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 beer blog, we are going to get into the second beer from Hideout Brewery. It is their Blueberry Stout. If you read my earlier beer blog post on Gangster IPA, you know the history of this upcoming craft brewery. If you have not, please, read it to get to know this Michigan craft brewery. Let us get into this Blueberry Stout.
It has a jet black color with a semi tan color head. The aroma has a heavy blueberry notes. The taste has a smooth blueberry notes with a blackberry aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Closing, this craft brewery takes beer to the extreme and beyond. They are like Right Brain in some realms. The problem with this craft brewery is everything that comes out are small batch brews. There is nothing wrong with that. I just wish they put out more products of same brew. They want to do some weird beers and they make mistakes. The beers that are mistakes are sneaking good brews. I believe they try to do this all time. They have a hard time remaking and not the same. This beer is average brew. I do not get too much of the stout notes. It is pretty different as a stout. I recommend this beer if you can find it. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
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 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 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 get into another brew from North Peak Brewery. It is their Burly Belgo India Pale 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 beer.
It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a Belgian spice notes. The taste has a light earthly Belgian spice notes with a hop bitter finish. It is kind of drinkable.
Closing, I have been wanting to try this beer for a while. I saw this beer and I knew I had to pick it up. I do not know if they still make. There is a few things going on in this beer. I have to say it does not taste like most of the Belgian style IPA’s that I had in the past. I love the one from New Belgium but they do not make it anymore. It is kind of water down Belgian triple. This beer is very below average. I want my money back. I would not go out of my way looking for this beer. Don’t go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from New Holland Brewery. This brew has been redesign recipe and new packaging. 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 Michigan craft brewery. Let us get into IPA.
It has a cloudy to unfiltered golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a citrus like notes. The taste has a nice balance of citrus that bends into a nice dry bitter aftertaste. It is a pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Mad Hatter’s whimsy is celebrated with floral aromatics from assertive dry hopping, and a bright, hoppy body, punctuated with Centennial, Citra, and Michigan grown Cascade hops. Citrus notes and pleasant bitterness excite your palate before welcoming a balancing malty finish. Pairings: aged cheddars, herb roasted poultry, vinaigrettes and six o’clock.
In the end, New Holland finally took noticed that their old IPA was not really good. They redesign it and put a new recipe in their beer bottles. I love citrus notes and it turned out pretty good. They finally did something right with one of their everyday beers. I believe it is turn off for what you have to pay to get this beer. I am not paying 9.99 to 11.99 for this beer. This is made in Michigan not New York or California. I understand that IPA’s are not cheap to make. I just do not understand why the price being high in Michigan. I recommend it, however, you will see what I am talking about. I can get the same beer but cheaper. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/