In this beer blog, we are going to get into the first beer from Black Tooth Brewing. It is their Saddle Bronc Brown Ale. This Wyoming base craft brewery has started in 2010. They put all their beers in cans. They have four flagship beers and several seasonals. Travis Zeilstra, who is co-founder and head brewer, started the company in a 10 barrel system. Later on, Black Tooth Brewery opened a new brewery capable of 50,000 barrel system a year. Let us get into this brown ale.
It has a dark brown color with white color head. The smell has a sweet malty to slight toffee notes. The taste has a sweet to dry toffee notes with dry toffee aftertaste. It is kind of drinkable beer.
In the end, I am not surprise to hear there is a craft brewery in Wyoming. Once again, I was not shocked to see their beers pop in my beer of the month. I am pretty much a fan of brown ales. It is a good brown ale but not for me. I am just not a fan of this brown ale. It is a good one just something about it. I recommend it. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to sample another beer from Founders Brewing. It is their Sumatra Mountain Brown 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 brown ale.
It has a cloudy dark brown color with a tan constant head. The smell has a heavy coffee notes. The taste profile of this brown ale has a smooth nutty to coffee notes with a smooth slight milky coffee notes aftertaste. It is drinkable and scary because it is a 9% ABV beer.
This bold, imperial brown ale gets its body from a team of malts including Caramel malt for sweetness, flaked barley for dense foam, a bit of Chocolate malt for its deep color and Aromatic and Munich malts to add even more depth. German and Perle hops add a touch of bitterness to balance the malty sweetness. The addition of rich Sumatra coffee takes this perfectly balanced imperial brown ale to a decadent level.I love this beer. I will get more. Best beer from Founders
Closing, I was pretty speechless when trying this beer. I was really impressed. I felt like Founder’s Brewery was just staying in their way. Not really doing anything new and different. While new and upcoming craft breweries in the state were starting to take from them. I am glad to see them doing new and different things but take their time putting it out. There are other breweries that are living on their name and need to step up to the plate. I am not going to say who they are. This is a solid coffee brown ale. This has to be my favorite or close to favorite coffee brown ale. Great beer with a great price point in a four pack bottle. 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 another beer from Saugatuck Brewery. It is one of their new beer, which is called Snow Wizard Oak Aged Brown 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 brown ale.
It has a nice brown color with a tan color constant head on this brown ale. The aroma has a sweet nutty to slight malty notes. The taste has a nutty to malty notes. The aftertaste has a nutty and vanilla to earthy like notes. It is pretty drinkable beer.
An Oak Aged Imperial Brown Ale with tons of oaky, woody flavors. The base brown malt profile provides a huge caramel, coffee and chocolate body with minimal hop bitterness match perfectly with the complex flavor profile of the oak chips.
Closing, I am always trying newer beers that hit the market. I did not know this was a seasonal. It does make a little sense, since, it is aged in oak barrels. I know Perrin is trying to make their barrel aged brown ale all the time. Snow Wizard has a nice balance brown ale. If it sells well, I would not be surprise to see them making this beer all time. I like this beer and It is good. I will say this is not any Perrin Lil’ Griz. 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 special high end beer from Arbor Brewing. It is their Violin Monster Autumn Ale. 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 fall beer.
It has a jet black color without a head. The aroma has a heavy cinnamon to light brown sugar notes. The taste has a smooth chocolate to cinnamon and nutmeg notes. The aftertaste has a brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg finish. It is a sipping beer.
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Closing, I cannot remember having this beer. I believe that I had this beer when I came in for a visit when I lived in Chicago. I know that I was a pretty big fan of this craft brewery when I lived in Chicago. I still respect them and enjoy their beers. This beer does not drink like high alcohol beer. This beer is 9.5% and it drinks like 5%. It is a smooth beer and pretty well balance. There is some nice tasting notes that will keep the beer drinker coming back for more. It is a nice sipping beer. I like this beer. I will be picking a 6 pack bottles each seasonal. 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 third beer from Hideout Brewing. It is their Strawberry Brown Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their Gangster IPA, 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 brown ale.
It has a unclear dark brown color with constant tan head. The aroma has a fresh rip strawberry notes. The taste has a heavy strawberry with a heavy tart aftertaste. It is a sipping beer.
In the end, I am always looking to see what this craft brewery is putting on the market. They keep me looking in their sampler twelve pack of 22oz bottles to see what they put in there. I was interested to see how their version of Strawberry Brown Ale came out. It is a sipping beer but others can believe it drinkable. It is different. I am not saying it is the bad or good thing. I do not know if I like it or not. I kind of like it. I am pretty much on the fence. I recommend it. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into a seasonal from past by Sierra Nevada Brewery. It is their Tumbler Autumn Brown 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 brown ale.
It has a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma has a malty to sweet nutty notes. There is a hint of smoke and chocolate notes. The taste has a sweet nutty with hints of smoke notes. The aftertaste has a dry malty finish. It is a nice drinkable fall beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Tumbler is our take on the classic brown ale – full of roasted malt flavor but delicate on the palate and perfect for crisp fall days. layered with notes of chocolate and toasted bread and a hint of smoke, Tumbler is the ultimate autumn beer.
Closing, I miss this beer. This beer was the fall beer seasonal like two to three years ago. I give them credit for changing it up once in while. Everyone does an Oktoberfest and it does not make sense to check into something that the rest of the market. They did something different with their Oktoberfest. They are brewing with a German brewery. I have to say that it is really good. It became one of my favorite brews to drink this fall. I always love to revisit this beer. I love this beer. I just wish that it was still available in six-pack and twelve pack. I hate that it is in a sampler pack, however, I am happy they are still giving us this great brew. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this fall beer blog, we are going to revisit a fall beer, which is Wilhelm Scream, from Magic Hat Brewery. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this East Coast craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know Magic Hat Brewery. Let us get into this pumpkin ale.
It has a slight cloudy amber color with a white constant head. The smell has a fresh pumpkin pie notes. The taste has a nice balance cinnamon notes with a heavy slightly dry nutmeg aftertaste. It is not overly sweet like most pumpkin ales. It is really balance. It is pretty drinkable beer
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Ending, I am a fan of Magic Hat and I do not care if they are not independent anymore. It should not matter anyways. If they make good beer, you should be drinking it. I get the whole local thing. Let us face it. It does not mean that they make good beer. I know there are some really good craft breweries in the State of Michigan. I do not need to list them because you know who I am talking about. This beer smells like a pumpkin pie and it is not in your face like most pumpkin ales on the market. There is a nice balance. I love this beer and I cannot make up my mind between Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale and 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/