5.6% ABV, Draft
Appearance: Dark brown with a slightly reddish cast, minimal tan head with good lacing.
Aroma: Toasted and caramel malt dominates, with just a hint of fruitiness.
Taste: A complex malt mixture with toasty, biscuity, and caramel flavors with a mild earthy hoppiness to provide balance and slight estery finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth and drinkable.
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Ann Arbor pub that’s been a gathering place for generations of University of Michigan students, townies and beer lovers, Larry Bell created a recipe that would put the focus on malt, contra today’s trend toward hop bombs. The result: A pleasantly drinkable brown ale with a remarkably complex flavor profile owing to the use of nine different specialty grains. Not for hopheads, it’s available only on draft this month at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor and also at their second location in Westland.