With the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival one week away, we rifled through the complete beer list.
And while there are some old favorites from some of the best breweries in the state, some newcomers have risen up and brought their best and brightest to Ypsilanti.
Sure, there’s Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the Fifth, Bell’s Black Note and Bourbon Barrel Batch 9,000 and Founders KBS, Bolt Cutter and Doom — all sure to be hot commodities. But there’s also 794 other beers represented this year.
Without further adieux, we give you our top 10 beers to try at this year’s festival.
1) Bell’s Uberon — We all know about Oberon. But its step brother is now entering the picture. This barrel aged version of the summer classic is one that people everywhere will be waiting in line for, even with warm temperatures. We’re curious to see how the aging played with the citrus notes of Oberon.
2) Short’s Bourbon Sagejuana — Short’s make some of the best IPAs in the state, so this experimental, bourbon barrel aged IPA is sure to be a treat.
3) Dark Horse Fire Safely Contained Ale — S’mores in a drink. This brown ale is made with smoked malt, marshmallow, chocolate and graham. Who can complain about a drink perfect around a summer campfire?
4) Griffin Claw Berliner Weisse Raspberry — It’s been open all of a day, but Griffin Claw is already making headlines. This Belgian Sour is one of the brewery’s first (and only) experimental beers, and it should be a great indication of what’s to come.
5) Kuhnhenn Todd Parker Can’t Lose — Todd Parker is departing for D.C., but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate him one last time with this pale ale.
6) Mitten Brewing Soulless — You don’t always find ginger beers on the shelves, so this one is special just for that fact. We expect a refreshing, crisp, strong flavor that will offset some of the darker beers listed above.
7) New Holland Ashley’s Cherry Dragon’s Milk — Dragon’s Milk plus cherries. Can anything be better?
8) Dark Horse 6 Pair of Legs Maple Porter — A Double Bourbon Maple Syrup Barrel Maple Porter. Yes, that’s right. Maple, bourbon and maple syrup. Start the day off right!
9) Petoskey Brewing Brain Freeze — The thought of ice cream and beer is becoming more and more popular. And this brew from Petoskey — a “waffle cone raspberry cream ale” — sounds perfect for the occasion.
10) Witch’s Hat Saison D’Va w/ Raspberries & Blueberries — Witch’s Hat is becoming well known quickly on the southeast part of the state. Available Friday only, this saison sounds refreshing and light, a perfect complement to the season.
Remember — the early bird gets the worm. VIPs get in an hour early to the Festival, meaning you can try some of these first!
What are you looking most forward to trying in Ypsilanti this year? Comment below and let us know!