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 2018!

General Information

Saturday, April 14, 2018 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 2018 Grizzly Guide (PDF)

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 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.



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

Angry Bear 6% ABV: Sour brown ale aged in red wine and brandy barrels.
Culture Club 6.8% ABV: Sour red ale aged with U.P. plums, grapes, black and blue berries
The Montreal 7.5% ABV: Sour brown ale oak aged with Chassell strawberries
Honey Don’t 7.5% ABV: Citra dry-hopped Saison oak aged with honeydew melon
Wine Thief 8% ABV: Blond ale oak aged in red wine barrels
Moon Shadow 7% ABV: White IPA oak aged with Keweenaw Brettanomyces
Bug County Brown 7.5% ABV: Cask conditioned oak aged sour brown ale
Bum’s Beach Wheat 5.8% ABV: American wheat ale
Loose Juicy 7.6% ABV 88 IBU: N.E. style IPA hazed with Centennial and Mosaic hops
White Paw 5.8% ABV 55 IBU: American pale ale brewed in honor of our pal Chubbs
Flaming June 4.2% ABV: Gose with candied orange peel and star anise
Reclamation 7% ABV 70 IBU: American IPA
Porter 5.6% ABV: Robust Porter
Bramble on Rose 8.3% ABV: Raspberry rose-hipped golden strong ale
Dream Weaver 5.9% ABV: Belgian amber ale
Saison 7% ABV: Belgian-style farmhouse ale
Queen City Kolsch 4.6% ABV: German-style Kolsch
Good Grist 5.6% ABV: Gluten-reduced American amber (12oz bottle pour)

Live Music

With two stages and music in the tent until midnight, the 2018 line up includes:

3:00 PM          Last Gasp Collective
4:00 PM          Steve Leaf & the Ex Pats
5:30 PM          Lalo Cura
6:45 PM          Strung Together
8:00 PM         Ignorant Mob
9:00 PM         Them Coulee Boys
10:30 PM       Galactic Sherpas



Get the inside scoop on the Isle Royale wolves project at a special Angry Bear edition of Science on Tap. Head to the community space at 3 p.m. for “The Wolves of Isle Royale: What Went Wrong, and What Should We Do Now?” with Rolf O. Peterson, Research Professor at Michigan Technological University.

The March of the Angry Bear parade will take place in the tent at approximately 5 p.m. with appearances by WhoDatBrass and members of the Angry Bear professional.

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.


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 Superior Mobile Koney. 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 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.

Reusing Festival Cups: Have an official festival cup or tankard from 2016 or 2017? 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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