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Posted on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 10:10 a.m.

Sample craft beer and wine at Summer Festival tastings

By Roger LeLievre

This one is strictly for the 21-and-over crowd.

Learn about beer varietals and the brewing process in a craft beer sampling Tuesday at Top of the Park, part of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. For a $15 tasting fee, attendees can sample multiple beers of each evening's featured microbrews. This week’s Tasting Tuesday highlights beer from west Michigan’s Saugatuck Brewing.

If wine is more your thing, Wind Down Wednesdays might be more tempting. This week’s Wind Down Wednesday pits California versus Michigan wines. When it comes to American wine, California is king, producing 89 percent of all wine in the U.S. Yet states like Michigan, with just over 100 wineries, continue to make steady progress on the national scene with excellent grape and fruit wines.

Can Michigan win? Judge for yourself with samples of quality wines from both states.

No reservations are needed: just show up between 5-9 p.m. in The Grove area of Top of the Park in Ingalls Mall.

For more information, see the Summer Festival website.