Suds on the Shore Craft Beer & Wine Tasting Festival

Canceled for 2020 due to Covid-19. Will return August 21, 2021

Ludington hosts the annual craft beer tasting festival, aptly named Suds on the Shore from 1pm-6pm at Rotary Park (formerly City Park), Gaylord and Court Streets. This popular event, scheduled in mid-August, is fun for participants and a fundraising effort for the United Way of Mason County. The 2020 Suds on the Shore is canceled for 2020 due to health and safety concerns relating to Covid-19. The event returns on August 21, 2021.

The festival features vendors from all around Michigan, with over 50 represented in 2018...providing over 100 samples of craft beer, hard cider and Michigan wine, live music and food.

In 2018, between 2,800-3,000 people attended Suds on the Shore.

Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 at the gate) and can be purchased online at You can also buy your ticket at Jamesport Brewing Company, Pere Marquette Expeditions, The Mitten Bar and Surroundngs in Manistee. Your ticket includes entry, eight tokens and a souvenir glass. Each token gets you 4oz. of beer or 2oz. of wine. Eight additional tokens can be purchased for $5. This event is only for those 21 and older. No babies or children.

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Here is a list of participating breweries from 2019:

  • Bells Brewery
  • Big Hart Brewing Co.
  • Cranker's Brewery
  • Founders Brewery
  • Great Lakes Brewing Co.
  • Great Mead Hall and Brewing Company
  • Walldorff Brewpub
  • Virtue Cider
  • Ridge Cider Co.
  • Atwater Brewery
  • Fetch Brewing Co
  • Sam Adams Boston Lager
  • Love Wines Winery
  • Northern Oak Brewery
  • Jaden James Brewery
  • Blake's Hard Cider Co
  • St. Ambrose Cellars
  • Jamesport Brewing Co
  • Shorts Brewing Co
  • Farmhouse Cider Co
  • Ludington Bay Brewing Co
  • Dr. Strangelove Premium Mixers
  • New Holland Brewing
  • New Belgium Brewing
  • Mountain Town Brewing Company
  • Perrin Brewing Co
  • Rustic Leaf Brewing Company
  • Backwoods Homemade Wines
  • Conflux City Brewing Company
  • The Sangria Shop
  • Trail Point Brewing Company
  • Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery & Supply
  • Eastern Market Brewing Company
  • Kayla Rae Cellars
  • Cheboygan Brewing Co.
  • Grand River Brewery
  • Haymarket Brewing
  • Terrapin Beer Co.
  • Henry A. Fox Sales
  • Rockford Brewing Company
  • North Channel Brewing Company
  • Austin Brothers Beer Company
  • Creston Brewery
  • Rochester Mills Beer Company
  • Roak Brewing Company
  • Reed City Brewing Company
  • Oddside
  • Saugatuck Brewing Company

Craft beer is big business

Ludington is getting in on the act. In January of 2015, they launched the first Pure Ludington Brrrewfest, which brought in 20 brewers from all over Michigan.

Come experience the goodness of home-brewed beer and help raise money for United Way, at the Suds on the Shore Festival.

Check out Ludington Lodging for places to stay during Suds on the Shore and Ludington Restaurants for great places to eat.



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