Friday, July 1, 2011

Short’s Brewing Company Sets Sail Aboard Tall Ship Manitou for Sunday Evening Microbrew Cruises

Looking for a unique venue for sampling your favorite craft beers from Short’s Brewing Company? The Traverse Tall Ship Company is hosting its “Microbrew Tasting Cruise” every Sunday evening from July 3 -September 4 (6:30-8:30pm). Pizza from the popular Crusted Creations will also be served. The cost is $50 per person and space is limited to 60 per sail.

“What an awesome beer adventure,” says Jon “Woj” Wojtowicz, Short’s Beer Liberator. “I’m really excited about the rest of the summer and couldn't thank you enough for coming up with such an amazing idea.”

As the ship’s captain sails across Grand Traverse Bay, Woj (or another Short’s representative) will discuss and share four unique beer samples, and share Short’s brewing philosophy and role in Michigan’s overall craft brewing scene.

In addition to the Microbrew Tasting Cruises, the Tall Ship Manitou offers Moomers Ice Cream Sails – Mondays and Fridays from 3-5pm, through September 2; Wine Tasting Cruises – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm, June 28-September 1; and Entertainment Cruises – Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm, July 6-August 31.

Multi-day windjammers are held during the fall season including the Astronomy Cruise (September 16-19); Wine Tasting Cruise (September 23-26); and Music Cruise (September 30-October 3).

The Manitou also offers a unique “Floating B&B” experience which includes the evening sail (Tuesday through Saturday), accommodations in bunk-style cabins and breakfast the next morning.

Whether traveling solo, as a couple, with a family or as part of a group, a Tall Ship sail makes a memorable traditional Great Lakes adventure. As one of the largest sailing ships on the Great Lakes, the Manitou is a replica of an 1800s “coasting” cargo schooner. A traditional two-masted, gaff rigged, topsail schooner, Manitou measures 114 feet in length with more than 3000 square feet of sail.

With a 60 passenger sailing capacity (24 overnight capacity), there is plenty of space for sitting and moving around the decks while under sail. While aboard the Manitou, passengers are free to leave the sailing to the experienced crew or lend a hand and learn the arts of the sailor. An excursion aboard the Manitou allows you to remove yourself from the trappings of modern life: no TV, phone (cell phones are discouraged), beeper, email and definitely no itinerary.

To make reservations for any of the 2011 Manitou sailing adventures, call toll free 800-678-0383. Gift certificates are also available.

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