WHERE: Timber Ridge Resort, 4050 Hammond Road in Traverse City, MI
WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2009; 2:00 to 6:30 p.m. (trail station open 2:00 to 5:30 p.m.)
TICKETS: Event admission tickets are $20 in advance (advance ticket sales close at noon on March 6), $30 at door
($5 from each event admission ticket benefits Bethany Christian Services' local adoption and foster care programs in Northwest Michigan.)
Event admission ticket includes commemorative pint glass (for advance ticket purchasers), two tasting tickets, trail pass, live music.
Food and beer tasting tickets are $1 each (event ticket does NOT grant you unlimited sampling); BRING CASH--tasting tickets sales are cash only at all locations (hall, hall tent, trail station) except the lodge (credit card accepted here).
Available online (click here) or by phone (231.947.2770) or for cash at Brick Wheels and Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City.
Event sells out at 700 tickets.
Event will proceed in all weather conditions.
Event tickets are nonrefundable.
LAYOUT: Food and beer tasting will be separated into three sections: in the banquet hall, behind the banquet hall in heated tent with outdoor bonfire and live music from Mike Moran Band, and at a trail station (with recorded music) about 1K from the main facilities. A special S'mores station (with traditional do-it-yourself S'mores making and "S'morsels" sampling from Morsels) will be set up about 1/2K from the lodge to satisfy your sweet tooth. You can snowshoe or cross-country ski to the trail station. Tasting tickets will be available at all locations for $1.00 each. One ticket garners a four ounce taste, so four tickets gets you a pint of beer.
BREWERIES: Ten Michigan microbreweries will be sampling delicious stouts, pales ales, reds, and all colors in between. Enjoy offerings from:
Arbor Brewing Co.
Arcadia Brewing Co.
Bell's Brewing Co.
Founder's Brewing Co.
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (premium)
Leelanau Brewing Co. (premium)
New Holland Brewing Co.
Right Brain Brewery
Short's Brewing Co.
Three Sergeants Brewing Co.
FOOD: Enjoy soups, pasta, tacos, sandwiches, and more from area restaurants: Mackinaw Brewing Co., Freshwater Lodge, TraVino, Schelde's, Red Mesa, and Stone House Bread
SNOWSHOES: Snowshoes will be available for rent for $10 per pair at Timber Ridge on a first-come, first-served basis. Our sponsor Brick Wheels will also reserve on a no-reservation basis.
LODGING: Timber Ridge is also partnering with local hotels for special package pricing. Check out Cherry Tree Inn & Suites (800-439-3093 or link here), Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Acme (231-938-2600), Days Inn & Suites (800-982-3297), and Park Place Hotel (231-946-5000) for more details and to reserve rooms.
FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE: Celtic Transport will be generously providing a shuttle to and from downtown Traverse City and our partner hotels at no charge for your convenience and safety. You do not need to be a guest of the hotel to use the service. The shuttle schedule, with departure times, is as follows AND BASED ON AVAILABILITY:
1:30-3:10 PICK-UP ROUTE TIMES:
1:30 - Park Place (downtown)
1:40 - Days Inn
1:50 - Cherry Tree
2:00 - Holiday Inn Express, Acme
2:10 - Arrive at Timber Ridge
2:30 - Park Place (downtown)
2:40 - Days Inn
2:50 - Cherry Tree
3:00 - Holiday Inn Express, Acme
3:10 - Timber Ridge
5:00-7:40 DROP-OFF ROUTE TIMES:
5:00 - Timber Ridge
5:15 - Holiday Inn Express, Acme
5:30 - Cherry Tree
5:45 - Days Inn
6:00 - Park Place (downtown)
6:40 - Timber Ridge
6:55 - Holiday Inn Express, Acme
7:10 - Cherry Tree
7:25 - Days Inn
7:40 - Park Place (downtown)
Time indicated is DEPARTURE time. Be there in advance to make sure you don't miss your opportunity for a free shuttle ride! Celtic Transport will do its best to maintain this schedule, but please be patient if you are waiting. This is a free service, and Timber Ridge is appreciative of the help to ensure the safety of our event guests and others on the road.
Pick up and drop off is at each hotel's front entrance. If you are not a guest of these hotels, you can park downtown and hop on at the Park Place or simply walk to the hotel closest to you.
CANINE FRIENDS (OR, DOGS): No dogs are allowed at the event. Thank you for leaving Fido at home.
NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED. YOU MAY ONLY CONSUME BEER FOR PURCHASE IN THE DESIGNATED DRINKING AREAS.