National Beer Day For Some

I originally ran this article in 2008. That was way back before I had kids and had the time to goHew Hew to the library. Since it is National Beer Day I am sharing it again.

I came across this cool article in the April 7th 1933 Monroe Evening News.  The story is aboutwhen certain states amended the Volstead Act. Remember this list is as of April 7th, 1933.

3.2 beer went on sale on April 7th, 1933 in: District of Columbia, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware (in Wilmington only), Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Dates have been set for the sale in the following seven states: Louisiana, April 13; Maine, June 10; North Carolina, May 1; North Dakota, July 1; Vermont, May 1; West Virginia, June 8; Wyoming, May 18.

Legislative or other action still pending in these 15 states: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, and South Carolina.

Beer legislation has failed in these three states: Arkansas, Georgia, and Idaho.

No action taken in these 4 states: Kansas, Mississippi, Utah, and Virginia.

Sale subject to referendum in 1934 for this state: South Dakota.

129 Lounge, Jake’s Liquor & Atwater Hop-A-Peel Launch Party

Is everyone ready for spring? I know I am! Good news everyone! The first day of spring is only 2 weeksHop-A-Peel away. The end of this winter deserves a good party and 129 Lounge, Jake’s Liquor and Atwater are throwing one.

This is a cool event. The premiere craft beer store is getting together with one of the best and first good beer bars in Monroe to put on a launch party. I am hoping it’s a nice enough night to walk down and enjoy some Hop-A-Peel. Let’s think positive.

129 Lounge, Jake’s Liquor & Atwater Hop-A-Peel Launch Party

Thursday, March 20 7:00pm until 10:00pm

Come join us at The 129 Lounge in conjunction with Atwater Detroit Brewery and Jake’s Liquor for Atwater’s 2014 launch of Hop-A-Peel!!! It’s the first time Hop-A-Peel will be available in bottles, Jake’s Liquor will be taking care of that, and we’ll have pints and samplings on tap of this wonderful I.P.A. from Detroit’s Atwater Brewery!!! We’ll have MI Craft Beer specials, stuff to give to you, Atwater Beer, more stuff, drinks, and fun. Come out and show your support for Atwater Detroit, Jake’s Liquor, and 129 Lounge…Say YES to Michigan!!!

Prohibition Weekend at Lake Erie Metro Park

Sarah and I went to the Rum Running Stories program a few years back and had a great time. Please check out one of these events if you have time this weekend.

Here are the details…

The Prohibition Weekend: The History of Hooch program will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 8 at Lake Erie Metropark, 32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown Township.

“Join an interpreter for a historic journey of all things beer,” the announcement said.

The cost is $3 a person, vehicle entry permit also required.

The Prohibition Weekend: Rum Running Stories program will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 9 at Lake Erie Metropark, 32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown Township.

The stories will feature some of the tales during the 1920s and 1930s in the Detroit River region.

The cost is $3 a person, vehicle permit fees also apply.

Advance registration is reguired at (734) 379-5020.

Adrian Beer Week Ends with Blues & Brew

The second annual Blues & Brews Festival on October 19 finishes off a whole week of celebrating Michigan in Adrian. I am sad that I can’t make it to the main event but I am hoping to get one of adrian 2these events…

Monday: The Brick Wall & Pub featuring Paw Paw Brewing Company.

Tuesday: El Chapulin / Grasshopper featuring The Hideout Brewing Company.

Wednesday: Hooligan’s Grill featuring Ann Arbor Brewing.

Thursday: Sauce Italian Grill & Pub featuring Schmoz Brewery.

Friday: Mandy’s Uptown Bar & Grill featuring Petoskey Brewing.

I am impressed that Adrian is a having beer week. It’s a town that is around the same size as Monroe and I am not sure it could be done here. Plus they have a brewery with Cotton Brewing Company. Good job Adrian beer geeks!

Adrian Blues and Brews Fest

 October 19th, 2013 3-9pm

$25 in advance, $30 at the door.

You may purchase tickets at United Bank & Trust locations in Lenawee County or click here for tickets and more information.

 

Beer and Movie Night – ” Beer Hunter the Movie”

If you hear the name Michael Jackson and the first thing that pops into your head is beer then keep reading. If you are thinking the pop singer then you won’t find this post a thriller so beat it.

Original Gravity will be showing a movie about one of the most important promoters of great foreign and craft beer this Thursday (October 3, 2013).  Anyone that loves great beer owns at least one Michael Jackson book. And his book Beer Companion was practically required reading when Sarah and I took the BJCP course a few years back.

From OG’s website…

10.3.13 – Beer and Movie Night – ” Beer Hunter the Movie”
Come enjoy a pint and check out the new documentary about one of the legends of craft brewing education Michael Jackson. No not the pop singer, but a hugely influential author that help sprout the craft beer culture in the late 1970’s. Learn more at http://www.beerhuntermovie.com
Movie starts at 8:oopm. No cover.

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Homer:  “Now son, you don’t want to drink beer. That’s for Daddies, and kids with fake IDs.”

Dads are the Tenzing Norgay of the married couple. The tremendous strides made by women in the work place overshadow the expectations of fatherhood. While women are properly applauded for rising to the ranks of CEOs and Heads of States men have been helping out more and more at home with little to no props. Yet there are still commercials with dads who can’t cook dinner or change diapers. I challenge any women to a  diaper change-off. Fathers are now more involved.

Parenthood has changed me and my priorities over the last 5 years. Time doesn’t allow me to brew and blog as much. I don’t get to as many events as in the past. And I definitely have reduced the amount of beer I drink. Words IMG_20121110_120357that end in ATOR aren’t just for doppelbocks anymore due to Doofenschmirtz’s INATORS on Phineas and Ferb. What would have surprised me 5 years ago is how little I miss all these things.

The amount I worry about how my daughters see me is the biggest surprise about fatherhood. This winter Maggie drew a picture of the family. Nana, Papa, Sarah, her little sister were all in the picture along with something that looked similar to a snowman. So I made the mistake of asking her about the picture and she said, “the fat one is you Daddy!” I knew I shouldn’t have asked. What’s worse is that it looked like I was struggling to keep up. Even the baby looks like she is walking faster than me.

So this year I decided to take better care of myself. In January I earned a beer for every half hour I exercised. At the end of the month I could tell you every beer I drank. Hopslam and Sapient were heavily in the mix. If I was only drinking three beers a week they were going to be good ones. So with beer as my reward and Maggie as my muse I have been working to get myself back into shape.

I have a strange mix of pride and embarrassment when Maggie points out Oberon when we are at the store. Granted there isn’t a lot of judging in a beer section but I want my girls to understand that I love the taste of beer and that is how I genuinely enjoy a drink. It’s about how a beer pairs with food and how you enjoy every sip by taking the time to understand what went into brewing it. And most of all don’t drink unless you can afford to drink good craft beer.

It seems odd to enjoy something that at times feels like the helicopter scene in “The Goodfellas”. Much like Henry Hill had to deal with Jimmy the Gent not wanting the guns, I cook dinner for a four-year old who won’t eat it because I served her ziti instead of mostaccioli. While Henry watched the feds following him I have my eyes glued to a baby making sure something on the floor doesn’t end up in her mouth.  But the good times out weigh the bad 100 to 1. I hope that in the future they go back and read the blog and see a different side of me. And in case they do, I want to let them to know how much I love them and enjoy them being in my life.

Or maybe they’ll just say, “What’s a blog, Dad?”

Summer at the OG

If I were to open a brewery in Monroe it wouldn’t be much different from Original Gravity in OG Logo F1Milan. The would be different. Probably some horrible pun like “The Nash Tun”, “Decoction Nash” or even “No-Beer-Named-After-General-Custer Brewing Co.” The latter would just be to get that question out of the way.

There is so much to love about Original Gravity in addition to their tasty beer… and that should be more than enough. The atmosphere is relaxed and family friendly. OG believes in cultivating community. On Wednesdays OG has a farmers market set up so you can buy your veggies for the week.  It is the type of place that you can’t believe there was a time before it existed.

I particularly love going there in the summer. The patio is open and you can sit in the shade and enjoy a beer . It’s something man has done since civilization began. Or at least since man invented patios. It’s engrained in us.  When you think of how many summers you have in your life time why would you sit inside when drinking a great summer beer like Two-Wheeler?

OG turns five this year and so does my oldest daughter. I joked the other day that I remembered that Maggie turns five because Original Gravity does. Everyone is invited to OG’s party this Saturday, June 15. You aren’t invited to Maggie’s but a gift of beer for her Dad would be appreciated.

Below are just a few of the highlights of what looks to be a great summer at the OG…

OG 5-year Anniversary Party on June 15th!
10 IPAs on Tap!
Beer Inspired BBQ provided  by Ypsilanti’s Red Rock BBQ from 2pm til gone!
 Live Music on the (soon to be renovated) patio from Valentiger wsg Steve Leaf @ 5pm!
Additional outside seating and bar will be available.
No Cover!

Original Gravity Farmer’s Market!! Wednesdays
The farmers Market is now OPEN for the Season. Thanks to Zilke Vegetable Farms, Erie Bread Company and everyone else who helps make the Wednesday Market awesome!

 

May 11, 1933

I’m reposting my article from a few years ago in commemoration of the amended Volstead Act on this day at 6pm.

It’s Thursday, May 11th 1933 at 6pm. What would you as a beer drinker be doing? Most likely waiting in line to buy your first legal beer in Michigan for 15 years. Since the beer law was signed on April 7th, the state was preparing for this moment. Trucks and trains full of beer had been delivered to warehouses around the state for the sale of 3.2 beer. Yes, in spite of Michigan being the first state to repeal the 18th amendment on April 10, 1933. You could not sell beer until May 11th. Detroit got its first taste of legal beer on May 10th. One hundred and fifty barrels went on sale that night at a special charity ball by the American Legion. Now, it was the rest of the state’s turn.

Tax on the sale of beer was not the only way the government made money. License fees also brought in revenue to the state. While beer sat in warehouses, license seeking business owners like bar owners, retailers, restaurants hotels and clubs lined up at government bureaus hoping to get one before the flag dropped on selling of beer. In Escanaba the licenses were actually flown in by airplane to insure that beer could be sold on May 11th.

Most Detroit breweries would not have their beer ready till late June or early July. One exception was Stroh’s. They were prepared for selling their beer. They had 15 to 20 thousand cases ready to compete against the out-of-state breweries. In spite of breweries from other states and Canada pouring in shortages were expected.

Why did it take so long after the U.S. government amended the Volstead Act to make 3.2 beer legal? Obviously, Michigan wanted alcohol to be legal. The state was the first to repeal the 18th amendment on April 10th. It was basic government bickering over how to legislate beer. They didn’t want the problems that they had before prohibition. Also, the business had been ran by the mob for the last 15 years and they needed that to be addressed. Unfortunately, what they created was a lot of bureaucracy that is still handcuffing breweries in this state today.

Here is just a sample of the new laws enacted. Beer must be sold to a customer seated at a table. There is no free beer with food, no curb service, no free lunch and no gambling, drunkenness or idling on the premises. All packages must have the state tax stamp put on before it is turned over to retailers. No sales between the hours of 2am and 7am. No wholesaler or brewery can make deliveries to homes. The last law mentioned still hurts MI’s brewing and wine industry today. One thing of interest was that the drinking age was 18.

The May 12, 1933 Monroe Evening News reported that sales were disappointing here in Monroe. I blame Ohio. They had legal 3.2 beer on April 7th. In Detroit though the party was big. Woodward Avenue was the scene of a party that was compared to an holiday parade. Fortunately, there were only 15 arrests.

So this May 11th at 6pm raise a glass to legal beer in Michigan. It was beginning of a Michigan’s great brewing industry. A brewing industry that is respected and apprecaited all over the world. Oh… and when you do toast, please don’t use 3.2 beer. Toast with one of the finest beer’s Michigan has to offer.

Smitten Golden Rye Ale Available Today

A month ago I posted about a new beer from Bell’s with the promise that I would keep you updated on when it would be released. Good news! that day is today. Smitten Golden Rye Ale hits Monroe’s best beer stores in which include Jake’s and Meijer. You can go to Harbor Inn & Ale if you want to try it on tap.

The drinkers at Beer Advocate is giving this beer an 85 and only 20 cases are being sent to Monroe so get it fast before it’s gone.

Follow this link for a review…

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/287/43223