Entries by Angela Steil

Cranking up some Cranker's brews

New Cheerry-O 5.4% ABV  •  18 IBU •  “Light, clean, and crisp brewed with real MI cherries” Before me sits a clear brew that is burnt orange to reddish amber in color with a full and resistant light pink head. Quite pretty in fact! A whiff of tart cherries hits me initially, but the overall […]

Saugatuck Starburst Wheat

Style: Hoppy Wheat Beer ABV: 4.5% Glassware: Nonic Pint Appearance: Another hazy wheat beer sits before me. The head is one inch thick and is off white in color with just a touch of yellow. The beer itself is an orange forward light amber. Aroma: This fills my nostrils with a chalky and mineral quality, […]

Unruly Cherry Berliner Weisse

Style: Berliner Weisse Aged on Tart Cherries ABV: 4% Glassware: Short Stemmed Wine Glass Appearance: Completely opaque in its cloudiness. It has a fun pink color that reminds me of grapefruit juice. No head at all, except for a ring of white on the very edges. Aroma: Burst of sour tropical fruit like papaya and […]

Rochester Mills Tongue Tied

Style: Saison with Cherries ABV: 5.7% Glassware: Tulip Appearance: Mostly clear beer with just a touch of haziness. The liquid is an orange color on the red side with clear edges. Aroma: Strawberries and tart cherries immediately come to my nostrils. The beer is bright and has a Belgian spiciness to it, almost with a […]

Sietsma Bourbon Barrel Aged Hard Cider

Style: Bourbon barrel aged hard cider ABV: 6.9% Glassware: Bordeaux Wine Glass Appearance: The cider sits in my glass, clear as can be. It’s straw yellow in color with a slight greenish tint. Aroma: Sweet floral notes like elderflower hit me initially before subtle scents of apple and pear appear. The barrel aging gives it […]


Planting the seeds: reviewing the Brewers Grove beers

GRAND RAPIDS — It’s the time of year for the second annual Brewers Grove event. I’ve had the chance to try four of the 24 tree beers at the Brewers Grove kickoff party, held Friday at Harmony Brewing Company. All of these beers, in addition to the 20 others available, will be on tap at […]