Thursday, February 05, 2015

Griffin Claw Brewing Company Releases Detroit-Themed Spring Beer "Mr. Blue Sky" This Week Designed By Local Student Artist

Written by  Paul Starr
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Griffin Claw Brewing Company, Birmingham’s popular taproom, biergarten, brewing and distributing facility, is releasing its spring seasonal “Mr. Blue Sky” beer today.
The Detroit-themed beer is brewed with coriander and grapefruit peel. The beer is easy drinking low ABV session-able beer. It will be released in 16 oz. pint cans that were designed by Birmingham resident and high school student Hannah LePage — also the granddaughter of Bonnie LePage, one of the owners of Griffin Claw Brewing Company.

The artwork for the “Mr. Blue Sky” beer can centers around Michigan’s economic come back with a special focus on Detroit. The iconic "Spirit of Detroit" statue is featured with the Detroit skyline behind it and is bright vibrant shades of blue. Griffin Claw Brewing Company came up with the “Mr. Blue Sky” name and asked LePage to brainstorm graphics for the beer.

LePage, age 17, is currently is a junior at Academy of the Sacred Heart. She has won numerous local awards over the years for her artwork and also helped with the illustrations inside Griffin Claw Brewing Company’s taproom on the chalkboard wall by the kitchen.

“Mr. Blue Sky” is now available inside the Taproom and shipped out today to the brewery’s distribution channel. It will be available later this week or early next week at the 819 restaurants and bars and 1,442 grocery stores and party stores that carry Griffin Claw Brewing Company beer throughout Michigan. Griffin Claw Brewing Company’s Taproom is open Tuesday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays from noon to 12 a.m., Saturdays from noon to 12 a.m., Sundays noon to 10 p.m. and closed on Mondays.

With a mission to serve the best craft beer, Griffin Claw Brewing Company is located at 575 S. Eton Street, in the heart of Birmingham’s emerging Rail District. Dan Rogers, Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations, oversees all the brewing, distilling, distributing, and operations at the 12,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. Griffin Claw is one of the first breweries to begin using a Meura’s Micromash filter to deliver incredible quality with efficiencies unmatched by other brewing systems. The brewery also recently added a centrifuge and high-gravity brewing system to make even more consistent beer faster to reach their desired capacity. For more information, call 248.712.4050, visit or find us on facebook at

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.