Building on the success of its inaugural year and the burgeoning interest in craft beer, co-chair and organizer Kerry Berlinquette of BrewHa says there will be slightly expanded tickets sales this year, but nothing that will take away from what made this event so well-received right out of the gate. “People really love the spacious festival grounds and the spectacular views of Lake Superior. We have grown a bit, but not in a way that will make it crowded or contribute to long lines.”

Lake of the WoodsBrewHa has been added to the list of the most environmentally friendly events in Thunder Bay—a list that Berlinquette and her team are proud to be on. “We look forward to hosting an event with a very low carbon footprint to our community but with a high economic and cultural benefit.”

A range of breweries will be represented at the festival, from everywhere from Chicago to Ottawa, with more to be added as details get finalized. Throughout each of the three sessions you can enjoy local talent on stage, sample delicious food, learn from the educational stage as those in the know share their beer wisdom, participate in the popular tap takeovers once the sessions have ended, and, first and foremost, drink craft beer!

When: August 12, 5-9 pm; August 13, 12-4 pm and 5-9 pm
Where: Festival Area at Prince Arthur’s Landing
Headliners: A range of music from easy listening to rock
Cost: $20 per day or $50 for a weekend pass
What not to miss: The educational stage, which is new this year, will include topics such as the brewing process, history, trends, craft beer characteristics, tips and tricks
The Vibe: Laid-back, chill
Where to Stay: Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites will be offering special room rates that include breakfast
Food: Details are TBD but it will be local and tasty
Insider Tip: Bring folding chairs, take the free bus or use the free bike valet, and make sure to arrive hungry and thirsty
Memorable moment: Discovering a new favourite beer

– Rebekah Skochinski

Look for the Brew Ha insert in the August issue of The Walleye