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New Beer Blog Roak Brewing Visit


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In this special beer blog, I had a chance to get by Roak Brewing a few days after their grand opening. They opened just this year but they were founded it in 2014. Let us talk about the beer.

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Their goal was to do something different in every beer that they make. If it is higher alcohol level on their Devil Dog Oatmeal Stout, it is same price as rest of their beers in draft to package. It is a huge value. Mean Streets Amber Ale is a hoppy amber ale. They also have a American IPA and session IPA along with Belgian style white ale and Belgian style Dark ale in package and draft. They will have brewpub only beers in the near future.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.roakbrewing.com

Twitter:  @roakbrewing

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Closing, they invested a ton of money into brewery and brewpub. They are here to make a stand in the craft beer world. Overall, their beers are really good. I am not a fan of both of their IPA’s. They are pretty weak to me. I can see some craft beer drinkers liking them. I am pretty excited to see what they will come out next. I recommend this brewery. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter: @djweiser

Instagram: @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Beer Stores In Southeast Michigan Part 2


In this beer blog, we are going to talk more about the liquor stores in my area and market.  This is a follow-up from a blog that I wrote about year ago.   I just find some of these stores do things that are good or bad and craft or import beer drinkers should know.  I see some stores that are under charging and there are others that are over charging.  Let us get into each of the stores.

Wine palace

If you live in the Livonia or Westland area, you know about this liquor store.  They have a great liquor and wine selection.  I have been told that they have some gems over there too.  We are here to talk about the beer selection.  They have a great craft beer and import selection.  Just like everywhere else, you do need to watch code dates.  If they know you are one of their regulars, you will get some of the one off or limited releases.  They have a great Import selection and a nice beer cave.  Their prices are one of the best in town.  Their prices go pretty well against the Meijer down the street.  Overall, this is a place to check out.

Marcus Market

This place is located in the Wayne State area.  They have an average to below average beer selection. The huge problem with this store is they are not on top of their stuff.  What I mean, they do not know what most of their beer and product cost in their store.  Their prices are pretty high or way too low.  For example, which I have many, Blake’s 6 pack cans for $19.99, which should be around $9.99 and 10.99 like other stores.  Bell’s Planet Series Uranus single bottle (12oz) for $4.99.  While other stores are charges $2.99.  There is some cider and beer that are under cost.  There is a cider from Blakes that other stores charge $24.99.  They were charging $9.99.  They do not have too many rare beers or ciders, however, they have a great Mead selection just watch the prices.  Their little restaurant in the back of the store is a most try.  Asides  that, stay away from this store.

Forrest

This is another place not far from Wayne State either.  Their prices are pretty good.  They are little high but not by much.  They have a pretty good beer selection for craft beers and ciders.  This is a great store when you want some cheap beer with a good craft beer.  They get a ton of rare and limited craft beers and ciders. You will need to ask guys behind the counter. They have a nice staff and they are willing to help their customers.  I highly recommend this store.  If you are in the Wayne State area, come here and not Marcus Market.

Holiday Market Royal Oak

I have been here a few times.  I have not been here in a while.  I just know if I cannot find a beer in my area.  I can take a trip to the east side of the City of Detroit to get it.  They have an awesome craft beer and cider selection. I know many of friends said if you are a regular. You will get some of the one off and limited releases.  If you live on the east side, I highly recommend this place.

Closing, I know there are so many other stores and I know that I keep forgetting some of them.  Please, let me know about them and I will check them out.  I will do a write-up on them.  I hope you learn something from reading this post.  Let me know about your thoughts.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery Imperial Stout (2014)


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In this special beer blog, we are going to sample this years Imperial Stout from Frankenmuth Brewery.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on the oldest craft brewery in Michigan, you know the history of it.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know Frankenmuth Brewery.  Let us get into this Imperial Stout.

It has a jet black color with a constant tan head on beer.  The aroma has a strong chocolate, slight coffee, and alcohol notes.  The taste has hints of chocolate and coffee notes.  The aftertaste has hints of a dry chocolate and coffee finish but nice crisp finish.  It is a nice sipping beer after a long day.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

A hybrid between a Russian Style Imperial Stout and an American Stout.  This Lager is jet black, smooth and tasty.  The bittering hops offset the smooth sweetness of the roasted malt.  A delicious after dinner beer, best enjoyed with friends.  A perfect way to celebrate the beginning of the New Year.  Na Zoorovie!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @fb1862

In the end, this beer is a little different from your normal Imperial Russian Stout.  I was a little lost when reading the bottle before trying the beer.  As you know, lagers and ales are two different beer styles. I love the aroma and taste profile of this Imperial Stout.  What makes this beer a little special, it has a crisp almost dry finish like a lager.  It has everything you expect from a stout and yet has a lager finish.  This is a great beer and I love the packaging.  I also love how they hand write the bottle number on the bottles.  I will be reusing this bottle here soon. I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery Christmas Town Ale


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In this winter beer blog, we are going to sample the new brew, which is Christmas Town Ale, from Frankenmuth Brewery.  If you have read my earlier beer blog posts, you know the history of the oldest brewery in State of Michigan.  If you have not, please, read those beer blog posts to get to know this great Michigan craft brewery.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a cloudy amber to a reddish color with a tan color head on this winter seasonal.  The smell is a sweet malty notes.  The taste is a slight carbonated sweet malty notes with a sweet malty aftertaste.  It is a warm drinkable beer for the winter season.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Toasted sweet dark malts and American hops perfectly combine with holiday flavors to create a taste and aroma that is unmistakably Christmas in every sip.

Here is a description from their website (www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

Christmas Town Ale-For many, our little town of Frankenmuth is known as Christmas Town. So, it’s no wonder we created an ale to celebrate the Merry Season. Enjoy toasted sweet dark malts and American hops which combine with holiday flavors to create a taste and aroma that is unmistakably Christmas. ABV 6% IBU 27

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @fb1862

Closing, there is nothing more to say about this brewery.  Frankenmuth Brewery makes some great beers and they did not disappoint any craft beer drinkers in Michigan and around the country with this brew.  Christmas Town Ale is new to the market and it is pretty good for the holiday.  They put some thought behind this beer.  I mean you can drink it with any kind of dish and that is including dessert.  I enjoyed the sweet malty taste and this beer is at the top of my winter seasonals.  This brew gives l hope to all winter seasonals.  I highly recommend this brew.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery Hefeweizen


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Frankenmuth Brewery.  It is their Hefeweizen.  This beer style has really started to grow on me.  If you read my earlier beer blog post on their beers, you know the history of Michigan’s oldest brewery.  If you have not, please, read those posts to get to know this brewery.  Let us get into this beer.

It has a hazel, unfiltered, and strew color without a head on it. The smell is banana. The taste is a banana with a wheat aftertaste. It is an extremely drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

Hefeweizen Ale A sweet mixture of spices & fruit with hints of clove and banana, this refreshingly pale German wheat is top fermented, unfiltered and lightly hopped to achieve its smooth, pleasant flavor and unmistakable cloudy appearance.

ABV 5.2%  IBU 13 Great with lighter foods, salads and seafood. Pairs well with lighter desserts.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @fb1862

Closing, if you asked me a year ago, I would be living back in Michigan and loving Hefeweizen.  I would have said you are crazy.  Both of these facts have come true.  I am do not like whites and wheat ales just Hefeweizen.  I love how the Germans make their Hefeweizen and how they influenced the beer world.  I love the cove and banana notes.  Frankenmuth Brewery, who is a German base brewery, knows how to brew those classic German beer styles. I can drink this beer anytime of the year.  I highly recommend this brew.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Tornado Black IPA


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In this special beer blog from Michigan Brewer’s Guild Summerfest, we are going to get into my one of my favorite craft breweries and beer from Michigan.  The brewery is Frankenmuth Brewery and the beer is Tornado Black IPA.  I have been wanting try this beer for a long time.  I could not find it whenever I was in town.  I was happy to see it being poured at this beer festival.  If you read my earlier beer blog on their beers, you know the history of this brewery.  If you have not read those posts, please, read those posts to get to know the beers and the brewery.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a black color without a head on the beer.  There is a slight coffee and chocolate to pine and citrus.  The taste is a chocolate circus with a dry fruity notes. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @fb1862

Closing out, I really enjoyed this brew.  This beer did not disappoint me at all.  This is a pretty unique beer and it is hard to master on the brewery side of things.  It is hard for most craft beer drinkers to get to know and enjoy this beer style.  I believe this beer will bring some experience craft beer drinkers over to the Black IPA beer style.  I was pretty stun on how drinkable this brew is too.  The other thing that makes this beer pretty impressive is the fact it is coming from German base brewing style.  They did a great job and I am proud and honor they are making great beer in Michigan.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery Twisted Helles Summer Lager


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into the new summer brew from my favorite Michigan brewery which is Frankenmuth Brewery.  The new brew, which is one of my favorite German beer style, is Twisted Helles Summer Lager.  If you read my earlier beer bogs on this brewery’s brews, you know the long and rich history of Frankenmuth Brewery.  If you have not, please, read those beer blog posts.  Let us get into the brew.

It has a hazel strew to light golden color with constant small bubbles.  It also has a constant white head.  The smell is of malt with a fade orange to lemon notes but to me it is the pilsner malt smell.  The taste of this light body and refreshing lager is malts with a notes of orange and lemon zest.  The aftertaste is crisp with lemon zest finish.  It is extremely drinkable beer and perfect for the hot summer day.

Here is a description from the beer can:

One Sip And It’s Summer

Inspired by Michigan summers, Twisted Helles stands as a monument to everything we love about the season: beaches and BBQs, patios and porch swings, friends and fireworks.  Tinged with mild, yet memorable notes of citrus, this crisp, full-flavored lager is indigenous to happy hours, tailgates and block parties.

Crafted by a brewery that’s lived and loved over 150 summers, Twisted Helles doesn’t just tastee like summer…  It feelslike it.

Here is a description from the beer packaging:

One Sip And It’s Summer

Twisted Helles is inspired by Michigan summers – and so, by effect, it’s summer’s perfect complement.  The unmistakable presence of German noble hops is perfectly balanced with an elegant maltiness, reminding you that bitterness has no place in a true Helles lager.

Full-bodied, yet pleasantly quenching… and then there’s the “twist.”  The moment you crack open a can your senses are brought to life in both aroma and flavor with finishing hints of orange and lemon zest that bring it all back home.  Because this one summer brew that knows exactly where home is.

Here is a description from their website (www.twistedhelles.com and www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

Twisted Helles is inspired by Michigan summers–and so by effect, it’s summer’s perfect complement. The unmistakable presence of German noble hops is perfectly balanced with an elegant maltiness reminding you that bitterness has no place in a true Helles lager. Full-bodied yet pleasantly quenching…and then there’s the “twist.”
The moment you crack open a can your senses are brought to life in both aroma and flavor with finishing hints of orange and lemon zest that bring it all back home. Because this in one summer brew that knows exactly where home is.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.twistedhelles.com (it is a fun site)  and www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @FB1862

In the end, when I heard Frankenmuth Brewery was coming out with a summer beer, I was like another summer beer that I will not be drinking.  I will have to just keep drinking my IPAs and Pales Ales.  I am not a fan of most spring and summer seasonals.  However, I heard  it was a classic German beer style, I was pretty excited and upset because I could not get it here in Chicago.  When I made it back to Michigan, I made it a point to find this brew to try it and write a review on it.  Helles is one of my favorite German beer style.  I have to say if any craft brewery in the states can do German beer styles.  It is Frankenmuth Brewery.  This Twisted Helles Summer Lager is well made and it is one of the few summer seasonals I will go out of my way to pick up.  The other two summer brews are Sierra Nevada Summer Lager and Two Brothers Dog Days Lager.  I have to say I am not too impressed with those brews but that is what I was force to drink if I wanted a summer brew.  This is a perfect brew for the hot Michigan Summer Days.  Trust me I know all about those days and extremely hot Chicago Summer Days.  Thank you Frankenmuth Brewery for giving this Hophead hope and something to drink in the summer time!  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery Red Sky Irish Style Ale


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While in Michigan, This beer is from the Frankenmuth Brewery Company.  I did not have enough time to try it at the brewery so I pick up this bottle in the Downtown area of Frankenmuth at the Lager Mill Beer Store.  I am really looking forward to their Winter Lager.  If you have not read the first part of my earlier blog, please, read the first part of that blog post.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a nice red color with a constant white head.  There is small bubbles that flow to the top of the beer. The smell is caramel to malty.  The taste is a sweet malty with a little caramel with a dry aftertaste.  It is pretty drinkable.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

This malt focused Irish style red ale uses roasted barley to give it its robust red color and subtle caramel notes.  Red Sky is a full flavored ale with a smooth malty finish.

Here is a description from their website (www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

Dry Irish Stout Ale-A traditional Dry Irish Stout is light in body with a hint of chocolate and coffee. This rich flavor comes from a combination of roasted barley & a generous helping of hops. We low-carbonate our stout using a nitrogen system which  aids in masking the natural bitterness of the brew.
ABV 4.1% IBU 41

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @fb1862

Bottom of beer bottle, I am not a fan of Irish Red Ales.  This one for what it is was pretty good.  It has a ton of flavor and everything that a Red Ale fan is looking for in this beer style.  I enjoyed it but I would not put it in my everyday line up of beers.  Just because I said that, it does not mean you will not enjoy this beer.  This is a really good beer and I did enjoy it.  Just like Pilsners, I am not into Red Ales right now.  Please, go try it and let me know what you think of the beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery J.B. McGinnis Dry Irish Stout


While in Michigan, I received a chance to try another brew from the Frankenmuth Brewery.  This is one of their many seasonals  that this brewery has and it is called J.B. McGinnies Dry Irish Stout.  If you read my earlier blog post on this brewery, you know a little something about this brewery.  If you have not, please, go back and read the first part of that blog post.  Let us get into the beer.

It is black in color with a kind of head. It has a nice chocolate to toffee smell.  The taste is dry with some chocolate to roast malts and taste with a dry aftertaste.  It is drinkable and is my favorite Irish Dry Stout.

Here is a description from their website (www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

Dry Irish Stout Ale-A traditional Dry Irish Stout is light in body with a hint of chocolate and coffee. This rich flavor comes from a combination of roasted barley & a generous helping of hops. We low-carbonate our stout using a nitrogen system which  aids in masking the natural bitterness of the brew.
ABV 4.1% IBU 41

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @fb1862

In closing, I was stun to see this on draft.  I was not expecting to see this in their line up and I had to order one.  This Dry Stout is the best one I have ever had.  I had a ton of Dry Stout and most are from the big mass-produced.  Frankenmuth Brewery made this Dry Stout with an attitude problem, which is a good thing, and I believe that what makes this one better than the others on the market.  It has a rich flavor from chocolate to toffee and coffee notes.  It has enough hops to give it a nice balance.  I could drink this beer all day.  This is a limited time only beer and I would recommend you taking a trip up to Frankenmuth Brewery.  I wish this was in bottles.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery Octoberfest


While in Michigan, we are going to take a look at another brew from Frankenmuth Brewery.  This beer is one of their Fall Seasonal called Octoberfest.  If you read my earlier blog post on their beers, you know a little something about this brewery.  If you did not, please, go back and read the first part of that blog.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a nice copper color without a head.  It has a sweet malty smell.  The taste is about the same with a little carbonation.  Just like the classic style, it has taste, smell, and aftertaste.  It is extremely drinkable.

Here is description from website (www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

Oktoberfest Lager-An authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Its trademarked copper color is achieved by 4 different malts thus giving it its barley flavor. Adding German noble hops brews the perfect balance and tops with a nice finish. This once a year lager is a reason to celebrate all by itself.
ABV 5.27% IBU 27

Here is their website and addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @fb1862

In closing, as many of you know I am huge fan of this brewery.  I love how easy the beer drinker can drink this beer.  It has a nice malty flavor and gives the true malt drinker something to remember.  As a huge Fall Seasonal Beer fan, this beer makes me die happy if it was today. It is a malt drinkers heaven in this beer.  This is a very good beer and I wish I could drink it all the time.  I cannot wait for them to get to Chicago or I might just have to move back to Michigan.  I would hunt this beer down.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser