Clouds were hovering. Wind was whipping. People were bundled. Lines were long.
But none of those things stopped Michigan craft beer enthusiasts from visiting Eastern Market in Detroit on Saturday, for the fourth annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival.
Bags of tokens were passed out to patrons whose pretzel necklaces were waiting to cleanse the pallets of those wearing them.
Winter hats on heads and gloves covering the hands holding three ounce samples of beer.
Then, the sun poked its head out and shined on festival-goers at Shed 5. And all was right with the world.
Out of 50 Michigan craft breweries and over 300 beers to choose from, here were my personal favorites.
Best Bourbon Beer: Dark Horse Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead the 5th Imperial Stout
Definitely not your average find-it-at-the-party-store-and-pick-some-up-for-a-night-of-drinking stout. Imperials don’t get much better than this when it comes to bourbon barrel aged.
Best Pumpkin Beer: Wolverine State Brewing Co. Curcibita Smiles Pumpkin Spiced Lager
Big pumpkin flavor with great fall spice and a subtle vanilla finish. The balance of the beer was on point with the best of the best when it comes to pumpkin brews.
Biggest Beer List: Greenbush Brewing Co.
With over 30 beers listed, Greenbush had the biggest selection and not to mention the longest line. The Rage Double Black IPA (14.6% ABV) was outstanding. After that, I got impatient and the line became too much.
Best Beer Name: Traffic Jam & Snug Festivus Oktoberfest
Naming your beer Festivus? How could you go wrong with that? The answer is you can’t.
Beer I Wanted To Try But Didn’t: Greenbush Brewing Co. Distorter Porter over Habanero and Vanilla Bean Firkin
One side of me said, “This sounds delicious.” The other side of me said, “You don’t like habaneros!”
Other Enjoyable Beers:
- Dark Horse Homobourbon Sapien Trip Ale Oak Age Cherry Ale
- Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. Final Response Ale American Barley Wine
Beers That Missed the Mark:
- Short’s Brewing Co. Bourbon Dirty Bird Barrel Aged India Brown Ale
- Mt. Pleasant Brewing Co. Season of the Witch Pumpkin Ale