The Guide to Fall Wine and Beer Festivals in Metro Detroit

Modified: July 11, 2019 | Story by Danielle Alexander | Photos by Motor City Brewing Works

Of course the cooler weather, colored leaves and pumpkin-spiced everything means fall is here. As many Michiganders know, fall just isn’t fall without its seasonal (and locally made!) craft beers, wines and ciders.

Luckily, metro Detroit has many upcoming events where you can get your fill…literally…

LaSalle Craft Beer Festival

Oct. 5-6
Located at the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex in Windsor, the LaSalle Craft Beer Festival will be occurring (rain or shine) in October. If you like to celebrate locally-brewed craft beer as well as live music, games and food trucks, then this fall event is definitely for you. Cost is $20 per person in advance or $25 at the gate.

Boatober Beer Fest

Oct. 6
Just because summer is technically over does not mean boating season has ended, especially when the boating includes more than 30 fall seasonal beers and hard ciders to sample! For $62.50, you’ll receive a commemorative Motor City Brew Tours cup, 15 sample tickets (at 4 oz pours per sample) and, of course, a beautiful boat cruise on the Detroit River. Visit eventbrite.com to book your tickets for Boatober Beer Fest.

Detroit Princess Riverboat on the Detroit riverfront

Detroit Princess Riverboat on the Detroit Riverfront.

2018 PolkatoberFest at the Corner

Oct. 13
If you’re a fan of Founder’s Brewing Company, Polish beer and/or polka, you’ll have to stop by The Corner Ballpark in Detroit for a delicious day of great Polish and German food, polka music and classic rock hits performed live and more. If purchased in advance, adult tickets are $10 and children 10 and under are free. For more information about 2018 PolkatoberFest at the Corner, contact Tyler Payne at 586-722-8997 or tyler@quevco.com.

October Beer Tasting: Bavarian Harvest Fest

Oct. 13
Head on over to McShane’s Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar in The D on Oct. 13 for live entertainment, an Oktoberfest tasting menu and, most importantly, BEER! Admission is $25-30 per person. Sound amazing? Contact Chef Lewis Ulinder at 313-961-1960 or chef.lewi@mcshanespub.com for more information.

McShane's Irish Pub & Whiskey bartender

McShane’s Irish Pub & Whiskey

Windsor Craft Beer Festival

Oct. 13-14
For those 19 and up, the Windsor Craft Beer Festival will include entertainment, craft beer, local eats and so much more to celebrate the “burgeoning craft beer movement happening across Ontario.” For further details, call 519-982-5212 or send an e-mail to info@windsoreats.com.

Sip Savor Stomp: Fall Edition

Nov. 10
The Royal Oak Farmers Market hosts a festive fall event where visitors are encouraged to “sample their way across the state, country and globe” as they will have the opportunity to taste almost 300 delicious wines. In addition to the wines, there will also be artisan cheese, chocolates, coffee and much more available. Call 248-224-5104 for more information on Sip Savor Stomp: Fall Edition.

Want to toast the fall season at home? Here are some locally made and highly recommended adult beverages to drink during the fall months

Beer: Founders Breakfast Stout, Founders Harvest Ale, New Holland The Carhartt Woodsman, Arbor Brewing Co. Violin Monster and Griffin Claw Screamin’ Pumpkin Ale

Wine: Bowers Harbor Red

Cider: Blake’s Apple Lantern

Freelance writer Danielle Alexander absolutely adores fall, and, as a result, never fails to indulge in craft beers, wines and ciders throughout the season.

Check out more Detroit events to enjoy this season!

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    Detroit Princess Riverboat
    1 Civic Center Drive, Detroit, MI 48226
    517-627-2154
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    McShane's Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar
    1460 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
    313-961-1960