Thursday, June 04, 2015

Bastone Brewery and Monk Beer Abbey Have Two Great Gift Ideas For Dad

Written by  Paul Starr
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The corner of 5th and Main streets in Royal Oak has long been home to some of the state’s most awarded beers at Bastone Brewery, 2014 winner of Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year award for 2014 for Rockne Van Meter by the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. With the addition of Monk Beer Abbey and a menu of Belgian imported and inspired craft beer, beer fans won’t want to miss a chance to visit.
For those dads who enjoy a chance to celebrate with a growler of the good stuff, this is the place to go for beer and beer-inspired gear and gifts just in time for Father’s Day on June 21, 2015. Consider a Bastone Mug Club or Abbey Club membership – or both with a discount – craft beer by the growler for at-home sampling, beer brand tee shirts or glassware. Gift certificates to the restaurants are also available. Inquire at 248.544.6250.

For those familiar with Bastone’s beer menu, it features everything from a light American style Monumental Blonde to a Bohemian Main Street Pilsner at 5.5 percent abv.; a Belgian White brewed with citrus and coriander known as Witface to Royal IPA with strong hop and malt presence; and on the stronger side is Dubbel Vision, a Belgian amber brewed with dark fruits and the Nectar des Dieux Triple golden ale with light fruity notes at 9 percent abv.

This month’s seasonals will welcome both the Saison du Bastone and a Belgian Blonde. The Saison du Bastone is a Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup winner with complex fruit flavors like mango, pineapple and black pepper. It is a Belgian farmhouse ale and is 6.5 percent alcohol by volume.

Bastone Brewery and Monk Beer Abbey is located at  419 S. Main Street and 109 E. 5th Street respectively in Royal Oak, Michigan.

The bars throughout these establishments recently transitioned from pint glasses to custom glassware to ensure that depending on the style of beer a patron orders – it is served up properly:

  • Belgian Tulip Glass – Order up Bastone’s Nectar des Dieux Triple, a Belgian style golden strong ale that measures in around 9 percent alcohol by volume - or another strong seasonal beer - and you’ll find it served up in style in a tulip.
  • Teardrop Tulip – Go with a Dubbel Vision, Royal IPA or Witface and you’ll be served your beverage in a taller version of the tulip glass, allowing more room for complex beers with a heavier head and space to accommodate the flavors of these varieties.
  • Pilsner – Bastone’s Monumental Blonde was meant to be served in a pilsner, a glass long and tall enough to accentuate lighter beers like this one with its soft malt and hop flavors. Or, of course, order a Main Street Pilsner and savor its moderate hops and Bohemian style.
  • Growler – Fill a growler with any of Bastone’s beers and take them with you to enjoy at home or at an event. It’s a great option for Father’s Day and growlers are $8 to fill and $12 to purchase at both locations.
MONK’S ABBEY CLUB: Members receive:
  • A free Monk logo glass
  • 10 percent off food Sunday-Wednesday 4 p.m. to close.
  • 25 percent off of beer bottles all the time.
  • 25% off retail merchandise and beer to-go
  • Special invitations to beer dinners, tastings, limited release events and other promotions.
  • Cost is $30 for a Lifetime Membership, $15 if you already belong to the Bastone Mug Club.
  • Ask your server or bartender for details.
  • The benefits listed above and beer club membership fees are subject to change
BASTONE MUG CLUB: Members receive:
  • 22 ounce beers for the regular price of a pint
  • A handsome Beer Club T-shirt
  • $2 Tuesdays - $2 pints all day long
  • 25 percent off retail merchandise and beer to-go
  • Special events, discounts and much more
  • Cost is $50 for a Lifetime Membership.
  • Ask your server or bartender for details.
  • The benefits listed above and beer club membership fees are subject to change.
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.