Wednesday, June 22, 2011

mostly michigan beer tour

It's been a couple weeks now, but we took a vacation of sorts driving in a loop from Wisconsin to Michigan, Toronto, Niagara, Cleveland, Indiana, Ohio, and home. There were all sorts of stops, but let me start with the first set - the beer.

Mostly Michigan Beer Tour
Tasting List

1. Three Floyds Brewing, Munster, IN
Ragnarok: Aesir robust porter
Pride and Joy: American mild
Black Heart: English-style IPA

2. New Holland Brewing Company, Holland, MI
Imperial Hatter: Imperial IPA
el Mole Ocho: Mole beer

3. Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids, MI
Farm Hand: French Farmhouse Ale
Triomphe: Belgian IPA
Solitude: Belgian Amber
Rye Porter
Barrel Aged Raspberry Porter

4. Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI
Empire Strikes Bitter: ESB
All Day IPA

5. Bell's Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI
Lager of the Lakes: Pilsner
Mild Ale: British
Oarsman: Sour Mash Wheat
Sparkling: American Triple
Hole in the Bucket: Experimental ale with 3-6-9 hops
Oracle: Double IPA
Wedding Ale: Honey Wheat

6. Dark Horse Brewing Company, Marshall, MI
Raspberry Ale
Reserve Special Black Bier

7. Canadian Randomness
Mill Street Tankhouse: Red Ale
Alexander Keith: Pale
Wellington Pale
Wellington Lager
Rickard's Red

8. Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, OH
Dortmunder Gold: Alt beer
Eliot Ness: Amber lager
Lake Erie Monster: Imperial IPA

And for those of you who think this is a lot of beer, it is. But it took us fourteen days to get through them all, and most were taster glasses. I even did a bit of beer-snobbery and wrote down tasting notes, which I have already put on a shelf and forgotten...


SoundsLikeCanada said...

Mill Street Organic is by far my favorite Canadian beer, though there are a lot in Toronto I haven't yet tasted. Have you had any of the Mad Anthony beers from Fort Wayne? I've heard good things but never had them myself.

Laura said...

I had some of the Mad Anthony beers many years ago before I knew anything about beer. I remember liking them, but I'll have to try it again next time I'm in Fort Wayne.