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Schmohz Brewery - Kiss my Scottish Arse

Kiss my Scottish Arse
OG 1084 / 24 IBU / 9.3% ABV
In the spirit of Great Uncle McGlean, this Great Ale will not only lift your kilt, but raise ye spirit to an attitude of mighty altitude. Presented with the best of malts, grains and the select hops, it will not be for the faint of pint raisers. Bring your bonnie lass and hold on!
Published in Beer Releases

Hopcat celebrates Joe Short’s annual Birthday Bash

If you already head up one of the most diverse and adventurous breweries in the State of Michigan producing a wide variety of different beer styles each year - where would you go for your birthday? Shorts Brewing’s own Joe Short can answer that question, of course; Hopcat!

Grand Rapids Brewing Company

On Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. Grand Rapids Brewing Co. will roll out the barrels on a new era for a historic name in the city’s rich brewing history.
Published in Brewery News

B.O.B.'s Brewery taps the Peanut Butter Stout with $1.00 beer specials

Friday November 16th at 4:30 PM marked the Peanut Butter Stout tapping party at B.O.B.’s Brewery in downtown Grand Rapids. The event included live music provided by Sam Kenny at 5:00 PM and a contest to guess the number in a peanut-filled growler with many prizes including Gilmore Collection gift cards of up to $100. The Stout was available for a limited time for $1.00 pours and the already insanely cheap $25.00 lifetime mug club memberships were discounted to $20.00 for attendees. Mug Club membership includes $1.00 pours on Thursdays, discounted food, and of course an engraved mug.
Published in Brewery Events

2012 Wood and Wild Ale Festival at Hopcat

Hopcat gathered up quite the collection of over 40 unique and unusual beers for the 2012 Wood and Wild Ale Festival. Many of the offerings included were aged at Hopcat’s own personal cellar for years prior to being made available for this event. Drafts were available in 5 oz or 10 oz pours, or sample-sized pours if you asked nicely, which I did so as to try the greatest variety of different beers. Kegs were being tapped and untapped regularly throughout the evening so I primarily relied on the staff’s expertise to bring me out the best available and they did a great job. In fact, towards the end of my visit my initial menu was replaced fresh with a new menu with old offerings removed and all of the latest including “on deck” offerings listed.
Published in Brewery Events

Founders  Cutter Barleywine - 15th Anniversary Beer

Founders Brewing Company celebrated their 15th anniversary party this past Saturday and did so in fantastic, fermented fashion. With doors opening at 11AM came the first tapping of Bolt Cutter, their 15th Anniversary Barley Wine, brewed to commemorate this milestone. Before Saturday, those with tickets could come in and buy two bottles and a special 15th Anniversary glass on one of the six days leading up to the party. In addition to Bolt Cutter, several mainstays and seasonals, they also introduced us to Boilermaker: a bourbon barrel aged version of Solid Gold. It tasted much better than your typical ale with a shot of whiskey dropped in…and you didn’t have to slam it. And around 1PM, they tapped a firkin of double chocolate, double coffee Breakfast Stout, which was excellent!
Published in Brewery Events

Potato Leek Soup made with Brewery Vivant's Farmhand Ale

With harvest season now officially passed, it is time to start either canning or using the last round of potatoes, onions, and other subterranean vegetables from the garden. It is no secret that all these kinds of produce are great in soups and other comfort foods. The short, cold days of late autumn can be taxing on a person's disposition, and nothing warms the belly & soul like a rich pot of soup. The world of soup is virtually infinite but one of my favorites, especially this time of year, is potato leek soup. We all know plenty about potatoes but the leek may remain a bit mysterious to some--Allium ampeloprasum is in the same family as onions and garlic but grows in a long sheath rather than a tight bulb like its cousins. Leeks are an extremely hardy plant preferring sandy soil and can grow rather tall. When harvested for use, the long green stalks must be removed and the white cylinder at the bottom should be sliced lengthwise and cleaned thoroughly, as the way it grows allows for a significant amount of dirt and sand to collect there (here is a short video showing how to clean and prep them).
Published in Soups / Stews

Muskegon Ottawa Brewers

For the second year in a row, Muskegon Ottawa Brewers have hosted one of the largest Michigan gatherings for the American Homebrewers Association’s “Learn to Homebrew Day.” Once again homebrewers both new and old converged at Eric Hoffman’s Norton Shores home setting up equipment along his driveway and taking over his front yard and bringing along plenty of food and beer to share.
Published in Fall Events
Wednesday, November 07, 2012

"Thank You, BEER" Brewer's Challenge

On October 13th, the Grand Rapids Public Museum officially opened a fabulous and unique exhibit called “Thank You, BEER”. Mostly focusing on Michigan brewing, especially the Grand Rapids area, “Thank You, BEER” is collection of items and stories that show just how much beer has done for the West Michigan area. Even to those already knowing a lot of the history of beer in this area will be pleasantly surprised as to what this exhibit has to offer.
Published in Brewery Events

A Grand Pumpkin Tour of Grand Rapids, “Beer City USA”

If you enjoyed the Beer City Pale Ale promotion awhile back, 11 Grand Rapids area breweries have returned with the new Grand Pumpkin - and this time each one has something a little different to offer. Brewery Vivant and Harmony Brewing Company in Easttown have both participated. Harmony’s Grand Pumpkin is a 7.4% ABV Chai beer. Also on special here when I visited was the Goatoberfest pizza with sausage, goat cheese, basil, and pumpkin sauce. Perhaps you’ve heard of the White House honey ale? Harmony has brewed their own version “Ale to the Chief” and I can attest to the deliciousness. If you are out on 28th Street in Kentwood / Cascade area, you can check out Schmohz experimental Pumpkin Rye and Jaden James has their Pumpkin Ale on tap now also.
Published in Brewery Events
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