Hops and Props to host 35 Michigan breweries

More than 30 breweries participated in the fifth annual Hops & Props event on Saturday. Volunteers poured drinks for more than a thousand people during the event. (Michelle Graves/News Advocate)

More than 30 breweries participated in the fifth annual Hops & Props event on Saturday. Volunteers poured drinks for more than a thousand people during the event. (Michelle Graves/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Both residents and visitors are invited to enjoy a day filled with craft beer from a variety of Michigan breweries and classic boats, at the sixth annual Hops and Props event in Manistee on Saturday.

Participants can to taste up to 100 craft beers from 35 Michigan breweries at the Municipal Marina downtown. The event starts at 2 p.m., and participants can buy tickets online or pay an additional cost at the door.

To buy tickets, sign up to volunteer or for more information, visit manisteehopsandprops.com.

This year, the “downtown tap takeover,” list, which lists the local businesses with on-tap beers available, includes Bluefish Kitchen and Bar, TJ’s Pub, The Boathouse Grill, Famous Flynns Craft Pizza and Beer House and The Fillmore of Manistee.

Chelsea Harvey, event chair, said Hops and Props is funded through various sponsors, and also from ticket sales that go back into the event. The Manistee Downtown Development Authority hosts the event, and has a committee who organizes it every year.

“Our biggest sponsor is Dynamic Physical Therapy, and they are our title sponsor,” Harvey said. “We have other sponsors, and quite a bit of businesses in the area that help with marketing the event.”

The event will feature live music with Ted Bounty and the Bounty Hunters at 2 p.m., and at 4 p.m. The Bootstrap Boys will perform. Ticket sales include a Hops and Props six ounce glass with the ability to taste up to five beer samples. Additional drink tickets can be bought for $1.

“When you go to the beer tasting, you have a glass to go taste different beers in the tent,” Harvey said. “It’s a lot of fun, and we will have food trucks this year.”

Not only beer will be present at the event, but 12 different hard ciders, meads and specialty spirits will be available to test. Along the Riverwalk and marina, an assortment of Classic Century Boats and new boats will be stationed, inviting people to get on the water to listen to local music.

Classic Century Boats were built for many years in Manistee.

“Some of the classic wooden boats will be there, which will be around 25 to 30 boats,” she said. “There’s not an exact number yet. We will have the area around the fountain and marina roped off, with a bunch of tents with beer.”

In previous years, the event has seen well over 1,000 people. Harvey said marketing for the event has been more effective this year than in previous years.

“We do expect at least 1,000 people, or probably a little bit more,” she said. “Online ticket sales have been great, we are doing a lot better than we did last year. We are pairing with the Manistee County Visitors Bureau, the boosting and sharing of the event has done wonders for us. Plus, we have our own website this year.”

Also, Harvey said the event is still in need of volunteers to keep the alcohol tasting rolling smoothly for the day.

“We do need late shift beer pouring volunteers, which is super imperative to keep this event going,” she said. “You are allowed to drink prior to, but the late shifts are difficult to fill. To volunteer, you get in for free, you get a T-shirt and you get a drink glass with the five drink tickets. You have to supply your own food, but it’s only for two hours.”

The event has become a tradition, as it brings people from all around the state into the area. Harvey said the businesses downtown and local resorts are typically flooded with visitors over the Hops and Props weekend.

“It brings a lot of people who have never been here to Manistee,” she said. “Last year, we got a large amount of feedback from out of town people. They said they have not experienced Manistee, and did not know how cool the town is here. It’s nice because the hotels in town get booked, and the restaurants are flooded with people.”

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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