Motor City Brew Tours — the thinking beer lover’s answer to a pub crawl — brings their behind-the-scenes walking tours of Michigan breweries to Ann Arbor on Saturday, August 11 from 11:30am-4pm. “You get to go behind the scenes and get a better understanding of how the brew pub operates,” says tour creator Steve Johnson. A2 beer fans start at Blue Tractor Brewery, then get a look at Arbor Brewing and Grizzly Peak, with a stop for lunch and lots of sampling of Michigan-made beers in between. Register online or the day of at Blue Tractor Brewing. $34.99. 207 E. Washington St. 248-850-2563. www.motorcitybrewtours.com.
Highways and Backroads comes out May 31 Brandon Grafius is at the forefront of a new wave of folk revivalists, or maybe we should say folk preservationists? Really, Grafius has his own splendid signature laced through the rousing-yet-breezy arrangements on Highways and Backroads, a full-length album he’ll be releasing at the end of May. Grafius is