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Kick off the summer with this Memorial Day weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy live entertainment while sampling an enormous selection of Michigan’s finest microbrews, local hard cider, mead, wine and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets.


VIP Admission includes:

Admission at 3 pm (one hour before general admission), one (1) beer glass (9oz), 20 tickets and exclusive access to two brews on our Special Reserve Trail during VIP hour. Tickets can be used toward a wide selection of Michigan craft beers, brats and delicious sides! No refunds.

VIP Admission: $60 per person (Ages 3 & under are free).

General Admission includes:

Admission at 4 pm, one (1) beer glass (9oz) and 10 tickets. Tickets can be used toward a wide selection of Michigan craft beers, brats and delicious sides! No refunds.

General Admission Pricing: February 19 - May 24, 2019: $30 per person. (Ages 3 & under are free).

Event Day General Admission Pricing (May 25): $35 per person. (Ages 3 & under are free).

Wristbands are available for pick up May 10 - 25, at Crystal Mountain's Front Desk, located in the Inn at the Mountain. If you are picking up your wristband on Saturday, May 25, wristbands will be available at the Front Desk until Noon, or you can visit the lower level of the Crystal Center after 2pm. Any guests ages 21+ must show valid photo I.D. at admission to the festival. Coolers are not permitted on the festival grounds.


Additional tickets will be available to purchase at the festival for $1 each.

Full Pour: 3 - 6 tickets*
Half Brat: 2 tickets
Full Brat: 4 tickets

*Some specialty craft beers and meads may be 4-6 tickets due to limited availability.


Right Brain Brewery
Founders Brewing
Beards Brewery
Oddside Ales
Paw Paw Brewing Co.
Shorts Brewing Company
Acoustic Mead
Ludington Bay Brewing Co.
Farmhaus Cider Co.
Lansing Brewing Company
Cheboygan Brewing Co.
Draught Horse Brewing
Stormcloud Brewing Company
St. Ambrose Cellars
Perrin Brewing Company
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company
Brewery Terra Firma
Tapistry Brewing
Dragonmead Microbrewery
North Channel Brewing Company
Three Blondes Brewing
Great Mead Hall & Brewing Company
Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Uncle John's Hard Cider
Bell's Brewery
Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Dark Horse Brewing Co.
Iron Fish Distillery
Saugatuck Brewing Co.
Arcadia Ales
Atwater Beer
Petoskey Brewing
Reed City Brewing Company
Virtue Ciders

2019 Brat Vendors

Maxbauer Market
Honor Family Market
Mikowski's Meat Market and Deli
Sander's Meats


TC Knuckleheads

Time: 3-5pm

The TC Knuckleheads are a fun-loving group of musicians that play great rhythm and blues, classic and current rock and country. Typical lineup includes several vocalists, lead and acoustic guitar, harmonica, keyboards/sax, drums and bass. They're ready to get the party started!

The RockShow Band

Time: 5:30 - 8pm

Mirroring the look and bombast of Journey in its 1980s heyday, The RockShow Band takes fans on a sojourn through the greatest hits of the Steve Perry era. The song list timewarps to the golden days of shoulder pads and leopard prints as the band loves, touches, and squeezes out all the greatest hits. Their flashy fun performances are sure to keep you on your feet all night!


Tesla, GM and additional Electric Vehicles plus the Twin Bay British Car Club will cruise into the Michigan Beer and Brat Festival at 3pm and have their cars on display throughout the evening.


In addition to our resort shuttles who can transport guests to and from their accommodations to the festival, Benzie Bus will also provide free rides to locals. Please pre-schedule your ride by calling 231-325-3000.

Crystal Mountain asks that you please be responsible about your alcohol consumption. We encourage our guests to assign a designated driver or use on-property shuttles when leaving the festival. Cars left overnight will not be ticketed or towed. Those who choose not to drink at the festival will still have to pay the same price for admission as those who are drinking. All attendees have access to a lineup of musical talent, food and beverage vendors, merchandise, festival activities and prizes. For this reason, discounted tickets are not available.

Venue Information

Crystal Mountain
12500 Crystal Mountain
Thompsonville, MI 49683
+1 (855) 716-7100

Organizer Information

Crystal Mountain

12500 Crystal Mountain Drive
Thompsonville, MI 49683
+1 (231) 378-2000

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