gray skies

 

Grand Rapids, Mich – Gray Skies Distillery released their first straight rye whiskey November 7 and will follow shortly with a limited-edition release of their Breakfast Bourbon on November 20. Both spirits will be available for purchase in their tasting room and through licensed retailers, bars and restaurants around Michigan via statewide distribution. Michigan Straight Rye Whiskey was aged in charred new, oak barrels for over two years and bottled at 90 proof. Breakfast Bourbon was aged over two years and bottled at 87 proof. Breakfast Bourbon spent time in two different barrels, starting in in charred new, oak barrels before it was finished for 9 months in maple syrup casks. These two whiskeys bring the total number of American whiskeys Gray Skies Distillery offers up to five: Michigan Straight Rye Whiskey, Breakfast Bourbon, Breakfast Rye, Single Malt Whiskey and Michigan Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Each Gray Skies Distillery whiskey is painstakingly made from grain in 500-gallon batches. Gray Skies proudly uses an inefficient pot still for its whiskeys to maintain maximum flavor at the expense of productivity. Each whiskey is double distilled before resting in barrels on-site for years. With five premium American whiskeys available and a growing, aging whiskey stock Gray Skies Distillery continues to define Michigan craft whiskey.

“Michigan Straight Rye Whiskey is a perfect complement to the coming cold weather. It’s the ultimate cocktail whiskey with a strong rye backbone that stands up to other ingredients” said Steve Vander Pol, co-owner of Gray Skies Distillery. “Because this is a straight whiskey, no additional flavors were added. My tasting notes include figs, chocolate, black pepper and cinnamon. This flavor profile was created using only grain, water, yeast and time in oak barrels.”

“Breakfast Bourbon offers a playful twist on a typical bourbon whiskey. Unlike our rye, this is not a straight spirit. We infused maple flavor into the whiskey by taking a traditional bourbon and finishing it for 9 months in a barrel that was previously used to age maple syrup,” Vander Pol continued. “The maple finish amplifies the sweetness inherent in bourbon whiskey and imparts a creamy mouthfeel to the viscous finished spirit. These whiskey releases expand our craft whiskey offerings to five distinct spirits, highlighting what a small batch distillery can do.”

Gray Skies Distillery was named Michigan Distillery of The Year in 2016 at the 7th annual New York International Spirits Competition on the strength of its gold medal winning Barrel Finished Gin. The Gray Skies Distillery line up of spirits are currently available in hundreds of licensed retailers, bars and restaurants around Michigan. Distribution is currently limited to Michigan, but the distillery hopes to expand into additional states with future whiskey releases.

 

About Gray Skies Distillery:

Grain to glass, locally made in Grand Rapids.

At Gray Skies Distillery, we don’t try to be everything to everyone. Instead, we focus our attention on our process, flavors, environment and those looking for the unexpected. We take pride in introducing traditional spirits – like gin, whiskey and rum – with a surprising flavor twist, making them unique to Gray Skies Distillery. Our small-batch process is married with traditional methods to create a spirit that is innovative and exceptional in quality. We are committed to working with local businesses whenever possible to craft our flavor-forward spirits. From local malted barley to repurposing Michigan maple syrup barrels, our innovative ingredients push the limits on what good spirits truly embody.

 

12 days of milkshake

Auburn Hills, Mich – Craft beer lovers can add this must-have item to their holiday wish list: The 12 Days of Milkshake Stout Seasonal 12 Pack. Given the popularity and consumer demand for these beers, Rochester Mills has increased production and expanded distribution of their holiday edition 12-pack, which will be released on November 5. This package features one 16 oz can of each beer in this year’s 12 Days of Milkshake Stout promotion, just in time to get the perfect gift for the craft beer lover on your shopping list.

12 days of milkshake“We never cease to be amazed by the popularity of these beers. What began as a crazy idea to take twelve different versions of our Milkshake Stout to twelve bars over twelve days has grown into a holiday tradition,” said Rochester Mills Vice President of Brewing Operations Eric Briggeman. “Because we have sold-out of the 12 packs each year, we continue to increase production and now expanded distribution hoping to meet the growing demand from retailers and consumers.”

The Rochester Mills Production Brewery and Taproom in Auburn Hills will begin selling 12 Packs at 11 AM on Monday, November 5th, 2018. Consumers will also find the 12 packs at better beer stores across Michigan, select locations in Northern Ohio, and now Indiana. The brewery has also made special arrangements to ship a limited quantity to Alberta and New Brunswick Canada as well as the Netherlands, making this a truly international phenomenon. The Taproom will also join more than twenty other select premium craft beer bars and restaurants throughout Michigan as host locations for a progressive tap takeover event featuring the 12 Days of Milkshake on draft, December 1-12, 2018. Admission is free and open to the public, ages 21 and up.

The progressive tap takeover event will feature the (12) twelve specialty and limited edition variants of Milkshake Stout™, Rochester Mills’ flagship beer brand. Each night a new variety of stout will be tapped and stay on draft until the keg runs dry.

2018 12 Days of Milkshake Tap List (NOT in order of release) and contents of 12 pack:

Barrel Aged Milkshake Stout*
Barrel Aged Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake Stout*
Chocolate Cheesecake Milkshake Stout
Coffee House Milkshake Stout*
English Toffee Milkshake Stout*
German Chocolate Cake Milkshake Stout
Imperial Milkshake Stout
Imperial Blueberry Pancake Milkshake Stout
Ninja Turtle Milkshake Stout
Oatmeal Milkshake Stout*
Peanut Brittle Milkshake Stout*
Milkshake Blonde*
*New variant for 2018

 

 

american gods

american gods

Ferndale, Mich. — B. Nektar will be hosting a bottle release party for the first release of the branded beverage line made for American Gods, a FremantleMedia North America TV series that airs on STARZ, inspired by the award-winning novel written by Neil Gaiman.

Believe is a mead made from orange blossom honey and fresh-pressed Michigan cider.
ABV 6.5%
$5.99/bottle
Bottles and pours available in the B. Nektar Taproom.

Also available on 11/10 is Gin Barrel Aged Scurvy Shyster Bastard – Orange blossom honey, Gewurztraminer grapes, grapefruit juice, elderflower, hops and grapefruit zest. Aged in Gin Barrels for 5 months. 12%

 

bonsai project

CINCINNATI, OH – MadTree Brewing Company and Short’s Brewing Company are launching The Bonsai Project collaboration (Get it? Short trees…) this November. After sharing a couple gin and tonics, they decided to take brewery collaboration to a whole new level. Similar to a traditional black and tan, each brewery developed a recipe intended to be layered together resulting in the ultimate collaboration and gin and tonic experience.

MadTree is brewing and canning, OH, a gin-inspired specialty ale with lemon peel, juniper berry, hibiscus, and coriander with raspberry and peach added. Short’s is brewing and canning, MI, a tonic-inspired specialty ale with lemon, lime, and orange zest, allspice, cinchona bark, lemongrass, and cubeb pepper with lemon, lime, and orange juice added. When layered together both are sure to make beer drinkers say, “oh my!”

bonsai project

 

Each six-pack will contain three cans of OH and three cans of MI in a carton-wrap package format. Best served layered, consumers can layer at home or get the full layering experience at MadTree and Short’s events at bars and restaurants across the Midwest. The breweries will provide each event location with a custom layering spoon to create the Bonsai Project on-site.

“When we decide to collaborate with another brewery, it’s because we have a genuine relationship with them and we inspire each other to create innovative beers” said Brady Duncan, MadTree co-founder. “Hanging out with Joe and the team from Short’s, with a few cocktails added, got us thinking about doing something different.”

“Everything about this project is rad. From concept to package design, all the way through recipe development and promotional brainstorming. I think it’s awesome to offer up two uniquely different beers in both color and flavor, that also complement each other. The layering element takes it to a whole new level adding a third flavor experience at the consumers discretion. I’m stoked to see this project come to fruition. It’s going to be a game changer.” said Short’s CEO and Creative Engineer, Joe Short.

Collaboration six-packs and draft will be distributed throughout Ohio and Indiana by Cavalier Distributing and across Michigan by Imperial beverage beginning on November 12, 2018.

 

About MadTree Brewing Company

Cincinnati’s MadTree Brewing made history when they opened in 2013 by becoming the first modern craft brewery to can its beer in Ohio. When it comes to brewing, they have carved their own path. They mix. They mash. They methodically bring quality beer to life, and have fun doing it. Demand from the growing community keeps MadTree motivated and moving. In return, they make nothing but the best beer. They are founded and continue to grow on the notion that beer builds community and community builds beer. MadTree distributes its beers throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Middle and Eastern Tennessee.

About Short’s Brewing Company

Located in the heart of Downtown Bellaire, MI, Short’s Brewing Co. was established in 2004 by Joe Short.  In 2009, Short’s began keg and bottle distribution in Michigan via their Elk Rapids Production Facility. Starcut Ciders is a division of Short’s Brewing Company born out of a desire to celebrate the bounty of Michigan orchards. The brewery is known widely for their flagship and experimental brews including Huma Lupa Licious and Soft Parade. Short’s prides themselves on producing fearlessly creative beers, handmade by people who care in Northern Michigan.

 

 

CBS

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Founders announced today that they will release Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), an imperial coffee chocolate stout aged in maple bourbon barrels, as the final release in the 2018 Barrel-Aged Series. CBS is one of the most sought-after releases in the world. This is the second year in a row the brewery has released CBS

Fans may notice that CBS’s label is missing a key, iconic element this year. The Mountie has been removed but the feel of the original label is maintained with an image of a bucking horse against a forested background.

“We’ve been ramping up our barrel-aged program over the past few years and it’s allowed us to expand our offerings,” said President and Co-Founder, Dave Engbers. “We’re so excited to announce that CBS will be available for the second year in a row. The beer enthusiasts have been very vocal about their love for this beer and we’re happy we can accommodate. It’s what we love to do.”

The highly anticipated beer was first brewed after Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki stumbled upon bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup. Adding the same base beer as Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS), CBS was born. Rich maple syrup, roasted coffee and velvety chocolate meld together in this barrel-aged beer to create a transcendental drinking experience.

CBS is the sixth and final release in the brewery’s 2018 Barrel-Aged Series, preceded by KBSBackwoods BastardDankwood, Barrel Runner and Curmudgeon’s Better Half. General Admission CBS ticket sales begin on October 12 at 10am. Current Detroit and Grand Rapids Mug Club Members should check their email for member-exclusive bottle ticket pre-sale details. Pickup from both taproom locations begins on November 1 and goes through November 4. CBS will be available in all markets on draft and in bottles beginning November 2 and will have a suggested retail price of $24.99/750 mL bottle. Please note that price will vary by market.

About Founders Brewing Co.

Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts—Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens—with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. brews complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. Founders ranks among the top 10 largest craft breweries in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing. The brewery has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival and RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users often rate its beers among the best in the world. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild.

 

 

harvest

The 2018 release features 100% local Michigan hops

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– According to a recent report from Hop Growers of America, your next craft beer is more likely than ever to contain Michigan hops. Founders Brewing Co. is celebrating the rise of local hops with this year’s release of Harvest Ale, a wet-hopped ale. An annual mainstay since the early-2000s, Harvest Ale is the brewery’s ode to the beauty of American hops grown in their backyard.

Founders proudly uses 100% locally-grown wet hops in this year’s batch of Harvest Ale, which speaks to the growth of quality in the local hop farming industry. Harvested as small flowers from trailing vines, hops add complex aromas and flavors to beer, and have distinct personalities that vary greatly from farm-to-farm. Founders sources from a number of local Michigan hop farms, including MI Local, Hop Head Farms, and Pure Mitten. To guarantee freshness, the brewing team works around the clock to transform the fresh hop cones into Harvest Ale. According to Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki, “it is an arduous, tiring process,” but there are few beers he enjoys brewing more. Harvest Ale marks the return of fall, and the hands-on production process transforms the brewery into an aromatic, greenhouse-like space that is unique to this season.

Harvest Ale is available nationally in bottles through October 2018. Founders will also celebrate the return of the beer at their annual Harvest Party, a tribute to the American hop. Hosted at their Grand Rapids taproom on October 13, Harvest Party will feature live music, special food offerings and an impressive tap list. Harvest Ale is available in 4-packs of 12oz bottles and on draft across the brewery’s distribution footprint. It has a suggested retail price of $12.99/4-pack – please note that pricing will vary depending on the market.

 

speculation

Dexter, MI — Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales will release PURE SPECULATION, their first non-sour beer packaged in 16 ounce cans on Saturday, September 29. The beer will only be available on this day at the brewery at 2319 Bishop Circle East in Dexter, Michigan. The brewery is hosting the 2018 Zwanze Day Rare Beer Festival that same day, but a ticket to the festival is not required to purchase Pure Speculation.

speculation“I don’t know the best way to categorize it,” according to Ron Jeffries, Jolly Pumpkin founder and brewer. “I could say they’re a Monkish Style or Anchorage Brewing Style but that’s not really right. We’ve done some amazing IPA collaborations with these breweries in the past but always aged them in oak because that’s just what we do. It’s a crazy full circle kind of thing, because these brewers that we inspired are now making beers so phenomenal, they’re inspiring me to brew better and create even more interesting and exciting beers.”

The beer’s malt bill includes Vienna, oat malt and flaked oats. It was triple hopped with a blend of Michigan Cascade and Chinook, as well as Amarillo, Mosaic, and Galaxy hops. It’s 8.2% alcohol by volume (ABV) and comes it at 65 IBUs with aromas of ripe peach, pineapple and mango.

“I think it’s gonna taste great. This beer will definitely make you smile. It’s got a f*%k ton of hops in it for one thing. It’ll be a real mic drop. We’re pretty much bringing a “mid-coast style” to the whole east coast/west coast IPA battle. Oh, and cans. Don’t forget the cans, ‘cause they are wicked cool,” says Jeffries.

The retail price for a four-pack of 16-ounce cans is $19.99. Sales of the 4-packs begin at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday 9/29/18. They can be purchased either in the Dexter Artisan Ales + Kitchen Tap Room at the front of the building on Bishop Circle, or around the back at the big open bay doors. There is a 1 case limit on purchases. It will also be on draft ONLY in the Tap Room that day. It will be available on draft at all other Jolly Pumpkin Pubs on Monday 10/1/18.

 

rogue river brown

Six packs of the brew will be available for purchase as early as September 10

Rockford, Mich. – Rockford Brewing Company (RBC) will be releasing and distributing its award-winning English-style Brown Ale, Rogue River Brown, in 12-ounce six-pack cans this month. Rogue River Brown can be found on shelves as early as Monday, September 10 and will be distributed statewide.

“We chose to can and distribute this beer because it’s been a customer and staff favorite for a long time,” said Seth Rivard, co-owner of RBC. “We want to be able to show craft beer enthusiasts across the state why this beer was has won multiple awards.”

rogue river brown

Rogue River Brown has won two bronze awards from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver in 2015 and 2017. These awards are significant because the judges at the Great American Beer Festival include beer experts from all around the world who blind taste more than 8,000 entries.

Rogue River Brown is described as having caramel, dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors.

“It’s the perfect everyday companion,” said Aaron Trapp, sales manager at RBC. “It’s complex yet smooth—perfect for both new and seasoned craft beer drinkers.”

The 12-ounce can design was inspired by RBC’s passion for nature and outdoor activities. The can sports the pattern of a brown trout and the RBC logo, which is a fly popular among fly fishermen. Located on the White Pine Trail, Rockford Brewing Company incorporates elements of nature into the business from its brewpub design to the popular community events it hosts, including bicycle group rides down the White Pine Trail and tube/kayak events on the Rogue River.

Along with RBC’s award for Rogue River Brown, the brewery also won Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year and a silver medal for Sheehan’s Stout in the Classic Irish-style Dry Stout category in 2017.