Don’t have a ticket to Madison’s sold-out Great Taste of the Midwest? Head east to Ypsilanti instead. The Michigan Brewers Guild throws two beer fests a year in Ann Arbor’s grubbier sister city, one in winter and one in summer; this year’s July festival will feature more than 120 beers from 30 or so Michigan breweries, plus food and live music. On your way home you can stop in Kalamazoo to stock up on Bell’s. a Fri 7/27, 5-9 PM, and Sat 7/28, 1-6 PM, Frog Island Park, Historic Depot Town, Ypsilanti, Michigan,, $60 ($50 in advance) for a two-day pass; $30 ($25 advance) Fri; $35 ($30 advance) Sat. –Martha Bayne