midwest craft breweries

New Beer Blog Mountain Town Brewing Peach Gruit Ale


In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Mountain Town Brewing.  It is their Peach Gruit 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 fruit beer.

It has a heavy cloudy yellow color with a white head that disappears over time. The aroma has a metallic peach notes. The taste has a sweet peach to apricot notes with a wet peach aftertaste. It is drinkable beer.

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

Peach Gruit Ale

A Pale Ale Brewed with Marsh Rosemary, Yarrow and Myrtle and 100% Peach Juice added to this hopless beer

 Available in:  1/2 BBL, 1/6 BBL, 12oz Bottles & 12oz Cans

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.mountaintownbrew.com

Twitter:  @MtPBrewingCo

In the end, I am not a huge fan of fruit beers.  I have never had this beer so it was on my bucket list.  It is a solid beer but I am not a fan. I can see fans of fruit beers loving this brew. This craft brewery has did a great job and being locally (Michigan), I know Michigan craft beer drinkers will drink this brew.  I 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 Belgium Fat Tire And Friends Rhinegeist Brewery Fat Pale Ale


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In this special beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from New Belgium Fat Tire And Friends.  It is a joined beer with Rhinegeist Brewery.  The beer is called Fat Pale Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts, you know the rich history of New Belgium Brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know New Belgium Brewery.  There is not much information about Rhinegeist Brewery.  I do know that they are from Cincinnati, Ohio.  Let us get into this Pale Ale.

It has a clear copper to light amber color with a semi on white constant head. The smell has a malty to biscuit notes. The taste has a malty, biscuit, slight citrus notes with a malty aftertaste. It is extremely drinkable beer.

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

Fat Tire to the XP and A. The innovative folks at Rhinegeist went all new-style on Fat Tire. The result is a Belgian-style XPA. A combination of fruity Belgian yeast, bready-sweet European and Colorado malts and a healthy dose of fruity, vinous hops. Perfect for hopheads, wine lovers, beer fanatics and even whiskey quaffers.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.newbelgium.com and www.rhinegeist.com

Twitter:  @newbelgium and @rhinegeisr

In the end, I am liking this sampler pack so far.  I am not a fan of Rhinegeist Brewery.  I am hoping that they learn something from New Belgium from this experience.  This beer is called a Pale ale. I am not sure on that but still a solid beer.  Either way, New Belgium and Rhinegeist Brewery did a great job on this beer.  I 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 Thirsty Dog Brewing Raspberry Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample another beer from Thirsty Dog Brewing.  It is their Raspberry Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog post on their beers, you know the history of this Ohio 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 golden color with a white constant head. The smell has a heavy raspberry notes. The taste has a sweet raspberry notes with slight tart raspberry aftertaste. It is extremely drinkable beer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.thirstydog.com

Twitter:  @thirstydogbeer

In the end, this brewery gets me their artwork on their package.  I am a huge dog lover.  This is why this beer is being posted on this blog.  I am not a huge fan of fruit beers but I will try them now and then.  There is a nice raspberry notes in the aroma and tasting profile.  I am not a fan but it is a pretty good beer.  I recommend this beer if you are a fan of fruit beers.  This will be in your wheel house.  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 Stroh’s Bohemian Style Pilsner


In this beer blog, we are going to talk about the return to Stroh’s Beer to the City of Detroit.  I will get into a little history.  Stroh’s brewery, which was known as Lion’s Head Brewry, started in 1850.  The first beer that was introduced was a Bohemian-Style Pilsner.  It is crazy think they are repeating history with this once third largest United States Brewery.  When Bernhard passed away, the son took over and renamed the brewery B Stroh’s Brewing Company.  In 1902, the company removed the B and called themselves what they are known as now, which is Stroh’s Brewing Company. When Prohibition hit, they like other breweries they had to changed their business model.  They made near beer but they made Stroh’s Ice Cream.  It is still being made to this day.  It is not being made in Detroit but their distribution center is still in the city.  In 1982, Stroh’s brought a huge part of Schlitz’s Company.  This put this brewery number three in the United States.  This is where everyone points to the end of Stroh’s.  Stroh’s in 1985 closed their 135 year old brewery.  It was knocked down in 1986.  Stroh’s sold to Pabst in 1999.  Stroh’s Lager with the blue can was new designed in 1987.  Let us talk about the Pilsner.

The Pilsner has a clear golden color with white constant head that will lace on your glass.  The aroma has a nice floral notes.  The taste has a nice balance to make it extremely drinkable beer.  There is some nice sweetest from the malt but a nice hop bitter snap.  This Pilsner is a little bit more bitter than your American Lager.  I am too young to remember Stroh’s nor try it back in the day.  I have been told that it has the Stroh’s snap finish.  It is extremely drinkable beer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.strohsbeer.com

Twitter: @strohs_beer

Closing, the excitement has spread wild.  People’s faces has proud of something that was ours is back.  It is crazy to think that Stroh’s beat out auto motor industry.   It is also crazy that the brewery started with the Pilsner and it will start Stroh’s back up and running in Detroit.  It is really great liquid and I believe that it will stay around after the hype.  It is a beer that will welcome you with its appearance and aroma.  It will have you coming back with the tasting notes and aftertaste.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Welcome Home Stroh’s!

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twttier:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Boulevard Brewing Heavy Lifting IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer, which is called heavy Lifting IPA, from Boulevard Brewing.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know history of this craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read  them to get to know Kansas base craft brewery.  Let us get into this IPA.

It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a citrus notes. The taste has a citrus to piney notes with a dry piney hop bitter aftertaste. It is kind of drinkable.

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

Heavy Lifting I.P.A.

  • Style: American India Pale Ale
  • Availability: Year-round Cans
  • Locations: Try our Beer Finder

Heavy Lifting is our newest year-round beer based on our popular Tasting Room beer Mid-Coast IPA. Mid-Coast became a favorite among hopheads for its big, bold hop presence. Heavy Lifting takes that legacy further in fine style, exploding with flavor and a huge helping of five remarkably zesty and piney hops (Centennial, Citra, Amarillo, Topaz and Cascade).

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.boulevard.com

Twitter:  @boulevard_beer

Closing, this craft brewery has hit two home-runs with both IPA’s.  I am talking about The Calling and this one, which is called Heavy Lifting IPA.  This is the first everyday beer that I love from Boulevard Brewing.  There is some nice citrus notes and great selection of hops.  I am loving Amarillo and Citra hops.  I love it. I will be getting more.  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 Boulevard Brewing Calling IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Boulevard Brewing.  It is their Calling IPA.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Kansas base craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery.  Let us get into this IPA.

It has a cloudy golden color with a white constant color head. The aroma has a nice heavy citrus notes.  The taste has a citrus to tropical fruit notes with a hint of grapefruit notes. The aftertaste has a citrus to hop bitter notes. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is their website and Twitter addresses:

Website:  www.boulevard.com

Twitter:  @boulevard_beer

Closing, I am not a huge fan of Boulevard Brewing.  I do enjoy their high-end brews that are in four pack and 750ml bottles.  There is some nice aroma notes.  I love the tropical fruit notes in the tasting profile.  I love this beer. I do believe this beer does not hold up well to age.  Age is what kills IPA’s.  This is a great beer and they did a great job.  I do not see it on their website and I hope they are still making this brew.  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 Sierra Nevada Beer Camp (2016) Family Values Imperial Brown Ale


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In this special Beer Camp blog, we are going to sample the third of six beers in Sierra Nevada Brewery’s Beer Camp beer series.  it is their Family Values Imperial Brown Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this California base craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know Sierra Nevada Brewery.  Let us get into this brown ale.

It has a dark brown color with tan constant head. The aroma has a nutty notes. The taste has a sweet malty to nutty notes with an alcohol hint. The aftertaste has a malty dry finish. It is a sipping beer.

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

FAMILY VALUES
Imperial Brown Ale with Cocoa
Family Values showcases the cooperation and kinship of Midwestern brewers. It features largely Midwestern-grown ingredients: Minnesota wild rice, Indiana honey, Missouri oats, Michigan hops, and cocoa nibs from Illinois as well as Sierra Nevada’s estate-grown malt. This is our centrally located collaboration celebrating the best of the Midwest.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.beercamp.sierranevada.com

Twitter:  @sierranevada

Ending, every sampler pack always has that beer that sticks out and is awesome.  This is the beer in this pack.  The Midwest team did a great job on this brew.  This beer was worth every penny that I invested into it.  There is some nice tasting notes and a awesome aroma that will bring the craft beer drinker to the beer.  I love it and I want more.  I would buy a four pack of this brew.  I hope Sierra Nevada bring this beer back.  This beer saved this sampler pack.  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 Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza Golden Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample another beer from Jolly Pumpkin Brewery.  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 golden ale.

It has a cloudy golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a floral to pepper like notes. The taste has a lemon to pepper like notes with a slight sour in taste profile and aftertaste. It is a nice sipping beer.

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

Oro de Calabaza

Style: Artisan Wild Ale
ABV: 8% IBUs: 30
Available: Year Round

Brewed in the Franco-Belgian tradition of strong golden ales. Spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet and beguiling influence of wild yeast.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.jollypumpkin.com

Twitter:  @jollypumpkin

Closing, I am not a huge fan of Jolly Pumpkin Brewery.  It is mainly because of the price.  They are making their products here in Michigan.  I live in Michigan.  I get it that Sour Ale process is pretty costly.  I do like the pepper notes.  Jolly Pumpkin is known for their sour ales.  I have to say the sour notes are pretty fade.  I like it but not for the price.  I rather drink Duvel and it is worth the price.  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 Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire Dark Farmhouse Ale


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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.

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

Bam Noire

Style: Dark Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 4.5 IBUs: 24
Available: Year Round

Dark, smooth and delicious. Aromas of worn leather and cool autumn nights. Notes of sweet plum and toasted raisin, hints of coffee and cacao. Lingering tart and refreshing finish.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.jollypumpkin.com

Twitter:  @jollypumpkin

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/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Founders Brewing Sumatra Mountain Brown Ale


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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.

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

Sumatra Mountain Brown

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

Here is their website and Twitter addresses:

Website:  www.foundersbrewing.com

Twitter:  @foundersbrewing

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/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13