Despite the cold and snow, Traverse City Beer Week continues to take over downtown Traverse City. And 7 Monks Taproom, known for its vast beer selection, is hosting several events throughout the week.

“We saw some really great participation city-wide last year and really hope that we see even more this year,” stated Jason Kasdorf, General Manager of 7 Monks Taproom.

7 Monks has become an integral part of Traverse City Beer Week and is hosting an event nearly every night. After serving as a stop along the Short’s Pub Crawl Friday night, 7 Monks hosted Michigan Beer Night on Monday.

The gastropub highlighted the diversity in Michigan beer by dedicating many of its taps to a wide range of Michigan beers. Beers of all types from breweries like Bell’s, Right Brain, Stormcloud Brewing, Greenbush and Short’s were featured. Some of my favorites were on the list, including Odd Side’s Citra Pale Ale and Founders’ Nitro Oatmeal Stout. There were also a number of new and elusive brews I had yet to try.

In an attempt to decide which beer to try, I asked Kasdorf if he had a favorite. “I certainly do not, they are all my favorite,” he began. “All joking aside I really enjoy Brewery Vivant’s Devastation, and the Dark Horse 2013 4 Elf is drinking really nice right now.”

With his recommendation, I tried the Dark Horse 2013 4 Elf. The 4 Elf is a spiced winter warmer ale. Tasting like the holidays, it had a nice blend of nutmeg, clove and other spices. It complimented the snowy weather and paired nicely with my European Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque.

Other beers featured included Bell’s Honey Hearted — an Imperial IPA that packed a punch with a 16.3% ABV — and Greenbush Brewing Company’s Sotto Voce — a witbier brewed with oranges and a variety of spices.

The selection of beer available at Michigan Beer Night reflected a growing interest in beer that takes drinkers in a different direction. “(Customers) know what styles they like and don’t like. They are eager to try new beer, in some cases maybe a new style for them, and they enjoy discussion,” stated Kasdorf.

This eagerness to try something new has lead to over 50 planned events throughout the week, with each aiming to broader beer lovers’ experiences. Some events highlight one brewery, while others offer specific beer pairings. Michigan Beer Night simply highlighted the best the state has to offer, and allowed participants to experiment.

“It creates a great atmosphere to serve beer in and enables us to continue to bring in great beer from all over the state and host fun events like Beer Week,” Kasdorf concluded.

7 Monks continues the fun throughout Traverse City Beer Week with a Jolly Pumpkin and 12% Imports Wednesday night, Founders Brewing Night on Thursday, and a Taco Takeover with Short’s on Friday.

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