Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Top 25 Michigan Beers You MUST TRY at 9th Annual Winter Beer Festival

Written by  Ben Darcie
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 9th Annual Winter Beer Festival

Here we are, just a few days away from WINTER BEERFEST! I have assembled my top 25 list for this year, and my is it sounding delicious! Breweries from all over the state are bringing their brightest and best for the festival, anxious to share their fantastic brew with all of you!
Before I go forward, just a couple notes:

Firstly, this list is mine, and only mine. I am a beer lover, and I have my own tastes just as you have yours, and this list is just a representation of my own anticipation.

Secondly, since this is a list of beers that I'm personally looking forward to, there are quite a few beers deemed very special that won't be included on this list. This year will be my fifth, so the beers that I anticipate may be a little different than the general public's or even yours.

This is just a list of the beers that a beer lover is looking forward to. I'm looking for the beers I think are unique and interesting, and especially beers I've never had before. I don't know what they're going to taste like, these are just the ones that stood out to me!

Lastly, these beers are presented in no particular order.

The Top 25 Michigan Beers at Winter Beer Festival:

25). Beards Brewery Malabar IPA - Coffee Black IPA

24). Greenbush 'The Brew Abides' - Imperial White Russian Stout

23). Harmony 'Dark Ages Gruit' - Yarrow Gruit

22). Boatyard BC 'Cale Seche' - Imperial Saison

21). Kuhnhenn Blueberry Eisbock

20). Latitude 42 'Rose tinted Glasses' - Belgian Pale w/ hibiscus, collab with Ninkasi brewing

19). GRBC 'Philanthropist' - Barleywine

18). New Holland 'Incorrigible Reserve' - Franc-barrel aged sour (1:30p)

17). Olde Peninsula 'Ghost of Stout Chocula' - Ghost pepper infused chocolate stout

16). Bell's 'Chocolate Covered Cherry' Double Cream Stout

15). Ore Dock Brewing Saison d'Hiver - cask conditioned Imperial Black Saison

14). Brewery Vivant 'Love Shadow' BA Plow Horse Belgian Imperial Stout

13). Jolly Pumpkin 'Yuzu' Gose

12). Pleasant House BC 'Chronometer' - California Common Amber Lager

11). Mount Pleasant Mango Gruit, Peach Gruit

10). Arbor Brewing 'Ypsilambic' - spontaneous ferm, BA hefe

9). Cellar Brewing 'Oblivion' Imperial Black IPA

8). Right Brain 'Orchard Lurker', Collab with Greenbush

7). Saugatuck 'Darker than your Soul' Stout

6). Shorts Bourbon Ben’s Asthma – Oatwine w/ beet sugar & Mejdool dates, BBA

5). Mitten Brewing Co. Death to Flying Things - BA Imperial Stout

4). Cranker's Raspberry Chocolate Tart

3). Livery Grand Reserve 'Verchuosity' – Sour Belgain Dark Trippel, 2 yr. BBA on Tart Cherries (3pm)

2). Brewery Ferment 'Spring in Sri Lanka' - Sour Stout with Green Cardamom & Bitter Orange Peel

1). Witch's Hat Night Fury Imperial Stout Series - Cherry Cordial, Cookies n Cream, Chocolate Covered Espresso


Ben Darcie

Ben Darcie

Ben Darcie has been homebrewing since 2006 and is currently the Brewery Representative for Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, MI. He also provides public and private Beer Education and is a Beer Writer for BeerAdvocate, I'm a Beer Hound and three other Michigan publications. He is also the founder of Experience Beer WM and the 9wk Grand Rapids Beer Tasting Class (est. 2010).