Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Black Friday, Breakfast & Beer 2014: Lakeshore Edition!

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Opening their doors at 9 AM, Odd Side Ales has been encouraging patrons to wear the PJs and bring their breakfast on Black Friday, treating them to bottle and draft release of their popular coffee-infused Morningwood Stout for the last several years. For 2014, not only has Odd Side Ales introduced another new bottle/draft release, the Hipster Brunch coffee maple bacon stout, but in addition the emerging lakeshore brewery scene has some new players. Muskegon’s Unruly and Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.’s each introduced their own barrel-aged bottle releases and offered up their own Black Friday themed breakfast and beer celebrations, the occasion representing the first bottled beer brewed in Muskegon since 1957.
Also starting at 9 AM, Pigeon Hill held their first bottle release with their Sour Blonde Ale. This beer has an interesting history (of which a full account can be found on the label,) and is in fact the first beer ever brewed at Pigeon Hill and which is finally seeing release after intentionally souring and barrel aging for many months. 140 bottles were made available of the Sour Blonde Ale and the beer was also tapped at the brewery at noon. Other special tap releases at Pigeon Hill in conjunction with Black Friday included a coffee-aged Walter Blonde and a Bourbon Barrel Scottish Strong Ale.

Unruly Brewing started at 9 AM - 11 AM with their Mug Club Membership Party. 100 bottles each were for sale of barrel aged 9th Hour Smoked Porter, BA Baracus Russian Imperial Stout, and Crucible Stout. The barrel aged releases were also available on tap. The recently opened Rebel Pies offered up some special breakfast pies for the event: Huevos Rancheros pizza, Denver Omelette pie, and a Bacon Egg and Cheese with Sausage gravy pizza. Unruly Brewing also recently passed their 1-year Anniversary mark the night prior to Thanksgiving. A 1-year anniversary party is in the works for December.

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.