Hope

Dexter, MI North Peak Brewing Company is enlisting the help of craft beer drinkers to share Hope this holiday season. The brewery  has launched a ‘Beer Gives Us Hope’ photo contest. The winning submission will be  printed on the 6-pack carrier of their new Brut IPA.

“Hope was designed and brewed exclusively by women on International Women’s Day  2020, alongside our guests from Girls’ Pint Out of Ann Arbor,” shares Johanna Griest,  Northern United Brewing Company’s Quality Control & Assurance Manager. “When the  release was ultimately cancelled due to the Covid-19 shutdowns, we took it as an  opportunity to make bigger plans for it- a 

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chance to spread Hope to everyone. We are  brewing it again and putting it in cans for all to enjoy as we look to future with great  optimism. Packed with notes of pineapple, papaya, and light caramel, this highly  drinkable, crisp, complex, and beautiful Brut IPA is our bright, tenacious beacon of  hope in an otherwise turbulent time.”  

Hope is scheduled to release this coming Spring, in time for International Women’s Day  2021. However, one thing is still missing from North Peak’s latest brew. A photo of  Hope. Typically each North Peak 6-pack carrier features a black and white, nature  based photo. The brewery is seeking photo submissions that resonate ‘hope’ to finalize  the Brut IPA’s packaging. Submissions are due by December 11th. Visit  www.northpeakbeer.com/hope for full contest rules and to enter.  

 

About North Peak

 North Peak Brewing Company is part of Northern United Brewing Company. Founded  in 1997 North Peak Brewing Company’s original brewpub remains an iconic destination in Traverse City,  MI. North Peak has since opened a production facility in Dexter, MI and distributes its beer throughout  the state, with limited distribution outside of Michigan. 

big gretch

A petite sour saison created in support of Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer

 

Muskegon, Mich.Muskegon craft brewery Rake Beer Project is set to release “Big Gretch: The Return” for pre-sale on December 1st, 2020, with pick-up beginning on December 4th, 2020. The petite sour saison, lightly dry hopped and conditioned with mango, is a follow up to the brewery’s successful “Big Gretch”, a farmhouse hard seltzer released earlier this year in support of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay at home order for the State of Michigan. 

Pre-sales will be available at www.rakebeerproject.com at 5pm on December 1st, with pick-up at the downtown Muskegon taproom on December 4th and 5th from 12pm to 7pm. 

Encouraging Michigan residents to follow the Governor’s guidelines during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, owner and brewmaster Josh Rake created this updated version of “Big Gretch” to better reflect Rake Beer Project’s signature brewing style, and to show support for Whitmer’s efforts to protect people across the state. The beer, brewed with oats and wheat, fermented with a unique blend of saison yeasts, and conditioned with a light dry hop and fresh mango, is described as light, crisp, fruity, and “absolutely crushable.” 

Josh Rake commented, “We were really amazed by the response to the first drop of Big Gretch. Something that began as a fun and lighthearted way of showing support for the tough decisions that our Governor was making kind of blew up and took on a life of its own. After MLive and others wrote about the release, we sold out of the entire batch in just minutes, and are still receiving multiple messages a week asking for the beer, or even just an empty can or label to keep as a memento of these crazy times. Governor Whitmer herself even bought some cans, and called me on the phone personally while cracking her first one! After another stay at home order was announced, we knew that it was time to bring “Big Gretch” back, with some changes this time.” 

 

run the jewels

No Save Point, a hazy New England Style IPA releases this Thursday

Grand Rapids, MICH — Run The Jewels have shared more details regarding their ever-expanding partnership with Cyberpunk 2077, the most anticipated video game release of the era. The group has teamed up with twelve breweries across the globe to release twelve versions of a craft beer named after their new single, “No Save Point.”

As with previous Run The Jewels beer collaborations, partner breweries were invited to put their own spin on a core recipe—in this case a 6.5% ABV Hazy IPA—akin to each offering their own remix on an original song. For “No Save Point” they linked up with an illustrious lineup of US collaborators including the likes of Horus, Interboro, and Weathered Souls. Add Grand Rapids favorite City Built Brewing Company to that list. Edwin Collazo, CEO at City Built, isn’t shy to admit how proud he is to be featured among such company.

“As the smallest entity in this group of breweries, it’s cool that we’re making an impact on as big an entity as Run The Jewels,” Collazo said.

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Facing stiff competition, City Built needed to bring the heat. Their IPA doesn’t deviate too far from the template but there’s still plenty to get excited about. They packed this juicy New England style to the brim with Mosaic, Citra, Sabro, Trident and Cryo Mosaic hops. Bursting with tropical flavors of citrus, stone fruit , coconut, and pineapple, it should taste as dank as a blunt passed between El-P and Killer Mike.

This isn’t the first time City Built has shown RTJ some love. Earlier this year City Built released their Crown Series—a set of hazy IPAs and a sour—inspired by lyrics from the duo’s song, “Crown.” Into the Fray, Into the Haze and Into the Murk were a delicious hit, enough so to land on Run The Jewels’ radar.

“The Crown Series was an honest idea just based on what we were listening to at the time,” Collazo said. “So for them to notice it and reach out and invite us to be part of this larger thing that has so many layers of different brands working all together is truly awesome.”

For the can artwork, City Built tapped local Kyle DeGroff, the artist who worked on their previous Crown Series release. For this can, DeGroff merged reference points from Cyberpunk 2077 and RTJ’s single artwork into something wholly City Built. It’s eye-popping stuff; a worthy collectible for gamers and hip hop heads alike.

No Save Point releases on Thursday at $20 a 4-pack alongside a limited run of t-shirts for $30. Check in at the taproom or at www.citybuiltbrewing.com for purchase. Stock up and remember to run them jewels and run them fast.

About City Built Brewing Company 

Cities are where cultures collide. Ideas get remixed. Societal shifts start. Old traditions combine and become new trends. City Built Brewing Company strives to reflect that energy in their innovative beer recipes and methods, and in their Puerto Rican inspired food served in their downtown Grand Rapids taproom. Visit them and learn how they make the strange familiar, and the familiar fresh and bold. Follow on FacebookInstagramTwitter.

black calder brewing

Black Calder Brewing Co. to Release Black IPA at Broad Leaf Local Beer on November 27th

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Black Calder Brewing Company, Michigan’s first black-owned brewery, will celebrate their launch with the release of Black IPA on “The Blackest Friday,” scheduled for November 27. Black Calder is owned by Terry Rostic and Jamaal Ewing. Self-described “Craft Beer Heads,” Rostic and Ewing will offer the Black IPA exclusively for sale at Broad Leaf Local Beer in Kentwood, the first in a series of Black Calder beers. Black Calder plans to collaborate with other Michigan breweries in the next several months.

Michigan-born Rostic and Ewing have spent over a decade supporting local breweries, while developing their craft brewing skills. “Black Calder Brewing Company was established to make great beer and provide a platform for innovation, art, culture, and inclusion in the craft beer industry,” said Rostic. “We appreciate the significance of being recognized as Michigan’s first black-owned brewery. It’s something Michigan and the craft beer industry has been longing for, but it’s not the only thing we want to be known for. Our motto is simple: Make dope beer for dope people.”

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Rostic and Ewing are proud to be part of the movement of diversity and inclusion in the Michigan craft beer scene and are excited to add their flare and flavor to the industry. The craft beer industry was full of flavor, community, and creativity,” shares Ewing. “The passion that brewers, owners, and staff put into creating a unique experience was refreshing. What we didn’t see was diversity and themes that spoke to the culture that we represent. As we grow, we will also explore distilling and crafting wine for our non-beer drinking fans.”

Black Calder Brewing Company will offer a variety of beer styles focusing on imperial stouts, barrel and wood-aged beers, fruited ale, kettle sours, IPA’s, lagers and craft ciders. Their first 16-oz can release, Black Calder Black IPA (7% ABV), is dry-hopped with Mosaic and Idaho 7. It is a dark beer with a light tan head that shows moderate to high hop aromas, citrusy notes and light caramel. The smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel echoes caramel and toffee all the way through with a bittersweet and citrusy finish.

Consumers aged 21-and-over are invited to pre-order Black Calder Black IPA and merchandising as of Friday, November 20. Pre-orders of Black Calder Black IPA are available here while supplies last. All orders will be delivered through safe, curbside pick-up after 3:00 PM on “The Blackest Friday,” November 27, at Broad Leaf Local Beer, located at 2885 Lake Eastbrook Blvd Kentwood, MI 49512.

 

About Black Calder Brewing Company

We founded Black Calder Brewing Company in 2020 to make great beer and provide a platform for innovation, art, culture, and inclusion through collaborations in the craft beer industry. Our motto is simple: Make dope beer for dope people and always do it for the culture. Black Calder is contracting with Broad Leaf Local Beer and Brewery Vivant to produce and sell beer for this initial start-up phase with long term plans of opening a physical location in Grand Rapids in 2021. Follow Black Calder on social media.

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moon rambler

Brewed with milk sugar to accentuate the fruit hop character, Moon Rambler IPA will be available in November

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 20, 2020 – Founders Brewing Co. has announced that Moon Rambler IPA as the first release in the brewery’s 2021 seasonal lineup. Formerly known in the taprooms as Cow Jumped the Shark, Moon Rambler IPA (6.4%) touches down with a big dose of Azacca, Mosaic and Cascade hops that provide a blast of tropical fruitiness, assisted by a classic foundation of wheat and oats. Milk sugar is added to create a sweet yet slight creaminess, giving it a round mouthfeel, remarkably less bitter taste and a fuller body than your typical IPA.

“When it comes to beers, milk sugar has traditionally been used to sweeten up heavier offerings like stouts and porters,” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “With Moon Rambler IPA, we added some milk sugar to balance the bitterness and accentuate the fruity hop character. Brewed with oats, wheat and featuring Azacca, Cascade and Mosaic hops, Moon Rambler IPA is still a full-fledged IPA, just with a softer and sweeter side.”

Moon Rambler IPA will be available in 6-pack and 15-pack cans and on draft in the Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms on November 4. It will available across the brewery’s 50-state distribution network from November 2020 through March 2021. Please note that Moon Rambler IPA will not be available on draft in Utah. Moon Rambler will have a taproom retail price of $9/6-pack and $18/15-pack and prices will vary by market outside of the taproom.

Moon Rambler IPA will kick off Founders’ 2021 seasonal lineup, with two seasonal releases yet to be announced. More information to come throughout the year on the yet-to-be-announced releases in Founders’ 2021 availability calendar.

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 beer and seltzers, 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. For more information, visit foundersbrewing.com or follow Founders on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

hail sparta

Dexter, Michigan – North Peak Brewing Company is excited to announce the new launch of Sparta and Hail is in stores and ready for football season!  Sparta is an American IPA and Hail is a Michigan IPA.  

Sparta IPA is a deliciously bold and balanced beer with a nice crisp maltiness and hop profile of Simcoe, Citra, and Cascade hops. Citrus notes of tangerine and grapefruit along with stone fruit notes of peach and apricot are backed by a hint of resinous pine.

Sparta IPA has 70 IBU’s | 7.2% ABV and is available in 12 oz cans, 6 packs, and draft in 1/6 and 1/2 barrels.

Hail has been reinvented for the 2020 season and is now a Michigan IPA! Golden and delicious, it is dripping with hoppy goodness that includes notes of citrus, pine, apricot, and peach.  This well-balanced, hop forward beer is brewed with maize (yellow flaked corn) and blue (corn grits) to celebrate all things Michigan.

Hail Michigan IPA has 70 IBU’s | 7.2% ABV and is available in 12 oz cans, 6 packs, and draft in 1/6 and 1/2 barrels.

“Everyone at North Peak could not be more excited about these beers!  And, to hear the news today, that I will be able to drink Hail and watch Michigan Football!  It seriously brought a tear of joy to my eye!” Greg Lobdell Owner North Peak Brewing Company and Former University of Michigan Football Player

“Watching Spartan Football with while drinking Sparta IPA is now a reality this fall!  Going to have my outdoor tailgate party with my former teammates and enjoy this beer more than ever!”  Tony Grant Owner North Peak Brewing Company and Former Michigan State Football Player

You are now able to purchase Sparta and Hail at craft beer retailers, restaurants and bars throughout Michigan, including North Peak Brewing Company and Jolly Pumpkin in Traverse City, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Royal Oak, Dexter, and Grand Rapids. 

 

About North Peak: In 1997, North Peak Brewing Company opened in Traverse City, MI with the mission of brewing beer that captures the essence of Northern Michigan. The North Peak mantra is “Get Outside” because in Northern Michigan there is so much life to live outdoors.

In 2013, North Peak beer production moved from Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City MI, to a 70,000-square-foot production brewery in Dexter MI, where it would have the capacity to meet the rising demand for the beer.

North Peak’s Northern Michigan roots run deep. Every sip of North Peak beer transports you to the wonders of Northern Michigan.

 

run the jewels

The quadruple can release consists of three Double Dry Hopped Double IPAs and a fruited sour

Grand Rapids, Mich. — During quarantine, Run the Jewels, rap’s marquee MC/producer duo, dropped “RTJ4,” an incendiary album of front to back bangers that could rile the staunchest couch potato to riot. For Ed Collazo, CEO at City Built Brewing Company, their music fueled his work and inspired The Crown Series, a set of IPAs and a sour sure to impress hip-hop fans and hopheads alike.

The a-ha moment came when Collazo was listening to “Crown”, a track from the duo’s second album where MC Killer Mike exhumes the baggage that’s kept him from reaching his full potential.

“What attracted me to the song was a lyric, ‘You can’t pick up no crown, holding what’s holding you down.’ There’s a lot of truth to that,” Collazo said. “Then I started to really listen to the lyrics and found some great IPA names.”

Into the Fray, Into the Haze and Into the Murk are the names Collazo selected from the lyrics—pretty fitting for describing turbid beer.

Rob Qualls, head brewer at City Built, never listened to Run the Jewels before brewing these beers, but he happened to match the duo’s tendency for lavishness and excess with high-budget hop bills for each IPA.

“I wanted to spend all the money on all the fancy hops we could,” Qualls said. “The way I look at it, the malt bill might be the car but it means nothing if there’s not an engine behind there driving.”

Into the Fray is packed with Galaxy, Into the Murk with Nelson Sauvin and a dash of Idaho 7 and Into the Haze with all the boutique hops—Citra, Cryo Simcoe and Amarillo. To the New England detractors who knock hazies for their supposed sameness, trying these IPAs side-by-side reveals the spectrum of flavors possible for the style. Buy each individually for $23 a 4-pack to taste the variety.

The oddball in the series is Childish Obsession, a fruited sour with tangerine puree, vanilla and lactose. The flavor evokes such childhood indulgences as push-pops and Sunny D. Snag 4-packs for $20 each. All cans will be available for purchase first to mug clubbers on 8/27, and to the public on 8/28.

For the cans, Collazo tapped Grand Rapids locals Kyle DeGroff and Elliot Chaltry to create the most eye-popping art imaginable. You may have recognized their work while driving through the Creston neighborhood, where their large scale murals invigorate city blocks. Here they’ve shrunk their canvas from buildings to cans, but their work retains the same sense of panoramic detail. Each can pays respect to a different Run the Jewels album, creating characters inspired by the iconic hands on each cover.

As a lifelong hip-hop fan, Collazo was thrilled to bring this tribute to life.

“I grew up listening to a lot of groups that probably inspired Run the Jewels—Tribe, Wu-Tang,” Collazo said. “We have another beer we named after Del the Funkee Homosapien called Bob Dobalina.”

This series perfectly translates the bombast of Run the Jewels into beer that would make Killer Mike and El-P proud.

blushing padre

Belgian Style Ale Fermented with Raspberries Aged in Tequila Barrels – available this month

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  Founders Brewing Co. has announced Blushing Padre as the next release in the Mothership Series. To create Blushing Padre, Founders introduced their Belgian-style raspberry ale to a tequila barrel and wound up with what can only be described as a love affair. Made with tart and luscious raspberry jam character, Blushing Padre is balanced beautifully thanks to time spent aging in tequila barrels.

BLUSHING PADRE“We found out that fruit beers in tequila barrels worked out pretty well during our Más Agave trials a few years back.” Said Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki. “It seemed pretty logical to experiment with some of our other full-flavored fruit creations and Blushing Monk immediately came to mind. Spending a year in the tequila barrels softened some of the sweet/tart expressions from the raspberries, took the edge off of the clove and banana characters from the Belgian yeast and added an extra layer of complexity from the oak and tequila, creating a bold yet balanced drinking experience.”

The taproom Mothership Series is an ultra-limited, brew team favorite beer series originally only available at the Founders taprooms…until now. Whether it is an old standby brought out of retirement or an experimental new style, it’s sure to go quickly. The previous Mothership beers have included: Detroit, Double IPA, Devil Dancer, French Toast Bastard, Oktoberfest, Pale Joe, Mucho Lupu, Cerise, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Panther Cub, MF Donkey Stout, Sleeper Cell and Red’s Rye IPA.

Blushing Padre (10.8%) will have a retail price of $20/6-pack and will be available in bottles and on draft. The beer will be available at the Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms on July 15, and across the distribution network except for MS and UT.

 

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 member of the Michigan Brewers Guild. For more information, visit foundersbrewing.com or follow Founders on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.