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.

4th Annual March of Dimes Michigan Beer & Wine Tasting

2014 beer tastingA week that includes the first day of spring and St. Patrick’s Day is a pretty damn good week. But when it ends with The 4th Annual March of Dimes Michigan Beer & Wine Tasting, you just turned it up to eleven.

This fantastic event held on the Saturday after St. Patrick’s Day has become the biggest craft beer event in Monroe. It has great food, fabulous Michigan craft beer and wine and the money goes to a worthy cause, The March of Dimes.

Below are the event details and vendor list…

4th Annual Michigan Beer & Wine Tasting.

Saturday, March 22, 2014 1-4pm

Tickets are $35.00 in advance, $40.00 at the door.

Price includes 12 3-ounce pours, lunch buffet and door prizes. You’ll also have an opportunity to bid on silent auction baskets & 50/50 raffles. Tickets are available at Harbor Inn & Ale, by calling Darcy Merritt @ (734) 968-7991, (734) 457-4445 or by calling Mac Merritt @ (734) 552-6410 or at Keybank North Telegraph office. In order to make sure we have enough beer, wine & food we only sell a small amount of tickets at the door.  Advance tickets are recommended.

Vendors include…

Arbor Brewing Co.
Bonafide Winery
Brewery Vivant
Chelsea Alehouse
Dark Horse Brewery
Fenton Winery and Brewing
Motor City Brewing Works
Mt. Pleasant Brewing
North Peak Brewing Co.
Tabor Hill Winery
Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery

Kegs Kicking Cancer’s Caboose

Michelle Nasers is the co-founder of Craft Beer in Michigan and an incredible woman that we are lucky enough to call a friend and a cancer survivor. Michelle will be hosting a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society this Sunday October 14, 2012 at Original Gravity. Here is a quote from the event’s Facebook page that tells her story…

“I will be running (and walking) in the Detroit Free Press international half marathon on October 21st with the American Cancer Society DetermiNation team – something I never dreamed that I would be able to do when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 5 years ago.  This race is my way of celebrating 5 years of survivorship, and in doing so, my goal is to raise $4200 – $100 for each of my years prior to diagnosis – for ACS.”

This event will be a lot of fun. The prizes are incredible and you get to help fight cancer. Here are the event details…

Kegs Kicking Cancer’s Caboose

October 14, 12pm to 6pm

Original Gravity

DetermiNation unites athletes with a very important mission – the mission to save lives from all types of cancer! Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

Special beer release

Barrel Aged Evil Overlord: a strong dark Belgian ale aged in a bourbon cask for 11 months!  Wow!


•Assorted gift certificates (Clubhouse BFD, Thai Bistro, Weber’s Inn and more!)

 •A bottle of 1994 Samuel Adams Triple Bock, compliments of Rex and Mary Halfpenny-This beer only had 3 vintage releases; 1994, 1995, and 1997. Brewed with two row malted barley, water, Noble hops and yeast, along with maple syrup, it was then aged several months in oak whiskey barrels before being bottled. At the time it was considered the world’s strongest beer, and a precursor of today’s Extreme Beers.

 •A bottle of 2007 Cyser made by Rex Halfpenny with juice from Uncle John’s Cider Mill

 •Lifetime OG Brew Crew membership!

•A variety of Swag



March of Dimes Beer & Wine Tasting

March of Dimes Beer & Wine Tasting
Saturday, March 24
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Harbor Inn & Ale
13993 Laplaisance Rd   Monroe, MI
30.00 per person for twelve 3oz. pours featuring Michigan Beer and Wine. Plus there is a buffet!
Tha March of Dimes Monroe Advisory Board and Harbor Inn & Ale are proud to present a Michigan Beer and Wine Tasting. Beer and wine supplied by Rave Associates.
For tickets call:
Pam Levin, 734-761-6331
Darcy Merritt, 734-457-4445

Upcoming WINter Beer Fest = WIN!

We are the Great Beer State. With brewpubs opening to packed houses and awesome movies like this, it should come as no surprise that we are seeing an increase in beer festivals. This winter alone, you have your choice of festivals in Grand Rapids, Jackson or Westborn Market’s 3rd Annual Beer Fest.

This Saturday, January 28, will see the Royal Oak Music Theater transformed into a big ol’ beer fest featuring over 80 beers from around the state, nation and planet. Over ten new beers will have their own malt-tastic “debutante coming out” party at the fest. What I think is extra cool about this fest is that it benefits Camp Casey, which is a horseback riding campe for kids with cancer. Seriously, could it BE any more win-win??

Speaking of win, check out some of the brewpubs that will be in attendance: Arbor Brewing, Arcadia, New Holland, Brewery Vivant and Dark Horse. !!!! In addition to the beers, there will be local vendors including Chuck & Dave’s Salsa, which will feature beer-inspired food samples. More win!

So what precipitated this event? Well, straight from the horse’s mouth (i.e. Jason Dristan – Beer Fest Co-Founder), “We recognized Metro Detroit did not have a true Beer Fest during the Winter and wanted to fill that void.  This is the third year we have scheduled it the weekend between the NFL Championships and the Super Bowl.  It is the perfect answer to cure the ‘winter blues’.”  Yes, yes it is!

The event starts at 8pm and goes until midnight. The ceremonial keg tapping will be at 9pm and feature representatives from Camp Casey, Westborn Market and the city of Royal Oak. They will tap a special Michigan Brewing Company Winter Cask Ale.
Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. You will get 25 beer samples, you will help out a great cause and you will satisfy your palate. Did someone say something about WIN…?

Here are some picture of last year’s festival. Because these pictures are awesome, you should by now know that they were most certainly not taken by me! (Thanks to Dana from On the Rocks Detroit!)

4th Annual Michigan Beer Tasting Menu

Here is our beer menu for our tasting (as of now) this Thursday, June 24. New to the tasting this year is Frankenmuth Brewery (which will be on draft) along with North Peak out of Traverse City and Motor City Brewing Works. B. Nektar Meadery will be represented again this year. They were a big hit last year.

Click here for more information about the tasting. Don’t forget …this year’s tasting is for good cause. (Calhoun County Relay for Life). Hope to see you there!

Bell’s Brewery
Third Coast Old Ale
Batch 9000
Amber Ale
Pale Ale
Third Coast  Beer
Kalamazoo Stout
Two Hearted Ale

Pale Ale
Centennial IPA
Dirty Bastard
Red’s RyePA
Old Curmudgeon

Arcadia Ales
Big Dick’s Ale
Scotch Ale
Angler’s Ale
Sky High Rye

New Holland
Mad Hatter
Golden Cap Saison
Sundog  Amber                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Full Circle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dragon’s Milk

North Peak Brewing
Majestic Wheat
Diabolical IPA
Siren Amber

Motor City Brewing Works
Ghetto-blaster English Mild Ale
Nut Brown Ale
Summer Brew

Dark Horse Brewing
Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock
Sapient Trip Ale
Crooked Tree IPA
Reserve Special Black Ale

Arbor Brewing Co.
Sacred Cow IPA
Red Snapper Special Bitter
Tree Fort
Brasserie Blonde Belgian
Strawberry Blonde
Bavarian Bliss
Espresso Love Breakfast Stout
Olde 22 German Alt

Frankenmuth Brewery
Munich Dunkel

Woodhaven Relay for Life Beer Tasting

I received this email from Rave today about a fundraiser for Relay for Life.

Woodhaven Relay for Life Beer Tasting; Friday June 4th 6-9pm; Woodhaven Community Center 23101 Hall Rd, Woodhaven 48183.
$25; Craft beer samples; portion or proceeds to benefit Relay for life Woodhaven
On Draft: St Bernardus Abt 12, Arbor Brewing Phat Abbot Tripel, New Holland Mole Ocho, Arcadia Rapunzel, Erie Mad Anthony, OG Belgian Training Wheels(line up may change due to availability).
Many. many more bottle samples available…

Here is the Facebook link…!/event.php?eid=122817487749984&ref=search&sid=yZbsbLawCbe5PPCtellg3g.2544544486..1

4th Annual Michigan Beer Tasting

“I heartily endorse the event or product”

                                                                                      Krusty the Clown

The Krusty quote is a reference to a testimonial from Art Linkletter and was on “The Game of Life” box that I had as a kid. It has nothing to do with our tasting but I thought it would be a good time to use it, in memory of the late, great Art Linkletter.  I would like to think that both Art and Krusty would endorse an event that promoted local beer and helped raise money for  Relay for Life.

This year, we will have beer from Dark Horse, Founder’s, New Holland, Bell’s, and more plus meads from B. Nektar. Anyone that was there last year can vouch for how great they tasted.

The money raised at the tasting will support our friend Michelle’s Relay for Life Team that will be walking in Marshall, MI on June 25-26. Click here to donate to that team.

And we will have beer goods to give away.

Here are the event details…

Title: 4th Annual Michigan Beer Tasting
Location: 129 Lounge
Description: Taste some of Michigan’s best breweries. The cost will be $20 for 8 tastes ($10 of that will go to Relay for Life). Additional tastes will cost $1.50.
Time: Thursday, June 24 from 6 to 9pm

The link on Facebook…!/event.php?eid=112201068822671&ref=ts

More details will follow soon.