Category Archives: Saturday Sip

Like a Thief in the Night – Rhinegeist Brewery

Stride up three flights of stairs and walk through the door. Stop. Absorb the immense hall that you have entered into. A wide open space greets you. There’s a bar to the left. Stainless steel fermentation tanks tower over you. Ping Pong tables … Continue reading

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Saturday Sip Showdown: Oktoberfests, Take Three

I just can’t help myself. Every year I say I’m done with massive blind tastings and every year I manage to make an exception. I can assure you there will be no pumpkin beer blind tasting this year as I’m … Continue reading

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The Brew Kettle Valravn

At the end of August my brother took possession of two free tickets to Cedar Point. The catch was that they had to be used by Labor Day and he had struck out finding anyone to go with him. After … Continue reading

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Saturday Sip Showdown: Craft Malt Liquor

Don’t ask me why, but apparently 2017 is the year malt liquor went craft. Perhaps breweries have ran out of styles to make a splash with. (“You know what would be better than making another NE IPA? A malt liquor!”) … Continue reading

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Odd Side Passion Juice

If you ask the experts the fruit trends of 2017 seem to be watermelon and coconut. And I wouldn’t say they are wrong, but I think they’re missing the impact passion fruit has had on craft beer. Likely due to … Continue reading

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WarPigs Lazurite

Copenhagen is a city at the top of my list for visiting. It’s a town known for excellent food and, more recently, excellent beer. Those are always two strong considerations when I make plans to visit somewhere. But with a … Continue reading

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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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