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CRAFT HEAVEN — Beer lovers are encouraged to learn and sing the Michigan Beer Fight Song at the 11th annuel U.P. Beer Festival. Photo courtesy of Michigan Brewers Guild

Jessica Parsons

“Raise your glass and toast your friends let’s drink Michigan beer!” The Michigan Beer Fight Song will ring through downtown as Beer Festival goers sample delicious local brews.

This Saturday, Sept. 7, marks the 11th Annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival. Beer-loving attendees are invited to hop over to Mattson Lower Park from 1 to 6 p.m. to choose from over 600 locally crafted beers distributed by more than 80 Michigan breweries, and according to Executive Director of Michigan’s Brewers Guild Scott Graham, this year will have a few more breweries than in the past.

“The line up of breweries is never the same, and even the breweries that have been there in the past don’t bring the same beers,” Graham said. ”There’s always new, fun and interesting craft beers.”

Here’s how it works:

Each attendee will receive a cup and 15 drink tokens upon admission. One token is redeemable for a 3-ounce sample of any beer available from any attending brewery. Additional tokens will be available inside the festival for 50 cents.

Adding to Saturday’s fizz will be live music from The Organgrinders and Frank an Da Beanz. If a homemade necklace of pretzels and munchies run out, a variety of food vendors, such as Peace Pie Company and Gordon’t Fish and Chips, will be there to satisfy hunger.

Though the event is hosted rain or shine, the weather is expected to hover at 60 degrees with some clouds.

“It’s going to be a great day to drink beer with your friends,” Graham said.

Tickets can be bought in advance for $45 online or through Marquette retailers The Vierling, Blackrocks Brewery, Ore Dock Brewing Co. and Marquette Food Co-op. According to Graham, tickets will most likely be available on the day of at the gate for $50. Designated drivers are welcome to attend the event for a ticket at $5; however, this is a non-drinking ticket and the DD must be 21 years old or older. For more information, visit www.mibeer.com