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Celebrity Bartenders Will Pour for Pride Month in Ferndale

Michigan Atty. Gen. Dana Nessel and mayor Melanie Piana will tend bar at Ferndale Project

A glass of beer sits on a counter in front of a rainbow flag
June 1 marks the start of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month.

Michigan Attorney Gen. Dana Nessel, Ferndale mayor Melanie Piana, and other high-profile Michiganders will tend bar in Ferndale on June 5, in an event to celebrate Pride Month.

Five guest bartenders will join Ferndale Pride in taking over the bar at the Ferndale Project taproom, an experimental arm of Eastern Market Brewing Co.

A portion of proceeds from the purchases of Ferndale Proud Sour, a fruited beer produced by EMBC, will be donated to Ferndale Pride, an organization that recognizes and promote pride for the LGBTQ and ally communities.

The Beertenders

12-2 p.m. David Coulter, Oakland County Executive
2-4 p.m. Dana Nessel, Michigan Attorney General
4-6 p.m. Jim Shaffer, Jim Shaffer Real Estate
6-8 p.m. Melanie Piana, Ferndale mayor
8-10 p.m. Julia Music, executive director of Ferndale Pride

Also, in June, B. Nektar says it will donate 100 percent of tips to Ferndale Pride. The Ferndale meadery eliminated tipping for staff in 2015.

June 1 marks the start of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, normally celebrated with street events, festivals, and parties. The first Pride, the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, was led by Black transgender women and was a tipping point for the gay liberation movement in the United States. The Ferndale Pride Street Festival, one of the largest events held in Oakland County, normally marks the month but has been postponed to Oct. 2. The celebration hasn’t been held since 2019.

Motor City Pride, Michigan’s largest Pride festival, has been postponed from June 5-6 to Sept. 18-19 at Detroit’s Hart Plaza. Organizers moved the parade and marketplace with the hopes that the city will be fully reopened and will have reached herd immunity by fall.

Ferndale Project is at 567 Livernois, southwest of downtown Ferndale. B. Nektar is at 1511 Jarvis.

Ferndale Project

567 Livernois, , MI 48220 (313) 513-2200 Visit Website

Eastern Market Brewing Co

2515 Riopelle Street, , MI 48207 (313) 513-2200 Visit Website