In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Atwater Brewery. It is their Bloktoberfest, which is their Oktoberfest. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Detroit base craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Michigan craft brewery. Let us get into this fall beer.
It has a clear amber color without a constant head. The smell has a sweet malty notes. The taste has a sweet burn malty notes with a slight caramel that is burned. The aftertaste has a dry burned notes. It is drinkable beer.
Ending, I know many of you out there from my readers here and friends of mine. They all know that I am not a fan of this craft brewery. I just feel that they could be make better beers. They have no pressure right now to check anything. Michigan craft beer market is still growing along with their drinkers. Once it is hits the peak. I believe they will need to change some things up at that time. I just wished they made better beer, however, this beer is pretty good. It is better than most of their beers. I recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Perrin Brewery. It is their Black Ale. This beer was a Black Lager. They changed this beer to an ale to keep up with demand. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Michigan craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery. Let us get into this black ale.
It has a jet black color with a tan color head at first that disappears over time. The smell has a chocolate with coffee like notes. The taste of this light body ale has a chocolate to coffee like notes. It has a heavy malty notes but still light like a light Lager. The aftertaste has a nutty finish that hangs around. It is extremely drinkable beer.
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.
Closing, this brewery is one of my favorite craft breweries in the State Of Michigan. I am a fan of Petoskey Brewery, Right Brain, Frankenmuth Brewery, and Canton Brew Works. The goal for this craft brewery is to brew beers that are drinkable and does not matter the beer style. I will say they did a great job on this brew. This is not my favorite beer style. I am not saying this is a bad beer. It is a really good beer and respect what they did with this beer. I can see many people liking this beer. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to talk about my visit to Batch Brewing. This brewery started up early in 2015 in the Corktown area of Detroit. Corktown is up and coming part of Detroit. It is a nice size brewpub. They do service food. They have a nice beer selection. Let us get into their food.
The photo above is their food menu. Their food is just normal bar food with a high-end look from a professional chief. I had their pretzels with cheese and mustard. It was really good. It went well with their version of the Oktoberfest. They have sandwiches and fish tacos. It is not a big menu but it gets to the point. Let us get into the beer.
The photo bottom is the current list of their beers on September 27th, 2015. They are always changing the beer menu and selection. They also let you know what is the next set of beers that will be coming on tap. I was a huge fan of Oktoberfest. Their Oktoberfest is called Festbier. I also tried their Empire Pale Ale. It was a little different. This beer is above average brew. I also had their milk stout that is called Sweetums. This was by far the best beer that I had from them in my first visit. They do not do beer flights.
Closing, I was pretty happy to get into this brewpub to check out their beers. I love how they have parking and how the outside of their brewpub stands out. There is a nice outside sitting area. Unlike other brewpubs, you feel like you are sitting in the brewing itself. The other brewpubs, you see brewing room in another room. This is one of the better new and upcoming craft brewery. They know what they are doing and make good beer. I am happy to see a good brewery not the ones that I have visit in last few weeks. I highly recommend this brewpub. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this special beer blog, we are going to get into a new brewpub that just had their soft opening. It is Dearborn Brewery. This brewery was started in 2014. They are in the heart of the business district of Dearborn, Michigan. It is right off Michigan Ave and right by legendary Les Stafford car dealership. They do not have a solid Grand Opening date. Talking to the owners, the City of Dearborn is pretty excited to have them around. Let us get into the beer.
They are like all the little brewpubs that I have visited in the last few weeks. I loved what they did in the space. They put chalk boards throughout the place. It is a pretty smart idea so you are not printing up something new every week. They do not service any food. Please, eat or order from the restaurants in the area. Most restaurants will delivery to the brewpub and some will delivery up to your table. Let us be honest, you are here for the beer. You are not coming here to order food and eat it here. They had a Creamshandy. I have to be honest. It is almost like someone just dropped a ton of Lemonade in the cream ale batch. It is very tart. I really did not like it but I can see someone liking it. They also have an American Amber Ale. It has a nice malty note. This is by far second best beer in their line up. There is also Honey Brown Ale. I do not know what they did but it taste like burn honey. This is second worse beer right before their Shandy. Finally, there is their IPA. I do know what they did to it. There is a weird aftertaste and it is not welcoming. It has a nice malty backbone. This is by far their best beer.
Closing, this brewery is a great example of what is going wrong in the craft beer world. I hope there is no new craft beer drinkers coming into this brewpub. I love the brewpub on the inside but it is hard to find parking and to get to because where they are located in Dearborn. I am happy that they are doing what they want to do. I have to be honest with my readers. Their beers are not good at all. I was really disappointed. I really wished that the brewmaster’s friends would have been honest about their beers. I just hope new craft beer drinkers do not think this is how craft beer taste. It is not the case. There best beers are their IPA and Amber Ale. They are below average beers. I know I saw my friend almost vomit from the Cream Ale. I almost did too. It is kind of scary that I would rather drink Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. I am sorry Dearborn Brewing that I am not a fan. I wish you the best of luck. At least, you are better than Granite City. Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Perrin Brewery. It is their Lil’ Griz. This hard to find brew in package is being featured on this blog for the first time. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know they history of this up and coming Michigan craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery. Let us get into this American Brown Ale.
It has a dark brown color with a constant tan color head. The aroma has a sweet malty to nutty notes. The taste has a nutty notes with a slight bourbon notes for the aftertaste. It is smooth barrel age brew. It is a pretty drinkable beer.
In the end, when I heard Perrin was making an everyday barrel aged ale, I was pretty excited to try it. I will say many of my beer friends were just as excited. There is a nice balance in this beer. The bourbon does not over take the brown ale. It is pretty slight. This is unlike most barrel aged brews. Perrin in my opinion has done a great job making this brew. It comes in at 6.9% but it drinks like 5% ABV. I will say Perrin is keeping to their goal as a brewery. They wanted to make session-able beers. They hit homerun with this one. I just wish this was everyday in package. I highly recommend this beer in package or draft. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into fall seasonal, which is Oktoberfest, from Goose Island Brewery. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this oldest craft brewery in Chicago. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery. Let us get into this Oktoberfest.
It has a clear amber color with a semi constant white head. The aroma has a slight caramel notes. The taste has a sweet candy like caramel notes. The aftertaste has a dry malty finish that does not last long. It is a pretty drinkable beer.
Brewed in the traditional Märzen style, our Oktoberfest pours a brilliant copper over rose color with a bone white head. Notes of toffee and burnt sugar in the aroma and flavors of sweet dried apricots are delivered in a dry malty body with the mild earthy bitterness that is the hallmark of Hallertau hops.
Ending, I know my readers know that I am a huge fan of Goose Island. I became a fan when I lived in the Chicago market for about eight years. I always look forward to their fall and winter seasonals. This Oktoberfest did not disappoint me this year. It is just like last years. There is many craft breweries that love to change their recipes of their seasonal beers. This brewery is no different. I am happy that they kept this one the same from last year’s version. This is by far best Oktoberfest to me for this season. I love it. I am not a caramel from candy and ice cream topping. I have to say I love caramel notes in the beer. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Great Lakes Brewing. It is their fall seasonal, which is their Oktoberfest. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Midwest craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Ohio base craft brewery. Let us get into this Lager.
It has a clear copper to light amaber color with a white constant head. The smell has a sweet malty to slight caramel notes. The taste has a sweet malty to slight caramel notes. The aftertaste has a dry malty notes. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Ending, I love this time of the year because I love the pumpkin ales and Oktoberfests. It also makes me sad because the Motorcycle will be put up for the season. This Oktoberfest is a little different brew than from the rest on the market. Most American Oktoberfest have that sweet caramel notes. The traditional Oktoberfest that comes out of Germany has more of malty notes. This brew from Great Lakes Brewery is close to the Europe style but yet still has a little American notes. There is a little sweetest there. This is one of the best Oktoberfests in the Midwest area. I always pick up a six-pack each season. This is one of the Midwest go to brews. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into Knee Deep Brewing. This is the first time that this brewery and their beer is being feature on this blog. The beer is their Breaking Bud IPA. Jeremy Warren founded Knee Deep Brewing in 2010. They are known for their IPA’s. There is not much history on this brewery. They just added Michigan to their distribution map. Let us get into this IPA.
It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a heavy earthly to floral like notes. The taste has an earthly to grass like notes with a pine cone aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Old school meets new school in this fresh approach to the classic IPA. At 50 IBU’s and 6.7% ABV, Breaking Bud features the restrained bitterness and alcohol of a classic IPA with newer tropical fruit hop flavors and aromas of Mosaic. Also in the hop mix are Simcoe and CTZ, creating layers of mango, passion fruit, pine and dank. A malt bill with a pinch of crystal malt and a hefty dose of flaked wheat keeps the beer crisp while adding flavor complexity.
Closing my tab, I just happen to walk into one of liquor stores by my house. I was pretty stun to see these brews from Knee Deep Brewing. I never heard of them and of course, I pulled out my phone right away and did a little research from this craft brewery. I have to say I am not disappointed. I just wished that it came in as six pack bottles or cans. I am not a huge fan of 22oz bottles. I will say most markets are like this now. If it is a limited run beer, I am fine with it being in 22oz bottles. I like it. It is nice to get a different version of an English style IPA. I will pick up this beer once in a while. It is just the 22oz that throws me off. Once it is open. You have to drink it all. I recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into the second brewery that I visited last weekend with friends. It is Fort Street Brewery. This brewery was started in 2005 in my hometown of Lincoln Park. I grew up there for 18 years. They offer a new Firkin every week. This brewery has been around for 10 years and Congrats to that. Let us get into the beer.
They cover just about every beer style. I did not see a normal IPA or Double IPA. There was a session IPA and it was pretty good. The Lincoln Lager is gone and was replace with a good Cream Ale. There is a nice English Style ESB. This brew was my favorite. They also had a great Imperial Pilsner. Their White Ale was pretty average but I am not a wheat beer fan. I can see beer drinkers liking this brew. Black Hole was another great beer that I loved. They had a Root Beer on tap. It was pretty interesting. It came out as a golden ale and root beer notes were slight. It was not overpowering the brew. Overall, I will make the trip downriver to visit this brewpub again.
I did not order any food but I did look through their menus. It did look good and prices were just right for anyone’s budge. My friend order some food and his food did look good. This is a great place also to watch some sports games. I would say this brewpub is the whole package. Great beer and food while watching some of the local sports teams on TV.
Ending, I have to say that I was pretty impressed. I know I heard mix thoughts on this place. Most of those thoughts were wrong. This brewery is making some good beers. They are making beers that fit their neighborhood. The place is pretty busy with regulars in the area. I love their beers and they have some nice balance from each of the styles. There is a nice selection of beer. I also love environment in this brewpub. I will come back. I recommend this place if you are in the downriver area. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/