The average Michigander drinks 23 gallons of alcohol per year – here’s the breakdown by beer, wine, liquor
Michigan residents drink more beer than all other types of alcohol combined – but beer is on the decline in recent decades, according to data from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. Beer has been on a steady decline since at least the early 1990s in Michigan, despite growing trends like home-brewing and microbreweries and the proliferation of ciders and seltzers (which, in most cases, fall in the beer category). Meanwhile, wine, liquor and mixed spirit drink consumption are all on the rise.mlive.com
Ypsilanti microbrewery makes collaborative beer with Ann Arbor nonprofit
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – What do an Ann Arbor nonprofit and a Ypsilanti microbrewery have in common? 734 Brewing Company has announced the release of Labor of Love, a session India pale ale created in collaboration with SCRAP Creative Reuse. AdMug Club benefits include discounts on all 734 Brewing products including beer, cocktails, root beer and cold brew coffee, according to the release. Learn more about SCRAP Creative Reuse at scrapa2.org734 Brewing Company is at 15 E. Cross St. in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Related: SCRAP Creative Reuse in Ann Arbor announces online store, new shipping option
Beer Blankets may be the best way to enjoy a cold one this winter
These challenging times have given rise to new partnerships and collaborations to help our small businesses survive, and often these partnerships lead to even more possibilities, including Beer Blankets. What is a Beer Blanket? Well, it’s all in the name: It is a heavy blanket meant to keep you warm as you enjoy a beer outdoors, as many restaurants and bars have moved to patios, even in the cold weather, to expand their seating. Roginson reached out on social media to see if anyone had ideas and could help, and Shorb had just the idea. The blanket is very thick, perfect for keeping you warm in the winter, and great to use as a picnic blanket in the summer.
Ann Arbor’s 24th Cheesecakerie helps craft pastry stout for ‘Support Black Businesses Beer Series’
Co-owner of 24th CC, Sean Brezzell, recently collaborated with Five Shores Brewing and beer blogger Siren of Stout to craft a pastry stout as part of its “Support Black Businesses Beer Series.” The February beer is the first in the series, which coincides with Black History Month. Read: Family-run 24th CC fills cheesecake void in Ann Arbor food sceneSiren of Stout’s Barb Baker and Five Shores brewmaster Oliver Roberts developed the beer recipe that features 24th CC’s sweet potato pies. Ad24th Cheesecakerie's sweet potato pies go into the mash to create a pastry stout with Five Shores Brewing and Siren of Stout. (Barb Baker)“The 24th Cheesecakerie is a third generation business and they make stellar cakes and pies,” Baker wrote A4 via email. The limited edition beer will be released on Feb. 26 and can be purchased on the Five Shores Brewing website with pick up options in Royal Oak and at Cultivate in Ypsilanti.
No, yeah, we’re going to try Bell’s new Midwest-inspired beer
You’re for sure going to have to try Bell’s new beer with a polite Midwestern name: “No, Yeah.”The West Michigan-based brewery announced a new Golden Ale, a year-round release that will begin shipping next week in Michigan and in surrounding Midwest states. Bell’s says the beer is a lighter craft beer with a slightly sweet flavor profile. This beer will appeal to those who are looking for another alternative to higher ABV beers, something that is crisp and refreshing and not too hoppy.”The “No, Yeah” name is an ode to some polite Midwestern slang. Phrases like “ope”, " ‘scuse me” and “let me sneak past ya” are all part of the beer’s packaging and marketing campaign. No, Yeah will be available to purchase at the Bell’s General Store and Eccentric Cafe in downtown Kalamazoo on Jan. 18.
Michigan brewery introduces ‘Big Gretch’ beer with governor on can wearing shades, chain
MUSKEGON, Mich. – A Michigan brewery introduced a new “Big Gretch” beer that shows the governor on the can wearing shades and a chain in the shape of the state. Rake Beer Projects from Progressive Farmhouse Ales in Muskegon, Michigan, announced a petite dry hopped sour saison with mango that’s been dubbed “Big Gretch: The Return.”Click here to visit the Rake Beer Projects website. “What’s more to say, it’s an absolute crusher of a beer with a label depicting our governor rocking some Cartier shades and a 231 Chain. It’s fun, it’s goofy, and it’s a great beer,” the company posted on Instagram. Within 10 minutes of being released, the beer was sold out, according to the company.
Weekend trip up north? This ‘ale trail’ is sure to please
The views expressed in this article are those of the advertiser and do not necessarily reflect those of this site or affiliated companies. Traverse City Beer Week kicks off Friday, Nov. 13, and runs through Nov. 20. And now you can celebrate on a Traverse City Ale Trail. Jillian Manning, from Traverse City Tourism, told us about some of the fun things you can do during Traverse City Beer Week. And as for the Traverse City Ale Trail, it’s actually small maps that take you on a journey through the breweries to find your favorite beers.
Get into the Halloween spirit at this supernatural brewpub
At Supernatural Brewing and Spirits, you could say the food and drink are out of this world. A group of friends created this brewpub to be a place they wanted to hang out. Once they found a building at the intersection of Plymouth and Ann Arbor Roads in Livonia, they seized the opportunity and created Supernatural Brewing and Spirits. They were tossing around names that fit the logo, and when someone said Supernatural, they knew they found their name. If you would like to check out Supernatural Brewing and Spirits (I hear their IPAs are good), they are located at 36685 Plymouth Road in Livonia.
Enjoy fall with these unique meads and hard ciders
Which means it’s a great time for mead, cider. B.Nektar in Ferndale offers flavorful meads and ciders in their taproom. B.Nektar makes their own mead in-house and sell Michigan made ciders. You can place your order online and pick up any mead, hard cider, or beer to go. Watch the video to see what unique meads you should try from B.Nektar.
Ypsilantis Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse to change ownership
YPSILANTI, Mich. On Friday, Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse in downtown Ypsilanti announced a change in ownership. Ypsi resident Sara Demorest will take over ownership from current owner Ryan Wallace during the next few months. Weve always loved Cultivate since we moved here, even before we moved here, and we love the Ypsi community. We wanted to keep Cultivate going and all that it encompasses with it making people feel safe and welcome. Cultivate Coffee and Taphouse is at 307 N. River St., Ypsilanti
Say cheers to International Beer Day at this Detroit Brewery
Detroit is a leader in the craft beer industry, and this Detroit brewery is helping the cause. Batch Brewing Company has been making beer in the city since 2015, and is dedicated to providing great tasting beer in a fun, and welcoming space. Owner Stephen Roginson used to brew beer in his home for years before he won a Hatch Detroit grant and opened Batch Brewing Company. Now the brewery offers a variety of beers, ciders, and sours that will be suitable for any beer fans tastes. Watch the video above to learn more about Batch Brewing Company.
Ann Arbors historic Blue Front to reopen mid-August
ANN ARBOR Having shut its doors in June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the historic Blue Front in downtown Ann Arbor will reopen in mid-August with new owners. He said buying the Blue Front seemed like a good way to diversify while also preserving an Ann Arbor landmark. When able to, Vogt said that Blue Front will return to offering tasting events as well as monthly beer and wine clubs. Currently, the store is restocking its shelves and waiting for licenses to transfer before it can reopen. Blue Front Ann Arbor is at 701 Packard St.Related:
Kid Rock’s Nashville bar has permit suspended for ignoring social distancing rules
NASHVILLE – Kid Rock’s bar in Nashville has been hit with a permit suspension by the state for ignoring social distancing rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Metropolitan Beer Permit Board in Tennessee voted to issue a five-day permit suspension to Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk & Steakhouse and three other bars in downtown Nashville for ignoring distancing guidelines, the Nashville Tennessean reports. Kid Rock’s bar had previously been fined after a complaint was filed against the establishment earlier this month, along with 14 other establishments. “They were in violation of two points of the order that states bar areas must remain closed to the public,” said inspector Melvin Brown. It’s against our constitutional rights.”In Detroit, Olympia Development of Michigan announced in December 2019 that it wouldn’t extending the lease for Kid Rock’s bar at Little Caesars Arena, which expired in April.
Blue Front Ann Arbor to close its doors by end of June
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Located on the corner of Packard Street and Arbor Street, Blue Front Ann Arbor has announced that it will close its doors by the end of June. Now a specialty craft beer and wine store, Blue Front has a long history in Ann Arbor. Having grown up in Ann Arbor a few blocks from Blue Front years before he purchased it, Blinder is sad to see his involvement with the historic business end, but is optimistic for its future. Nevertheless, he is thankful for his customers who have supported Blue Front over the years, some of whom have traveled to the Ann Arbor store from Toledo and Grand Rapids. Blue Front Ann Arbor is at 701 Packard St.
Michigan Legislature OKs bills to help grow small breweries
LANSING, Mich. Small breweries could sell and deliver more craft beer to stores without having to go through Michigan's three-tier system for alcohol distribution under legislation that advanced to the governor's desk on Wednesday. The Senate voted unanimously in favor of the main measure, which would let microbrewers self-distribute up to 2,000 barrels annually up from 1,000. Under the tiered system, brewers sell their beer to distributors or wholesalers which sell it to stores. Jay Fettig, owner of North Pier Brewing in Benton Harbor, said the legislation would help grow small craft breweries by simplifying and streaming the liquor law. Other bills would ease licensing for beer festivals and reduce the frequency of beer- and wine-related taxes.
Arbor Brewing Company relocating original brewpub after 25 years downtown
ANN ARBOR Arbor Brewing Company announced on Tuesday it will be relocating its downtown brewpub to another location in Ann Arbor. The pub and eatery has been in its current location -- a historic building at 114 E Washington St. -- for 25 years. In a Facebook post, the owners reported increasing operating challenges in the downtown location even before the COVID-19 pandemic began. With the end of our lease in sight we have made the decision to move out of this location, wrote the owners. Ann Arbor is in our DNA and it is important to us to be here.
Try this sushi and beer happy hour at a surprising place
Ready for a new type of happy hour in Metro Detroit? Host Tati Amare chatted with Chef Derek Layson and John Golaszewski with Hissho Sushi about their new kind of happy hour that’s changing the grocery shopping game in Metro Detroit. Hissho Sushi started by placing chefs in each Meijer to make fresh sushi for customers but now they have expanded into a restaurant with a twist. Hissho Sushi has also partnered with Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo to create the best pairing of Michigan-made beer with your choice of sushi. You can find the Hissho Sushi restaurant inside of Meijer in Brighton on Grand River.
New Holland Brewing Co. introduces light ale made with Lake Michigan water
HOLLAND, Mich. – New Holland Brewing Co.'s newest offering is a light white ale brewed with Lake Michigan water. The Holland, Michigan brewery recently introduced Lightpoint Functional White Ale, a brew the company says is made with natural ingredients, including raw honey, coconut water and orange peels. "We all look forward to the light point in our day or in our workout,” said Adam Dickerson, New Holland brand manager. “Here in west Michigan, the sunset over Lake Michigan symbolizes that moment of rest. Lightpoint Functional White Ale will be available across the brewery’s distribution network beginning March 1.
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale among most checked in beers on Untappd this year
COMSTOCK, Mich. – Only one Michigan-made beer landed on the list of the 10 most checked in beers on Untappd -- Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. The app Untappd allows users to check in beers, rate the brews, share suggestions with their friends and keep track of their favorites. According to stats from the app, beer drinkers posted they were drinking Two Hearted 124,577 times this year. Bell’s Brewery is in Comstock, Mich. Two Hearted has consistently been listed among the most popular beers in the country. Top 10 most checked in beers in 2019:
Michigan breweries craft special releases to help beer delivery driver after brain tumor discovery
DETROIT – Breweries across Michigan and beyond banded together after a tumor was discovered on a beer delivery driver’s brain. M4 CIC, the beer wholesaler Baker works for, asked the breweries it works with to help. Detroit’s Batch Brewing Company is currently brewing a fresh batch of O.P.G. Each year, the Drafting Table Brewing Company in Wixom picks a nonprofit to support on Christmas Eve. Other breweries expected to help with beer releases over the next few months include Brew Detroit, City Built Brewing Company, Ellison Brewery and Spirits and Speciation Artisan Ales.
Griffin Claw Brewing Co.’s 3 Scrooges winter ale returns for holiday season
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. – Griffin Claw Brewing Co.'s winter warmer, 3 Scrooges, returns this season. The festive ale is brewed with orange peel, honey and spices. Whether you think it’s too early for Christmas and are saying, “Bah humbug,” or you’re anxiously awaiting the holidays, you can enjoy the brew next week. The beer will be available at the Birmingham, Michigan taproom and stores. The taproom is at 575 South Eton Street in Birmingham.
Cold Brew Detroit variety packs include new Mocha Habanero coffee beer
DETROIT – Brew Detroit introduced cold brew variety packs that have four coffee beers, including a new flavor -- Mocha Habanero. The Cold Brew Detroit packs contain a can of the Regular coffee stout, Churro, Horchata and Mocha Habanero. Churro, Horchata, and Mocha Habanero are currently on tap at the Brew Detroit taproom at 1401 Abbott in Detroit. The four-packs will be available Nov. 24.
Founders Brewing Co.'s new take on KBS includes extra coffee kick
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Founders Brewing Co. announced a new take on its popular Kentucky Breakfast Stout. KBS Espresso will get an extra coffee kick by being aged on espresso beans after it is removed from the barrels. RELATED: Founders to donate profits from Detroit taproom to local charities for 3 yearsThe Michigan brewery is using coffee beans from Grand Rapids-based Ferris Coffee & Nut. “But for our first ever “official” variant of KBS, we decided to amplify a flavor that’s already at the heart of this beer – coffee." Use the Founders beer finder here.
Welcome colder weather with a beer from Perrin Brewing Co.’s Winter Warmer Pack
COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. – Perrin Brewing Co.'s Winter Warmer Pack includes three beers perfect for cold days. As the temperatures drop, crack open a Coffee Latte Brown Ale, or a Perrin Black Ale, or maybe a Blonde Porter. RELATED: Perrin’s Barrel-Aged Specialty Pack features Malted Milk Ball, Perrin Reserve beersThe coffee beer is a new addition to the Comstock Park, Michigan, brewery’s lineup. The Perrin Pub at 5910 Comstock Park Drive in Comstock Park. Coffee Latte is brewed with Germack Coffee’s I-75 blend, an accessible road trip blend that’s dark-roasted, earthy, full-bodied and smooth.
Perrin Brewing Co.’s Barrel-Aged Specialty Pack features Malted Milk Ball, Perrin Reserve beers
COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. – A limited-release Barrel-Aged Specialty Pack from Perrin Brewing Co. features Malted Milk Ball and Perrin Reserve. The special pack from the Comstock Park, Michigan, brewery includes a 22-ounce bottle of each beer and a 10-ounce Perrin Reserve glass. Malted Milk Ball, a 12 percent ABV brew, was aged in oak bourbon barrels for nine months. Perrin Reserve, also a 12 percent ABV beer, was aged in bourbon barrels. The pack can be found at the Perrin Pub at 5910 Comstock Park Drive in Comstock Park and at select Michigan retailers.
Founders Brewing Co., employee reach settlement in racial discrimination lawsuit
DETROIT – Founders Brewing Co. and an employee who filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Michigan brewery have reached a settlement agreement. The terms of the agreement between Founders and Tracy Evans will not be discussed, according to a Facebook post from the brewery. READ MORE: Founders Brewing faces backlash amid lawsuit, closuresEvans filed a lawsuit against the brewery, alleging he was fired from the company because he was black, among other accusations of a racist culture. Statement from Founders co-founders Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers:"We are pleased to settle this case and focus on the future. I don’t know what happens from here within the doors of Founders Brewing Co.
Black Lotus Brewing Co. in Clawson closing after 13 years
CLAWSON, Mich. – Black Lotus Brewing Co. will close its doors this week after spending 13 years in Clawson. The owner told employees Monday that Black Lotus is closing Thursday because business hasn’t been good enough to stay open. Manager Christina Teichman said brewery employees are trying to figure out what to do now that they are out of jobs. Teichman said the owner told them not to immediately cash their checks when they receive them Friday. “When I talked to the owner, he said he would let us know when we could cash them," she said.
Google finds evidence of attempted mass iPhone hack
Leon Neal/2016 Getty Images(CNN) - Google has uncovered evidence of a sustained effort to hack large numbers of iPhones over a period of at least two years, its researchers said. The Google researchers discovered "a total of fourteen vulnerabilities," half of them linked to the iPhone's web browser. Beer described the attempted hack as a campaign to exploit "iPhones en masse." The vulnerabilities covered almost every version of the iPhone operating system "from iOS 10 through to the latest version of iOS 12," Beer added. "This indicated a group making a sustained effort to hack the users of iPhones in certain communities over a period of at least two years," he wrote.