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Portland celebrates their fifth annual Beerfest

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Posted at 5:01 AM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 05:01:30-04

PORTLAND, Mich. — After the massive flooding the City of Portland went through earlier this year, it's safe to say, many of the residents deserve a beer.

Well, hundreds of people did just that on Saturday as the city held its fifth annual Beerfest on the Bridge.

Sixteen breweries, both local and national, showed off their craft beers, wines, ciders and sodas.

The event was a great way to show off how Portland has recovered since Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for the community back in February after massive flooding this past winter.

The owners of Confluxcity Brewing, located in Portland, say the flooding set them back some, but they've been able to get back on their feet.

They also say an event like this helps them tremendously.

"We opened a year ago in June, and we have been through a whole bunch since we started off our brewery," says Jim Hilligan, the owner of the Confluxcity Brewing Co.

He adds, "Through floods, and closing down because we didn't make enough beer off the bat, but overall our brewery has been a lot of fun and we're enjoying every minute of it."

This year's Beerfest on the Bridge also coincides with the city's sesquicentennial celebration.

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