Here is a story about long overdue changes to Michigan laws…
If I were to open a brewery in Monroe it wouldn’t be much different from Original Gravity in Milan. 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.
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!
129 Lounge’s deck is one of the best local places to enjoy a good craft beer. You can sit in the 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!!!
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.
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
Foreign Extra 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.
Jake’s Liquor in Monroe is selling Founders Breakfast Stout for $ 6.99 a 4 pack. That’s a great price! Get it while you can.
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.
Once again I am pleased to tell you about the March of Dimes Michigan Beer & Wine Tasting. This is the third year for the event and this one promises to be even better.
The drinks are supplied by Rave Associates. They distribute Bell’s, Founders and New Holland. We hope to have a beer and wine menu in the near future. And if you like Harbor Inn & Ale’s food you will not be disappointed. I have been told that they are really bringing it this year.
There is also a silent auction of gift baskets some donated by local businesses. Last year, the baskets had some incredible stuff in them and if it wasn’t for the fact that I just had a baby I would have been tripping over myself to bid on one in particular that I really wanted.
Best of all you are helping by drinking some great local beer and wine. That’s a win win!
There are many things that I love about Corner Brewery but the top of my list is their sense of 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 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.
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