Saugatuck Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Hopcat Ann Arbor

welcoming beer BONFIRE BROWN american brown ale ABV 5.5% Classic brown, drinks a bit heavier than expected, hazelnut nose, good lacing, no bitterness. This beer would pair well with lots of food, so seems like a waste to use it as the welcome beer (3.75/5). --- REVERENT MONK belgian-style tripel ABV 10% paired with lobster bisque … Continue reading Saugatuck Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Hopcat Ann Arbor

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Component Tasting: Witch’s Hat Brewing Company’s Furious Ginger and Angry Ginger

My first beer from Witch’s Hat Brewing Company was hiding within a flight at Beer Grotto (Ann Arbor, MI) in May 2016. It got my full attention right away. Andrew Gose Grapefruity, a gose with grapefruit added, revealed a new wonderful fruit-pairing with the slightly salty German-style beer. Witch’s Hat had crafted a beautifully balanced … Continue reading Component Tasting: Witch’s Hat Brewing Company’s Furious Ginger and Angry Ginger

A Sneak Peek at HOMES Brewery

HOMES Brewery’s little spot on the west side of Ann Arbor reminds me of a Russian doll. Layered within their unassuming building are a retail area, four-seasons patio, kitchen, brewery, and bar, complete with bench, high-top, and lounge seating. The interior is still relatively bare, but an industrial street art vibe is beginning to take … Continue reading A Sneak Peek at HOMES Brewery

Mad Elf 2015 vs. 2016

Over the course of a quick two-day road trip from Detroit to Philadelphia, I was able drink at Great Lakes Brewing Company (Cleveland, OH), Grist House Craft Brewery (Pittsburgh, PA), Drai Laag Brewing Co (Pittsburgh, PA), Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, PA), and Monk's Cafe (Philadelphia, PA). I was thrilled with my experiences at Great Lakes and Monk's Cafe, as I well … Continue reading Mad Elf 2015 vs. 2016

Trappist Beer 101

A recent quiz contest from Bon Beer prompted me to do a deep google dive into Trappist beers, and revealed to me that this is an area that I know very little about! In my #beerjourney, I have focused mostly on American craft beers and rarely wander into the import section when browsing my local beer stores. … Continue reading Trappist Beer 101