Category Archives: Saturday Sip

Short’s Treetops Shandy and Power of Love

When Short’s announced Heineken (through Lagunitas U.S. Holdings) had purchased a 19.99% stake in the Northern Michigan brewery on Thursday, I wasn’t the least bit surprised. Michigan always seemed like the next logical place for big beer to purchase its … Continue reading

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Old Nation M-43

In 2012, my father-in-law, brother-in-law and myself went to Detroit to drink beer and watch hockey. One of our stops found us at Detroit Beer Co. and we loved it, sipping delightful beers after a disappointing stop at Hockeytown. But … Continue reading

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Urban Artifact Sliderule

When The Complete Beer Course hit shelves in 2013, author Joshua Bernstein offered up one tasting option in the gose section and remarked, “I’m not going to make you run around like a headless chicken to find a second gose.” Funny … Continue reading

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Bell’s Mars

What’s old is new again. At least that seems to be the case lately, particularly in the Midwest. Beers that were more or less considered one time offerings have begun to appear on shelves again. Doom, a barrel-aged double IPA … Continue reading

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Founders Palm Reader

Long before Washington’s Yakima Valley became synonymous with American hops, the vast majority of American hop production took place in the East. While the Pacific Northwest cultivates all but a small percent of American hops, hop production is beginning to … Continue reading

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Forbidden Root Fernetic

Intense bitterness? Doesn’t faze me. Coffee? I’ll take it black, please. 100 IBU double IPA? Sign me up. Shot of Malört? Gladly. It’s no wonder then that I’m also a fan of fernet, the bitter Italian amaro, also known as … Continue reading

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5 (Rabbit) de Mayo

It used to be that Cinco de Mayo would roll around and I’d celebrate with a few Modelos or maybe a Dos Equis or two. But the last two years I’ve been trying to take more of a craft approach … Continue reading

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Three Floyds Floy Division I

Holy shit! Those were the first words out of my mouth when I smelled Floy Division I for the first time. And the exclamations just kept coming when I got a taste of it. 

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Boulevard Scotch on Scotch

Barrel-aged beer has almost become synonymous with whiskey barrels. And by whiskey I mean bourbon specifically. Sure wine barrels get the privelage of aging most sour beers and more and more brewers are playing around with different spirit barrels as … Continue reading

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Solemn Oath Lü

The evolution of the craft beer drinker begins with whatever cheap macro lager asserts its dominance over the drinker’s campus. From there it’s an introduction to stand bys like Blue Moon, Boston Lager and Fat Tire, beers that are familiar … Continue reading

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