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New Beer Blog Canton Brew Works McConaghey Belgian Black IPA


In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from my friends at Canton Brew Works.  It is their McConaghey Belgian Black IPA.  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 black IPA.

It has a jet black color with a semi on white constant head. The aroma has a sweet chocolate to slight coffee notes. The taste has a chocolate to coffee notes with chocolate and a funky aftertaste. It is a smooth and drinkable IPA.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.cantonbrewworks.com

Twitter:  @cantonbrewworks

Closing, I need to make it up to this craft brewery more often.  I have been away for too long.  This craft brewery makes some really good beers.  Berry keeps on pushing the limits of his beers.  I love Belgian and Black IPA’s.  I saw this beer and I had to have it.  I love it. It is not as bitter like most Black IPA. It is a Belgian Black IPA.  This beer has everything that I love about beer.  This is a great beer and I highly highly recommend this beer.  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 Petoskey Brewing Horny Monk Belgium Style Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Petoskey Brewing.  It is their flagship beer, which is Horny Monk.  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 beer.

It has a clear amber to light brown color with a white constant head.  The aroma has a slight malty notes. The taste has a sweet Belgium malty notes with a dry slight nutty aftertaste. It is extremely drinkable beer.

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

A deep reddish, malty, and complex Belgian style ale. Six different types of malted barley, Belgian candied syrup and Belgian yeast are combined to produce a very smooth, complex and slightly sweet ale.
6.9% ABV, 20 IBU

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.petoskeybrewing.com

Twitter:  @petoskeybrewing

In the end, I can see why so many people love this beer and drink a ton of it.  It is smooth and nice drinkable beer.  To me, this does not seem like Abbey Dubbel.  It is more like a Belgian single with a ton of malt base.  This is a great beer either way.  I am not a brewer just a guy that loves beer and studies it.  It does not has alcohol burn like other Belgium Abbey Dubbel. It is light body.  It is like a session Abbey.  I love this beer.  I highly recommend this beer.  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 Cheboygan Blueberry Cream Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Cheboygan Brewery.  It is their Blueberry Cream 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 Cream Ale.

It has a slightly cloudy golden color with a white head at first. It disappears over time. The smell has a heavy blueberry notes. The taste of this light body has a sweet blueberry notes with a sweet blueberry aftertaste. It is extremely drinkable beer.

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

A light bodied ale brewed with lactose sugar and packed with Michigan Blueberries. Fresh fruit aroma bursts from this deliciously creamy brew. Go ahead enjoy Michigan Fresh in a pint!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.cheboyganbrewing.com

Twitter:  @cheboyganbrew

Closing, I enjoy their beers but I do not go out of my way to find their brews.  I normally get some beer when my friend visits the brewery.  I am guarantee to get the product fresh.  I am a little worried with the beer in the beer stores by me.  This beer is extremely drinkable beer.  It is smooth and easy to drink as the classic beer style was designed.  I am not a fan but I can see people liking this beer.  It is well designed and well made beer.  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 Bell’s Best Brown Ale


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In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Bell’s Brewery.  It is their famous Best Brown 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 brown ale.

It has a cloudy dark brown color with a tan color head. The smell has a sweet malty with nutty notes. The taste has a smooth malty notes with a nutty aftertaste. It is a nice drinkable fall beer.

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

A smooth, toasty brown ale, Best Brown Ale is a mainstay in our fall lineup. With hints of caramel and cocoa, the malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy. This balancing act is aided by the generous use of American hops.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.bellsbeer.com

Twitter:  @bellsbrewery

Closing, I have always pick up a six pack of this beer every year.  This is one of the few beers that I go out of my way to pick up from this brewery.  They did a great job on making this beer.  It is a nice and smooth.  This is a great brew for the fall day or first winter snow of the winter.  I highly recommend this beer.  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 New Holland Brewery Imperial Hatter India Pale Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample Imperial Hatter India Pale from New Holland Brewery.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their Winter Seasonal, which is Cabin Fever, you know the history of this Michigan craft brewery.  If you have not, please read it to get to know this Western Michigan craft brewery.  Let us get into this Imperial IPA.

It has a cloudy dark copper with a constant white head.  The aroma has a heavy grapefruit notes.  The taste has a heavy grapefruit notes with a dry malty and hop bitter aftertaste.  It is a nice sipping beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

An assertively dry-hopped nose is followed by a bitter symphony of flavor.  Bold hop character with lively grapefruit notes.

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

Description

Assertive dry-hopping provides an aromatic telltale nose, indicative of the robust, bitter symphony to follow. Bold hop character with lively grapefruit and citrus notes.

Beer Style Imperial IPA

Degrees Plato 20

Alcohol by Volume 9.40%

IBUs 76

Grains 2-row, munich, crystal, carapils

Hops Centennial, Cascade, Warrior

Yeast American Ale

First Brewed2007

Pairings Spicy heat, citrus and aged blue cheese

Here is their website and twitter addreses:

Website:  www.newhollandbrew.com

Twitter:  @newhollandbrew

This is my second New Holland brewery beer review on this blog.  I have had several of their beers.  They are good beers but I just feel there are better brews out there.  I am a huge hophead and I saw this brew when I was beer shopping.  I thought sure why not.   I love the hops they picked.  I was pretty excited about it.  I have to say I am pretty impressed.  It is better then rest of the beers I have had from them.  I will going to have to retry their beers again in the near future.  I love the hops and nice malty backbone.  The backbone is a little weak but strong enough to live with the bold hop selection.  I highly recommend this beer and I would love to hear your thoughts.  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 Detroit Brewing Alt Beer


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from the Detroit Brewing.  It is their flagship beer and it is called Alt Beer.  If you read my earlier beer blog, you know the history of this Detroit Brewery.  If you have not, please read the earlier beer blog post to get to know this brewery.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a clear amber color without a head on this German style Alt.  The smell is a malty to caramel notes.  The taste is about the same with a crisp finish.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Inspired by the legendary “Nain Rouge” (French for Red Dwarf),  our- signature beer is full in flavor while remaining very balanced and crisp.

Detroit Brewing Co. has won 3 medals from the Great American Beer Festival and one from the World Beer Cup in German Alt category.  It is our pride and pleasure to provide you with one of the finest Alt beers brewed in the US.

Here is a desecration from their website (www.detroitbeerco.com):

Copper/amber in color. Clean lager character with some fruity ale notes.  Earthy with flavors of tea and forest nuts.  Distinct balance between malt and hops allows the creamy texture to really come through.  We earned a medal at the Great American Beer festival in our first year of business with this one and it remains our house specialty to this day.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.detroitbeerco.com

Twitter:  @DetroitBrewing

Closing, this is one of my favorite beer styles.  There is not too many craft breweries that I know of making this classic German beer style.  I am not sure if this brew was in code, however, I enjoyed drinking it.  It is one of my best Alts from a craft brewery in a while.   I love the lager notes but yet giving off some ale notes.  This beer style is a hyper of a lager and ale.   I love the caramel notes but yet a nice crisp finish.  I am really looking forward to stopping by their brewpub in the D to check out all their beers.  I recommend you trying this great Michigan craft brewery.  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 Liberty Street Brewery My Beer Flight


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into a newer brewery in the last ten years in the southeast part of Michigan.  The brewery is called Liberty Street Brewery.  They opened back in 2008.  There is not much history on this young brewery.  I did find some information on their website.  Let us get into the beer.

American IPA

It has a clear copper color without a head on it. There is really no smell to me. The taste is piney to earthy notes with a weird but good aftertaste. It is almost like Jolly Rancher or candy aftertaste. It is a mild IPA but pretty drinkable beer.

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

A decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong American pale ale.  American hop character can be described as being citrusy, piney, fruity and resiny.

Starkweather Stout

It has a jet black color with a tan color. There is chocolate to a touch of coffee smell to this stout. The taste is a heavy coffee but a smooth taste to it. THe aftertaste is dry chocolate notes. It is drinkable for the type of stout.

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

This stout is full of chocolate flavor and aroma coming from grain only.  A rich mouth feel mellows the slight hop bitterness and makes this an easy drinking stout, even in warmer weather.

Porter

It has a dark brown to black color with a fluffy tan color head. The smell is of burned chocolate. The taste is the same as the smell. There is an aftertaste but pretty fade. It is like dry chocolate. It is drinkable like the porter for the type of beer style.

American Farmhouse IPA

It has a cloudy bright yellow color without a head. The smell is a heavy farm like smell. This is a Belgian Saison. The taste is like a saison with some citrus to funky spices. It has citrus to slight dry hop finish. It is a pretty drinkable beer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.libertystreetbeer.com

Twitter:  @Liberty_Brewer

Closing, I have been wanting to stop by this brewery and check out their beers.  I had a chances a few months ago and I am glad I did.  I have been a little behind on my posts and I am glad I am getting it out now.  I became a fan of this brewery pretty quickly.  I loved both of their IPA’s.  I had their C-Monster at the Michigan Brewer’s Guild Summerfest.  I thought that was pretty good too.  I love their porter and stout.  Since I have moved back to Michigan, I will be by this brewpub a lot more. I highly recommend this brewery and now they are packaging their beers.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Arbor Brewing Mackinac Island Fudge Stout


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Arbor Brewing Company. The beer is one of their seasonals and it is called Mackinac Island Fudge Stout. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on this brewery, you know the history of it. If you have not, please, read those posts to get to know this brewery. Let us get into the beer.

It has a jet black color with a tan head that is strong when pouring but disappears after a while.  The smell is a rich coco to the stout.  The taste is burn but smooth to creamy chocolate.  The aftertaste is a dry coco to it.  To me, it is drinkable but to the general beer drinker, it is not drinkable.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.arborbrewing.com

Twitter:  @ArborBrew

Closing, this stout was really good and it is up on my top five list.  I was pretty stun on how good it is in the bottle.  I love how they used Fudge from Mackinac Island.  I love the packaging and the name.  They kept this a Michigan proud in the name and the type of packaging.  I highly recommend you trying this beer.  I did not see it on their website so I am not sure if they still making this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Bastone Brewery Peanut Butter Noir


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer I had at the Summer Beer Festival in Michigan.  The brewery is Bastone Brewery and the beer is their Peanut Butter Noir.  The brewery is located at Royal Oak, Michigan in 2004.  The brewery is named after a Belgian city.  Their beer and food is theme after this great Europe country.  I found this information on their website (www.bastone.net). Let us get into beer.

It has a peanut butter color without a head on it.  There is not a smell to it.  The taste is sweet peanut butter with a dry peanut butter aftertaste.  It is not drinkable.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.bastone.net

Twitter:  @bastonebrewery

In the end, I have to say I was pretty impressed by this beer.  Everyone with me was looking at me weird when I brought it over to the group.  This brewery did think out of the box which is a good thing.  I am willing to try beers like this all the time.  I have to say  this was a really good tasting beer.  I loved the aftertaste.  I hate to say this.  I could only have maybe 12oz pour of this beer.  It is not thick but heavy.  I just feel it is heavy and not drinkable.  I really enjoyed this beer and I could not find anything on their website about this brew.  I am looking forward to making a trip to this brewery the next time I am in  town.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser