The event is planned for the first Friday and Saturday in June this summer, merely six weeks away.
Festival organizers plan to use a portion of Bridge Park for the 21-years-and-older festival, which is immediately adjacent to their not-yet-opened craft beer tap room.
"We are looking to get all the restaurants involved and the hotels involved. Thatís why we wanted to have the whole weekend," said Aaron Hagen, another business principle.
Friday night activities will be spread around town at Charlevoix restaurants, where special meals will be paired with special craft beers. Then 2-6 p.m. Saturday will be beer tastings in the park featuring breweries from across Michigan.
Bridge Street Tap Room will provide insurance for the event at the park, as well as set up, event management and security. The DDA will acquire the temporary liquor license, help gather volunteers and offer insight to festival organizers, according to the festival proposal approved by council.
Restaurants already signed up to participate in the new beer fest include Grey Gables Inn & Restaurant, Villager Pub, Staffordís Weathervane, The Bistro at Charlevoix Country Club and Scovieís Gourmet. Festival tickets will be $10 and include two tasting tickets, while additional tasting tickets will be sold for $2.