In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Jolly Pumpkin Brewery. It is their Bam Noire Dark Farmhouse Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Michigan base craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery. Let us get into this dark saison ale.
It has a clear dark reddish color with a white constant head. The aroma has a dark fruit to farm like notes. The taste has a lemon like notes that is a little tart. It has a tart to sour like aftertaste. It is kind of drinkable beer.
Ending, I am not a huge fan of Jolly Pumpkin. In most cases, it is the cost of the beer that turns me off. They are great ales. I love the liquid. Meijer had this beer on sale for half of the price. I was sold. It is different. I love Saison ales but not a fan of dark Saisons. This one was really good beer. They did a great job. I recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this spring seasonal beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Anchor Brewery. It is their Saison Spring Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this west coast craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this California base craft brewery. Let us get into this saison ale.
It has a slightly cloudy golden color with a white constant head. The smell has a fruity to lemon notes. The taste has a heavy lemon to farm and earthly notes. The aftertaste has a lemon note finish. It is extremely drinkable beer.
Saisons originated with the rustic farmhouse ales of Wallonia, a mostly French-speaking region of Belgium. Bière de saison was brewed during the saison froide (cold season) for consumption during the warmer months. Today saisons are made and enjoyed year-round. As brewers, we were drawn to this beer style’s enigmatic history, the freedom it offers, and the creativity it demands.
Anchor Saison™ Spring Ale is a traditional Belgian-style saison with a California twist. The distinctiveness of roasted Belgian wheat malt is enhanced by the peppery, clove-like flavors of a locally cultured saison-style yeast. And, for this release, we chose three California ingredients—lemongrass, lemon peel, and ginger—whose synergy adds a tangy crispness and herbal spiciness to this sharply refreshing, uniquely Californian saison.
The completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 and the Southern Pacific’s “Sunset Route” in 1883, coupled with the advent of refrigerated railcars, made it possible for California brewers and farmers to ship their products out of state. Local artists and lithographers were engaged to create imaginative labels for bottles of beer and crates of fruit. Many of the latter featured colorful vignettes of California scenery framed by mouthwatering images of fresh citrus.
Inspired by those early fruit-crate labels and the ingredients in this release of Anchor Saison™ Spring Ale, our label features an original hand-colored 1873 lithograph of the Golden Gate as seen from Telegraph Hill. Our saison’s California ingredients—hand-drawn by our label artist Jim Stitt—adorn it, creating a uniquely Anchor label for a uniquely Anchor brew.
In the end, I will say this that all saison or farmhouse ales are not all the same. They are all different and it is by design. The only thing that is the same is the funkiest from the yeast strain. It has a heavy lemon notes. It is different like all saisons are on the market. I like it. It is not my favorite but it is a good version of saison ale. I love Goose Island Sofie and that is my standard for farmhouse ales. I do 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 Arbor Brewing. It is their German style Hefeweizen. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Ann Arbor base craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Michigan craft brewery. Let us get into this Hefeweizen.
It has a cloudy golden color with a white constant head. The smell has a yeast to wheat like notes. The taste has a heavy yeast and wheat and not much of banana and clove notes. There is not much of the aftertaste. It is fate to me. It is pretty drinkable beer.
U.S. Open Beer Champion – named “Best Hefeweizen in America” by the Craft Beer News Service. Classic aromas of banana, clove and floral citrus blossom. Fruity, spicy aromas show a rich yeasty character that follows through on a smooth, medium-bodied palate with a delicately spicy finish.
This summer specialty is made with fifty percent malted wheat for a clean, light, refreshing character, plus a special Bavarian yeast that creates the classic cloudy appearance and banana, clove, and lemon character. To decant from the bottle, pour three-quarters of the bottle into a glass and gently shake the remaining contents to mix the yeast back into the beer and then top off your glass. Delicious with a slice of lemon but we prefer it au natural.
Our Bliss artwork features a lion (the symbol of Bavaria) front and center. We went with the striped tent and carnival scene in the background to bring together the great midwest summertime traditions of county fairs and amusement parks with Munich’s Oktoberfest – the mac daddy of all festivals signaling the end of summer.
In the end, I am huge fan of this beer style. When I take a break from my porters, stouts, and IPA’s, I reach for a pale ale and or Hefeweizen. I was pretty happy to see this beer released again. I never had the chance to try this brew and I have been wanting to try this brew. I had to pick up this season. I am getting a heavy lemon notes. There is not too much banana and clove notes. I was pretty disappointed. I can see others love this beer. I am not a fan. There is better Hefeweizen on the market that is my thought pattern. This beer has won awards. Maybe, I picked up a bad bottle. I recommend this beer either way. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Sierra Nevada. It is their Kölsch. This beer is only available in their summer sampler. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this west coast craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery. Let us get into this summer like beer style.
It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a fresh light earthly notes like hay to grass. The taste has a refreshing and sweet malty notes. The aftertaste has a crisp finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Ending, I am not a fan of Spring and Summer seasonals. They are too light in body for me or have no flavor. I normally do not drink too many of these when they are in season. Sierra Nevada Summerfest is about the only one that I will enjoy during the late Spring and Summer. This Kölsch has a light body but it is still has a nice flavor. I love this beer. I could drink this beer all day. 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 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/
In this special beer blog, I finally had a chance to get by one of the newer craft brewery in the State of Michigan. I will get into the history and then the beer. This brewery opened in April 2015 in Northville, Michigan. This brewery founded by Kevin DeGrood and a few other individuals. Let us get into the place.
This small and upcoming craft brewery has a nice place just off busy 8 mile. The place is welcoming and has a nice modern look. I love the wood work. They took some time to think about where to put everything in this brewpub. I love the lay out of this brewpub. It has a better layout than Farmington Brewery and Canton Brew Works. North Center Brewing does not service food, however, they will let you bring food in or order from the two restaurants nearby them. There will be a Kroger opening soon across the street from them. They have some awesome cheese and salsa, which I recommend you trying both of them. Let us get into the beer.
You are coming here for the beer and I will say they will not let you down. I recommend the flight. You will sample all of them but one. Kevin and his crew are making some great and awesome beers. You can see that they worked on their craft before opening up this brewery. They know what they are doing and it is showing. I am not a wheat beer fan but they have a solid American Wheat Ale. What I love about their Cherry Saison, the cherry is not in your face and that was by design. They have awesome blueberry ale that is heavy on the blueberries. This is one of the best fruit beers that I had from Michigan craft brewery. There Imperial Stout is off the charts good. The Triple is still making me trip on how clear it was. There is not too many clear triples on the market. You can correct me if I am wrong unless they are filtering it. They are not doing that here. Their pale ale is really good. The IPA is good but I just wished it was more bitter and hopper. It is nice Midwest IPA. What I love about this brewpub and their beers, they are all different and they do not taste the same unlike some breweries. There is several breweries where all their beers taste the same. Most cases, it is because they are using the same yeast strain. This brewery does not do that.
Closing, I have been too many brewpubs and new ones too. Craft beer machine keeps on going with new breweries opening up all the time. There is some you can see people just jumping in to make a quick dollar. There are several of them opening up in Michigan. North Center Brewing is not like that. They are here for the love of making and enjoying beer. They fine their art and brought their A game. The staff that they hired or brought in are super nice and willing to talk beer with you. They will help you pick the beer to fit your taste profile. This craft brewery is here to stay and I am looking forward to my next visit. I will make sure I eat next time. I had to cut it short because of that. I highly recommend this brewery. I cannot say it enough. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to sample another brew from New Belgium Brewery. It is one of their old summer seasonal. It is called Somersault Summer Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know New Belgium Brewery. Let us get into this ale.
It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a sweet malty notes. The taste of this summer seasonal has a slight but a nice forward apricot notes. The aftertaste has a nice apricot finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Closing, I love revisiting old seasonals or trying the ones that I might not had back in the day. I was pretty happy to see this one pop up in the Folly Pack. You have to love apricots to really enjoyed this brew. I am not fan summer beers but it is still a good beer. It is a nice drinkable beer and I really enjoyed this brew. I like it and I hope they bring it back future. I highly recommend this beer and I would get it quickly before it disappears again. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from New Belgium Brewery. It is their Long Table Farmhouse Saison Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Mountain high craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery. Let us get into this saison.
It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The smell has an earthly to farm like notes. The taste has a nice refreshing citrus to earth like notes. The aftertaste has a light citrus to lemon like notes. It is very drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
An ode to the communal Saison. Long Table Farmhouse ale brings together the juicy fruit flavors of Belgian yeast and Nelson Savin hops with the spicy and tasty notes of Munich and Rye grains Grab a seat!
The longer the table, the more room for friends. This season, our new Long Table Farmhouse Ale is the best excuse to pull up a chair with your closest companions for a few rounds. An ode to the bucolic, table-friendly Belgian saison, we’ve added a delightfully new hoppy spin to the style, creating a sip that whisks a taste of the tropics into the Old World. Traditional grains of Munich, pale malt and rye lend a wash of toasty, spicy bread, while exotic Nelson Sauvin and citrusy Chinook hops buoy the juicy fruit flavors of our Belgian yeast. So gather around and get ready to hoist this spritz complex farmhouse ale amongst the company of friends.
Closing, I am not a huge fan of most of their Belgian style ales from New Belgium Brewery. I do respect what they do and changing up their seasonals. Long Table Farmhouse Ale is their Indian Summer seasonal or Summer seasonal part two. This brew will take you up to their fall seasonal, which is Pumpkick Ale. This Farmhouse Saison is pretty good. There is a nice balance along with a refreshing taste. I like this brew and I wish it was out there for a little longer. 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 the frist of many beers from Roak Brewery. It is their Kashmir. If you read my post on my visit of their brewery, you know the history of this Michigan craft brewery. If you have not, please, read it to get to know this Midwest craft brewery. Let us get into this strong dark ale.
It has a dark jet like color with a tan like color head. The aroma has a sweet chocolate, caramel, and cherry candy like notes. The taste has a smooth chocolate to dry cherry candy along with hints a creamy caramel notes. The aftertaste has a caramel that hangs around a bit. It is a pretty drinkable for Belgian Dark Strong Ale. It is really a sipping beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Artfully brewed, this Belgian strong dark ale is medium bodied with a persistent tan colored head accompanied by a delectable range of aromas and flavors: rich malty sweetness, caramel toasted bread, raisin and reasonably dry finish. Kashmir is as complex as it is refreshing, and its low bitterness yields a spectacular malt effect specially brewed to excite the senses.
In the end, this craft brewery is making some noise on the east side of the State of Michigan. They are young and trying to push limit of craft beers. Their seasonals, which I will be reviewing here, are very different. Their summer seasonal is called Melonfest, which is cantaloupe wheat ale. Each of their everyday beers, they did something different than what is on the market. For example, their Mean Streets Amber Ale is hoppy amber ale. Kashmir is close to the classic beer style but they did not do Belgian golden ale. I love it. This is their second best beer behind their Devil Dog Oatmeal Stout. There is some interesting and complex notes. Each sip, you will get some different. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/