineries at the event will be Michigan-based, with a few national names as well. Some notable examples include Truly, Stockfish, Three Bridges Distillery, and Grape Beginnings Winery.

The festival is always looking for volunteers, especially pourers for the second shift, Smith said.

Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and drink tickets for the event.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased up until the day of the event, Smith said. Tickets can also be purchased at The money raised is used to fund downtown events.

“There are other craft beer festivals in Michigan, but this one is special because this craft beer festival helps fund everything we do downtown, so the majority of our events downtown- city ​​are free for everyone,” Smith said.

David H. Henry