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WHAT AND WHY: To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Ashley’s Pub in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Bell’s Brewery has brewed a special commemorative batch of beer. Ashley’s 35th Anniversary Ale is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout with an ABV of 8.5%. It will only be available on draught.

Bell’s previously brewed a Brown Ale to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Ashley’s in 2013. Larry Bell also celebrates 35 years with Bell’s Brewery this year. Bell founded the Kalamazoo Brewing Co., specializing in homebrew supplies and ingredients, two years before the brewery sold its first commercial craft beer.

 

Jeff More, co-owner of Ashley’s Pub in Ann Arbor helps brew a special anniversary ale at Bell’s Comstock Brewery.

 

“Ashley’s exists to help people to have a great time. One of the ways we do this is by offering great beers like Bell’s. We’ve been serving Bell’s continuously since Larry first started to bring his beers over to us back in the mid-1980s” Roy More, Co-Founder of Ashley’s said.

“It is not how many lines of beers a place has, but the beers on the lines. That’s why we offer Bell’s,” he added.

 

 

WHO: Bell’s Brewery is the oldest and largest independent craft brewery in Michigan and the 7th largest craft brewery in the country. Ashley’s Pub is one of Bell’s earliest supporters and one of the oldest pubs in the state.

 

WHEN: A week-long celebration beginning Sept. 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. with at least 15 different draught beers including Bell’s Honey Hearted, Hopsoulution Double IPA, Octoberfest, Pomegranate Oarsman, Uberon, Larry’s Latest IPA, Larry’s Latest Fruit Ale, Two Hearted, Best Brown, Amber Ale and more. These beers will be available while supplies last at Ashely’s Ann Arbor location only.

Other anniversary events in Ann Arbor are:

  • Monday, Sept. 17: Trivia Night, 7-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18: Barrel Flights (2014 Black Note, 2016 Black Note, Saturn, Whiskey Barrel Aged Cherry Stout), 6-10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19: Brewers Happy Hour (food and beer pairing), 6-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 20: Mystery Tapping (Black Note fans will want to take note, and no, it’s not Black Note), 6 p.m.

 

WHERE: This limited, anniversary stout will only be available on tap at Ashley’s Ann Arbor (338 South State St.) and Westland (7525 N. Wayne Road) locations in addition to Bell’s Eccentric Café (355 E. Kalamazoo Ave.) in downtown Kalamazoo.

 

 

WESTLAND – The Michigan Cask Ale Festival returns Saturday, May 13, to Ashley’s Beer & Grill, 7525 Wayne Road. The Festival is the largest offering of cask-conditioned craft beers at one time anywhere in the state.

cask ale festivalMore than 20 cask ales from renowned breweries across Michigan and from coast-to-coast across the U.S. will be pouring from 2pm to 5 pm.  This year’s Festival will include a special offering of Michigan nanobreweries, small craft breweries that self-distribute and thus are generally not available outside of their local community.

Cask ale, also called real ale, represents the traditional, centuries-old way of serving ale, unfiltered and naturally carbonated by the live yeast in the vessel it’s served from. This cask conditioning results in a more complex, delicately flavorful beer, closer to the way the brewer intended than when it’s poured on a draft system. Because these beers are hand made, brewers can create new and unique flavors in the cask not possible in regular draft craft beer.

“Most venues can’t serve cask ale,  what we call ‘the craft beer of craft beer,’ because the living nature of the beers means they require special handling,” said Roy More, co-owner of Ashley’s. “As the market for craft beer explodes, more and more beer lovers are seeking something special. Ashley’s is committed to providing them with unique taste experiences they can’t find anywhere else.”

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Participating Michigan breweries include Arbor (Ypsilanti), Arcadia Ales (Battle Creek), Arclight (Watervliet), Batch Brewing (Detroit), Ellison (East Lansing) , Founders Brewing (Grand Rapids), Greenbush Brewing (Sawyer), Griffin Claw (Birmingham), Kuhnhen (Warren), Liberty Street (Plymouth), New Holland Brewing (Holland), Odd Side Ales (Grand Haven), Short’s (Bellaire), Speciation Artisan Ales (Comstock), Transient Artisan Ales (Bridgeman)  and Witch’s Hat (South Lyon). There will also be special casks from Blake’s Cidery and Northville Winery.

The Festival also brings in these unique beers from across the country. From California (Lagunitas) and Utah (Epic) to Maryland (Heavy Seas) and Great Lakes (Ohio).  

Tickets are $35 at the door. For the latest info on the Festival, including the list of rare and even unique Follow the Festival’s Facebook page and Ashley’s Westland on Twitter (@ashleyswestland).

Beer list:

  • Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery: Buzzsaw with Mosaic and pink peppercorn
  • Arcadia Ales: Mango Surprise and Whitsun with Habanero
  • Arclight Brewing Company: Mojito Moe’s IPA
  • Batch Brewing Company: Passion Fruit Pulque – Traditional Mexican fermented beverage made from agave with Passion Fruit.
  • Ellison Brewery + Spirits: Sexy Little Thing –   Double Dry Hopped all New Zealand Hopped IPA 7% ABV.  This is a beer that is an experiment for them and you will be the first one outside of the taproom to pour it with an additional hop charge to the firkin
  • Epic: Los Locos Mexican Lager with lime & sea salt
  • Founders Brewing Co.: Dirty Bastard with hazelnut praline.
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company: Turntable Pilsner with sichuan peppercorn
  • Greenbush Brewing Co.:
  • Griffin Claw: Nawt a Cawp – with grapefruit purée
  • Heavy Seas Beer: Custom Loose Canon – with Citra, Equinox, Simcoe, Apple and Maple woods and Orange peel
  • Kuhnhenn: Porter Colada – Pineapple coconut flavored porter.
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co: Lagunator California Common with Simcoe dry hop
  • Liberty Street: Pub House Brown – a Southern English Mild.
  • New Holland Brewing Co.: Poet Stout
  • Odd Side Ales: Peach Mango Dirty Dank Juice
  • Short’s Brewing Company: Space Rock with citrus zest
  • Speciation Artisan Ales: Dry Hopped Genetic Drift Batch #3 dry hopped with Citra and Vojvodina hops
  • Transient Artisan Ales: Honeystone with mosaic, lemon lime zest, local honey
  • Witch’s Hat Brewing Company: Three Kord Kolsch with Orange Zest & Cranberries

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About Ashley’s

Founded in 1983 next to the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Ashley’s has been proud to serve its guests a wide selection of great beers from around the world for over three decades. Today, as “Michigan’s premier multi-tap,” Ashley’s features an ever-rotating lineup of flavorful draft beers from nearly 120 different taps at our two locations in Ann Arbor and Westland, as well as more than 80 bottled beer selections.

Ashley’s was rated one of the Top 100 Beer Bars by DRAFT Magazine in and Top 50 Beer Restaurants by RateBeer.com and most recently as one of the Top 33 Craft Beer Bars in the Country by ThrillList

 

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For the past six years, Ashley’s of Westland has hosted it’s Belgian Beer Week, serving only beer brewed in Belgium over an eleven day period. In 2015, they added the North American Belgian Beer Festival and this year are adding a second ‘festival within a festival’ by hosting the Ultimate Funk Beer Fest.

Friday February 12 is the inaugural Ultimate Funk Beer Fest. This event will feature more than 120 beers from 60 breweries in 8 countries. The featured styles will include lambics, gueuzes, Berliner weisses, goses, Flemish red ales, oud bruins, wood-aged ales, rauchbiers, and more. Beers aged in bourbon barrels will be well represented as well, with stouts, quadrupels, Scotch ales, barleywines, and other styles making an appearance.

“As we evolve to ‘Craft Beer 2.0,’ brew enthusiasts are seeking the next big thing,” said Roy More, co-owner of Ashley’s. “American consumers are just now really beginning to discover sour and other funky ales that are in reality based on centuries-old styles. Many are blended and aged for years in oaken barrels, called foeders, before being ready for release like fine wines. The resulting beers are often delicately complex and a rewarding experience for those who have cultivated a taste for them.”

“Since 1983, Ashley’s has existed to help people have a good time and discover new tastes,” said More. “This inaugural Funk Beer Fest is in line with our mission of expanding our guests’ experiences in new ways.”

Saturday February 13 sees the return on the North American Belgian Beer Festival, the country’s largest Belgian-only beer event. The event is sponsored by the Consulate General of Belgium/Flanders Investment and Trade, a partnership that blossomed at last year’s inaugural event.

As many as one thousand attendees will be able to sample more than 220 beers from the more than 80 Belgian breweries represented.

“You would have to go to Belgium to find this many Belgian beers in one place,” said Xavier Van Honsebrouck, fifth generation owner of Van Honsebrouck brewery in Ingelmunster, Belgium — who attended the 2015 festival and plans to attend again this year.

Belgium is recognized by many experts as one of the world’s top beer nations, with Belgian brewers creating more recognized styles of beer per capita than any other country.

“This event showcases exclusively craft beers brewed in Belgium,” said Luc Strybol, head of the economic mission of Flanders. “There will be breweries that trace their roots back a thousand years, breweries that have been owned by the same family for over a hundred years, and others that just formed in the past few years.”

Festival attendees will also have the chance to pair the many unique specialty and boutique brews with a menu of Belgian-inspired “cuisine à la bière.” Brewers and other Belgian beer experts will be on hand to help educate and guide guests through the amazing diversity and complexity of the Belgian beer world.

Due to the success of the last year’s festival, the 2016 event will take place in an expanded, heated tent next to Ashley’s. It will include several educational sampling sessions that cover the history of Belgian brewing, the Trappist monasteries that make beers, and beer blending. New this year is a VIP suite within the festival that will include a private Belgian-inspired buffet as well as exclusive samples.

“To address the growing interest among beer drinkers, many American craft brewers are making their interpretation of Belgian beers,” said Roy More, co-owner of Ashley’s. “This festival offers guests the opportunity to try the originals.” More, along with co-owner and brother Jeff, are frequent visitors to Belgium, where they were both knighted last fall by the Belgian Brewer’s Guild in recognition of their support of the Belgian beer industry.

Tickets for both events are available online at the following links-

Ultimate Funk Fest- www.ashleys.com/events.xhtml

North American Belgian Beer Festival- www.nabbf.org/registration.

ANN ARBOR – Since the 1300s, the Union of Belgian Brewers has existed as guild for Belgian breweries. It still exists today as one of the oldest professional associations, and nearly all Belgian breweries belong to it. On Sept. 4, the Union will ennoble founders and co-owners Roy More and Jeff More of Ashley’s Restaurants as honorary Knights of the Union of Belgian Brewers at its annual ceremony in Brussels, Belgium.

Those who are dubbed into the Knighthood of the Brewer’s Mash Staff (“Ridderschap van de Roerstok der Browers”) are recognized as having made significant contributions to the promotion and development of Belgian Brewing. Roy and Jeff More will be the first in Michigan to receive the honor.

In addition to being widely acknowledged as a premier beer bar, Ashley’s has participated diversely in promoting Belgian beer for decades. Every February, Ashley’s Westland location hosts the largest exclusively Belgian-made beer festival in the U.S. Both Ashley’s locations offer a full range of Belgian-made beers as part of their craft beer portfolio.

“Ashley’s first started serving Belgian beers in 1985, and we held our first Belgian beer sampling event in 1988,” said Jeff More.

“Ashley’s has always been about helping people have a great time,” said Roy More. “One of the ways is through great beers, and the Belgian brewers are recognized as being among the best in the world.”

The knighting ceremony will be held in the Brussels Town Hall on the Grote Markt (“Grand Place”) next to the Union building, which has been occupied by the Union since the 17th century.

Photo: Erik Smith

Photo: Erik Smith

ANN ARBOR – Since the 1300s, the Union of Belgian Brewers has existed as guild for Belgian breweries. It still exists today as one of the oldest professional associations, and nearly all Belgian breweries belong to it. On Sept. 4, the Union will ennoble founders and co-owners Roy More and Jeff More of Ashley’s Restaurants as honorary Knights of the Union of Belgian Brewers at its annual ceremony in Brussels, Belgium.
Those who are dubbed into the Knighthood of the Brewer’s Mash Staff (“Ridderschap van de Roerstok der Browers”) are recognized as having made significant contributions to the promotion and development of Belgian Brewing. Roy and Jeff More will be the first in Michigan to receive the honor.
In addition to being widely acknowledged as a premier beer bar, Ashley’s has participated diversely in promoting Belgian beer for decades. Every February, Ashley’s Westland location hosts the largest exclusively Belgian-made beer festival in the U.S. Both Ashley’s locations offer a full range of Belgian-made beers as part of their craft beer portfolio.
“Ashley’s first started serving Belgian beers in 1985, and we held our first Belgian beer sampling event in 1988,” said Jeff More.
“Ashley’s has always been about helping people have a great time,” said Roy More. “One of the ways is through great beers, and the Belgian brewers are recognized as being among the best in the world.”
The knighting ceremony will be held in the Brussels Town Hall on the Grote Markt (“Grand Place”) next to the Union building, which has been occupied by the Union since the 17th century.

Photo: Erik Smith

Photo: Erik Smith

WESTLAND — “I can’t believe the difference between the two!”

The woman speaking was not alone in her surprise. She was just one of the attendees at an educational seminar demonstrating the more delicate and complex flavors of beer served out of a firkin versus beer served from a conventional draft system. The seminar, led by Certified Cicerone® Annette May, offered a side-by-side comparison of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale and was a part of the Michigan Cask Ale Festival held on Saturday.

For the past eight years Ashley’s Beer & Grill has hosted the festival, which annually attracts hundreds of beer enthusiasts from around the region. This year’s edition marked the largest yet, with more than 40 cask-conditioned ales pouring from several dozen Michigan and out-of-state breweries for the nearly 500 attendees.

“We created this festival to showcase what some aficionados call ‘the craft beer of craft beer,’” said Jeff More, co-owner of Ashley’s. “What makes cask ale so special is it’s not served with extraneous gas like in a conventional tap, but poured right from the vessel it’s fermented in. The result is surprisingly different from what most beer drinkers may be used to.”

More explained large-scale cask events such as this are unusual due to the difficulty inherent in handling the ales, which have a short shelf life, typically lasting no longer than a couple days before they begin to grow stale and undesirable.

“Cask ale is ‘alive’ in the sense that it is unfiltered, with active yeast present naturally carbonating and maturing the beer,” he said. “It requires special handling and has to be served promptly, which is why you see it in relatively fewer places.”

Ashley’s spends months planning for the festival, sending their own firkins to participating breweries, which fill and condition them — usually with specialty or “one-off” beers — before sending them back in time for the event, which is held each year in early May in the enclosed beer garden adjacent to Ashley’s.

Among the featured Michigan breweries and beers were Arbor Brewing (Demetrius Sour Ale and Ryeclops Imperial Rye IPA), Arcadia Ales (Hopmouth Double IPA), Atwater Brewery (Decadent Chocolate Stout), Boatyard Brewing (Rear Admiral Rye Stout), Brewery Vivant (Psychopomp Belgian Strong Dark Ale), Chelsea Alehouse (Hillwalker Scotch Ale), New Holland (Dragon’s Milk Barrel Aged Imperial Stout) and Rochester Mills (Milkshake Stout with Vanilla).

Unique to the festival were a special cask of Founders Mosaic Promise IPA conditioned with raspberries and Thai chilies, Frankenmuth’s Brick Haus Belgian IPA dry-hopped with Citra, Greenbush Retribution Belgian Strong Dark Ale with Honey and Pistachios and Short’s Soft Parade with Vanilla and Lactose.

This year’s festival also included several ciders (from Vander Mill, North Peak, Uncle John’s Cider Mill and the Northville Winery) as well as two homebrewed ales (a Peach Tea Wheat Ale and an Orange Creamsicle Ale). In addition to May’s seminar on the intricacies of cask ale, Vander Mill representative Alexa Seychel conducted an educational session on how cider is made.

For more information, find the Michigan Cask Ale Festival on Facebook or visit micaskale.ashleys.com.

WESTLAND — “I can’t believe the difference between the two!”
The woman speaking was not alone in her surprise. She was just one of the attendees at an educational seminar demonstrating the more delicate and complex flavors of beer served out of a firkin versus beer served from a conventional draft system. The seminar, led by Certified Cicerone® Annette May, offered a side-by-side comparison of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale and was a part of the Michigan Cask Ale Festival held on Saturday.
For the past eight years Ashley’s Beer & Grill has hosted the festival, which annually attracts hundreds of beer enthusiasts from around the region. This year’s edition marked the largest yet, with more than 40 cask-conditioned ales pouring from several dozen Michigan and out-of-state breweries for the nearly 500 attendees.
“We created this festival to showcase what some aficionados call ‘the craft beer of craft beer,’” said Jeff More, co-owner of Ashley’s. “What makes cask ale so special is it’s not served with extraneous gas like in a conventional tap, but poured right from the vessel it’s fermented in. The result is surprisingly different from what most beer drinkers may be used to.”
More explained large-scale cask events such as this are unusual due to the difficulty inherent in handling the ales, which have a short shelf life, typically lasting no longer than a couple days before they begin to grow stale and undesirable.
“Cask ale is ‘alive’ in the sense that it is unfiltered, with active yeast present naturally carbonating and maturing the beer,” he said. “It requires special handling and has to be served promptly, which is why you see it in relatively fewer places.”
Ashley’s spends months planning for the festival, sending their own firkins to participating breweries, which fill and condition them — usually with specialty or “one-off” beers — before sending them back in time for the event, which is held each year in early May in the enclosed beer garden adjacent to Ashley’s.
Among the featured Michigan breweries and beers were Arbor Brewing (Demetrius Sour Ale and Ryeclops Imperial Rye IPA), Arcadia Ales (Hopmouth Double IPA), Atwater Brewery (Decadent Chocolate Stout), Boatyard Brewing (Rear Admiral Rye Stout), Brewery Vivant (Psychopomp Belgian Strong Dark Ale), Chelsea Alehouse (Hillwalker Scotch Ale), New Holland (Dragon’s Milk Barrel Aged Imperial Stout) and Rochester Mills (Milkshake Stout with Vanilla).
Unique to the festival were a special cask of Founders Mosaic Promise IPA conditioned with raspberries and Thai chilies, Frankenmuth’s Brick Haus Belgian IPA dry-hopped with Citra, Greenbush Retribution Belgian Strong Dark Ale with Honey and Pistachios and Short’s Soft Parade with Vanilla and Lactose.
This year’s festival also included several ciders (from Vander Mill, North Peak, Uncle John’s Cider Mill and the Northville Winery) as well as two homebrewed ales (a Peach Tea Wheat Ale and an Orange Creamsicle Ale). In addition to May’s seminar on the intricacies of cask ale, Vander Mill representative Alexa Seychel conducted an educational session on how cider is made.
For more information, find the Michigan Cask Ale Festival on Facebook or visit micaskale.ashleys.com.

WESTLAND — For the sixth straight year, the Michigan Cask Ale Festival returns to Ashley’s Bar & Grill on May 4.

Expanded hours and the largest lineup of beers in the Festival’s history highlight this year’s event.

More than 30 cask ales from renowned breweries across Michigan, the U.S. and even the ocean will be pouring from noon to 8 p.m., while guests also enjoy live music, interaction with brewers and brewery representatives, a menu of premium snacks and entrees and exhibits designed to highlight National Homebrew Day, which is observed the same day.

Cask ale, also called real ale, represents the traditional, centuries-old way of serving ale, unfiltered and naturally carbonated by the live yeast in the vessel it’s served from. This cask conditioning results in a more complex, delicately flavorful beer, closer to the way the brewer intended than when it’s poured on a draft system. Even familiar beers long available in bottles or on conventional draft, which typically mixes the beer with extraneous CO2, can exhibit enhanced flavor when conditioned and served from a cask.

“Most venues don’t handle cask ale, or what we call ‘the craft beer of craft beer,’ because the living nature of the beers means they require special handling and serving techniques,” said Jeff More, co-owner of Ashley’s. “As the market for craft beer expands, more and more beer lovers are seeking something special, and Ashley’s is committed to providing them with unique taste experiences they can’t find anywhere else.”

For the first time, the Festival will take place entirely outside in the spring air, as Ashley’s opens its new outdoor beer garden to the expected 1,000 or more festgoers. Local bands will provide live music throughout the day, with popular roots and bluegrass headliners Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys taking the stage at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 at the door, if available) and can be purchased online. Each ticket includes 12 drink tokens (more can be purchased on site), program and tasting notes, and a commemorative pin.

 

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