7 Ways To Have The Best UP Fall Beer Fest Ever

Superior water, superior beer, superior people, these are the traits found only at the UP Fall Beer Festival. This September 12th will mark the 7th year of the event. After several annual trips to the taps, I’ve compiled a list of tips to help you find the Beer Fest of your dreams.

7 Tips To Have The Perfect Up Fall Beer Fest


Up Fall Beer Fest is a 5-hour event dedicated to the best local beers in Michigan. Your heart and your tastebuds are already racing. A good base of food will help you go the extra rounds instead of tapping out early. The UP Fall Fest is located within walking distance of multiple restaurants in downtown Marquette. Walk downtown and grab breakfast or brunch at any of the nearby restaurants before going straight to the beer.

2. Ditch Your Notebook

It’s a good idea, in theory. In reality, your meticulous beer notes will quickly fade to short 4 letter words and scribbled ramblings soaked in suds. It’s best to just enjoy each beer at the moment and discuss it with those around you. You’ll remember the extra special ones better that way. So put the pencil down and share initial impressions with fellow festival goers.

3. Find Your New Best Friend

Beer is a social lubricant, and thousands of people together trying hundreds of beers create a conversation machine. Meeting new people throughout the entire day is inevitable, and the best part? They’re all awesome! This isn’t just a Beer Fest. It’s the UP FALL BEER FEST. You’re highly likely to find your next adventure buddy over dozens of delicious beers. So be prepared to make new friends, but don’t be sad if you don’t remember all of their names.

4. It’s NOT A Race

Easy there, turbo. Time is a funny thing during fests, the first hour flies by, but that’s just your excitement. Don’t worry; after the first few samples, time warps to extra slow speed. It’s best not to sprint through this marathon; you’ve still got to make it to dinner afterward.

5. Dump The Ones You Don’t Like

With 400 beers to choose from in this Beer Festival, you’re bound to get a couple misses. Don’t feel bad about pouring beer out that doesn’t tickle your tastebuds. Dump it, clean your glass, and grab another. Many people are too embarrassed to dump a beer out. Don’t be. Beer Fest is too short to be unhappy.

6. Don’t Let The Small Glass Fool You

That’s it? It is a common observation upon the first pour. Those little 3oz tasters seem insulting to the traditional pint glass. Just remember there are at least 399 other 3oz tastings to be had. That’s 1396 oz of potential future beer.

7. Snobs Are Clueless

Personally, I hate the term “beer snob.” This is an event to enjoy our great Michigan Craft beer right next to the greatest lake in the world. Don’t be intimidated by the huge variety of styles and experimental beers. We are all there to have fun and enjoy the beer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions because anyone with the right answers will be happy to help.

So there you have it, bits of information I have gathered along the way. So head on over to Up Fall Beer Fest and grab a ticket and let’s drink some Michigan beer.

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Growing up in Detroit, Lindsey is a Michigan State University alumnus. She feels incredibly lucky to live in Detroit, and much more, to spend her days promoting the Detroit area as a travel destination.