Starting new beer tab, we are going to sample out the first brew from Wolverine Brewery. It is their Winter Lager. Wolverine Brewery was started by a few Michigan borne home brewers. They brew beers in the lager styles. They rarely do any ales. There is not much history on this brewery. I cannot find when they opened their doors. I believe it was 2010. Let us get into the beer.
This lager has a clear amber color with a white head that disappears over time. The smell is heavy malty to caramel notes. The taste is a light carbonated caramel notes with a crisp caramel finish. It is pretty drinkable for a winter beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.wolverinebeer.com):
Wolverine Winter Lager
6.5% abv / 18 IBU – Available November through February
This cold-weather seasonal was designed to make your winter warmer rather than to match a particular style. We start with hearty Maris Otter malt from the UK. Then we add Special Roast barley from Wisconsin, before heading back across the pond for some dark German Munich malt and German Wheat malt for some added character. We top that off with a blend of dark, rich, caramel malts and the result is an extremely smooth and silky lager beer with a hint of alcohol in the flavor and a clean finish…the perfect beer for drinking by the fire.
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Closing out current beer tab, I am going to make it down to their taproom. I do not care if they do not sell food. I lived in Chicago for a good eight years before moving back to Michigan about a few month ago. I have to say most of the new brewpubs do not service food. I do not see an issue of not having food. You want the people of focus on your beer. If it is good they will come back to your brewpub. I am a fan of lagers when they are done right. There are not too many good craft lagers on the market and I believe Wolverine Brewing has something here. If this winter lager tells me something, they know how to make craft lagers. I love the malts they used in this brew. It kicks off a nice caramel notes. I highly recommend this brew and I am looking forward to trying their other brews. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser