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Year in Beer: 2012


The Year in Beer: Top 12 Beer Moments of 2012 

A lot happened in 2012, not just personally, politically or simply generally , but specifically in regards to beer. To commemorate such a fine beer run, here is a listing of my personal top twelve beer times of the year. Now lets all go celebrate the New Year and get ready for what 2013 has brewing up for us!


1. Grand Rapids is Beer City U.S.A. 

In May, Grand Rapids showed not just the country, but the world our beer gumption by capturing the title Beer City U.S.A. We tied Asheville, N.C. in the annual internet pull.


2. Perrin Brewing Co. opened in Grand Rapids.

What a way to start the fall season off with a bang! Perrin Brewing Co. opened its doors in September and quickly showed the beer community how serious they were about their motto “go big or go home.” Since then, they’ve continuously impressed us with artful beers, from the unimposing Golden Ale to the impressive and dark Bourbon Brown.


3. New Belgium began up distribution in Michigan.

August may have been the end of summer but it hallmarked a bright new future for all of us Michiganders with the commencement of New Belgium distribution in Michigan.

4. Stone Brewing released the final installment of its Vertical Epic Series. 

12/12/12 will be a day forever remembered as the day Stone Brewing finalized their 12-year-running Vertical Epic series. Each year, they produced a batch that could be enjoyed immediately or, alternatively, cellared to be tasted with the rest of the series. Many beer enthusiasts did just that and had a happy drunken time comparing the twelve beers. Sadly, none of these people invited me but I saw pictures.


5. Michigan Winter Beer Festival rocks our socks off 

The festival offered up over 450 brews at the seventh annual festival. Despite the chill festival goers, including myself, had a grand ol’ time at one of Michigan’s best ways to celebrate the winter.


6. Right Brain’s comes out strong with a new location.

Right Brain reopened in the fall after moving to a new location and have since then reminded us of what we’ve been missing while they were busy constructing an awesome brewhouse and bar.


7. Brooklyn Brewery doubled production in 2012.

Thanks to an expansion overhaul in 2011, Brooklyn Brewery doubled its production for 2012. Which meant a whole lot more good beer for the year.


8. The return of the beer can. 

The number of breweries choosing cans over bottles for their beer intensified this year. From New Belgium’s Shift and Six Point’s lineup to Perrin’s plans for flat-top cans showed the functionality of the can form. With a lower cost and carbon footprint, it seems like this trend is here to stay.


9. Dark Horse Brewery makes national news for refusing Nickelback. 

Two years after the fact, the brewery made headlines from its refusal to have their beer featured in a Nickelback music video. “I absolutely hate that band,” said Head Brewer, Aaron Morse.


10. Michigan Brewers Guild Celebrated its 15th Anniversary.

And everyone everywhere celebrated the anniversary with a beer.


11. Sam Adams released its 10th Anniversary Utopias.

The story of Utopias began in 2002 with an ABV of 24% and with the celebration of a decade of ridiculous brewing, the tenth anniversary edition was released at 29% ABV. It was an extreme and delicious way to celebrate an anniversary and one I highly approve of.


12. Sierra Nevada’s video reminds us why we love beer.

Sierra Nevada’s “Our Story” video on Vimeo not only reminds us about the people, passion and hard work that goes into beer but the beauty and connection it produces.



Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Our Story from Sierra Nevada on Vimeo.

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