Give the Gift of Michigan Craft Beer and Brewery Related Swag

Do you have a craft brew enthusiast on your shopping list? Today, our guest blogger from the Michigan Brewers Guild shares a few ideas for spreading holiday cheer with Michigan craft beer.

Photo via Michigan Brewers Guild

Photo via Michigan Brewers Guild

Chances are you have a craft beer lover (or two) on your holiday shopping list. This year, give the gift of Michigan beer, while also supporting locally-owned businesses and the state’s overall agricultural industry.

Stop in your local microbrewery or brewpub and pick up a growler, four- or six-pack of a seasonal brew and build your own gift basket with a selection of brewery swag like stickers, buttons, t-shirts, home décor, bottle openers, gift cards and other unique stocking stuffers. A membership in the pub’s “mug club” would also be a nice offering.

Many retail outlets around the state also feature Michigan-made brews, including 12-bottle variety packs or build-your-own-six-pack options which provide a more personal touch to your gift giving.

BEERGEARMichigan Brewers Guild Enthusiast Memberships also make great gifts, providing a year of benefits like pre-sale dates for the four official festivals and one hour early admission to each, dollar-off pint options at participating breweries, special brewery tours and an official Enthusiast t-shirt — all for just $45. Shop online at MiBeer.com for a variety of logoed items from the Michigan Brewers Guild. You’ll find everything from apparel, backpacks, tote bags, drinkware, eyewear, flags, license plates, beach balls, bottle openers, patches, pins, stickers, tin tackers, umbrellas and more.

A handful of books dedicated to Michigan beer can also be found to enhance a gift pack, including the Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Philosophy of Food & Drink by New Holland Brewing Company’s Beervangelist Fred Bueltmann; Art in Fermented Form: A Manifesto by New Holland Brewing Company’s Brett VanderKamp; Ann Arbor Beer: A Hoppy History of Tree Town Brewing by David Bardallis; and Michigan’s Best Beer Guide by Kevin Revolinski.

At Meijer, look for a 2015 calendar focused on a dozen Michigan breweries or head over to the Pure Michigan store for one of their logoed 15-ounce beer mugs. For video fans, DVDs of the inaugural season of the Great American Brew Trail featuring Amy Sherman as well as The Michigan Beer Film from Rhino Media are also great gifts.

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The Michigan Brewers Guild was formed in 1997 and held its first festival in July 1998. Today, the Guild hosts four festivals dedicated exclusively to Michigan craft beer produced by its nearly 140 member breweries. The Guild exists to unify the community of brewers, to increase the sale of Michigan Craft Beer, to contribute culturally and economically throughout the state, and to monitor and assure a healthy brewing industry.

By working collaboratively with proponents of craft beer, we strive to achieve a 10% share of all beer sold in Michigan by producing world-class events, increasing public awareness, educating consumers, and encouraging responsible consumption. Michigan ranks #5 in the nation for the number of craft breweries – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State”.

Dianna Stampfler is the president of Promote Michigan and is the publicist for the Michigan Brewers Guild. 

Take a Guess! How Much Snow Will Fall in Pure Michigan This Winter?

Photo by Instagram user @obrainys

Photo by Instagram user @obrainys

It’s no secret that winter 2014 in Pure Michigan was one to remember! From frozen lighthouses to frozen waterfalls and ice caves to blue ice, Michigan was transformed into a glistening winter wonderland.  As we bid farewell to the brilliant fall hues and temperatures begin to drop, there’s snow in the forecast once again.

This year, we decided to have a little fun with our upcoming snowfall and ask our fans to take a guess on how much snow will fall in Michigan cities this season. Here’s how it works…

Tell us in the comments how much snow you think will fall in each of the cities listed below by December 1, 2014. We’ve provided last year’s numbers to help you make your guesses. You can make one prediction for each city (five predictions in total). On the first day of spring, we’ll check back to see who made the most meteorologist-worthy predictions.

Photo by Michigan Nut Photography

Photo by Michigan Nut Photography

For each city, the fan who submits the correct (or closest) guess will receive a prize from the Pure Michigan Online Store! 

Last year’s totals

Detroit – 91.7 inches
Grand Rapids – 114.2 inches
Lansing – 68.4 inches
Marquette – 170.2 inches
Sault Ste. Marie – 128.7 inches

As we wait for winter to officially get underway, be sure to request your copy of the Pure Michigan 2014 Winter Travel Guide to see all that the season has to offer. For more on winter in Michigan, visit michigan.org/winter.

How much snow do you think will fall in Michigan this year? Good luck with your guesses!

Twelve Photos You’ll Find Inside the 2015 Pure Michigan Calendar

The holidays are fast approaching and it’s just about time to get shopping! The 2015 Pure Michigan Calendar makes a great gift for the Michigan-lover on your list. Whether you’re near or far from the Mitten State, this 12-month calendar showcases the best of Michigan’s remarkable year round scenery and is now available to order in the Pure Michigan Store.

Here’s a look at each month’s photo – including locations. Be sure to order yours today!

January: Jordan River – Photo courtesy of John McCormick

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February: Empire Bluff near Sleeping Bear DunesPhoto courtesy of John McCormick

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March: DetroitPhoto courtesy of Mike Boening

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April: Lake SuperiorPhoto courtesy of John McCormick

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May: Bay HarborPhoto courtesy of Brian Walters

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June: Grand HavenPhoto courtesy of Tom Roche

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July: Vaughn Lake – Photo courtesy of Neil Weaver

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August: Sugarloaf Mountain, MarquettePhoto courtesy of Laura Maynard

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September: Au Sable River – Photo courtesy of Tom Roche

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October: Lake SuperiorPhoto courtesy of John McCormick

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November: Lake PlumbagoPhoto courtesy of John McCormick

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December: Turnip Rock, Port AustinPhoto courtesy of John McCormick

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If you’re pressed for time this season or just not one to embrace the hustle and bustle of busy shopping areas, the Pure Michigan Store has a number of other Michigan-inspired gifts to help make holiday shopping a breeze.

Which month’s photo is your favorite? Share with us in the comments section below.