B-E-E-R. It’s a four letter word that has changed countless lives. In recent years, beer-related words like hops, gravity, malt, ABV, craft brewery, brew pub, flocculation and mashes have become mainstream in our lexicon. In Greater Lansing we have multiple beer festivals and celebrations when a new firkin is tapped. Please don’t ask me about Bung Holes and Burton Snatches. Those words are better left for the experts to explain. But I might be able to walk you through the terms of ales, lagers, malts, IPAs and stouts. Yes sirree. We’ve come into our own as a craft brew culture around here.

So where can you find locally made and Michigan craft brews in the Lansing area? Hit up Lansing’s Makers & Shakers Trail and discover not only small batch breweries but also plenty of Lansing area hot spots that serve “Made in Michigan” beer, wine and spirits along with some great food.

What do you do when there’s great beer around? Have a party! Put these Lansing area beer festivals on your calendar:

April 30                 Beerfest at the Ballpark          Cooley Law School Stadium, downtown Lansing

June 4                   Swill & Swine Fest                    Lansing Brewing Company, downtown Lansing

June 4                   BAD Brewing Block Party       BAD Brewing Company, downtown Mason

June 24                 Festival of the Moon                 Old Town, Lansing

June 25                 Lansing Beer Fest                      REO Town, Lansing

Sept 19-25           Greater Lansing Beer Week        Greater Lansing

Sept 23                 Beerfest at the Ballpark                Cooley Law School Stadium, downtown Lansing

Did you know that Greater Lansing offers over 150 things to do? With only 48 hours in a weekend, the clock is ticking. Download the LAN150 Bucket List to get started.