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Jacko Shandy


Traveler Beer Co. is out with the newest release, Jacko, a pumpkin shandy. Jacko Shandy epitomizes harvest season by representing grains, fruit and vegetables in every sip as a wheat ale brewed with real pumpkin and a fresh squeeze of lemon citrus.



The shandy pours a dark, orange hue with a pervasive, mouth-watering pumpkin aroma. The beer is medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel that serves as a jumping point for pumpkin pie in beer form, with a hint of malty sweetness. The beer clocks in at 4.4% ABV and 7 IBUs.


That’s the beer, now let’s talk the name. Jacko pays homage to the Irish story about “Stingy Jack,” the origin myth of the jack-o-lantern. The story goes that there was once a cheapskate in Ireland called Jack who drank with the devil. Drinking with the devil never ends well. But this Jack thought differently so he convinced the devil to turn himself into a coin to pay for their drinks. He then tossed the coin by a silver cross so the devil was unable to turn himself back into his devilish self. Only on the condition that the devil wouldn’t bother Jack and that he wouldn’t take his soul to hell did Jack free the devil. Pretty smart, except once Jack did die his unsavory antics kept him out of heaven and then the devil refused him at hell’s door, as a part of their previous pact. So now Jack carries around a coal from hell placed in a hollowed out turnip and wanders the earth endlessly. To ward off evil the Irish would hollow out their own turnips and place a light inside. When they migrated to America they switched out the turnip for the pumpkin.


So goes the story of “Stingy Jack,” who became jack-o-lantern and now is Jacko,  the shandy from Traveler Beer Co. 


Happy Belgium Day! Let's eat some waffles


The World Cup is finally over and hopefully we’ve healed somewhat from the USA V. Belgium game. Now we can return to our normal Belgium loving selves and celebrate National Belgium Day by whipping up some beery Belgium waffles.




Stella Artois takes what could be some basic and bland waffles to a whole new yeasty level. Thanks to its light body, clean malty body and crisp finish it doesn’t turn breakfast into a boozed out session. Instead, the addition of a cup of beer adds depth and body to the simple dish. The yeast and malt do wonders for the quick bread while the alcohol is cooked out and lets the flavors meld together and shine on their own. Pairing it with a Stella Artois ensures a perfect complementary pairing for the meal. Thanks to Serious Eats for a delish recipe and foodporn.






  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 5 T butter
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup Stella Artois Lager
  • 2 eggs




1. Whisk together dry ingredients.


2. In a medium pot melt butter then add milk and beer. Heat until warm.  Remove from heat.


3. In another bowl whisk eggs and vanilla together. Pour warm milk and beer mixture into the bowl. Mix eggs and beer and milk mixture well.


4. Pour wet ingredients into a well formed in the dry ingredients bowl. Whisk until smooth.

Pour into greased waffle maker. Cook until perfectly brown.




Served best with a nice side of bacon, a dollop of butter, dripping with maple syrup and a perfectly poured chalice of Stella Artois. Gezonheid!




Stella Artois Beer Battered Fish


Apparently polar vortexes are possible during the summertime, which probably means we should all start preparing for hibernation by consuming as many calories as possible. It’s the smart thing to do. Beer battered chips and fish is just the dish to do the trick. The fish still lends a summery aspect to the dish while the beer provides crispiness to the batter.  A light lager, such as Stella Artois, works best in a beer batter for all your frying needs. The beer adds three major components to your batter – carbonation, alcohol and foam – all of which ensure a light a crispy crust for a better batter.  This recipe for beer battered fish and garlic lemon aioli from Something Savory is great for whipping up a simple meal. Don’t forget the chips and a Stella Artois for a perfect pairing.




Beer Batter Recipe

  • 1 12 ounce bottle of Stella Artois
  • 2 cups flour
  • Seasonings to taste. I really like a bit of paprika, pepper and salt mixed up together.
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Whitefish filets



Whisk beer batter ingredients together in bowl and then let chill for 15 minutes. Next, heat up about an inch of oil in a pan. You will know it is ready when a bit of batter crisps up when dropped in the oil. Dip whitefish filets into batter then lay down in oil. Cook until golden then flip sides and repeat. Once it’s done cooking, place on paper towel to soak up access oil. Serve with a slice of lemon, garlic lemon aioli (recipe below), chips and a Stella Artois or four.,d.aWw&psig=AFQjCNF03cEPNsfei8qy_ZxRzF1PRfqcfg&ust=1405524014491721


Garlic Lemon Aioli Recipe

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T olive oil
  • ½ tsp. lemon zest
  • Salt, pepper, thyme and parsley to taste.

Mix all ingredient together and serve on side of beer batter fish.

Arcadia Ales Rapunzel


Beach, travel and beer – there’s a lot to celebrate in Michigan this month.


As the month rolls by, the pints will be pouring as the state celebrates its official craft beer month. One week has already passed us by – it’s time to double down on the craft beer celebrations over the next three weeks. To maximize on this state sanctioned time of drinking, check out the latest and greatest from Arcadia Ales.



Rapunzel is a tasty twist on the classic fairy tale. This time, instead of handsome princes falling from high towers your taste buds will fall in love with the wheat IPA. Brewed with Michigan hops, Rapunzel is a creamy wheat-based ale with notes of citrus and pineapple hops on the nose with a bit of bready malt sweetness when the liquid first hits your tongue. The bright hop profile adds a balancing bitterness towards the end, with a crisp and dry finish. This beaut clocks in at 5.8% ABV and is available in our Grand Rapids and Lansing locations, both on draft and in 12 ounce bottles.



Just Blip It


As we celebrate our country’s birthday in patriotic fanfare we can also get a bit philanthropic while playing a beer game. Yes, that many great things can be combined. As a part of its Folds of Honor partnership Budweiser is rolling out the Just Blip It app, which will take user interaction to decide on each state’s portion of the $1.5 million raised by Budweiser for the foundation this year.


“We’ve used Blippar for other brand programs, but never in a philanthropic program designed to generate awareness of a non-profit while encouraging consumers to support their local community,” said Lucas Herscovici, vice president of digital for Anheuser-Busch. “This program gives us a unique way to use technology to enhance our longstanding relationship with the Folds of Honor Foundation in a way that Budweiser drinkers can share the experience with friends through Twitter, Facebook, email and Google Plus.”



Here’s how you play.

• Download Blippar from the iPhone store or Google Play.

• “Blipp the Bowtie” by opening the app and aiming the smart phone screen at the Budweiser bowtie logo found on all Budweiser packaging, including the new “red, white and blue” packaging now in stores. This then triggers the interactive mobile experience.

• Pick a U.S. state to help determine where a portion of the philanthropic support could be directed as they learn more about the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides educational scholarships to the families of soldiers wounded or fallen while serving their country.

More information on the app can be found here.


The Perfect Craft Beer Pairing for the Game


T minus two hours until the U.S. goes head-to-head against Belgium in another epic World Cup match. As the minutes tick away and everyone hurries through the workday in order to change into red, white and blues and head down to their preferred perch to watch the game there is only one question that is still unanswered.

No, it’s not who will win. That will be the U.S. Obviously. “We believe that we will win,” is the chant, right?

The question is what beer will be best served alongside the cheers and jeers of the soccer game. For a perfect craft beer option, look no further than New Belgium Brewing. The passion for the brewery was born in Belgium, which is where the name derives, and they do brew up many delicious Belgium styles. However, the brewery is U.S. born and thrives throughout the country as one of the top craft breweries. Since the Craft Beer Revolution in the U.S. New Belgium has consistently proven itself as a brewery that supports and takes part in local communities throughout the states. The brewery simultaneously is an emblem of the “American way” while harmonizing patriotic ideals with international know-how. So pony up to your favorite pub’s bar and have them pour you the drink of the game – a pint of New Belgium beer.


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