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Go nuts for beers and cheers at ballpark

Go nuts for beers and cheers at ballpark

Sarah Spohn
A&E Editor

Spring is here, and that means the return of drinks on the patio, leisurely picnics and outdoor activities.

One of Lansing’s best warm-weather destinations, Cooley Law School Stadium, has teamed up with “I’m a Beer Hound” for the second Spring Beerfest at the Ballpark. The event takes place Saturday, April 25.

Beer lovers can throw a few back and take in the sights of the newly-renovated home of the Lansing Lugnuts. You know what goes well with peanuts? Beer.

Equipped with over 200 beers and hard ciders, brewers and volunteers will be pouring libations all day long. The event starts at 2 p.m. for VIP ticket holders, and goes from 3 to 8 p.m. for the general public.

First started last spring, the event is hosted locally and has a big feature on promoting Michigan-made products and businesses.

Paul Starr, LCC alum and “I’m a Beer Hound” creator, spoke about how the celebration of cider and beer came to town.

“It was kind of a collaboration of people,” Starr said. “The Lugnuts were looking to do a Beerfest last year, and I was looking to do a Beerfest at the Lugnuts, and it just kind of all worked out.”

The inaugural event brought in a whopping 2,500 people, reaching capacity, according to Starr.

“We ended up actually selling out during the event and probably 200-plus people got turned away,” Starr said. “This year, we’re hoping to get 3,000 and maybe a little bit more.”

The Beerfest will include 50 Michigan breweries and cideries, with a whopping 200 different beers and ciders to choose from. While the options are plentiful, Starr urges non-beer lovers to consider penciling in the event into their calendars as well.

With a special event Lugnuts’ food menu, and live music provided by Brian Lorente and the Usual Suspects, Bittercreek and Joe Wright, the event isn’t only about ales and malts.

“Even though somebody might not like beer, we’re going to have six cideries out; enough selection that if they don’t like beer, they’ll still feel like they got their money’s worth,” Starr said.

And if cider isn’t how you wet your whistle, the Beerfest in the Ballpark still might have you covered.

“We are also going to have America’s Fifth Spirits out, making some mixed drinks,” Starr said. “We have such a wide variety of stuff that I feel like there’s something for everyone.”

Advance tickets are $30 (logo tasting glass, 10 tasting tickets) and $35 at the door.

Advance VIP tickets are $40 (early 2 p.m. entry, logo tasting glass, 15 tasting tickets) and $10 for designated driver tickets.

This is a rain or shine event. For more information, visit www.beerfestatheballpark.net. Tickets can be purchased on the website or at the Lugnuts’ box office.

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