MUSKEGON, MI – The fifth annual Burning Foot Beer Festival featured over 400 piers, beach sand and views of Lake Michigan – and some burning feet.
The festival featured 80 breweries serving more than 400 of the Great Lakes region's best features at Pere Marquette Park beach in Muskegon.
Crisp, refreshing beer cooled from the top down during the warm, sunny day that warmed the beach sand.
The beer-focused beach base had a collection of musical acts on two stages, including alternative rock bands Everclear and Sponge from the 1
Barefoot, beach loving, beer drinkers enjoyed the music, art, beer, food and beach games during the event. Each participant received 15 beer sample tickets and one memorabilia cup with admission. A shoe and chair check area was available as a collection for the Noah Project, an animal not killed in Fruitport Township.
Hop Up Art Tent featured brewery-inspired art by local and regional artists. The blazing "Hop Tower" installation, interactive charging stations, murals and other art displays added color to the event.
Breweries of the Year came from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Nationally-known Michigan breweries at the event included Bell's Brewery, Founders Brewing and Perrin Brewing.
Muskegon area breweries include Pigeon Hill Brewing Company, Muskegon; Unruly Brewing Company, of Muskegon; Rake Beer Project, of Muskegon; Fetch Brewing Company, of Whitehall; Odd Side Ales, of Grand Haven; and Grand Armory Brewing, of Grand Haven.
The festival is organized by the Lakeshore Brewers Guild.