Cynophiles and zythophiles (those are fancy words for lovers of dogs and craft beer enthusiasts, respectively) alike will want to save the date – Sunday, Oct. 16 – for the second annual Growl-er Brewfest at SELCRA Meijer Park in Brighton.
“It’s Livingston County’s only dog-centric beer tasting and food truck rally,” said organizer Whitney McClellan-Stone, of 2 Stones Events. “We launched it last fall and were excited to host around 300 people…and a lot of pooches!”
The event is a partnership between 2 Stones and SELCRA (SouthEastern Livingston County Recreational Authority), with the latter receiving a portion of the proceeds.
SELCRA’s mission is to “promote individual, community, and economic stewardship by providing outstanding recreation, sports and leisure programs for citizens of all ages. SELCRA aims to develop more park land and facilities for recreation and sports.”
The event will also have a donation drop-off area for dog beds, crates, food, treats, etc., which will be donated to Bountiful Harvest Pet Pantry, said McClellan.
Growl-er Brewfest will feature a dog-gone fun obstacle course; puppy pools; and photo ops for pups and their humans. All dogs attending the event must be kept on leash at all times and be human- and dog-friendly.
There will be a wide variety of craft brewers on hand offering samples of their tasty creations. Ticket-holders will get a branded Growl-er Brewfest pint glass and 12 drink tickets, each good for a 3-ounce pour.
Early Bird tickets are $30,” said McClellan-Stone, “but those will go up to $40 after Oct. 1. They’re available online now but a limited number will be sold day-of at the gate. And we also have Designated Driver tickets that include entry to the event for $10. Of course, all dogs are welcome!”
A trio of food trucks will be serving up barbecue, Mexican food and hot dogs. Live music will be provided by keyboardist/vocalist Jarrod Champion.
“He’s one of our favorite musicians,” said McClellan-Stone. “We’ve had him at numerous venues and events around Brighton, including Smokin’ Jazz and Taste or Brighton.”
Rain or shine, Growl-er Brewfest will run from 3-7 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older. Free parking will be available at St. Patrick School, next to SELCRA Meijer Park (across from the Brighton Post Office on Charles H. Orndorf Drive).
Can’t make it to the event? Show your support with a Growl-er Brewfest tee, available at
* SELCRA Meijer Park, 333 Charles F. Orndorf Drive, Brighton
* 3-7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16
* free parking at St. Patrick School
* 21+ only
* No outside food or beverage. please.
* Early Bird tickets ($30 until Oct. 1; $40 after) include a branded Growl-er Brewfest pint glass and 12 drink tickets for a 3-ounce pour each.
* Designated Driver tickets ($10) include entry only.
* Online tickets:
BREWERS: Aberrant Ales; Brewery Becker; Block Brewing Company; Eternity Brewing Company; North Center Brewing Company; LaGrow Organic Beer Company; Reed City Brewing Company; River’s Edge Brewing Company; Third Monk Brewing Company; and Ore Creek Craft Cider
FOOD TRUCKS: Got Smoke; El Grand Taco; and Top Dog
PARTNERS: Planted Provisioning; Beauchamp Water Treatment Solutions; Cooper & Binkley Jewelers; petsuites; and Bountiful Harvest
VENDORS: Einstein Dog Training; Happy Paws Haven; Premier Pet Supply; Farmina Pet Foods; Gracie’s Dog Haven; and Michigan Beer Drinker
To volunteer, sponsor or be a vendor, please email
Photo at the 2021 Growl-er Brewfest by Linda Michele-Dobel