The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University will hold an opening event for its new exhibit, “What’s On Tap?: Brewing in the Upper Peninsula,” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in 105 Cohodas Hall. The event includes free samples of the Ore Dock Brewery’s Bum’s Beach Wheat, food and live music from the local folk group, Kreb’s Cycle. Admission is free.
The exhibit will take visitors on a walk-through of brewing in the Upper Peninsula, starting in the 1850s, and explore the legacy that has led up to today’s modern breweries. Brewing and drinking beer has been a part of the social experience of living and working in the U.P. since the days of mining and beyond. From the saloons of yesterday to today’s modern brewpubs and hobby brewing, it explores the lives of the people involved in creating a driving force of social life in the Upper Peninsula. Items on display include photos, historic breweriana and modern brewers telling their stories in their own words.