Beer & Wine Tasting to Benefit Relay for Life

The local Relay for Life event  is less than 4 weeks away. A charity that not only raises money but also builds a community for survivors and the loved ones of them and the ones we lost. It is an event that is sometimes moving and always inspiring.

One of the events that the We Continue the Fight team puts on is a beer tasting. This year we have added wine and some cider. I helped pick out the beer again this year. I am pretty excited about the menu this year. Oh yeah, I almost forgot! There is a pie auction! These pies are excellent. My Mother in Law bakes them and they are part of the reason why I am now old fat Kevin.

Here are the event details…

Beer & Wine Tasting for We Continue the Fight

Saturday May 12, 2018

1-4 PM

@ Harbor Inn & Ale

13993 LaPlaisance Rd

Gift Basket Raffle, 50/50 Raffle and Pie Auction

Tickets are $30 per person

Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door at Harbor Inn & Ale.

Price includes 12 tastes and appetizers.

Detroit Imbibers Warned

One of the things I have learned about Michigan Prohibition was that the start of it was barely covered by Monroe’s paper. It’s covered in our history but not as a current event? Seems peculiar to me but that sort of thing happens a lot. I found only one article that immediately preceded the dry days of prohibition.

I love the writing style of this article. Here is the first paragraph…

“While they are fairly good natured and not inclined to be mean about it Monroe county officials sent word to the thirsty of Detroit that they had better have their gas tanks overflowing than themselves after Tuesday night when the Booze King abdicates in Michigan.”

There is a lot of denial here. I guess Monroe would never buy alcohol in Toledo and bring it back here. I’ve been doing that since I was 19(yes, the drinking age for beer in Ohio was 19 when I was that age). They did anticipate alcohol coming in from the newly paved strip that connected Monroe and Toledo but could never foresee the river of intoxicants that lead to Dixie Hwy being dubbed “Avenue de Booze”.  Yes it flowed to the “City on a Still”(Detroit) but still made plenty of stops on the way.

The rest of the article is about a crackdown on reckless driving that once again is blamed on Detroiters.  It also explains that signs will be going up on Tuesday night, “when old John Barleycorn is to be led to the stone wall and asked if he has any statement to make”. Once again, I love how they wrote things back then. And remember as City officials say…

“…that if they get gay down that neck of the woods something will happen that may disturb their peace of mind.”

Repeal Day, Monroe and Prohibition

A state convention gathered in Utah on this date in 1933 to ratify the 21st Amendment. A three quarter majority was needed to make it official and Utah became the 36th state to do so. Making December 5 the official day the 21st Amendment was ratified. Now this date will be known as Repeal Day.
Of course history is more complicated than that and I plan on covering some of those stories in the next few months. During my research I discovered a great blog post by Kathy Warnes. It is about Monroe during the beginning of prohibition. I will share the first paragraph then link it below. It’s fun and informative.

Rumrunner Muskrat La Framboise preferred to move his bootleg whiskey stored in jute bags tied together at the tops like ears in his boat equipped with a stopper resembling a bathtub plug. He rowed along the Detroit River Highway from Ecorse to its mouth near Monroe taking orders and delivering his liquid refreshment. When a government agent or policeman spotted him and gave chase, he pulled the plug and the boat would sink. After the drama of the chase and capture died down, he’d return to his boat and dive for his liquor, or if he had a large shipment, he would bring a few friends along to help. Muskrat became as skilled as a loon diving for fish at this method of River recycling.

Bootlegging Down The Avenue de Booze

Local Homebrewer’s Beer on Tap at 129 Lounge

Last December, 129 Lounge and Saugatuck Brewing teamed up to hold a local homebrew competition where the winner would get to have his or her beer on tap for all to sample. This inaugural event had many tasty entries but the winning beer was a coffee stout brewed by the Muskrat Mashers’ own  Dan DeSloover, named Night Grind. Dan won a brew day at Saugatuck Brewing where he brewed his beer, they kegged it and now 129 Lounge is putting it on tap this Saturday, May 9 at 7pm.

I am excited about a local homebrewer’s beer being on tap in Monroe. I seriously can’t remember when a Monroe brewer has had a beer on tap at a local bar. And since there hasn’t been a brewery in town since before Prohibition you may need to go back that far to enjoy a beer by a Monroe brewer.

It will be a good weekend to go to 129. The weather is supposed to be perfect for sitting out on their back deck. What a great way to toast to the fact that this long winter behind us.

129 Lounge is located at 129 E. Front St. in Monroe, MI.

Beer Won’t Make You Bilious

I was doing some research today and found this Green Seal beer ad from 1915. It was brewed by the Buckeye Beer Company out of Toledo, Oh.
I love the health benefits that Green Seal claimed. It’s really hard to read some of the print but I did see that “good beer makes good blood”. It was probably true that beer was healthier than milk and water. I feel they implied that a government official bestowed a green seal of approval to their beer. I picture C. Everett Koop.

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Lake Erie Metropark and Beer History

Take it from someone who has been married for over ten years. Nothing will make your wife happier this Valentine’s Day than to take her to a beer event on love’s biggest day. It sounds like I’m joking but I have taken Sarah to this event before and we loved it.
What is it? Actually, it’s two events presented by Lake Erie Metropark. On Saturday, they are talking history, beer history, from the first fermentation to the craft beer boom. Sunday, the subject is rum-running which we have attending. It was informative and fun. If you love history, beer or beer history I recommend going.
Here are the details…

History of Hooch
Marshlands Museum & Nature Center
Sat 02/14/2015 2pm
Lake Erie Metropark
Description
From its ancient beginnings to the modern craft beer era, people have been brewing beer for thousands of years. Join an interpreter for a historic journey of all things beer, including a brief home-brewing show-and-tell. Sorry folks -no samples will be provided! Please preregister.

Rum-Running Stories
Marshlands Museum & Nature Center
Sun 02/15/2015 2pm
Lake Erie Metropark
Description
The Detroit River was a pretty busy place during Prohibition. With tremendous amounts of illegal liquor entering the United States from Canada during the 1920’s and early 1930’s, stories abound. Join some young “old timers” as you travel back to the era of blind pigs, rum-running, and panther sweat. Participants are urged to tell a few stories of their own! Please preregister.

Here is the event page to per register. http://www.metroparks.com/Lake-Erie-Metropark/Events

The Remains of a Brewery?

Wahl Brewery stood on the banks of the River Raisin in Monroe, MI for about 50 years. Most of the pictures I have found in the public record are drawings. Two of these drawings contradict the location and layout of the brewery.
I’ve walked around the site where the brewery stood and it hit me what a strange piece of property it is. There is a big wall that runs along side the river, steps that walk down to a lower level of the site and an old foundation that separates the lower land from upper. I plan on looking into it more when there isn’t a foot and a half of snow on the ground. But for now I am sharing these pictures with you.

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This is the wall that could be the foundation of the brewery. If this is the case then the first of two brewery pictures must be the more accurate one.

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Inaugural Walleye Winter Brewfest January 2

This should be a great event and I am really looking forward to it. I love it when beer Fest are that close to my house. Below are the details from the event’s website…

Tap into a beer lover’s wintertime paradise at the inaugural Toledo Walleye Winter Brewfest on Friday, January 2. Tickets are on sale now! The Winter Brewfest will take place at Fifth Third Field during the much anticipated 10-day Walleye Winterfest, presented by ProMedica.

Beer beginners and experienced enthusiasts will get to sample more than 250 beers from over 50 breweries while enjoying live music on two stages AND fun and games all around the main concourse!

BUY TICKETS
Advanced tickets are $35. Ticket will be $45 on the day of the event. That price includes 15 “taste tickets”, each good for a 3-ounce beer sample. Additional taste tickets will be available at the event.

There will also be a special VIP ticket available for $55, which includes 20 taste tickets, grazing stations and exclusive beer drafts.

Not a beer drinker? Designated Driver Brewfest tickets are available for $25. DD VIP tickets, which include early access to pregame grazing stations, are $45.

BUY BREWFEST TICKETS ONLINE!
All that beer taste-testing is sure to make you hungry. The Hen and Hound will be open during Brewfest and serving plenty of delicious food for those wanting a hot bite to eat.

Doors open to VIP ticket holders at 5:30 p.m. Gates open to the general public at 6 p.m.

http://www.toledowalleye.com/site/story/over-250-beers-will-be-featured-at-winter-brewfest-party

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