A dog-friendly Oktoberfest arrives in Brighton
A new upcoming Brighton event caters to dog lovers and beer lovers alike.
The dog-friendly Growl-er Brewfest will combine pet-friendly activities with tastings at Michigan breweries, food trucks, and live music. Organized by Brighton-based 2 Stones Events and the Southeastern Livingston County Recreation Authority, the festival runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at SELCRA Meijer Park, 333 Orndorf Drive in Brighton.
Cal Stone owns 2 Stone Events with his wife Whitney.
The couple had been trying to plan a craft beer tasting event for several years when they came up with the idea to make it dog friendly.
“Bountiful Harvest had a doggy event downtown in the summer, and when (Whitney) saw the attendance she said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it. “”
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Ironically, the Stones are both allergic to dogs. But they stressed the importance of fun outdoor events as Michigan recovers from the pandemic.
“We feel better with it on the outside and I think anyone who’s considering coming to an event would want it outside.”
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The event is open to those 21 years of age or older and includes a Growl-er Brewfest brand pint glass and 12 drink tickets, each for a 3-ounce glass.
Early bird tickets are available for $ 30 through Wednesday and go up to $ 40 on Thursday. Tickets for designated drivers cost $ 10 and include entry only. All tickets are available online at www.eventbrite.com.
VIP ticket packages are available for $ 600 and include a high tent area, six Adirondack chairs, three side tables, six entrance tickets and pint glasses and 15 drink tickets per person.
Participating breweries include several must-sees from Livingston County and other Michigan breweries:
- Aberrant Ales
- Becker Brewery
- Block Brewing Company
- Eternity Brewing Company
- Center North Brewery Company
- Reed City Brewing Co.
- River’s Edge Brewing Co.
- Third Monk Brewing Company
- Ore Creek Craft Cider
Dog activities include an obstacle course, puppy pools and photo ops. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
People are also encouraged to donate dog beds, crates, food, treats and other items to the Humane Society on site.
Stone is expecting three or four food trucks.
Live music will be performed by husband-wife Americana band Jennifer Westwood and Dylan Dunbar.
“They played a lot of events for us. We book them a lot. We were lucky because they are in between tours. They are really good. Jennifer is an amazing singer and her husband, Dylan, is a fantastic guitarist. “
Free parking for the event will be available at the adjacent St. Patrick’s School.
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