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Participating Breweries & Their Featured Flavors

at the 2014 Lansing Microbrew & Music Festival

At the Lansing festival, a curated selection of breweries – and their brewers – will be featured. Attendees will be able to try brews that they won’t be able to find elsewhere, and we will be featuring a few custom Festival “Community Brew Series” brews from a few select craft brewers.

Also featured at the Lansing festival is the Rare Beer Tour and Sour Beer Tour. These tours will travel through the Festival site with stops at several brewery tents where a specialty rare or sour beer will be tapped every 30 minutes or so. The Tour will include a story for each rare and sour beer straight from a brewer or brewery spokesperson!

Click through the menu below to discover the flavors, custom brews, and rare and sour brews that will be featured at the Lansing Microbrew & Music Festival!

>> Subject to change without notice.

 

Acoustic Draft Mead – Traverse City, Michigan

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Honey Bzz (6% abv): Half the residual sugar of either Cherry BzZz or Apple BzZz makes ‘honey BzZz more like a baby champagne, that is, smaller alcohol and tinier bubbles than regular Champagne.  Goes well with an array of foods.

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Arbor Brewing Co. – Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Strawberry Blonde (7.7% abv): Rich and flavorful medium bodied beer with a fresh, floral strawberry aroma. Citrus, spice, and fruit are blended seamlessly for a subtle yet distinct flavor that never turns too sweet. This special brew starts with a flavorful medium-bodied Belgian style blonde ale spiced with sweet orange peel and zesty coriander. Then we add fresh strawberries and pure strawberry essence for a sophisticated strawberry ale that doesn’t forget it’s a beer. Great with tangy barbecue, balsamic vinaigrette, citrusy or spicy dishes, and strawberry rhubarb pie.

Ryeclops Imperial Rye (7.7% abv):Ryeclops is dominated with a mouthful of distinct rye malt character complimented by the spicy fruity hoppiness of American high-alpha simcoe hops. Use caution when confronted with the Ryeclops, as it’s delightful aroma and complex flavor camouflage a might, boozy-backboned single-hopped monster of a brew! Great paired with sharp or pungent cheeses, meat or poultry with a balsamic or fruit glaze, sweet and tangy BBQ, aromatic curries.

Buzzsaw American IPA (7.1% abv): A big, bold hop-forward west coast style IPA. The malt character is subdued to showcase a blend of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial Hops creating a lingering dry finish with notes of pine, grapefruit, and apricot. Buzzsaw’s recipe is the creation of former head brewer Bill Gerds. It was named in honor of Treetown’s original industry and was named best of show at the 2011 World Expo of Beer. A classic American craft style that pairs well with classic American bar food. Try it with pizza, nachos, burgers, or a corned beef Reuben.

Rare Beer Tour
Rare Beer to be announced

Ypsi Gypsi Pale Ale (5.5% abv): The Ypsi Gypsi is technically an American Pale Ale but we packed so much hop flavor and aroma into its 5.5% alcohol that we like to call it a session IPA.  Golden straw in color with a medium body and crisp carbonation, the Gypsi flaunts a rich flowery, citrusy character on the nose, palate and finish that comes from several late additions of classic American hops. This beguiling brew is flavorful and rich yet light and refreshing. A preponderance of pale malts gives it a lighter body and moderate alcohol level for great drinkability. This well-balanced, moderately bitter beer goes with just about anything you like to eat. It also drinks great all by itself. Try it with spaghetti in rich tomato and olive sauce, a salami and cheese plate, enchiladas, pasta primavera, or pizza.

Arcadia Ales – Battle Creek, Michigan

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IPA (5.9% abv): Dry-hopped with Columbus hops in our open fermenters, our IPA boasts a bright floral aroma and flavor reminiscent of pine and lemon peel. The pronounced hop bitterness is balanced by a medium-bodied caramel and biscuity malt character with a nutty finish. It showcases many subtle earthy bitter notes, rather than the resinous citrus-rind bite often featured in many American-style IPA’s.

Whitsun Ale (6.2% abv): Brewed in the style of a mid-19th century English festival ale, this unfiltered wheat beer displays a translucent orange color topped with a creamy, white head. Wheat enhances the mouthfeel of the beer and produces pleasant bread-like notes while Michigan honey provides a caramelized sweetness in the flavor profile. This beer is spiced with orange peel, coriander and small amounts of three hop varieties that perfectly counterbalance the sweetness.

Sky High Rye (6.0%): This West Coast-style Pale Ale is brewed with 80% English barley malt and 20% rye malt. It boasts a massive floral aroma of resinous hops, contributing notes of lemons, peaches and pine needles and anchored by sweet, malty flavor of toffee and freshly-baked pumpernickel bread.

Rare Beer Tour
Cereal Killer Barleywine
(10.0% abv): Brewed in tradition of Englishstyle barley wines, Cereal Killer offers an explosion of full-bodied, liquid goodness. Robust malty flavors converge with caramel, toffee, molasses and dark fruit notes to produce a remarkably complex and palate-pleasing beer. Its intense malt character is complemented by a subtle citrus finish from the hops. With cellar-aging Cereal Killer’s flavor evolves further, developing a sherry-like aroma and flavor similar to a cask-aged port. Winner of the Gold Medal for Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beers at 2009 GABF.

Atwater Brewery – Detroit, Michigan

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Vanilla Java Porter (5.5% abv): With a beautifully crafted, copper cored, English Style Porter at its heart, Atwater’s Vanill Java Porter tips its hat to the modern audience with the addition of vanill and coffee that is locally brewed cold to eliminate burnt flavors. The beer, vanilla, and coffee tumble together, enhancing the smooth nature of each.

Dirty Blonde (4.2% abv): Atwater Dirty Blonde is brewed to be a bright straw color, lightly sweet, with wheat added to create a crispness at the back of the palate. Crushed orange peel and coriander are subtly added to the final stage of the hot side of the brewing process, the whirlpool, which lend to the clean heady aroma.

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Winter Bock (7.4% abv): Winter Bock! Brewed with respect to the season, Atwater’s Winter Bock boasts the body and deep malt flavors matched with a warming, but well blended taste of alcohol. Extended aging reduces the sharpness and acidity typically apparent in strong ales.

B. Nektar Meadery – Ferndale, Michigan

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Necromangocon (6.0% abv): Swallow this… Many years ago, a mysterious book was discovered by a group of friends in a Ferndale, MI basement. A translation of its contents revealed the recipe for an ancient beverage using mango juice, honey, and black pepper. What they didn’t realize was that creating the beverage had dire consequences. Stricken by fear after its compleation, the friends tried to contain the terrifying forces into this very bottle. Once opened, however, no one can say for sure if it can be conquered. Defend your soul or join us…

Zombie Killer (6.0% abv): In the Spring of 2011, we released an experimental new mead that would change history. Little did we know, that the concoction would have a devastating effect on the zombie population that has been plaguing the Earth. When we released this mead to the general public, the lines were out the door. When we ran out, a general panic set in. For the good of mankind, we decided to make this a year-round offering.

Beggar's Brewery – Traverse City, Michigan

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Old Friends Pale Ale (5.0% abv): Our flagship beer. A light bodied and crisp American Style Pale Ale. Brewed with 100% local hops. Perfect for those warm summer nights or on the river bank.

Delirium Trigger Stout (6.5% abv): Rich in both color and flavor. This stout is the dark beer you’ve been looking for. Brewed with 100% Local Hops.

You Can Call Me Ale (6.0% abv): This dry-hopped IPA is a serious crowd pleaser. A soon to be classic, You Can Call Me Ale will satisfy the palate of even the most discerning IPA enthusiast.

Rare Beer Tour
Beggars Private Eyes Dunkelweizen (5% abv): Collaboration with the Microbrew & Music Festival team. Dark Brown and full bodied. Plenty of clove and banana character with hints of earthiness in the nose and on the palate.

Bell’s Brewery – Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Two Hearted Ale (7.0% abv): Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is defined by its intense hop aroma and malt balance. Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest, massive additions in the kettle and again in the fermenter lend their characteristic grapefruit and pine resin aromas. A significant malt body balances this hop presence; together with the signature fruity aromas of Bell’s house yeast, this leads to a remarkably drinkable American-style India Pale Ale.

Oberon (5.8% abv): Bell’s Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.

Lager Beer (5.0% abv): Nicely balanced, Bell’s Lager Beer focuses on the flavors developed in the brew house, matching a crisp bitterness & distinctive herbal hop aromas to a simple yet firm malt backbone. Following in the tradition of Bohemian-style pilsners, this beer spends a full six weeks maturing in the fermentation vessels. This extended conditioning period refines the overall flavor, highlighting the contributions of the malts & hops.

Porter (5.6% abv): One of our many award-winning beers, Porter emphasizes the darker, roasted aspects of malt. Hints of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee provide the focus, while hops remain in the background. Not as full-bodied as a stout, Porter bridges the gap between malty brown ales and our more heavily roasted stouts.

Rare Beer Tour
Rare beer to be announced.

Sour Beer Tour
Sour beer to be announced.

Blue Point Brewing Co. – Patchogue, New York

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Toasted Lager (5.5% abv): Our flagship beer. Copper in color, our most popular and unique brew is made from six different malts, including English Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carapils, Wheat, and Belgian Caravienna. Toasted Lager’s balanced flavor of malt and hops makes for easy drinking and the special lager yeast we use produces an exceptional, long-lasting smooth finish.

Mosaic Session IPA (4.8% abv): The newest addition to our year round lineup making it’s debut in 2014. Our Mosaic Session IPA is a dry, West Coast style IPA with Mosaic, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. Mosaic hops are the feature hop, but as with all of our beers, there is a blend of hops utilized. The name Mosaic is a tribute which refers to both our Tasting Room mosaic bar top which was constructed in 1998 and the variety (or mosaic) of blended hops utilized in this hop-forward pale ale.

No Apologies Double IPA
(10.0% abv): Our Double IPA is not for the faint of heart. Or tongue. Since our very first batch, we set out to craft a big ale that would pack a punch but still leave you coming back for more. Brewed only in small batches from the finest European malts and American hops, the huge, earthy dry hop aroma of No Apologies finishes with a pleasing caramel sweetness. Five hop varieties round out this fully balanced brew that will tantalize your taste buds and warm your soul. If you happen to find a lot of bittering hops to be offensive, well, we offer No Apologies!

Toxic Sludge (7% abv): We originally brewed this Black IPA to benefit birds affected by BP’s Gulf oil spill and donated all of the proceeds to the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research. The charity program has ended but the beer became so popular that even with a name like Toxic Sludge, we had to keep brewing it once a year. Five hop varieties go into each batch at four stages of the brewing process to combine a hoppy India Pale Ale with a rich, dark malt base for a full-bodied ale that’s big on flavor.

Brewery Vivant – Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Big Red Coq (6.0% abv): What started as a pub specialty beer has quickly become one of our most sought after. A malt-forward red ale with our signature Belgian yeast create the base for plenty of Citra hops in this unique beer. Big Red Coq, BRC, the Coq, Big Red..anyway you order it, you know you’re in for a treat. (By the way, “Coq” is French for Rooster, which is our mascot, so…get your mind out of the gutter). Citrusy, mango, pineapple, in the nose gives way to a wonderful malty character on the sip. The Belgian yeast rounds out the sweetness and gives this beer the Vivant stamp of approval.

Farm Hand French Style Farm House Ale (5.0% abv): There was a time in old world France when nearly every family farm had a brewery. A necessary part of farm life was to provide a ration of beer to laborers, as beer was safer to drink than the water of the time. Farm Hand is our interpretation of what these rustic beers must have been like. It is light in body, mildly sweet and has a slight cloudiness from the use of simple un-malted grains similar to the period. This beer is one of the owner’s favorites. Inspired by a trip to France and a lengthy discussion about farmhouse ales (over a few too many farmhouse ales) with a French brewer from a small family run brewery.

Rare Beer Tour
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Clown Shoes – Ipswich, Massachusetts

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Flavors to be announced.

Dark Horse Brewing Co. – Marshall, Michigan

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Crooked Tree IPA (6.5% abv): It’s not as heavy bodied and malty as many IPA’s, in contrast the palate is more crisp and dry. If you consider yourself a “hop-head” you owe it to yourself to grab this beer.

Rare Beer Tour
Double Crooked Tree IPA
(12.0% abv): Have you read the description for the regular Crooked Tree yet? Well this beer is almost the same just double the flavor and alcohol. We actually took the Crooked Tree recipe and doubled all of the ingredients except the water, just the way a DOUBLE should be made. Big hops balanced with tons of malt give this beer a huge body. Although this beer is as cool as “The Fonz” when first purchased, it gets really mellow and smooth with some age. After a year or two stored in a cool dark place you’ll notice the heavy caramel and malt flavors are trying to sneak past the hops. This beer is hugely delicious so it will need your undivided attention (the chores can wait….trust us).

Raspberry Ale (5.0% abv): A lot of people have asked us, “Why are there bees on the label?” Well, we don’t really have an answer for you other than they just look cool. This is a light bodied easy drinking ale. We only use real raspberries so the flavor is very mild fruit and balanced, not what you would expect from a “fruit” beer. The way we see it is we’re brewers so lets make good beer, not some fruity carbonated malt beverage. Oh yeah, our motto…”beer first, fruit second”.

Amber Ale (6.0% abv): Let us introduce the “red headed step child” of our beer portfolio. This beer is commonly over looked and is a true Ninja of a beer. While the malt and hops give this beer an amazing copper color, medium body, and a smooth mouth feel, it’s the yeast that sets this one apart from other amber ales. Inspired by almost everything from Belgium (beer, women, mussels) we thought it would be cool to give our Amber a little Belgian love. So we used a yeast that is ALMOST like a Belgian yeast strain. You’ll notice it in the aroma but mostly in the flavor. Mild hints of light fruit and clove are present at the very end of the sip, just enough to keep you coming back for another sip.

Sapient Trip Ale (8.5% abv): Why is the Grim Reaper holding a mailbox? Well, that mailbox is from a dead Dark Horse beer. The Grim Reaper better known as “Death” was quite found of our classic Sapient Summer Wheat Ale. When we changed it into a Belgian Style Triple, Death thought it would only be appropriate to bring something from that beer into this beer. So he picked the mailbox, and we weren’t about to argue with him. You can say what you want about him, but that Death sure has a big heart. So anyway…we brewed this beer with a Trappist yeast strain so it is very traditional. The flavors are incredibly complex with notes of mild fruit and finishes with a bit of clove. Although this beer is higher in alcohol it is very smooth and finishes dry on the palate.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery – Milton, Delaware

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Indian Brown Ale (7.2% abv): Forget about the car companies, this is the original hybrid. A cross between a Scotch Ale, an India Pale Ale and an American Brown, Indian Brown Ale is well-hopped and malty at the same time (It’s magical!). The beer has characteristics of each style that inspired it: the color of an American Brown, the caramel notes of a Scotch Ale, and the hopping regimen of an India Pale Ale. We dry-hop the Indian Brown Ale in a similar fashion to our 60 Minute IPA and 90 Minute IPA. This beer is brewed with Aromatic barley and organic brown sugar.

60 Minute IPA (6.0% abv): 60 Minute IPA is continuously hopped — more than 60 hop additions over a 60-minute boil. Getting a vibe of where the name came from? 60 Minute is brewed with a slew of great Northwest hops. A powerful but balanced East Coast IPA with a lot of citrusy hop character, it’s the session beer for hardcore enthusiasts!

75 Minute IPA (7.5% abv): Blend two Dogfish Head favorites, add maple syrup and carbonate the mixture naturally. What do you get? 75 Minute IPA. The carbon dioxide trapped during bottle conditioning gives 75 Minute IPA a soft and velvety mouthfeel. Dry-hopped with whole-leaf Cascades, this complex IPA has been known to inspire pilgrimages to our brewpub.

Rare Beer Tour
Rare beer to be announced.

Epic Brewing Co. – Salt Lake City, Utah and Denver, Colorado

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Escape To Colorado IPA (6.2% abv): This special hop-forward ale featuring Mosaic and whole leaf Apollo hops is both fruity and dank. We hope you enjoy our hoppy twist on the taste of freedom.

Sour Apple Saison, Belgian Style Ale (8.0% abv): Fresh apple juice in the boil and eight different spices, including ginger, cinnamon and cloves along with Saison yeast make for a lively and refreshingly dry fruit beer.

Brainless on Cherries, Belgian Style Ale (11.0% abv): We put our award winning Brainless Belgian Golden Ale into used French Oak red wine casks with cherry puree for a secondary fermentation and maturation. Dry, yet fruity with notes of wine and oak.

Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery – Lake Leelanau, Michigan

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Peach Crémant (9.0% abv):The ultimate summer/boat wine! A sparkling blend of 75% 45 White, our house white table wine, and 25% cold-pressed local peach juice.

Hard Cider (6.5% abv): Made with fresh-pressed organic antique apple varieties and fermented to dryness. Some juice is added back to give this cider just the right amount of sweetness. We carbonated and bottled it with a screw cap for a fresh apple cider flavor.

45 White: Our house blend, that is the perfect crowd pleaser. Not too sweet for the dry wine drinkers and not too dry for the sweet wine drinkers. Candied grapefruit aromas with a beautiful soft citric cleansing palette. Pairs perfectly with chicken, fish and summer pasta dishes.

45 Red: A blend of 35% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon & 30% Pinot Noir, aged in French oak. Lots of raspberry, dark cherry, and soft tannins up front with a nice, long finish.

Founders Brewing Co. – Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Rare Beer Tour
Rare beer to be announced.

All Day IPA (4.7% abv): The beer you’ve been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatic and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures.

Centennial IPA (7.2% abv): Get ready to bask in the glory of the frothy head’s floral bouquet. Relish the citrus accents from the abundance of dry hopping. This one’s sweet, yet balanced. Malty undertones shake hands with the hop character for a finish that never turns too bitter.

Porter (6.5% abv): Pours silky black with a creamy tan head. The nose is sweet with strong chocolate and caramel malt presence. No absence of hops gives Founders’ robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect. Cozy like velvet. It’s a lover, not a fighter.

Dirty Bastard (8.5% abv): So good it’s almost wrong. Dark ruby in color and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. Complex in finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness and a right hook of hop power to give it the bad attitude that a beer named Dirty Bastard has to live up to. Ain’t for the wee lads.

Great Lakes Brewing Co. – Cleveland, Ohio

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Edmund Fitzgerald Porter (5.8% abv): Named for the great ship that tragically sunk in Lake Superior in 1975 with many Northeast Ohioans on board, our Edmund Fitzgerald is the dark, brooding type. One sip of this complex, flavorful porter inspires lavish bar napkin poetry and spirited closing-time soliloquies. It’s a meticulously crafted love letter in a bottle, an epic and flavorful voyage, each sip a bittersweet tribute. Complex, roasty aroma with a bittersweet, chocolate-coffee taste and a bold hop presence.

Rye of the Tiger (7.5% abv): Our Rye of the Tiger has claws. Named for its fierce hop profile and sharp rye content, Rye of the Tiger is a thrilling India Pale Ale with bite. Rye of the Tiger is crafted for the fighter in all of us, a powerful beer meant to inspire feats of strength and skill. At 7.5%, mind those catlike reflexes if your bout goes into extra rounds. If you can handle this hopped-up kitty, you’ve earned your stripes. Strong citrus and pine presence with a clean, dry finish.

Chillwave Double IPA (9.4% abv): Great Lakes surfers work hard for their thrills. They wake before dawn, listening to the weather report like school kids hoping for a snow day. If the waves are worthy, they ride. No matter the cold, no matter the season, no matter the frozen crystals gathering in their beards, or the wind- whipping, white knuckle conditions they must face. Tothesechillrustbeltsurfdudes,it’sallgood. Yeah, it sounds a little crazy, but we didn’t craft our Double IPA for the faint of heart. With a flash of Mosaic hops and a kiss of honey malt, it’s a rush in a bottle. Ride our Chillwave. Then go out and find your own. Hop-forward with a balanced blend of Mosaic and Nugget hops.

Dortmunder Gold (5.8% abv): When we first started brewing Dortmunder Gold in 1988, he was a born crowd- pleaser. Not long after that, he became a judge- pleaser, collecting gold medals at multiple national beer festivals. But you’ll never hear our Dortmunder Gold brag. Much like his hometown of Cleveland, Dortmunder Gold has old-school working-class style with a new-school artisan pedigree. Perfectly comfortable attending your tailgate party and your work friend’s art show, you could say he’s a “well-balanced” guy. Delicate balance between sweet malt and dry hop flavors.

Rare Beer Tour
Rare beer to be announced.

Greenbush Brewing Co. – Sawyer, Michigan

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Sunspot (6.0% abv): Hot. Drenched. Delightfully blinding. Right. We’re not talking about that ball of fire in the sky, but our refreshing Hefewiezen. Skip the shade and down a glass or two and be cool.

Starchicken Shotgun (6.8% abv): IPA

Penitence (6.4% abv): Ready to make up for all those bad things you’ve been doing lately? C’mon, you can’t lie to us – we know better than that. Wash away your guilt with our Rye Stout and all will be forgiven.

Rare Beer Tour
Damn Dirty Ape (8.4% abv): Banana Bread Brown Ale

1825 (9.3% abv): A Belgian-Style Strong Ale with a little something extra. 1825… is that a year or a beer? An address or the number of nights you don’t remember from your youth? In any case, our 1825 Belgian Strong Ale defies logic with its golden ale roots and slight extra punch.

Brother Benjamin (10.1% abv): Be prepared, be prepared I say, to receive the mighty powerful taste of this truly heavenly Imperial India Pale Ale! It is a true force of nature my children! It’s a mystification!

Green Flash Brewing Co. – San Diego, California

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West Coast IPA (7.3% abv): A menagerie of hops is layered throughout the brewing process: Simcoe for unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes and Cascade for floral aroma. A multi-dimensional hop experience.

Hop Head Red (7.0% abv): Resinous hop characteristics emerge from an enormous hopping with Columbus, Nugget and Amarillo overtaking the rich caramel malt base. To add luscious
hop flavors and enticingly floral hop aromas, we dry-hop the brew with bucket loads of Amarillo hops. Welcome to the world of Red IPA.

Le Freak (9.2% abv): An ‘out of the box’ modern ale crafted by converging two beer styles, Belgian Trippel and American Imperial IPA. Dry-Hopped and Bottle-Conditioned – it’s a zesty brew with enticing American hop and fruity Belgian yeast aromatics.

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Palette Wrecker
(9.5% abv): Palate Wrecker was originally brewed for the Hamilton’s Tavern 2nd Anniversary celebration. It’s the most complicated West Coast–inspired IPA we have ever brewed—mashing and sparging with hopped wort, in addition to our hop layering regimen for IPA. By popular demand, it is now released for the world to enjoy.

Griffin Claw Brewing Co. – Birmingham, Michigan

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Norm’s Raggedy Ass IPA (7.25% abv): No corners are cut to brew our World Beer Cup champion Norm’s Raggedy Ass IPA. The key is in the giant, wonderful combination of piney, citrusy, and fruity hops with a surprisingly low malt profile. In other words, this is a powerhouse beer but it won’t make you drowsy. You’ll probably just want to order another pint.

Grind Line Pale Ale (5.0% abv): Our gold-medal-winning Grind Line Pale Ale gets its name from equal parts Detroit Hockey and Detroit Automaking. Everything about this Ale works together to form the whole – just the right amount of malt and hops. A good place to start if you’re having trouble deciding.

El Rojo Red Ale (6.5% abv): Our bronze medal winning El Rojo Red Ale has a malty, roasted flavor profile. Entered in competition as an English brown, the El Rojo is really more of an American Red – bigger than scottish reds with a beautiful ruby red color and a rich, roasty, caramel body.

Grand Trunk Bohemian Pilsner (5.0% abv): A little trivia you might not believe: we use more pounds of hops per barrel to brew our Bohemian Pilsner than we use to brew our IPAs. You gotta like hops to like this beer. What separates it from our lagers and ales is the adherence to traditional Czech brewing methods. The use of mineral-less soft water keeps the hops smooth, and the beer light in color. A spicy nose seals the deal.

Sour Beer Tour
Sour beer to be announced.

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales – Dexter, Michigan

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Sour Beer Tour
Calabaza Blanca
(4.8% abv): Aged in large oak casks and refermented in the bottle, Calabaza Blanca is a Belgian Biere Blanche. Spiced with orange peel and corriander, you’ll find it refreshingly tart, with a wonderful dry finish.

Bam Biere (4.5% abv): An artisan farmhouse ale that is golden, naturally cloudy, bottle conditioned and dry hopped for a perfectly refreshing balance of spicy malts, hops and yeast.

Bam Noire (4.3% abv): Dark, smooth, delicious. Aromas of worn leather and cool autumn nights. Notes of sweet plum and toasted raisin, hints of coffee and cacao. Lingering tart and refreshing finish. Only available for a few short months. Not to be missed.

Oro de Calabaza (8.0% abv): Oro de Calabaza is brewed in the Franco-Belgian tradition of strong golden ales. Spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet and the beguiling influence of wild yeast. #1 Belgian Ale in the World according to the New York Times. Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner.

Lagunitas Brewing Co. – Petaluma, California

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IPA (6.2% abv): Lagunitas IPA was our first seasonal way back in 1995. The recipe was formulated with malt and hops working together to balance it all out on your ‘buds so you can knock back more than one without wearing yourself out. Big on the aroma with a hoppy-sweet finish that’ll leave you wantin’ another sip.

Pils (6.2% abv): Our only Lager, brewed with loads of imported Saaz hops and a bottom-fermenting yeast strain that leaves it a bit lighter with a lot of smoothishness.

Wilco Tango Foxtrot (8.8% abv): We planned to release the 2010 Recovery Ale as a follow-up to our 2009 Correction Ale, but we weren’t quite recovering….WTF! So we tried to label it the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot to abide by Army call-letters, but we were told that we couldn’t use the word ‘Whiskey’ on a beer label…WTF!

Lagunitas Sucks (7.8% abv): Originally brewed in 2011 as a Brown Shugga’ substitute, due to construction-induced capacity issues. But we liked it so much it had to make a return trip.

Latitude 42 Brewing Co. – Portage, Michigan

Left Hand Brewing Co. – Longmont, Colorado

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Milk Stout (6.0% abv): Roasted malt and coffee flavors build the foundation of this creamy sweet stout. Milk sugar in your stout is like cream in your coffee. Dark and delicious, America’s great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be. “Preconceived notions are the blinders on the road to enlightenment.” Udderly delightful.

Black Jack Porter (6.8% abv): Slight malt sweetness with notes of dark chocolate, espresso and herbal hops. Holding the cards to bring you down, Black Jack Porter delves deeply beneath the surface to embrace your Ace. Espresso and dark chocolate flavors envelop your senses, with herbaceous hop flavors pulling you from the light. You never know what treasures may be lurking in the darkness. Will you play the game?

Polestar Pilsner (5.5% abv): A zesty German-style pilsner with great biscuity malt flavor and a dry, crisp finish. Once you have tasted a true Pilsner, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have seen the light, and there you will always long to return. Let Polestar guide you out the the wilderness, just as the North Star has guided explorers to their destinations and back home again. Light, crisp and elegant, pilsner is the true test of brewing prowess. Less is more.

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Mountain Town Brewing Co. – Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

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Crazy Train Black IPA (6.3% abv): A black I.P.A brewed with dark and roasted malts. Hop on the train and enjoy the rich malty flavor. The ride begins with a rich dark color and ends with a hoppy finish. We are sure you will return for another ride.

Peach Gruit (5.8% abv): This is a twist on our popular Sacred Gruit herbal ale. We added 100% pure Peach and Apricot juice for a unique, refreshing beer.

Train Wreck Amber Ale (8.2% abv): An American Amber Ale brewed with maple syrup and honey to give it a full body and smooth sweetness. Approach with caution. This one will sneak up on you! Brewed to keep us warm in the winter months, but easily enjoyable any time of the year. Syrup and honey give this beer an irresistible sweetness that makes it impossible to have just one. No matter what you pair this one with make sure you get plenty to eat or you might find out how this beer got its name.

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New Belgium Brewing Co. – Fort Collins, Colorado

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Fat Tire Amber Ale (5.2% ABV): Named in honor of our co-founder’s bike trip through Europe, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineer’s home brewing. Belgian beers use a far broader palette of ingredients (fruits, spices, esoteric yeast strains) than German or English styles. Together with co-founder Kim Jordan, they traveled around sampling their homebrews to the public. Fat Tire won fans with its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness. Fat Tire: Pairs well with people.

Snapshot Wheat (5.0% ABV): Snap! You just captured an unfiltered wheat beer full of refreshment and a flash of tart at the finish. Smile-inducing aromas of citrus hops jump from the nose, accompanied by the sweetness of coriander and grains of paradise. Brewed with wheat and pale malt, Snapshot pours a hazy, lemon-yellow with bright-white lacing. But the real enticement is the snap of tart. New Belgium’s affinity for sour beers led to the in-process blending of lactobacillus to pucker up Snapshot’s base. An extra step to acidify and beautify and get this beer ready for its close up.

Ranger IPA (6.5% ABV): Ever met a New Belgium Beer Ranger? They are our beloved folks out in the field. Spanning all 29 of our states from the Pacific to the Atlantic, our Beer Rangers do their best to protect, to pour and to partake. And explore many a beer from many a brewery, they do. Bring out the hops! This clear amber beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor. Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize the hop flavor from start to finish, Ranger is a sessionable splendor for all you hopinistas. Thank your Beer Ranger!

Spring Blond (6.0% ABV): Blondes are a favorite style among New Belgium employee-owners who have celebrated their 5-year anniversary with a spring trip to Belgium. These travels inspired our Spring Blonde and brought some old Belgium to New Belgium. Brewed with pale and Munich malts, this golden ale pours bright copper and holds a strong, white head aloft. A nose of lemon peel, pepper, and fresh baked bread entice a sipping. Spring Blonde drinks malty, sweet and wonderful. And the easy Nugget hopping pedals towards a dry, lightly bitter finish. Shed that coat, grab some bikes, and crack some beers.

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Biere De Garde, Brewery Vivant Collaboration
(9.0% abv): New Belgium and Michigan’s own Brewery Vivant each stuck a hand in the mitten for this wonderful collaboration. A bright Biere de Garde with a pale copper sheen, this beer is brewed with pale malt, and some oats for creaminess. Hopped with Sorachi Ace to reinforce the citrus bite from the bergamot addition, the Brewery Vivant Collaboration is refreshing, and strong. A hint of clove from Vivant’s house yeast brings a spice bite to the extra dry finish. Enjoy with friends.

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La Folie
(8% ABV): La Folie Wood Aged Beer is our original wood-conditioned beer, resting in French Oak barrels between one and three years before being bottled. Peter Bouckaert came to us from Rodenbach, home of the fabled sour red. Our La Folie emulates the spontaneous fermentation beers of Peter’s beloved Flanders with sour apple notes, a dry effervescence, and earthy undertones.

Spring Blond (6.0% abv): Blondes are a favorite style among New Belgium employee-owners who have celebrated their 5-year anniversary with a spring trip to Belgium. These travels inspired our Spring Blonde and brought some old Belgium to New Belgium. Brewed with pale and Munich malts, this golden ale pours bright copper and holds a strong, white head aloft. A nose of lemon peel, pepper, and fresh baked bread entice a sipping. Spring Blonde drinks malty, sweet and wonderful. And the easy Nugget hopping pedals towards a dry, lightly bitter finish. Shed that coat, grab some bikes, and crack some beers.

New Holland Brewing Co. – Holland, Michigan

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Dragon’s Milk Reserve (11.0% abv): This beer, aged with Chili de arbol peppers in the barrels, is one of a series of innovative specialties to sneak out of our Dragon’s Milk Cellar. The earthy pepper character mingles with the dark roasted tones of Dragon’s Milk as the spice slowly warms your palate, pleasantly contrasting the deep malt character.

Paleooza (5.5% abv): Our classic Pale Ale, with Michigan grown, cascade hops. Bright hoppiness and pleasant aromatics framed with balancing sweetness of pale malts.

Full Circle (4.9% abv): A kölsch-style beer, Full Circle is a refreshing celebration of our brewery’s belief in balance.

Monkey King (6.6% abv): A soft, medium body saison with subtle pepper character and fruity undertones.

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Blue Sunday (7.0% abv): This unique anniversary libation, heritage-blended from our library of barrel-soured beers, exhibits deeply layered flavors of malt and oak, with a tart finish.

North Peak Brewing Co. – Traverse City, Michigan

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Diabolical IPA (6.66% abv): The devil made us do it. From the ABV and IBU figures to the fiendish use of Cascade, Perle and Willamette hops, Lucifer was whispering in our ears the entire time. Citrus and pine scents greet you and are followed by the sharp bitterness expected of an IPA. The beer’s true wickedness is revealed in the smooth Pale, Crystal 30 and wheat malts that surreptitiously broaden the beer’s appeal to more than just hopheads.

Siren Amber Ale (5.0% abv): Its call is intoxicating. An aroma that beckons you to pull up a stool and linger over its toasted malt character. Next, a deep kiss of liquid lust that will caress your tongue, thanks to an array of toasty Pale, Crystal (30 and 75), wheat, Carapils and roasted barley malts balanced by the subtle bite of Willamette and Fuggle hops. It’s a brew that will seduce your heart, mind and palette.

Wanderer (4.2% abv): North Peak Wanderer is a Session IPA. This combination of full hop flavor and lower alcohol gives Wanderer a wonderful drinkability. It has a light, clean and refreshing body, and is hopped with Centennial, Citra and Simcoe hops giving Wanderer a citrus and pine finish.

Archangel (5.0% abv): North Peak Archangel is an American Wheat Beer brewed with Michigan cherries. Subtly hopped with Perle and Vanguard hops, Archangel is refreshing, clean and crisp.

Odd Side Ales – Grand Haven, Michigan

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Oskar Blues Brewery – Longmont, Colorado

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Dale’s Pale Ale (6.5% abv): This voluminously hopped mutha delivers a hoppy nose and assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and citrusy floral hops from start to finish. Oskar Blues launched its canning ops in 2002, brewing and hand-canning Dale’s Pale Ale in the Lyons, ColoRADo, brewpub. America’s first-craft-canned mountain Pale is a hearty, critically acclaimed trailblazer that changed the way craft beer fiends perceive portable beer.

Mama’s Lil Yella Pils (5.3% abv): Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pils is an uncompromising, small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czech Republic, famous. Unlike mass market “pilsners” diluted with corn & rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt, German specialty malts, and Saaz hops. While its rich with Czeched-out flavor, its gentle hopping and low ABV make it a luxurious but low-dose (by Oskar Blues standards) refresher.

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Gubna (10.0% abv): Gubna was bred from Oskar Blues Brewery’s hankering to confront 100+ IBUs by cranking up the complexity of hops by pouring Cascade on top of copious amounts of Summit, then balancing that with a backbone of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt. GUBNA’s post-fermentation dry-hopping with both hops allows this monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma while providing a rye malt-induced, spicy-yet-round middle, and a brisk, clean bitter finish.

Old Chub (8.0% abv): This jaw-dropping Scottish strong ale (8% ABV) is brewed with bodacious amounts of malted barley and specialty grains, and a dash of beechwood-smoked malt. Old Chub features semi-sweet flavors of cocoa and coffee, and a wee-bit of smoke. A head-turning treat for malt heads and folks who think they don’t dig dark beer.

Perrin Brewing Co. – Comstock Park, Michigan

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Golden Ale
(5.0% abv): A clean, crisp, refreshing, and always sessionable ale with a hint of bee hive sweetness. Urban Dictionary defines sessionable as: “the characteristic of an alcoholic drink (usually a pint of beer) which is suitable for a lengthy drinking session”.

Black (5.9% abv): The Black Ale is low in gravity, clean, crisp, and flavor-filled; giving off a bread-like aroma. This beer proves that deep colors do not signify rich potency. Our Black Ale is deceptively light on the tongue. A wise man once said: “You under-estimate the power of the Dark Side. Give yourself to the Dark Side!”

Razzberry Blonde (4.5% abv): Raspberry Blonde: saving marriages since September of 2012. A light, crisp, and sweet fruit beer with a wet kiss of raspberries.

Grapefruit IPA (4.9% abv): Just one sip of this ruby- fruited Mama conjures up the history lesson we all learned as kids. Everyone knows the story of Captain Shaddock sailing from East India (pummel seeds in tow) en route to the Caribbean. Shaddock could’ve never imagined that his Barbados forbidden fruit would find its way into the glass in front of you.

IPA (7.3% abv): A serendipitous balance of North American and European specialty malts, paired with a lavish selection of West Coast hops; giving an intense, one – two punch to the uvula. Now with Amarillos! This beer is good for drinking!

Rye of the Liger (5.9% abv): Inspired by hybrid vigor, our brewers came up with the Citrennial hop. Like the petri dish jungle love of the lion and the tiger creating the largest of all felines, this beer pairs Centennial and Citra hops in holy matrimony to form the Citrennial hop. Rye of the Liger is a complex and citrusy Pale Ale with hints of Rye. No ligers were hurt in the creation of this beer.

Kingdom of Tonga Vanilla Porter (7.0% abv): The vanilla beans used in this beer come from… you guessed it: The Kingdom of Tonga. Tonga has over 170 islands and is located in the South Pacific. The taste profile is much different than our former Vanilla Porter. Those beans were sweeter; whereas the profile of these beans consists more of fig and raisin . Chocolate and coffee notes (with a subtle caramel touch) set this beer off while the vanilla beans lead into a delightfully dry finish.

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Hopwood (9.0% abv): Hopwood is the first in the Cooper’s Series of beers. The barrel aging process imparts a nice, wine-like flavor and aroma into our IIPA; complimenting the floral and fruity character of the hops used in it’s recipe. You would be extremely hard pressed to find a beer like this anywhere in the country! Look for subtle hints of wood, coconut, melon and passion fruit buried deep in this complex and hoppy beer.

Rochester Mills Beer Co. – Rochester, Michigan

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Milkshake Stout (5.0% abv): Milkshake Stout is a sweet stout style Ale that combines four different malts along with a low hop level creating a deep dark beer featuring rich, roasted flavors. The addition of lactose (milk sugar, thus the name milkshake) adds complexity, body, and a residual sweetness that lends a smooth, creamy texture to this delightfully full-flavored brew.

Rochester Red (5.9% abv): This deep red colored English-Style Ale features a rich, malty flavor profile, medium body, and a low level of hop bitterness for a smooth, great tasting, easy to drink beer. Rochester Red is one of our top selling guest favorites.

Cornerstone IPA (6.6% abv): This unfiltered amber ale is packed full of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. IPA is the most bitter beer style and it is enjoyed by people we refer to as “hopheads.” We dry hop this beer with a combination of English and American hop varieties for a wonderfully aromatic finish.

Lazy Daze Amber (5.1% abv): Boasting a rich amber color and medium-bodied flavor from a combination of Munich malt for a subtle sweetness and German hops, you’ll find Lazy Daze Amber is another easy drinking, well-balanced local brew from Rochester Mills.

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Bourbon Maple Brown Ale

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Mills Big Brew Imperial IPA (8.0% abv): Inspired by the winning entry from our annual Big Brew Day & Michigan Homebrew competition, which drew over 300 brewers who brewed over 1,000 gallons of beer in our parking lot. This year’s winning entry (an Imperial IPA) was submitted by homebrewer Zachary Typinski.

St. Ambrose Cellars – Beulah, Michigan

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Short's Brewing Co. – Bellaire, Michigan

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Cerveza de Julie (5.0 % abv): Cerveza De Julie is a pale yellow Mexican Lager brewed with real lime. Delicate yeasty aromas gather quickly from the ample amount of carbonation in this lighter bodied beer style. Soft grain sweetness enhanced by unobtrusive lime qualities bring out a subtle snappy tartness, which turns mildly bitter before a crisp refreshing finish.

Bludgeon yer Eye (6.2% abv): Bludgeon Yer Eye is an India Black Ale. Intense fruity and floral aromas, along with a subtle malty fragrance, emits from the beer. The deep black color complements the rich, dark roasted malt flavors. The unexpected twist comes when the high hop bitterness takes over and leaves a bitter finish.

Alien Einstein (5.5% abv): Alien Einstein is a light bodied India Pale Lager with a dull golden color and an inviting aroma of tangy grapefruit juice. A bright burst of fruity and earthy hop flavors immediately hits the palate. This beer exemplifies the well-rounded versatility of the American Mosaic hops used exclusively  in this beer.

Short’s Vintage Premium Lager (4.0% abv): Short’s Vintagge Premium Lager is the perfect replica of today’s mainstream American Pale Lagers, complete with a wort that’s 50% blended rice syrup and hot water.  A small amount of 2 row malted barley contributes to its bright yellow color and delicate malt flavors.  Crystal clear and boldly effervescent, this beer has yeast aromas that lead into flavors of lightly toasted white bread with a very low residual sweetness.  The super light body aids in the ultimate refreshment providing a thirst quenching finish that’s super crisp and clean.

Bourbon Carrot Cake (7.5% abv): Bourbon Carrot Cake is an experimental dessert ale made with carrots, marshmallow, vanilla, maple syrup, orange zest, walnuts, pecans and spices and then aged in bourbon barrels. The aroma is enticing, emitting fragrances that literally recreate a slice of carrot cake that has been soaked in bourbon, right down to the cream cheese frosting. Incredibly complex, yet surprisingly balanced, the flavor of each specialty ingredient seems to take its turn. Pleasant flavors of spice and cream resonate on the pallet causing an uncontrollable craving to taste more.

Freedom of ’78 (6.9% abv): Freedom of ’78 is a medium bodied IPA with a wonderful, bright clarity and pleasing bronze hue. The aroma is a unique fusion of citrus fruit and subtle pine qualities. The distinct characteristics of the guava nectar are impossible to miss, and attributes of tangerine, nectarine, and even faint honey flavors are detectable. The finish quickly turns to an expected IPA bitterness that turns dry during prolonged tastings.

Earl of Brixom (3.9% abv): Earl of Brixom is an English Dark Mild Ale with a rich brown color and a mocha laced aroma. The overall body is lighter than it appears, yet robust flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel are prevalent. This beer is filled with flavor, but not overly sweet. The finish is pleasantly clean with a slight, black-coffee-like bitterness.

Howlin’ Chinaski (6.5% abv): Howlin’ Chinaski is a light bodied, golden straw colored Dortmunder beer. It has bready Bohemian lager yeast esters and grassy hop aromas. The overall malt sweetness is quite low, with the dominate flavors being the hearty milled grains. Howlin’ Chinaski has slight bitter complements from the German Spalt hops. Howlin’ Chinaski was brewed as a traditional German Dortmunder Lager. Dortmunder is a Pale Lager that originated in the industrial city of Dortmund, Germany. Originally brewed by Dortmunder Union brewery in 1873, this soft pilsner style beer became very popular with industrial workers, and was responsible for Dortmunder Union becoming Germany’s largest brewery and Dortmund having the highest concentration of breweries in Germany.

Yeager’s Puff (3.8% abv): A golden light bodied hoppy Session Ale brewed exclusively with Michigan grown hops and malted barley. Delicate aromas of light lemon citrus and assorted herbs contrast with the initial flavors of hearty milled grains. The low overall sweetness gives way quickly to an impacting grassy bitterness that lingers well into the finish.

Super Fluid: (8.0% abv) An American Double IPA with a large, but basic malt bill, that explodes with a perfume of resiny hop aromas! The lack of sweet specialty grains allows the hops to seize the flavor focus, contributing bright tasty qualities of citrus fruit, berries, and even a mild spiciness. The perfect bitterness resonates across the palate, complementing the awesome hop intensity within.

Superior Lakes – Harrison Township, Michigan

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Pear Pyment (13.0% abv): Medium-sweet Riesling mead, made with fresh Michigan pears, raw Michigan wildflower honey.  The fermented pear is a wonderful compliment to the late harvest Riesling profile.  Crisp.  Clean.  Unique.

Red Pyment (13.0% abv): Semi-sweet red mead, made with California Merlot grapes and Michigan wild-flower honey then aged in American oak barrels. Light and easy drinking this mead is loved by both dry and sweet wine drinkers.

White Mead (12.0% abv): We use our gourmet white honey from Grand Traverse County to produce a wonderfully sweet and light mead with honey all through the nose, pallet, and finish.  Sweetness level similar to a white Muscato. Never thick and never syrupy.  How mead was meant to taste!

Brew Askew (12.0% abv): *Limited Release* – Lightly roasted Brazilian Santos coffee beans and Michigan wildflower honey.  Wonderful coffee aroma and flavor. Move over Bloody Mary and goodbye Mimosa, this will get you going.

Tapistry Brewing – Bridgman, Michigan

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Mr. Orange (5.7% abv): Light and refreshing Blood Orange Wit is the perfect all season beer. Brewed with blood oranges, chamomile, and rose hips, this beer is refreshing and satisfying.

Enigma (9.8% abv): Enigma is a brown sugar double IPA with a surprisingly smooth finish from the Simcoe dry hop.

Reactor (7.0% abv): Reactor is a dry-hopped IPA that begins with a bitter hop bite and finishes with a smooth citrusy hop flavor and aroma. We brewed this specifically for our friends that just can never have too many hops.

Peck’s Porter (6.5% abv): Our robust porter recipe incorporates British malts and hops creating a rich and dark flavorful porter with a hint of sweetness.

Hoponacci (5.5% abv): Single hopped series. This will change with each brew to accentuate the individual hop characteristic.

Hypnotist (8.4% abv): The Hypnotist is an experimental ale brewed with smoked pepper-corns. Its scotch-like notes are the perfect complement to its farmhouse flavor.

Vander Mill Ciders – Spring Lake, Michigan

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Hard Apple (6.9% abv): Our traditional Hard Apple is a straight fermented semi dry Michigan hard cider.

Totally Roasted (6.9% abv): Hard cider steeped with cinnamon roasted pecans.

Blue Gold (abv n/a): Apple Blueberry Cider. When creating products from Michigan fruits it seems natural to include Michigan blueberries. They add a nice fruity flavor to the cider. Like our other hard ciders, this one is not too sweet or overpowering. This product should be served cold in a pint glass.

Cyser VanDoom (8.5% abv): Michigan cyser aged in Founder’s Doom barrels for 6 months.

Virtue Ciders – Chicago, Illinois

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The Ledbury Cider: Ledbury is an old market town in Herefordshire, England – full of historic inns and pubs, and a beautiful, half-timber Market House dating back to 1617. It sits between the rivers Wye and Severn, surrounded by orchards growing cider apples. Gregory Hall’s first visit to Ledbury was as a brewer, to buy English hops in the autumn of 2007. He returned in 2011, a newly minted Cider-maker, to meet Tom Oliver. Tom makes traditional cider and perry – some of the world’s best – in Ocle Pynchard, Herefordshire. The Ledbury Cider is an English-style medium cider crafted by Virtue with Tom Oliver. It’s not too dry, not too sweet. A blend of old world bittersweet apples and new world heirloom varieties are fermented with native yeast, adding a bit of farminess to the ripe apple nose.

Sidra De Nava: Sidra de Nava is a tart, lemony Spanish-style sidra. The Asturias region produces 80% of the Sidra in Spain, and the Asturian summer is something to behold. The skies are clear and blue, the cafés full, and Sidra reigns supreme. Every café and Sidrería pours it – either ‘thrown’ from a bottle or pipa (pitcher) held high overhead or straight from the kupela (barrel). Afternoon drinking under those blue skies leads to long nights of music, dancing and of course, more Sidra. The climax of the summer is the Festival de la Sidra in the village of Nava, held each July. Virtue’s Sidra de Nava is more tart than the dry ciders of England or funky cidre from France. Its lemony nose and bracingly tart dry finish are a happy intersection of cider, dry white wine and fresh squeezed lemonade. It’s the most refreshing of drinks, pure sunshine in a glass.

The Mitten: When the leaves fall, there’s a chill in the air and the evening greedily takes hours from daylight, we stand strong and embrace the wintertime. It’s a time of rich foods, roaring fires and our favorite sweaters. Drinks change from refreshing to intense and satisfying. The Mitten is a Winter cider, a blend of last season’s best, aged in bourbon barrels, with the new season’s fresh pressed apple juice. Straight cider, aged for 3 seasons, finds notes of vanilla, caramel and charred American oak, balanced with the best of the orchard, over-ripe apples and their sweet, tart, earthy juice. Many barrels are filled, but only a small portion, the very smoothest, will find their way into The Mitten. We love wintertime, especially when we have The Mitten to keep us warm and happy through the long, cold night.

Red Streak: RedStreak is a proper English style draft cider. With its hazy lemon hue, scent of ripe apples and just a touch of oak, RedStreak has a crisp, tart finish that pairs perfectly with your favorite mature cheddar. First discovered in Herefordshire in the 1630s, the Redstreak bittersharp apple produced a cider so delicious it was deemed to be ‘fit for kings.’

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