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.




Summer Beer Fest Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets for the Michigan Brewers Guild’s Summer Beer Fest held on July 22 & 23 in Ypsilanti, MI are now on sale. I don’t need to tell you that this event is a must for any craft beer drinker so I am writing this post to urge you to get your tickets early. The Winter Beer Fest sold out a month before the event and it is held outdoors in February. A lot of angry beer drinkers weren’t left out in the cold for that event. Don’t be one of them. Don’t procrastinate. How bad would you feel if you knew your friends were drinking world class beer (some brewed only for this event ) while you are weeding your garden?

Click here for the Michigan Brewers Guild event page. Below are the event details.

14th Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival
July 22-23, 2011
Depot Town – Riverside Park, Ypsilanti 
  The Summer Beer Festival is the Michigan Brewers Guild’s oldest and largest of our four annual festivals. The festival takes place outside in a lovely riverside setting and will feature more than 300 different beers from more than 50 different Michigan breweries. A variety of tasty food items are available for purchase from independent food vendors inside the festival and there will be a diverse selection live music from a variety of local bands. 
Friday $30 advance ($35 at gate if available)
Saturday $35 advance ($40 at gate if available)
The festival is expected to sell out again this year so advance ticket purchase is encouraged to assure admittance.

Corner Brewery to Get a Green Renovation

Chris Nass emailed me an article from about Matt and Rene Greff’s new plans for Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti.

After entering into their first international brewery franchise in Bangalore, India, Matt and Rene Greff are uncapping other ambitious plans for the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. This time it’s a $1 million complete green energy renovation and new addition to the premises.

Still in the final stages of obtaining necessary approvals from the city, they hope to break ground on the addition before the end of April, says co-owner Rene Greff. The 2,000-square-foot pre-fab steel structure will be used for storage and a new bottling line, which will allow for the packaging of product in advance. The company has been packaging to order, which was causing lag time and difficulty in keeping up with demand.

“We have been experiencing production growth between 20-30% over the last couple of years and we definitely think that will continue and could even accelerate,” she notes.

The new addition will have a ground water heating and cooling temperature-controlled system and solar tube lighting. Those eco-friendly features will be echoed in the main building as well, which will be undergoing a green energy renovation with the same ground water heating and cooling system and a combination of solar thermal and photovoltaic panels for heating and electricity. New offices for management will also be constructed there. Greff hopes the addition and move will be done by mid-May and the rest of the green renovations by July.

The Greffs also have a $75,000 installation of groundwater, solar, and photovoltaic technologies planned for their Arbor Brewing Company brewpub in downtown Ann Arbor.

Energy cost savings should in the area of 30-50%, Greff figures, and taking into account the federal tax grants and incentives from DTE, a five-year payback period on the project. “It’s a pretty incredible investment,” she says.

Source: Rene Greff, co-owner, Corner Brewery and Arbor Brewing Company
Writer: Tanya Muzumdar