Drinking beer and wine is an activity that sometimes makes people believe they’re funnier, smarter, and 2 feet taller than they actually are. Bask in the power of belief with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get one admission to the Wuerfel Park Microbrew & Wine Festival (up to a $50 value) held at the home field of the Traverse City Beach Bums. Choose between two dates:
• Friday, July 8 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Saturday, July 9 from noon to 6 p.m.
Wuerfel Park Microbrew & Wine Festival quenches curious thirsts with libations from more than 18 local microbreweries and five wineries served in the friendly confines of a spacious baseball stadium. Admission packages grant imbibers with enough tickets to sip 10 3-ounce beverages, as well as two festival drinking cups and a bag of pretzels to stave off hoppy breath syndrome. Stroll across the 30-acre festival space and visit with benevolent brew masters from Kalamazoo's beloved Bell's Brewery or boutique outfits such as New Holland Brewing and the jovial Jolly Pumpkin. Oenophiles can tackle Traverse City originals such as Black Star Farms and Bowers Harbor Vineyard while crowds vie for prizes awarded every 15 minutes during the fest. Between tastings, weary souls can pull up to a table to enjoy a slice of pizza, a burger, or a pulled pork sandwich, all available from on-site sellers for an additional cost.
Wuerfel Park beams as one of the cleanest ballpark facilities in the country, with well-manicured lawns and sparkling bathroom facilities maintained by an umpire with a mop. Home to the Frontier League's independent baseball team, Traverse City Beach Bums, the park invites festival-goers to relive summer by including two ticket vouchers for any remaining home game on the 2011 schedule.