Detroit Fall Beer Fest Goes on Sale August 1st 10AM

From the Michigan Brewers Guild…

5th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival

Eastern Market, Detroit

Friday, October 25, 2013 – 5pm to 9pm Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 – 1pm to 6pm

Tickets on sale Aug. 1 @ 10am

Enthusiast member pre-sale . July 31, 12am to 11:59pm (limit 1 pre-sale ticket purchase per Enthusiast)

About the Event:

Join the Michigan Brewers Guild at Eastern Market in October for one of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings around. Attendees can enjoy some incredible food from Detroit area restaurants (available for purchase) and listen to a talented line-up of local musicians while sipping any of more than 400 craft beers from over 50 Michigan breweries.

Ticket Sales:

Purchase tickets beginning August 1 at 10am. Tickets for the Detroit Fall Beer Festival will be available online only prior to the festival. Any remaining tickets will sold at the gate on the day of the event – but this festival is expected to sell out, so we encourage you to buy tickets in advance.

Click here for link.

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

2 Drink Maximum

Homer:  “Now son, you don’t want to drink beer. That’s for Daddies, and kids with fake IDs.”

Dads are the Tenzing Norgay of the married couple. The tremendous strides made by women in the work place overshadow the expectations of fatherhood. While women are properly applauded for rising to the ranks of CEOs and Heads of States men have been helping out more and more at home with little to no props. Yet there are still commercials with dads who can’t cook dinner or change diapers. I challenge any women to a  diaper change-off. Fathers are now more involved.

Parenthood has changed me and my priorities over the last 5 years. Time doesn’t allow me to brew and blog as much. I don’t get to as many events as in the past. And I definitely have reduced the amount of beer I drink. Words IMG_20121110_120357that end in ATOR aren’t just for doppelbocks anymore due to Doofenschmirtz’s INATORS on Phineas and Ferb. What would have surprised me 5 years ago is how little I miss all these things.

The amount I worry about how my daughters see me is the biggest surprise about fatherhood. This winter Maggie drew a picture of the family. Nana, Papa, Sarah, her little sister were all in the picture along with something that looked similar to a snowman. So I made the mistake of asking her about the picture and she said, “the fat one is you Daddy!” I knew I shouldn’t have asked. What’s worse is that it looked like I was struggling to keep up. Even the baby looks like she is walking faster than me.

So this year I decided to take better care of myself. In January I earned a beer for every half hour I exercised. At the end of the month I could tell you every beer I drank. Hopslam and Sapient were heavily in the mix. If I was only drinking three beers a week they were going to be good ones. So with beer as my reward and Maggie as my muse I have been working to get myself back into shape.

I have a strange mix of pride and embarrassment when Maggie points out Oberon when we are at the store. Granted there isn’t a lot of judging in a beer section but I want my girls to understand that I love the taste of beer and that is how I genuinely enjoy a drink. It’s about how a beer pairs with food and how you enjoy every sip by taking the time to understand what went into brewing it. And most of all don’t drink unless you can afford to drink good craft beer.

It seems odd to enjoy something that at times feels like the helicopter scene in “The Goodfellas”. Much like Henry Hill had to deal with Jimmy the Gent not wanting the guns, I cook dinner for a four-year old who won’t eat it because I served her ziti instead of mostaccioli. While Henry watched the feds following him I have my eyes glued to a baby making sure something on the floor doesn’t end up in her mouth.  But the good times out weigh the bad 100 to 1. I hope that in the future they go back and read the blog and see a different side of me. And in case they do, I want to let them to know how much I love them and enjoy them being in my life.

Or maybe they’ll just say, “What’s a blog, Dad?”

Summer at the OG

If I were to open a brewery in Monroe it wouldn’t be much different from Original Gravity in OG Logo F1Milan. The would be different. Probably some horrible pun like “The Nash Tun”, “Decoction Nash” or even “No-Beer-Named-After-General-Custer Brewing Co.” The latter would just be to get that question out of the way.

There is so much to love about Original Gravity in addition to their tasty beer… and that should be more than enough. The atmosphere is relaxed and family friendly. OG believes in cultivating community. On Wednesdays OG has a farmers market set up so you can buy your veggies for the week.  It is the type of place that you can’t believe there was a time before it existed.

I particularly love going there in the summer. The patio is open and you can sit in the shade and enjoy a beer . It’s something man has done since civilization began. Or at least since man invented patios. It’s engrained in us.  When you think of how many summers you have in your life time why would you sit inside when drinking a great summer beer like Two-Wheeler?

OG turns five this year and so does my oldest daughter. I joked the other day that I remembered that Maggie turns five because Original Gravity does. Everyone is invited to OG’s party this Saturday, June 15. You aren’t invited to Maggie’s but a gift of beer for her Dad would be appreciated.

Below are just a few of the highlights of what looks to be a great summer at the OG…

OG 5-year Anniversary Party on June 15th!
10 IPAs on Tap!
Beer Inspired BBQ provided  by Ypsilanti’s Red Rock BBQ from 2pm til gone!
 Live Music on the (soon to be renovated) patio from Valentiger wsg Steve Leaf @ 5pm!
Additional outside seating and bar will be available.
No Cover!

Original Gravity Farmer’s Market!! Wednesdays
The farmers Market is now OPEN for the Season. Thanks to Zilke Vegetable Farms, Erie Bread Company and everyone else who helps make the Wednesday Market awesome!


Greenbush Tap Takeover of 129 Lounge on June 1

129 Lounge’s deck is one of the best local places to enjoy a good craft beer. You can sit in thegreenbush brewing co shade, listen to the river roll by and drink Michigan craft beer.  That is the making of a great night. Greenbush just started distributing much to the excitement of beer geeks all over the state. Putting both together will make a great thing even better.

Call (734) 241-4008 or stop by 129 Lounge for details on the canoe race and for tickets.


Saturday June 1

4 t0 9pm

Greebush Brewery is taking over our taps and we are having a kayak and canoe race on the Raisin River!!! Tickets are $30 individual, $50 for a pair. and if you are entering the river race it’s only $20! Admission includes BEER, food, raffle entry, and cash prizes for the river racers!!!  Here`s the lineup: Dunegras, Sunspot, Anger, Brother Benjamin, Distorter, Doomslayer, and Damn Dirty Ape!!!

May 11, 1933

I’m reposting my article from a few years ago in commemoration of the amended Volstead Act on this day at 6pm.

It’s Thursday, May 11th 1933 at 6pm. What would you as a beer drinker be doing? Most likely waiting in line to buy your first legal beer in Michigan for 15 years. Since the beer law was signed on April 7th, the state was preparing for this moment. Trucks and trains full of beer had been delivered to warehouses around the state for the sale of 3.2 beer. Yes, in spite of Michigan being the first state to repeal the 18th amendment on April 10, 1933. You could not sell beer until May 11th. Detroit got its first taste of legal beer on May 10th. One hundred and fifty barrels went on sale that night at a special charity ball by the American Legion. Now, it was the rest of the state’s turn.

Tax on the sale of beer was not the only way the government made money. License fees also brought in revenue to the state. While beer sat in warehouses, license seeking business owners like bar owners, retailers, restaurants hotels and clubs lined up at government bureaus hoping to get one before the flag dropped on selling of beer. In Escanaba the licenses were actually flown in by airplane to insure that beer could be sold on May 11th.

Most Detroit breweries would not have their beer ready till late June or early July. One exception was Stroh’s. They were prepared for selling their beer. They had 15 to 20 thousand cases ready to compete against the out-of-state breweries. In spite of breweries from other states and Canada pouring in shortages were expected.

Why did it take so long after the U.S. government amended the Volstead Act to make 3.2 beer legal? Obviously, Michigan wanted alcohol to be legal. The state was the first to repeal the 18th amendment on April 10th. It was basic government bickering over how to legislate beer. They didn’t want the problems that they had before prohibition. Also, the business had been ran by the mob for the last 15 years and they needed that to be addressed. Unfortunately, what they created was a lot of bureaucracy that is still handcuffing breweries in this state today.

Here is just a sample of the new laws enacted. Beer must be sold to a customer seated at a table. There is no free beer with food, no curb service, no free lunch and no gambling, drunkenness or idling on the premises. All packages must have the state tax stamp put on before it is turned over to retailers. No sales between the hours of 2am and 7am. No wholesaler or brewery can make deliveries to homes. The last law mentioned still hurts MI’s brewing and wine industry today. One thing of interest was that the drinking age was 18.

The May 12, 1933 Monroe Evening News reported that sales were disappointing here in Monroe. I blame Ohio. They had legal 3.2 beer on April 7th. In Detroit though the party was big. Woodward Avenue was the scene of a party that was compared to an holiday parade. Fortunately, there were only 15 arrests.

So this May 11th at 6pm raise a glass to legal beer in Michigan. It was beginning of a Michigan’s great brewing industry. A brewing industry that is respected and apprecaited all over the world. Oh… and when you do toast, please don’t use 3.2 beer. Toast with one of the finest beer’s Michigan has to offer.

St Patrick’s Day at Original Gravity


Below is information about St. Patrick’s Day at Original Gravity from Brad Sancho.

I do want to add one thing about
the Oatmeal Stout pumpernickel beer bread from Erie Bread Company. It will have cheddar cheese and onion baked in. Their bread has become as much of a part of our St. Patrick’s Day as stouts. It will be available at Erie Bread on Saturday.

Looking forward to a great time this St. Patricks Day @ Original Gravity Brewing Company on Sunday March 17th! We will have extended hours this year since it is Sunday. We will be open from Noon until 11pm. Lumpy (Oatmeal Stout) will be on tap later this week to also enjoy on Sunday. We will also have (6) additional small batch stouts on tap for Sunday.

Imperial Chocolate Mint Stout
Dry Stout
Foreign Extra Stout
Milk Stout
Coffee Stout
Ginger Dry Stout

We will be serving huge corned beef sandwiches made with house cooked Grobbels corned beef on Oatmeal Stout pumpernickel beer bread from Erie Bread company. Served with a side of homemade baked potato salad from Erie Bread Company.