FESTIVAL OF THE ANGRY BEAR
Each year in April as the frozen grounds of Lake Superior’s shore attempts its thaw, Festival of the Angry Bear comes out of hibernation and takes over Spring Street in downtown Marquette. Modeled after some of the great beer festivals of Europe, the festival is a showcase of barrel aged beer, live music, delicious food and community involvement. It truly is a celebration of spring, or rather the transition between winter and the 9 months of bad snowmobiling here in the U.P., though the real star of the show is our Angry Bear, Flanders Brown ale. A carefully blended and aged Belgian sour, the Angry Bear doesn’t hibernate alone. She always brings a few of her barrel aged friends along to join in the party. And as our stash of Angry Bear grows with each passing year, so too does the festival. Expect even more beer, more music, more food, and more fun to be had on Spring Street in 2017!
Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. (festival tent closes at midnight)
Free admission. Due to growing attendance and corresponding capacity limitations, the festival will be 21+ after 7 p.m. Anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Get the lay of the land before you arrive with this year’s festival brochure, including tap list, two stage line-up and schedule of events.
The festival’s signature sours, Angry Bear and Plumber’s Crack will return alongside three new barrel-aged offerings. Specialty firkins pouring until they run out but with 16 beer options drawn from 40+ taps on-site, your cup needn’t get dry.
This year’s Angry Bear cups are steppin’ up their game. Choose your vessel wisely, as it will be your partner throughout the evening. Keeping beer in our bellies and unnecessary waste out of our dumps, we’re ditching the plastic cups of yore and opting for a reusable option as the festival continues to grow. Get your first fill in the standard festival cup for $6 or snag one of the limited edition stainless steel tankards at the merch table for $25 (fill extra, but worth it.) Drink, dance, fill and repeat responsibly.
Stay tuned for preview pics of this year’s festival cup, heading your way soon!
Angry Bear 6% ABV: Flanders-Style Sour Brown Ale
Plumber’s Crack 7% ABV: Blended Sour Ale Oak-Aged With Bluff St. Plums
The Montreal 6.5% ABV: Sour Ale Oak-Aged With Chassell Strawberries
Unfree Radical 6.5% ABV: Sour Ale Oak-Aged With Huron Bay Blackberries
Casino Queen 9.2% ABV: Belgian Golden Strong Ale Oak-Aged With Nectarines
Reclamation 7% ABV: American IPA
Bum’s Beach 5.8% ABV: American Wheat Ale
Porter 5.6% ABV: Robust Porter
Bramble on Rose 8.3%: Raspberry Rose-Hipped Golden Strong Ale
Ore Dock Gold 5.3%: British Golden Ale
Dream Weaver 5.9% ABV: Belgian Amber Ale
Saison d’Hiver 8.3% ABV: Imperial Black Saison
Flip Side 4.8% ABV 65 IBU: American Session IPA
Fresh Coast 7.5% ABV 68 IBU: Belgian Style IPA
Good Grist 5.6% ABV: Gluten Reduced PNW Amber Ale
Big Yellow McLeod 5.3% ABV: Sedar Bay Dry-Hopped Cask Conditioned Gold Ale
With two stages and music in the tent until midnight, the 2017 line up includes:
3:00 PM LUMI
4:00 PM Michael Waite with Harry South
4:45 PM TAPPING OF THE ANGRY BEAR
5:15 PM Barbarossa Brothers
6:15 PM Strung Together
7:00 PM Steve Leaf & the Ex Pats with Pat Booth
8:15 PM Not Quite Canada
9:00 PM The Organgrinders with WhoDatBrass
10:30 PM Frank & Da Beanz
Get the buzz about bees at a special Angry Bear edition of Science on Tap. Head to the community space at 3 p.m. for “Lessons from the Hive: Sustainability, Alchemy and Community” with Algomah Meadery owner and honeybee advocate Melissa Hronkin. Our friends at the Marquette County Conservation District will be hanging out upstairs, as well, as they host the Native Plants Station between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The Tapping of the Angry Bear parade will take place in the tent at approximately 5 p.m. with appearances by WhoDatBrass and the Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival.
Celebrate the end of SmartPrize 2017 Exhibition Week with a Laser Light Show at 9:15 p.m. sponsored by Travel Marquette.
More beer, more music and of course, more food. Our stomach’s are growling already. Food will be supplied by long-time Angry Bear supporters Steinhaus, as well as Dia de los Tacos, Copper Crust Pizza Co. and Wild Blue BBQ. Grub available until the tent closes at midnight, or the cabinets are bare.
Bust out those bear paws, ‘cause the Woodland Creature Costume Contest is back and bigger than ever. Enter the cave dressed as your favorite creature on four legs (or two…or wings…who are we to judge?) and you could be tapped to win more than $100 in prizes from our neighbors in Downtown Marquette. Top contenders will be handed a golden ticket by festival staff between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and asked to head to the stage for the final call at 8 p.m. Breakwall Comedy will emcee, entertainment guaranteed for all.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cover: The bear may wake angry, but we want as many of you to enjoy the festival as we can fit. To make sure everyone can enter the den, we do not sell tickets to the festival or charge a cover – it’s free and open to all. That said, if you want to imbibe those puckering brews, you’ll need to purchase a festival cup. Cups are $6, available at all festival bars and include the first fill off our tap list.
Age Restrictions: Due to growing festival attendance and corresponding capacity limitations, the festival will now be 21+ after 7 p.m. We still want to provide a happy den for the cubs, so festival goers under the age of 21 are welcome between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. as long as they’re accompanied by mama and papa bear.
Restrooms: Since trees on Spring Street are sparse, we’ve upped the number restrooms for all you Angry Bears. Upstairs, downstairs and an extra set of three outside the tent.
Heat: Spring may be here according to the calendar, but we know April can still get a little frosty. The tent will be heated and our musicians will once again be turning snowpants into sweatpants.