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FESTIVAL OF THE ANGRY BEAR

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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  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 2019!

General Information

Saturday, April 13, 2019 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. Download the 2019 Grizzly Guide (PDF)

Tour de Bear

For the first time, we will be offering an exclusive advanced tasting of the Barrel-Aged selections for 2019’s Festival of the Angry Bear. Be the first to try the sours before this year’s fest and enjoy and  in-depth discussion and tasting notes from the brewers themselves and Master of Production, Gabe Hopkins. Tour de Bear will take place on Thursday, April 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are very limited (only 20 available) and include six 5 oz pours. Grab yours today in the taproom or on our online store!

Tap List 

Festival goers will have the option to pick between two Angry Bear cups. 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 once again ditching the disposable plastic cups of yore and opting for a reusable option as the festival continues to grow. Get your fill in the 12 oz. standard festival cup for $2 or snag one of the limited edition 16 oz. stainless steel, double wall insulated EcoVessels at the merch table for $30 (and enjoy a heartier fill each time you belly up to the bar.) Drink, dance, fill and repeat responsibly.

The festival’s signature sour, Angry Bear, will return alongside new barrel-aged offerings.

Live Music

With two stages and music in the tent until midnight, the 2019 line up will keep you warm all night.

3:00 PM          Adam Sawfox – Earnest and captivating Americana from Marquette.
4:00PM           Mark Lavengood – Dirt road bluegrass from Grand Rapids, MI. Sponsored by Hiawatha Music Co-Op
5:00PM           WhoDat Brass and the March of the Angry Bear
5:45PM           Brothers Quinn – Elements of Folk, Celtic, Rock, Gypsy and Bluegrass from Whitewater, WI
7:00PM           Barbarossa Brothers – Downriver bayou folk from Bay City, MI
8:30PM           Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish – Grit, blues & Rock N Roll
10:00PM         Chicago Loud 9 – Hip hop, rock, funk & soul from the Windy City
11:45PM          LUMI – Funk-Fusion from Marquette.

 

Events

Get the inside scoop on wildlife in Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park at a special Angry Bear edition of Science on Tap. Head to the community space at 3 p.m. for “Wolves, Deer, Beavers and Berries in Voyageurs National Park” with Dr. John Bruggink, professor at Northern Michigan University’s Biology Department.

The March of the Angry Bear parade will take place in the tent at approximately 5 p.m. with appearances by WhoDatBrass and Wolf’s Head Theater Company.

Catch a glimpse of the Fresh Coast Film Festival at 6 p.m. with a special screening of short films in the community space. Festival founders will be on hand to chat about the October event and tickets will be available for purchase.

Grab a pint in the community space and stop by Barley’s Angels U.P., the recently formed Upper Peninsula of Michigan’s chapter of the international women’s group, Barley’s Angels. Learn more about the organization’s upcoming events and commitment to enhancing the education and appreciation of craft beer among women, while providing an outlet for like-minded women to network.

Just can’t wait until Saturday to get the party started? Join the ladies of Northwoods Flora on Thursday, April 11, for the second annual Angry Bear Flower Crown Workshop. The fun and interactive workshop will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the upper level of the brewery. All materials will be provided, and the florals and greens will be long lasting, so you can wear your crown all weekend long! The class fee is $30 and all participants will receive $1 off their first pint. Sign up in advance by calling Northwood Flora at 225-5020.

 

 

Food

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 Dia de los Tacos, Copper Crust Wood Fired Pizzas, Burger Bus and DIGS Gastropub. Grub available until the tent closes at midnight, or the cabinets are bare.

Costume Contest

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 9:30 p.m. and asked to head to the stage for the final call at 9:30 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 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.

Reusing Festival Cups: Have an official festival cup or tankard from 2016, 2017 or 2018? Bring it!

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.

Dog Policy: Though we would love to host our four-legged friends, no dogs will be permitted into the festival area.

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