BEER HERE! — This weekend, the Michigan Brewers Guild will host its Summer Beer Festival, with more than 200 beers from dozens of Michigan breweries. The fest runs 5-9 p.m. Friday, July 25, and 1-6 p.m. Saturday, July 26. It'll take place at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti's Depot Town. Admission is $25 in advance ($30 at the gate) Friday, $30 in advance ($35 at the gate) Saturday, and includes 12 drink tokens and access to beer and entertainment. Due to limited ticket availability advance purchase is encouraged. For more info see Phone orders will be accepted at 877-772-5425. For assistance with online ticketing, please call 888-695-0888.

C'EST BON — The "Last Wednesdays" series of dinners continues at Josephine Creperie & Bistro in Ferndale, with a celebration of the fare of the French Riviera. The five-course fixed price dinner is $30 per person, not including tax, tip and beverage. Come by July 30 for a meal that includes chilled potato leek soup, honey and lavender sorbet, and your choice of four entrées. not including tax, tip or beverage. At 241 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, 248-399-1366.


Any Detroiter with a nostalgic bent will enjoy Vernor's Ginger Ale by Keith Wunderlich (Arcadia Publishing, $19.99). The volume traces the evolution of one of Detroit's favorite beverages from its inception 140 years ago — before the introduction of Pepsi or Coca-Cola. Photos include the advertising signs, the bottling plants and the people responsible for the company's success, beginning with founder James Vernor, a druggist who inadvertently discovered the value of aging Vernor's in wooden casks while an enlisted man during the Civil War.


Old Quebecois legend has it that a group of loggers stuck in an isolated winter camp yearned to celebrate the New Year with their families. So they struck a deal with Satan to fly home in their canoes. We don't really know what that has to do with Unibroue's strong Belgian-style ale Maudite (the damned one) other than making for a cool label. But we do know that Maudite is one tasty, malty drink of beer redolent with apricot and coriander that has the stuffing to mellow with age — that is, if you can keep it that long.


Have you meant to bring canvas bags when you shop but often find you've left them in the car? Combining convenience with environmental consciousness, the Flip and Tumble shopping bag is easy to use, eliminating the disposable bags that clutter landfills. The beauty of this bag is that it folds in on itself into a 3-inch ball that can be contained in its small attached pouch making it handy to carry 24-7. The elastic container with its 26-inch strap has a capacity of 25 pounds. For $12 (plus $4 shipping) you can order one at