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New Craft Beer Releases for April

03-31-2015

April showers bring new beers to devour. From returning favorites, brand spankin' new brews to super limited series and widely available seasonals, your beer needs will be covered this month.

 

 

The first of the month will bring Tongue Tied Cherry Saison from Rochester Mills Beer Co. An unfiltered Belgian style ale, Tongue Tied Cherry Saison showcases the perfect blend of sweet and tart, thanks to Michigan-grown cherries. This summer seasonal will be available in draft only.

 

The oddly tasty, super limited annual release from Right Brain Brewery will be available for a heartbeat during April. Brewed with Mangalista pig skulls and bones, this robust porter combines the salty, umami taste of roasted ham and bacon with rich notes of chocolate malts.. 6.6% ABV 28 IBUs

 

 

Introducing itself to the Mitten State for the first time is the spring/summer seasonal from Deschutes Brewery, Twilight Summer Ale. Twilight is is a refreshing, golden-hued blonde ale with hints of lightly browned toast, floral and citrus hops with a crisp and clean finish. 5% ABV 35 IBUs

 

There are only 20 days left to get your hands on Enjoy By IPA 4.20.15 from Stone Brewing Co. Brewed with 12 hop varieties, this double IPA is dank with a hint of peachyness coming through on the tail end of a soothing malt bill. This limited release is available in Grand Rapids and Lansing. 9.4% ABV 88 IBUs

 

Available in Barry County only will be a limited release from Goose Island Brewing Co. Ten Hills Pale Ale from Goose Island Brewing Co. utilizes hops locally sourced from the first ten hills of Elk Mountain Farm in Idaho, with whom Goose Island collaborates with to source hops. Herbal and citrus hops are featured in this classically crafted pale ale. 6.2% ABV 52 IBUs

March Releases

02-27-2015

Get ready for spring with these releases for March, all bright sippers to celebrate the (hopeful) coming of spring. 

 

Perrin Grapefruit IPA 

On March 16 Perrin Brewing Co. will unleash their citrusy, thirst-quenching Grapefruit IPA. Pick up a pint of this ale to take a breather from your otherwise St. Patrick’s Day themed shenanigans and bask in the tasty, fruity brew. Brewed with real grapefruit, Grapefruit IPA is a seasonal offering from Perrin Brewing Co. that pours a hazy golden hue with an intoxicating grapefruit aroma and sweet fruit flavor with a bitter and crisp finish

 

 

New Belgium Skinny Dip

New Belgium Brewing Co. doesn’t want you to get naked, although they do want you to check out their own Skinny Dip, the upcoming summer seasonal. Skinny Dip is a full-bodied lager a frothy head, sunny citrus flavor and crisp finale.  Bright Cascade hops, peach notes and bready malts blend together to create a tantalizing sipper.
4.2% ABV 20 IBU

 

 

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA 

After patiently waiting since October Deschutes release, we will be able to finally indulge in Deschutes Brewery Fresh Squeezed IPA, both on draft or straight from the bottle. A huge citrus aroma affronts the senses immediately with this super juicy IPA, with light bready and honey malt undertones quietly complementing the grapefruit hop profile. 6.4% ABV 60 IBU

 

 

Arcadia Ales Whitsun Ale 

A true sign of the return of spring – Arcadia Ales Whitsun Ale will be back in the Grand Rapids beginning in March. The wheat ale bursts with a light citrus aroma, a creamy white head and a hazy orange appearance. The flavor profile is a combination of orange peel, coriander, light bready notes and a caramel sweetness from Michigan honey. The wheat provides a creamy mouthfeel while a light hopping adds balance to the ale.
6.2% ABV 17 IBU

 

 

Bud Light Lemon-Ade-Rita

A brand new seasonal, limited edition release from the Bud Light Rita family is here!       Lemon-Ade-Rita combines the juicy, fresh-squeezed qualities of homemade lemonade with the crisp and refreshing body of a Bud Light. This newest edition is currently in house, ready to harken the coming of spring.

8% ABV

New Belgium Accumulation

10-23-2014

The snow may not be piling on yet but you can still accumulate some seasonal white stuff with Accumulation White IPA.

 

 

The returning seasonal from New Belgium Brewing Co. is now available for the cold months. To become acquainted with this white IPA, you start with a brilliant golden pour that has just a touch of haze. Topping it off is a heaping head of white foam, much like the snow that will soon be piling up. Bring the glass closer, right by the ol’ schnoz, and take a couple of sniffs. That wonderful smell? That’s the aroma of Accumulation – full of tropical and citrus hops, which can even be reminiscent of fond childhood memories chowing down on fruity pebbles. Now that the prep work is done, take a rewarding slug of the brew. The bold bitterness from a heavy hop dosage should go down smooth, thanks to a wheat creamy mouthfeel. There should be a light caramel malt that provides a stable body to support the hops, as well as a slight fruity sweetness.  The finish is incredibly crisp, leaving the senses just begging for another sip, so go ahead and have another. 

 

 

International Coffee Day

09-29-2014

Coffee, coffee, coffee.

It’s International Coffee Day and there is no better way to celebrate than with a brown ale infused with roasted coffee flavor. Kona Brown from Perrin Brewing Co. brings the caffeine, using locally roasted coffee harvested off of the Hawaiian island of Kona.  The ale has a vibrant coffee aroma with slight chocolate malt undertones while the beer, itself, pours a deep mahogany with a tan head. The beer has a medium-light body with a rich coffee taste that is bolstered by roasted malt, adding a bit of toast flavor, with a light touch of hops for balance.

 

 

 

 

This beer may be perfect to celebrate the unofficial holiday and to also bring the creativity level to the top level of productivity. According to studies, coffee boosts productivity, which is often a thing that is lacking on Mondays. Meanwhile, alcohol (that thing found in beer) is useful for getting the creative juices flowing. Combined in Kona Brown, this ale brings a one-two punch of creativity and productivity.

There is a historical aspect to Kona Brown, as well. Kona (other than Puerto Rico) is where the beginning of U.S. coffee began. It started with the Reverend Samuel Ruggles who brought coffee to the island of Kona back in 1828. He is featured on the label for Kona Brown as a nod to history.

So, in a nod to history, for the sake of International Coffee Day and as a way to boost your Monday, raise a Kona Brown and tip back a few. 

9 Ways to Crush Brooklyn Summer Ale

05-16-2014

 

Crushable. That’s the best way to describe the summer seasonal from Brooklyn Brewery, aptly named Summer Ale. The key is the light body and full-flavored profile that combine to create a pale ale designed to be enjoyed in multiples.

 

Summer Ale (5% ABV 18 IBU) is available in bottles, cans and on draft, which means there are a myriad of ways to crush this beer. Need help coming up with some? Try out these tried and true activities for maximum summer sipping.

 

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1. Half submerged in a kiddie pool with a ham sandwich.

2. On a porch during peak afternoon/evening hours watching the fireflies come out.

3. Golfing or pretending to golf.

4. While home brewing in your garage.

5. With pancakes, hashbrowns and eggs for a lazy weekend brunch.

6. In between yelling at the screen/field during a baseball game.

7. While boating, even if it’s only a paddle boat.

8. At your favorite bar or restaurant’s patio while working on a tan or sunburn.

9. As a refresher post hike/run/walk to get the mail.

 

 

Perrin Grapefruit IPA

03-20-2014

Grapefruit IPA

Perrin Brewing Co. Grapefruit IPA is brewed and ready to be back on the scene.

 

 

 

 

There may still be snow on the ground but springtime is officially here - Perrin Brewing Co. has officially unleashed Grapefruit IPA on the marktet. The super sessionable ale, will begin popping up on draft throughout the state - it may already be tapped at your favorite bar. In case you have forgotten about the mouthful of gloriousness that is Grapefruit IPA, here’s a refresher course.

 

The pour is a hazy golden color that is topped with a bright white head. The aroma is citrus-laden with hints of sweetness. The flavor is packed with grapefruit accents and balanced by a light hop bitterness that ends on a crisp and refreshing note. Grapefruit IPA is 5% ABV and 35 IBUs.

 

Look for it on draft – it’s coming your way.

5 Oktoberfests You Need to Drink Right Now

09-23-2013

5 Oktoberfests You Need to Drink Right Now

 

 

Draft Magazine came out with a very persuasive list for why we should all drink Oktoberfest beers right now. To make it even easier to follow the advice from this magazine, here are 5 Oktoberfest beers you should be drinking right now, although maybe not all at the same time.

 

1. Samuel Adams Octoberfest

It isn’t Oktoberfest season unless you are getting a taste of this beer that is the most popular seasonal style from one of the most well known and long-standing craft breweries.

 

2. Rochester Mills Oktoberfest

This weekend the brewery will be celebrating Oktoberfest in true beer festival fashion – with lots of beer, live performances, dancing and a carnival atmosphere. However, their draft Oktoberfest can be sampled and celebrated throughout Michigan.

 

3. Frankenmuth Oktoberfest

Steeped in traditional German brewing culture, this time of year is when Frankenmuth Brewery truly shines. Their Oktoberfest style is a stein of German goodness ‘till the last drop.

 

4. Brooklyn Oktoberfest

Brooklyn Brewery ensures it stays true to the original styling of this Marzen style brew. Their hard work paid off, with an Oktoberfest beer that has earned multiple gold medals from the World Beer Championships.

 

5. Blue Point Oktoberfest

The tagline for this beer is to party like the Crown Prince of Bavaria, whose betrothal in 1810 first ignited the brewing of Oktoberfest beer. Now, Blue Point ensures that the Oktoberfest party continues with this annually brewed traditional lager, perfect for royalty or regular citizens.  

 

 


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