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.

Original Gravity Beer Release

440 Pepper Smoker is back! I love this beer.

Here are the details…
2.7.14 – Taco Night and 440 Pepper Smoker Release!OG Logo F1
Come enjoy a pint of 440 Pepper Smoker and some beef brisket tacos!
Slow braised spicy beef brisket on Ann Arbor Tortilla co. corn tortillas served with homemade guacamole, salsa, cilntro-lime slaw and tortilla chips.
Food served at 5:00pm.

Short’s Beer Tasting in Monroe

From the Short’s Brewing website…

Jake’s Liquor Store Beer Tasting

02/07/2014 6-8 pm @ Monroe, MI

Jake’s Liquor is hosting a Short’s Brewing Co. beer tasting. Come visit this great bottle shop to sample free Short’s and chat with Short’s Beer Liberator, Brian Talpos, as he guides your through the tasting. He will be happy to answer any beer related questions you may have!

1092 N Dixie Hwy Monroe, MI 48162

(734) 243-1133

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

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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.

Kuhnhenn Brewing Company announces expansion plans

 

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(WARREN, Mich.) – Kuhnhenn Brewing Company is expanding into a full-scale production and packaging facility, located at 36000 Groesbeck Hwy in Clinton Township, MI. The property formerly held a Home and Garden Center retailer, but has been vacant for several years.

The 35,000 square foot building will be divided into production, cellaring, packaging and cold storage, in addition to a tasting room and administrative offices. The brewery will feature a four-vessel, 38-barrel Huppmann brewhouse and enough fermentation tanks to allow for a projected capacity of nearly 20,000 bbls (1 bbl = 31 US Gallons).

Kuhnhenn has acquired a high-speed Krones bottling line for packaging beer for the sale to retail stores, while canning is also being considered. Production and distribution of Kuhnhenn Mead will also increase, thanks to the purchase of a 24-head Gea bottling line, specifically designed for packaging wine.

Distribution of keg and case product will initially focus on Southeast Michigan, with further penetration into the rest of the state within the first year. The focus will be on four year-round brands, three seasonals, and several limited release offerings.

“This is something we’ve been wanting to do for a number of years,” stated Eric Kuhnhenn, Partner and Brewmaster of Kuhnhenn Brewing Company. “It’s exciting to think that we’ll finally begin to make at least a short-term dent in the demand that has grown for our beer.”

“Furthermore, we are extremely excited to keep the production of our beers in Macomb County, which we all call home,” stated Bret Kuhnhenn. “We hope this will draw more attention to the growing beer scene in Metro-Detroit, and contribute to the economic rebirth in Macomb County.”

With the opening of the new facility, Kuhnhenn Brewing Company is expected to hire an additional 20-30 staff members, in both production and the tasting room. The facility is projected to be operational in the first quarter of 2014. The current Warren location will remain open, with a full line of beers, and focus on the production of small-batch experimental brews, as well as an increased barrel-aging program. A Small Distillers License is also being added at the Warren location, with more information to come.

While the beer market as a whole remains relatively stagnant in Michigan and throughout the US, sales of craft beer continue to grow at exponential rates. With this growth, wholesalers and retailers are taking notice.

“We find ourselves in a unique position,” stated Jon Piepenbrok, Director of Marketing and Sales for Kuhnhenn Brewing Company. “We have built the brand and created demand for the beer; now we get to expand at a time and degree we feel comfortable. We’ve watched the industry expand with us and around us, all the while developing a plan for growth. Now we can make that jump.”

Bret and Eric Kuhnhenn began brewing their own beer in college. Kuhnhenn Brewing Company was founded in 1998, selling homebrew supplies out of the family hardware store. A Microbrewery License was granted in 2001, and the brothers began selling their beer by the pint and growler out of the Warren brewery. Their flagship, Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale, continues to be the brewery’s best seller.

Kuhnhenn Brewing Company is consistently ranked in the top breweries in the world on beer rating websites Beer Advocate and RateBeer. They are known both for their high-gravity experimental beers, as well as their accurate interpretations of traditional styles.

The brewery has won countless awards at competitions across the world. In 2012 they were awarded a Gold Medal in the IPA category at the World Beer Cup for DRIPA (Double Rice IPA), the largest category entered and one typically dominated by large West Coast breweries. Kuhnhenn Braggot (a mead/beer hybrid) also took home a Bronze Medal in the 2012 Great American Beer Festival.

J. Trees Cellars

(Co-written with Sarah Nash)

Sarah and I were having lunch at the “The Stable” in Blissfield, Michigan (the casual JTreesdining partner of the famous  Hathaway House) a few weeks ago when she offered me a sip of the wine she was drinking. We went to the restaurant because we’d heard that they had a great craft beer selection but we had a moment which made us think,  “We have been living under a hop vine!” We drink wine so we weren’t surprised that we loved a wine. The revelation was that this wine was made right here in Monroe County.

J. Trees Cellars opened in 2008, growing grapes and producing wine and cider in Petersburg, Michigan. A tasting room was soon added in Blissfield across from “The Stable.” In their words they are a “small Michigan winery, crafting fine wines & ciders from estate grown fruit, as well as other high quality Michigan fruit.”

Once we discovered that they existed we knew we needed to visit them as soon as we had a free night. We  finally paid a visit to their tasting room yesterday.  Our hosts were charming, very excited about their products and extremely patient. (We brought our kids and… well… they were kids being kids but didn’t faze them a bit.)

Every single one of their offerings was excellent. We said we weren’t going to do a full tasting JTrees1but once we got started we couldn’t help ourselves.  We like our wines on the drier side, which most of theirs are. I really enjoyed their Dry Riesling, a recent silver medal winner at the Indy International Wine Competition and the Michigan Wine Competition. Sarah enjoyed their Dry Rose which was fruity, luscious and tart yet well-balanced and would make a great base for a summer sangria. Their House Red  was a spot on I-could-drink-this-any-time-of the year-any day-of-the-week simple yet finely crafted red wine. They also sell  hard ciders including “Farmstead,” a crisp, refreshing dry cider, fermented by the wild yeast in the orchard and “Cin-ful” a cider fermented with cinnamon bark. Sarah suggested that they offer a warmed version of the “Cin-ful”  in the fall. They also sell an “Ice Cider” made with apples frozen on the tree and harvested and pressed in January making it the very sweet high ABV character you would expect from a traditional ice wine. We were also lucky enough to get a “sneak peak” of their Sparkling Riesling which they released today!

As I mentioned earlier, a few of their wines are served across the street at The Stable which is a JTrees2great place to enjoy it with a number of great “upscale pub food” offerings.  You can also find their wine at the Hathaway House, Evans Street Station in Tecumseh, Flicks in Lambertville and a number of other places across Michigan. You can find all locations on their website. Unfortunately, while their products are created in Monroe County you can currently only find them at one location in the city of Monroe,  Danny’s Fine Foods. We’ll happily shop for it there but have made it our mission to try to make them more widely available in Monroe. Until then, “like” them on Facebook and take a trip down to Blissfield and enjoy a flight in their tasting room and maybe a glass at “The Stable.”  It’s well worth the trip.