Good times are brewin'

The fifth annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew and Music Festival is taking over the Village at Grand Traverse Commons Friday night.

Set up began Friday morning for the two-day celebration which will feature almost 50 microbreweries, over 300 craftbrews, and great live music.

And if beer isn't your thing - there is also a mix of fine wine, cider meade, and delicious food to enjoy.

The festival takes the volunteer work of 150-200 people, and although this event is for those 21+, organizers say they'd be open to a root beer festival! In past years, the microbrew fest has drawn crowds of 8,000-10,000 people, and they're hoping for that many this year.

New this year is the launch of the mobile-tent project. The tent system can break up to have four tents/stages or put together to make one 4,000 capacity venue.

Organizers say that with the multiple choices of drinks and food and almost a dozen different musical performances this year there'll be something for everyone - and it's all for a good cause.

"The numbers are really cool!" said Sam Porter, the owner of Porterhouse Productions. "We've raised over 45,000 pounds of food for our local food pantries/food banks and children's advocacy center. So there's so much good in all of the party - I mean, the purpose is really as important as the party."

The festival runs until 10 tonight - tickets are still available at the gate for forty dollars.

Saturday's events run from 4-10pm and tickets for the day are 45 bucks.

There are free shuttles from downtown.