Beer: the friend maker

“Some people drink beer to get drunk, though it is an inefficient means of doing so…Beer’s greatest use is as a sociable relaxant” Michael Jackson from “The Beer Companion”

I wanted to start off my first post with the above quote because one it is one from one of the greatest promoters of beer and two it is how I feel about beer. In the last few decades a lot has happened in the beer business because of the boom in craft brewing. The stereotype of beer being a simplistic drink that was wine’s slack toothed cousin should have been long gone by now, but much like that cousin it has over stayed it’s welcome. The diversity of styles now available to the American consumer is the greatest in the world and some of the best beer in the world is brewed right here in the U.S.. Yes, even Michigan breweries beers are producing some of the best beers you can drink. Whenever I hear anyone say “American beers suck” I shed a single tear.

 I have met some great people in the last few years through craft beer events. Some have become good friends and others are just people with whom we get together with every once and awhile. There is always the ice breaker of craft beers to start us off on what will become a myriad of subjects. Some conversations go to politics and some debate whether Robbie the Robot could beat Robot from Lost in Space in the Battle-bot Arena and the conversation always ends with us discussing when will be the next we will get together. My wife and I recently went on a tour of Michigan breweries and we met some of the most interesting people on that trip. I will remember the Grand Rapids crew that we hung out with for two nights, the people willing to take us in at Jamesport Brewing Company when a report of a big storm was coming in(we were camping), the merchant marine at Keweenaw Brewing Co., or the people from Red Jacket in Calumet more than I will ever remember the beers I drank. These times are the greatest joy I receive from beer.

I hope that with this blog and along with the help of you the reader that we can promote craft breweries (specificallyMichigan breweries) and maybe even have a brewery in Monroe of our own someday. We can only hope.

Beer brewing demonstration

I made this video a while back this summer, and it’s been pretty popular on YouTube. I figured this blog would be the perfect place to show it off. Kevin and Sarah are, in my book, master brewers. The beers I’ve tried of theirs are phenomenal – I’ll have to get them to post sometime about the Smoketoberfest beer they brewed recently!

Welcome!

Welcome to the Michigan Beer Buzz blog. This could very well be the first blog from Monroe, MI all about beer. The idea came about while a group of us were sitting around Fort St. Brewing in Lincoln Park, MI. We thought the world needed yet another blog, but ours would be the coolest blog ever. Since we’re all beer nuts, and are always swapping ideas about breweries, beer flavors, tastings, festivals, beer brewing tips, etc., we figured it would benefit the beer community to start keeping track of all this good information!

So far, there will be three of us posting to this blog. We will be recruiting others in the future who share the same passion for craft beer as we do. We definitely aren’t experts in the field, so please help us out. Post comments, send us articles and help us make this the best beer blog ever! We have some really exciting posts coming your way, so sit tight and enjoy Monroe’s first ever blog about beer!