Paul and I checked out the Greenbush Brewing Company
tap takeover at the Shark Club
in Howell last week. As always, the Shark Club was buzzing. There was the tap takeover going on, their daily poker games in the back, and live music outside. We got a booth, ordered a Green Bush sampler, and settled in.
Greenbush is located in Sawyer, MI, which is located along Lake Michigan in the far southwest corner of the state. Like most microbreweries, they started out as a few friends experimenting with homebrewing in very small batches. Their project (and the quality of it) grew and eventually they opened their doors for business. Their signature beer, the Red Bud ale, actually started out as a mistake when they over-hopped a batch of wheat ale. The result tasted good and the Red Bud ale was born. In addition to the copper ale, they make a great black IPA simply called "Anger" and a delicious, strong Belgian golden called "1825". If you are unfamiliar or new to Green Bush try their standby Red Bud and work from there. You will be pleasantly surprised by each of their unique takes on traditional styles of American and European beers. And if you're on you way to Chicago (or limping back across 94 from a lost weekend there), stop in to their taproom in Sawyer for a beer and a sandwich. Check their Facebook page for daily specials and limited offers as well.
We were glad we made it to the Shark for this mid-week reprieve from the grind. It was good catching up with the manager, Jon, and hearing what was new and upcoming for the Shark Club. I had the Hawaiian burger and it was great, ham & pineapple on a burger and a few great Michigan beers...as Ina would say, "how bad can that be??"