Beer List for the Michigan Beer Tasting

We have some exciting news about the tasting. A representative from B. Nektar Meadery out of Ferndale will be there to pour their award winning meads.   B. Nektar meads  will be served in 1 oz. samples  because of the high alcohol and price. Their meads are incredible so please come on out and try them.

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Here is the entire beer list for the tasting. Beer descriptions are courtesy of the each individual brewery’s web-site.


Orange Blossom:A traditional mead made with fragrant orange blossom honey. We source our honey from beekeepers in Florida’s orange growing areas. This mead is light colored, and slightly citrusy. We gently age it on American oak. This is an excellent replacement for many sweet white wines.

Wildflower: A traditional mead made with wildflower honey from the thumb area of Michigan. The honey makes a richly complex mead, full of aromas and flavors of many of Michigan’s natural flora. We age this mead on American oak which softens it and adds some nice vanilla notes.

Wildberry Pyment:Pyment [pronounced “pie-ment”], is a mead that is made withgrapes. This one is definitely our most popular “gateway mead”. It is made with clover honey, shiraz grapes, and three berry concentrates (strawberry, blueberry and blackberry). For a special treat, mix with soda water or lemon-lime soda for an instant sangria-like spritzer.

Vanilla Cinnamon:A light colored and semi sweet wine made with whole cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans. The beans are sliced open by hand before being added to the mead to ensure maximum flavor extraction. This mead won a silver medal at the 2007 AHA National Homebrewing Competition.



440 PEPPER SMOKER:  Amber Ale brewed with German smoked malt to give a pronounced, but well balance smoke profile.  Fresh Jalapenos added during several stages of the brewing process gives this beer the bold Jalapeno flavor and aroma that marries perfectly with the smoke flavor from the malt. O.G = 1.054 – 5.6%                                                                     

BELGIAN TRAINING WHEELS:Refreshing light Belgian Golden Ale.  Straw gold in color this Belgian style “session beer” is brewed with Belgian candi sugar, wheat, and pilsner malt.  The unique yeast strain gives this beer a citrusy and slight tart finish.   O.G. = 1.054 – 5.8%

IPA:Flavor grenade of American hops!  With pronounced hop flavor and aroma this IPA is deliciously citrusy from tons of Cascade and Amarillo hops.  Full flavored, hoppy, well balanced American IPA. O.G = 1.064 – 6.6%


Oberon:An American wheat ale brewed with Saaz hops. Spicy and fruity, Oberon is the color and scent of a sunny afternoon. ABV: 5.8%

2 Hearted Ale:India Pale Ale style well suited for Hemingway-esque trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and incredible floral hop aroma.ABV: 7.0%

Amber: Our flagship beer is made from mostly pale malt with some Munich and caramel malts. This gives it a slightly sweet flavor that is balanced by a melange of American hops. The result is a deep copper color and rich flavor.ABV: 5.8%

Porter: A robust porter for all occasions. A blend of dark malts give this beer flavors of coffee and chocolate with subtle roasted notes.Gold medal winner in the Brown Porter category Brewers Association World Beer Cup 2008. ABV:5.6%

3rd Coast Beer:A golden beer brewed with pale malts. Large American hop additions contribute a crisp refreshing bitterness. A tribute to the Great Lakes, T.C.B. is a truly quaffable beer. ABV: 4.8%

K-Zoo Stout: A full-bodied stout with plenty of roast flavor. Kalamazoo Stout is available year round, leading our vast portfolio of stouts. ABV: 6.0%


Big Dick’s Ale:Somewhat of a cousin to Barleywine, Big Dick’s is a classic English-style Olde Ale.  Sweet and full-bodied malt flavors are complemented by a fragrant but mild hop bitterness.  Sweet, breadymalt aromas combine with rich flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, and sweet nuts. A beer for keeping, Big Dick’s Olde Ale will age gracefully, while fruity flavors continue to develop and bitterness will subside. ABV:8.2%

Hop Rocket:After 11 years of brewing beer withbalance, our Brew Crew took a left turn with Hop Rocket Imperial IPA, a massive Imperial that focuses on the hops!  At 111 IBUs, this huge ale Rockets off the charts with a massive nose of sticky, resinous hops and flavors of grapefruit, lemon peel, spruce, earthy mushrooms and dew-covered grass.  While the focus truly is on the hops, a pleasant, sweet malt base backs the beer and balances it to a delicious level of drinkability with notes of toffee and freshly baked biscuits. ABV: 9.0%

London Porter:This is our version of an 18th Century “Smoked Porter”.  Our London Porter has a subtle accent of beechwood smoked malt, which comes through nicely in the aroma and the flavor.  Brewed using seven varieties of premium European malted barley, this full-bodied beer is characterized by hints of chocolate and coffee, and balanced by a long-lingering hoppy bitterness.ABV: 7.2%

Whitsun:Whitsunis our Spring/Summer Seasonal, a wheat beer brewed with just the right amount of coriander, orange zest and Michigan honey.  Wheat gives the beer a slightly viscous texture while offering pleasant bready flavors.  Honey provides an earthy sweetness not often found in beers of this style.  Coriander and a light hop addition add balance and never allow the sweetness to be cloying. ABV: 6.2%


Bavarian Bliss: Classic aromas of banana, clove and floral citrus blossom. Fruity, spicy aromas show a rich yeasty character that follows through on a smooth, medium-bodied palate with a delicately spicy finish. ABV: 5.6%

Sacred Cow IPA:Coppery-gold hue witha full floral hop aroma. Rich toasted malts with a profusion of tangy, citrusy hops that linger in a long satisfying finish. Sacred Cow I.P.A. is a bold, refreshing, hoppyIndia Pale Ale with superb roundness and balance. This delicate balance of rich malts, tangy hops, and crisp carbonation makes our Sacred Cow uniquely and deliciously drinkable.ABV: 6.5%

Strawberry Blonde:Strawberries are Spring’s first fruit.  They announce the end of the long Midwest winter and welcome the lazy days of summer.  They herald a season of weekends at the lake, walking barefoot through the grass, and whiling away the afternoon at your local beer garden. Be sure to savor your Strawberry Blonde while it lasts because like a Michigan summer, it’ll be gone before you know it. 7.75%

Espresso Love Breakfast Stout: Deep brown and opaque with enticing coffee aromas. Rich and creamy with a medium body and bold coffee flavors balanced by subtle, chocolate and toffee notes.ABV:6.5%

Raspberry Ale: This is a light bodied easy drinking ale. We only use real raspberries so the flavor is very mild fruit and balanced, not what you would expect from a “fruit” beer. The way we see it is we’re brewers so lets make good beer, not some fruity carbonated malt beverage. Oh yeah, our motto…”beer first fruit second”.ABV: 5.0%

Sapient Triple: we brewed this beer with a Trappist yeast strain so it is very traditional. The flavors are incredibly complex with notes of mild fruit and finishes with a bit of clove. Although this beer is higher in alcohol it is very  smooth and finishes dry on the pallet. ABV:8.5%

Tres Blueberry Stout: A full bodied stout made with all malted barley and blueberry. Flavors of chocolate, roast malt and light blueberry make up the palate with lots of fruity blueberry aroma.ABV:

Fore Smoked Stout: Brewed with all malted barley and peat malt (smoked malt). This beer is full bodied with chocolate, roasted barley flavors, and a smokey almost BBQ finish.


Porter: Pours silky black with a creamy tan head. The nose is sweet with strong chocolate and caramel malt presence. No absence of hops gives Founders robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect. Cozy like velvet. It’s a lover, not a fighter. ABV: 6.5%

Pale Ale: A testament to Cascade hops in a bottle. This medium-bodied pale ale has a distinctive floral hop aroma and refreshing citrus flavor. You’ll notice a slight malty sweetness with a balanced hop finish. Perfect to enjoy anytime, anywhere.ABV: 5.4%

Red’s Rye PA: Serious hop bitterness along with unyielding grapefruit bouquet from the Amarillo dry-hop. Balanced with the malty richness of four varieties of imported Belgian caramel malts. Pours a spectacular crimson with a creamy tan head. A generous addition of rye malt accentuates a spicy crisp finish.ABV: 6.6%

Centennial IPA: Get ready to bask in the glory of the frothy head’s floral bouquet. Relish the citrus accents from the abundance of dry-hopping. This one’s sweet, yet balanced. Malty undertones shake hands with the hop character for a finish that never turns too bitter.ABV: 7.2%

Cerise: You’ll have a soft spot for this one. Using only fresh Michigan tart cherries, this beauty tantalizes with intense flavors combined with a no hesitation malt bill. Adding fresh cherries at five separate stages of fermentation achieves the ultimate balance between tartness and sweetness.ABV: 6.5%


Steam Engine Stout: A dark, rich full bodied asphalt sealant!

Coal Stoker Blackberry: no description available

Hobo’s Breath Brown Ale: A nice introduction to dark ales, malty flavor and dark color

Railyard Raspberry Wheat: Light American wheat blended with 200 lbs of raspberries

Gamblers Gold Ale: An American Ale, smooth and crisp

Iron Horse IPA: Bitter ale full of flavor from Cascade and Northern brewer hops


Full Circle:A kölsch-style beer, Full Circle is a refreshing celebration of our brewery’s belief in balance. The soft, well-rounded malt character, light hop profile and crisp finish bring us back around to the familiar tastes of classic, thirst-quenching beer. A perfect session beer, we recommend Full Circle with fish, grilled vegetables, grilled sausages, and just about anything else served on a patio.ABV: 4.5%

Poet Stout: The Poet has a rich, smooth malt character enveloped in tones of roast and chocolate. A soft mouth-feel brings luxurious flavors and soothing aroma. Any time of year, The Poet is as versatile as it is delicious. It pairs wonderfully with earthy flavors such as mushrooms and beef, while remaining the perfect accent to any chocolate dessert.ABV: 5.2%

Sun Dog Amber:Sundog is an amber ale that emulates the copper glow of a Lake Michigan sunset. A showcase for caramel malt, Sundogpresents a toasty character, with subtle malty sweetness and a nutty finish.ABV: 6.0%

Golden Cap Saison: a modern interpretation of a traditional farmhouse ale. A soft, pale beer, Golden Cap embodies the flavors and aromas of summer fields. Brewed with an ancestor of wheat called spelt, its straw-colored body, lively carbonation and a unique fermentation profile evoke fresh cut hay and cracked peppercorn.ABV: 6.25%

Mad Hatter:Mad Hatter is an I.P.A. that explodes with hop flavors. Dry-hopping provides a distinctive and floral hop aroma, while the lively and hoppybody is subtly balanced with delicious malt notes. ABV: 5.2%

Dragon’s Milk: Expect a complex ale with a soft, rich caramel-malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones; all dancing in an oak bath. Unmistakably distinctive example of New Holland’s Art in Fermented Form. ABV: 10.0%

2 thoughts on “Beer List for the Michigan Beer Tasting

  1. Kevin et. al – this was a great time. Thanks for organizing it. We’re looking forward to going again next year!

  2. Thanks Ben, I appreciate you making the trip for it. The owners were happy about the turn out when I left so there will definitely be a 4th one..

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