FERNDALE — The “terrible twos” are typically a hectic and dreadful time for most parents. Unless, of course, your child is a craft beer bar.
One Eyed Betty’s celebrated its two-year anniversary this week by hosting a Barrel-Aged Beer Week.
With nightly tapping’s Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m., the week was chalked full of huge brews and high ABVs.
The idea is credited to Bar Manager and resident “Beer Genius” Michael Fredenburg.
“In the summertime, I was conjuring up ideas on something to do. I wanted to do a barrel-aged night, which was my original plan,” Fredenburg said. “That kind of turned into me hoarding beer enough to do a full week. So it became our birthday celebration.”
While the high-octane beers reigned supreme and some customers jokingly labeled the list “dangerous,” Owner and Operator Beth Hussey wasn’t worried.
“The people who know about these beers and appreciate them, know how to drink them,” she said.
Hussey said of the 17 beers tapped this week, many have been cellared for over a year.
“I don’t know if everyone quite understands how special some of these beers are, but we do,” Hussey said. “There are some big beauties on that list.”
The biggest beauty of them all was tapped on Thursday evening to a ravenous crowd awaiting their pours of the magical liquid known as Bell’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Batch 9,000.
Hussey described it as “the last of its kind.” Fredenburg proclaimed it as “the star of the show.”
The keg lasted all of 21 minutes and 16 seconds.
“You don’t come across that every day. It was very, very special and we have to thank Bell’s for that,” Fredenburg said.
Other highlighted Michigan beers included Odd Side Ales Barrel Aged Citra Pale Ale and Griffin Claw Brewing Bourbon Imperial Stout. Offerings from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company, Tri-City Brewing Company and Northville Winery also rounded out the list.
Hussey said the last two years have been “awesome” and can’t believe how much Betty’s has learned in that time.
“Now, the pressure’s on,” she said. “How do we continue to be cool and great? And be the place beer drinkers think of going for good beer?”
Although the pressure is mounting in her eyes, Hussey doesn’t want to veer too far from what’s made them successful.
“We have really high standards,” she said. “Right now, I really believe that we’re right in the sweet spot.”