Homebrew Contest at 129 Lounge

Saugatuck Brewing Company and 129 Lounge are having a homebrew contest Saturday December 13 starting at 7 pm. The winner will brew on Saugatuck’s brewing system then have their beer on tap at 129 Lounge.
This is a really nice prize with a cash value of over 250 dollars. It would also be nice to get together with other local home brewers. Come on out to share some of your beer and if someone who is passionate about homebrewing pass this event onto them, the more the merrier. Yes, it is short notice but homebrewers also have beer ready to serve this time of year.


Partyville Beer Event for the Humane Society

Monroe is having a beer and wine event! Actually the number of beer events are on the rise over the last few years but they are usually scheduled on days when I can’t make it… And this is no different. But I remember the days when there was not a lot going on so I get excited when I see local beer events.

It’s brought to you by Partyville  with partial proceeds going to the Humane Society of Monroe. So you have good local beer and wine plus a good cause. I did verify that Rave will be there so that means Bell’s and Founders.

Here are some details. Please check out the flier for more…

Saturday October 26, 2013 6 to 10pm

Location: Monroe Golf & Country Club 611 Cole Rd, Monroe (734) 241-5190

$25 per person advanced $35 per person at the door


I Like to Drink Wine More than I Used to…

“How is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides,  every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain.  Remember when I took that home wine making course, and I forgot how to drive?” Homer Simpson

I am excited to tell you about the Downtown Monroe Wine Crawl this Friday July 19 from 5:30 to 9pm. It’s a wine tasting but also a tour of Monroe businesses where you can share food and drink with friends. And it’s priced at just $20.

This is a perfect event for the City of Monroe. I feel like we should be a big wine town. We are located on the Raisin River which was called that because of the wild grapes that grew along it. Plus we were founded by the French. How did we lose this heritage?

Here is  a list of the participating businesses…

Wine Tasting Locations:
Book Nook
Frenchie’s Fine Jewelry
Monroe Bank & Trust
Hotel Sterling
Calendar Group (Formerly Steve’s Tavern)
Wise Guy
Martin’s Shoe House
Mind/Body Balance
Steven’s Family Chiropractic
Ryan Donaldson Photography

Food Locations:
United Bank & Trust
Monroe County Convention & Tourism
Belle Fleur
River Raisin Banquet Center
Victoria Day Spa

Off Beat Productions
Live jazz music
Monroe Big Band

Bell’s Tap Takeover at Buffalo Wild Wings

I hope you excuse the short notice but I found out about this tap takeover during a very busy weekend. It’s Bell’s so this will be a great event with fantastic beers including Black Note! How good is Black Note? It received a 100 on Beer Advocate. That’s a perfect score!

Here are the details…

Bell’s Tap Takeover

Buffalo Wild Wings in Monroe, MI

March 12, 2013 6 to 8pm

special tapping of Black Note at 7pm

Join us as we introduce our new spring seasonal beer, Smitten golden rye ale. We will also be featuring some of our specialty beers throughout the evening including Black Note, which will be taped at 7 p.m. Still not convinced? The event takes place on Wing Tuesday, so there will be discounts on wings all day.

Muskrat Mashers’ Beer On Tap at Corner Brewery

There are many things that I love about Corner Brewery but the top of my list is their sense Muskrat Mashersof community. They even let local homebrew clubs come in and brew on their rat pad system so they can show off their beers during their annual Rat Fest. A lot of beer is brewed for this event and even though every ticket is sold there is still beer left over. That is good news for anyone that couldn’t get to Rat Fest in January. Starting February 27 the remaining beer is released every Wednesday night at 6pm. Growlers are available after 9pm if there is beer left.

The Muskrat Mashers, Monroe’s homebrew club’s release party will be on March 6. I would like to invite anyone interested in coming out to join us. It doesn’t matter if you brew or not we would love to share a beer with you.

Here is our beer list…

  • Bourbon Oak Brown Ale: Chocolate, vanilla, hints of oak and bourbon.
  • Chocolate Rye Porter: Delicious chocolate malt flavors with hints of rye spices.
  • Citra Bomb: Crisp grapefruit citrus flavors shine through this India Pale Ale.
  • Cayenne Cherry Rye: Tart, sweet cherry, spicy rye notes with a subtle cayenne heat finish.

Click here for the Rat Pad release dates.  There will be a lot of fantastic beers released during this series. Check it out.




Greenbush Comes to Monroe

Greenbush has only been open for a few years but it seems like they have been around forever due to the huge buzz created by their beers. Their booth at the Michigan Brewers Guild festivals has become a must stop for all beer geeks.  Located in Sawyer, MI on the opposite side of the state from Monroe the only real chance here to enjoy their beer was on the rare occasion when it was on tap.

But no longer, Greenbush just released their beer in bottles last week. And as of last Friday you can pick up Anger, Closure, Distorter and Dunegras at Jake’s Liquor in Monroe.

For more articles on Greenbush follow this link…



Atwater Tap Takeover of 129 Lounge

This March is shaping up to be a great month for beer drinkers in Monroe with two beer events and St. Patrick’s Day you can’t complain about nothing going on.

On Friday March 8 Atwater Brewery will be taking over the taps at 129 Lounge. This event starts at 7pm. The cost is $15 for advanced tickets and twenty on the day of the event. For that you get seven samples and a chance at prizes plus a new beer launch. Also included is a sausage which doesn’t sound like a draw but it will be cooked in Atwater beer so it should be tasty.

Atwater Tap Takeover 129 Lounge Sausagefest

Friday March 8, 7pm

$15 pre-order $20 day of

7 samples plus raffle and a sausage

Tickets are limited so don’t wait to pick them up. They are available at 129 Lounge.

facebook event page

More to come on the other events I alluded to.



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…


Man Crushed by Giant Novelty Hop Cone! Experience Leaves Him Bitter

Rate Beer recently came out with their list of the top 50 beers in the world and Michigan had two in the top ten. In at number four was Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout and just two spots lower was Bell’s Hopslam. Of the two only Hopslam will be available on Friday.

Hopslam is one of those beers that is loved by geeks and nongeeks alike. As someone who has recommended a lot of beers to people I used to be hesitant to suggest such a big beer to a macro drinker but not anymore. Sure, it’s a big in ABV and flavor but it’s also extremely drinkable with a comfortable mouthfeel.

You can’t ignore a beer this great especially when it brewed in your own state. I know the beer geek reading this will buy it but please think about sharing it with a newbie. Because the best ad campaign is word of mouth and that mouth should be filled with Hopslam.
Hopslam will be available in good beer stores in Monroe on Friday.

Monroe Beer Events for June 16

This Saturday, June 16 2012, there are two big local events. One is Original Gravity’s 4 year anniversary party and the other is the 2012 Monroe Pub Crawl. Both will be good times in completely different ways.

OG’s 4 year anniversary is made for hop heads. Eight different IPAs will be released including a Mango/Pineapple IPA. Also beer inspired BBQ from Erie Bread Company will be served starting at 1pm. Here are the details from the website…

6.16.12 – OG 4-Year Anniversary Party!!!   Come celebrate our 4-year Anniversary all day!   8+ IPA’s on tap…including Mango / Pineapple IPA, Citrus IPA and others….  Beer Inspired BBQ from Erie Bread Company from 1pm -til gone… Live Music from  Valentiger wsg Johnny Lunchbox @ 7pm…

The Monroe Pub Crawl visits 9 bars starting at 3:30. It is a blast and a chance for me to get snobby with bars that don’t serve Michigan beer. Actually the list of bars shrinks every year. Regardless this is a fun time with friendly people that will make you feel like a long lost friend. Here are the details…

Join us for the 6th annual Monroe Pub Crawl!  There’s no charge, and we’re not raising money for anything. It’s just a fun summer night out to tour bars you might not otherwise see.  The crawl is open to anyone and everyone. Get a group of friends, come on out and have fun!
 June 16, 2012 – Schedule:
ClamDiggers 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
SideTrack Saloon 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
You & I 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
Uptown 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
McGeady’s 7:15 – 8 p.m.
Senior Cactus 8 – 8:45 p.m.
129 Lounge 8:45 – 9:30 p.m.
Roarks 9:30 – 10:15 p.m.
Beeks 10:15 – 11pm