Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ascension Brewing- Beer for Everyone and Locally Sourced Food

Written by  Erik Smith
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Another of Detroit’s Northwestern suburbs now has a brewery to call their own. Ascension Brewing opened in Novi on Friday, July 24th. This new brewery will certainly be unique, not only among the area’s breweries, but also in the new brewery scene. Ascension, along with 12 taps of their beer, will feature a full kitchen, specializing in clean, high-end dishes.
“We won’t be doing anything deep-fried or serving anything that was frozen,” says Adam Czap, the owner and head brewer. “All of our ingredients will be locally sourced and farmed in a sustainable way. We’ve lucky to have found a farmer whose vision for food matched ours.” Along with only the best ingredients, Czap brought in the talents of Chef Jeremiah Lynch, who fine dining experience was a perfect fit for the culinary mission of the brewery.

From his time at the University of Michigan, Czap also has a close relationship with Ann Arbor staple Zingerman’s and he expects this relationship to be beneficial for both businesses. They’re already brewing a stout that is ‘powered’ by Zingerman’s coffee. The breads featured on their menu will also be from Zingerman’s.

The opening of the brewery has been a three year project for Czap and his crew. He and his wife have run a successful photography business in Novi for years, and they wanted to bring a community-focused brewery to their hometown. “We wanted a place with a beautiful aesthetic and good beer,” he says. He also wants the beer to be a reflection of the culture, and says “there should be a beer for everyone.”

Among the beers Czap expects to be mainstays are the Ascension Amber, an easy drinking, pleasantly malty representation of the style, Beehavin’, a cream ale that should appeal to many new to the craft beer scene as well as veterans, and H.O.M.E.S., a ‘Michigan IPA’, with hops all grown here in the Great Lakes State. There are also always going to be some more specialty beers on the menu. At the soft opening there was a bold 11.7% barleywine (amusingly called ‘Joe Loves Kittens’) and German sour called Heavens to Murgatroyd. The brewery offers to-go beer in crowlers, a 32 ounce can packaged fresh for you right at the brewery.

There are big plans for Ascension going forward. Czap mentioned they do have some space available at the brewery to start sour & barrel aging program. He also mentioned wanting to get their beer out into local distribution. They’ve also considered doing some catering in the future, which, with the gourmet food their serving, will probably be a big success. They’d also like to get an off-site distribution facility, sometime down the road. In keeping with their goal of being a community-focused brewery, Czap hopes to find a way to incorporate some charity work in the future.

“We want to be special,” Czap says. “We want people in Novi and the area to be excited.” With such an impressive menu of food and beer, that is sure to happen right away.
Erik Smith

Erik Smith

Erik Smith is a relative newcomer to craft beer, having first been turned on to the scene by a chance encounter with "The End of The World" (Unibroue's La Fin du Monde) during the summer of 2011. Since then, he has increased that love of beer by serving as the 'un-official' photographer for the many beer events at Ashley's in Westland, MI. His goal is to visit every Michigan brewery. An avid traveler, beer tourism has played a prominent role in his travels since 2012. 

Find him on Untapped at eriksmithdotcom and at his blog at http://onmyfeetorinmymind.com/