by Dennis Kempton
Over the last several months, the Michigan Street service garage for the old Lange Motors building downtown in the city’s Historic Arts & Theatre district has been transformed from a nearly impossible relic into an event venue called The Brewer’s Garage. We managed to keep the industrial, gritty, historical edge to the space that still hints at its former life, but with the addition of compelling art and clearing out the dust and neglect of the old building, we’ve really revived it and repurposed it as JTA has done with several historically significant properties in the city over the last 25 years. These properties include our spaces in the Fitger’s Brewery Complex, the restoration and repurposing of the old Endion Station Depot, and, of course, Duluth’s Old City Hall, a multi-million dollar effort that won JTA a preservation alliance award.
Fitger’s Brewhouse is holding its 2019 Hemp Fest IN the Brewer’s Garage this year on 4/20 with Har Mar Superstar headlining. In its new digs, the Fest is a chance to broaden its appeal within a new venue in the city. Music starts at 7 p.m. with two bands with special appeal to Fitger’s Brewhouse. Indie folk band NorShore Summit takes the stage at 7 p.m. with our very own Jake Abel playing bass. At 8 p.m. “garagicana” band Mallards with Fitger’s Brewhouse Head Brewer, Alex “Coke” Chochoulousek plays a set before we welcome the 9 o’clock hour with Minneapolis-Based Har Mar Superstar.
Led by Sean Tillmann, Har Mar Superstar’s R&B, Pop and Soul sounds have been a source of hilarious entertainment and music pride in Minnesota. Most recently, Tillmann opened up the Twins’ season with the national anthem, prompting one fan on Facebook to comment, “I think it’s abundantly clear that Har Mar Superstar should sing before every Twins home game. #undefeated”
A host of vendors representing a range of Duluth’s craft culture will be a significant presence at the yearly festival including Harmonic Goods with environmentally-friendly hemp-made bags; Blue Loon Events with a tye-dye booth, Duluth Screen Printing Co. is bringing a live press station, Apple House CBD Wisconsin with CBD-infused products, and Fitger’s Brewhouse’s own Beer Store featuring Hemp Ale merchandise.
And, of course, there’s the beer. Hemp Fest wouldn’t be it without the annual release of our Homegrown Hempen Ale–our American amber pale ale with a nutty character. It’ll be flowing from taps in the Brewer’s Garage all night.
Joint us and jam with us in every way possible April 20 in the Brewer’s Garage on Michigan Street. Tickets in advance are $20. Find them here.