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Rare Beer Tour | Winter 2017

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4:00PM
Founders Brewing:
Mango Magnifico– 10% ABV- High Gravity Mango Habanero Ale. Mango Magnifico is a high-gravity fruit beer brewed with mango and a touch of habaneros to add just the right amount of heat. The delicate flavors imparted by the sweet richness of the mango are punctuated perfectly by the subtle heat of the habaneros, proving that fruit beers do not have to be one-note. Each 750mL bottle of this 10% ABV ale is both sophisticated and refreshing, making it the perfect beer to share… or to keep all to yourself. Mango Magnifico is part of a long lineage of Founders’ fruit beers, including Rubaeus, Cerise, Blushing Monk and Big Lushious.

4:15PM
Arbor Brewing:
MAFKA Barrel Aged Sour– 5% ABV- Inoculated barrel  staves were pitched into a vat of specially blended beer (58% Khatta Kala Sour Stout, 36% Hothaus Harvest Ale, 6% Velvet Hammer) and left to age for 18 months. The results proved to be wildly successful (pun intended!). The scent of rich, black cherries on the nose carries through to a delicate mouth-feel on the palette, and a mild, sweet-tart finish with newly unleashed oak tannins. 

4:30PM
Saugatuck Brewing:
BBA Blueberry Maple Stout– Our Blueberry Maple Stout aged in bourbon barrels.

4:45PM
Arcadia Ales:
Battle Kriek– 8% ABV- Battle Kriek is a blend of a light Golden Sour Ale, a kettle soured Cherry Ale, a batch of our Apollyon Belgian Golden Strong, and a Golden Saison. All of these beers were aged in oak barrels for 8-18 months. Arcadia’s Brewers tasted every barrel project in the house to come up with a blend of 36 unique oak barrels from these 4 varied batches of beer. The combined flavor profiles of wood and light biscuit, tropical and citrus fruits, and a classic farmhouse funk were mixed with 1,200 pounds of Michigan cherries! Pinkish ruby in color with a slight haze and light pink foamy head, this American Wild Ale/Wild Specialty Beer comes in at 7.4%. Aromas of cherry pie, citrus zest, peaches, and pastoral settings mirror the flavors of tart cherry pie, acidity from wild fermented sour cherry champagne as well as tropical and citrus fruits. A very dry and slightly tannic, thin mouthfeel balances with bright fruit and citrus acidity.

5:00PM
Atwater Brewery:
Hell’s Winter– 6.5 % ABV- Habanero flavored stout. The heat hits you right away.

5:15PM
Founders Brewing:
Backwoods Bastard– 11.6% ABV- Scotch Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels. Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts, a bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark fruit. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

5:30PM
New Belgium:
Clutch Imperial Sour Stout– 8.5% ABV- Clutch is a sour fury stout that deploys wood-aged sour tartness alongside brooding roasted malt complexity. Born from a common interest in thrashing, New Belgium’s wood cellar team and Maryland-based band Clutch first joined up in 2011 to make this dark-than-black, genre-bending Lips of Faith release. With both the brewery and the band celebrating 25th anniversaries in 2016, we ventured into the darkness one more time to bring this beer back from the void. Clutch storms the sense with deep cocoa, biting roast, and a fruity funkiness from a blend of sour Oscar pulled specifically from French oak foeders to complement the heavy stout base. Submit to the darkness and discover what’s Clutch.

5:45PM
Shorts:
RUN- 8%  ABV- Sour Stout aged in a mix of Two James Rye Whiskey barrels and Madeira casks fermented with dried orange and (local) dried cherry. 

6:00PM
Odd Side Ales:
Rye Hipster Brunch Stout- 11% ABV- Our Hipster Brunch with some rye malt added. Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels.

 

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