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Ludington's Growing Craft Beer Scene & Festivals

The growing popularity of craft beer in Michigan hasn’t escaped the Ludington area. Visitors and locals alike are tapping into some of the best Michigan beer around, thanks to three popular places in Downtown Ludington: Ludington Bay Brewing CompanyJamesport Brewing Company and The Mitten Bar.

Ludington Bay Brewing Company is the newest brewery to open its doors and leave an impression on Ludington’s beer scene. Located on South James Street, it is one of the first must-see locations when you arrive in Ludington. Moments after you enter its tasting room and restaurant, your attention will be drawn to the glass wall separating you from the working brewery. As you sit inside its stunning tap room or outside on the patio, you will be dazzled by its carefully curated menu meant to pair perfectly with its artisan ales and lagers.The Mitten Bar, voted by Draft Magazine three year’s straight as one of the Top 100 Beer Bars in America, this a must when visiting Ludington. Located in the heart of downtown Ludington, this cozy bar serves up exclusively Michigan made beer, liquor, wines and food! The music scene on at this place is amazing as well.

Jamesport Brewing Company, or JBC, has been a local staple since 2000. The Pub, as locals lovingly refer to it, lit a fire and led the way in introducing the West Michigan area to stouts, IPAs, Scottish ales, and many more craft beer styles. JBC features 12 of its house-crafted beers on tap, including eight mainstays and four rotating seasonals. Fan favorites include JBC’s Scottish strong, blueberry wheat, ESB, and Hefeweizen. Summer is a great time to stop by because you can enjoy your brews with a view. Sit on their outdoor deck to find amazing views of the harbor and if you are lucky, the SS Badger too!

Check out these festivals and events that celebrate BEER!

Octoberfest Music & Craft Beer Festival – Sept. 28, 2024

Live music, German food, family games & more! Join the fun at Legacy Plaza.

All proceeds benefit Ludington Downtown Development Authority events.

Pure Ludington Brrrewfest – January 25, 2025 

Legacy Plaza is the scene for the annual winter craft beer festival, which also features wines, ciders and meads. Twenty Michigan crafters are on hand to pour your favorites or let you try something new! Musical entertainment, food, drinks, friends and fun will keep you from experiencing the winter doldrums. The event runs from 1-6 p.m.

Tickets are $40 and include 7 drink samples; all tickets must be purchased online.

All proceeds from this event benefit the Friends of the Ludington State Park.

Suds on the Shore Craft Beer & Wine Festival – August 17, 2025

Suds on the Shore is a favorite summertime event at Rotary Park in Downtown Ludington. Spend an afternoon tasting the products of over 60 Michigan craft brewers!

All proceeds benefit United Way of Mason County.