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Holland Brewery’s summer releases focus on Michigan outdoor pastimes 

 

HOLLAND, Mich. – Michigan summers are defined by outdoor adventuring, days spent in the woods or trips to the “Big Lake.” Big Lake Brewing, one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in Michigan, just announced two new IPAs for the summer months that capture the flavor of Michigan summertime activities—Lake King, an American IPA, and Camper, a New England IPA.

In a reference to reeling in that prized King Salmon on the Great Lakes, Lake King is an American IPA brewed with Columbus hops, which presents a clean, bright lemony flavor. Featuring a King Salmon on the label, Lake King is the perfect complement to take out on the boat during a fishing trip on Lake Michigan, or on one of Michigan’s many inland lakes.

big lakeCamping culture is the defining character of Michigan’s summer and autumn months. Whether you’re camping in a tent, trailer, RV, cabin or just under the stars, Big Lake celebrates getting out into nature with Camper, a bold, New England IPA. With its blast of citrus-forward hops and a hazy color, Camper is the perfect beer for summers around the campfire at our beautiful campgrounds throughout the state.

“We take our inspirations from Michigan’s amazing natural resources and outdoor activities, and combine what makes them great, with the beers we like to drink,” said Travis Prueter, co-founder of Big Lake Brewing. “We love the pride and the connection our customers feel when they drink a beer named after a favorite activity or place in our beautiful state.”

Big Lake recently announced a 50 percent brewing expansion with two new 30-barrel fermenters and a new brite tank, increasing the brewery’s overall output to 5,000 barrels per year. Since opening in 2013, Big Lake has grown more than 400 percent, and recently landed on the Brewers Association list of fastest-growing independent and craft breweries in the United States, one of only two Michigan breweries on the list.

Lake King and Camper are now in distribution across the entire state, in retail stores through Imperial Beverage, and on draft in bars and restaurants.

 

About Big Lake Brewing

Big Lake Brewing is a craft brewery located on 7th St. in downtown Holland, Mich. The taproom has more than 15 taps, always full of handcrafted beer in a variety of styles, made by a passionate team of brewers who love to experiment. The brewery also offers a full hand-crafted lunch and dinner menu in the taproom, focusing on pizzas, sandwiches, salads and more, all made from scratch with the same care and love as their beer.

 

feelgood tap

Detroit, Mich. — Batch Brewing Company has debuted their September Feelgood Tap beer the ‘GORGAntuan’ as a fundraiser for Hatch Detroit and named in honor of founder Nick Gorga. The brewery will be contributing $2 from each glass of GORGAntuan sold to Hatch Detroit.

Hatch Detroit was established in 2011 to support the growth of independent retail in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. One of the organization’s most recognized programs, its annual contest, introduces 10 aspiring entrepreneurs to the city, ultimately awarding one business with a $50k grant from Comerica Bank, and $200K in support services. In 2013, Batch Brewing Company won Hatch Detroit’s business incubator contest, and has since gone on to grow and expand, including their new facility ‘The Funk Room’ on East Grand Boulevard in the North End neighborhood.

feelgood tapThe fundraising concept was launched in 2015 at Batch Brewing Company. The Feelgood Tap has since gone on to become a 501c3, fundraising for nonprofits across Michigan through craft beer sales. More than 35 breweries, bars, and restaurants have partnered to raise money through the Feelgood Tap.

“The Feelgood Tap was a part of our business plan from early on,” said founder Stephen Roginson. “It was important to us that we were doing more than making beer and making money. The community has provided tremendous support to our business, and Hatch Detroit has been a big part of that. It’s our honor to pay that forward.”

“Stephen and his team at Batch Brewing are the perfect example of why we started Hatch Detroit, to support incredible entrepreneurs who recognize the pivotal role they play in their communities,” said Nick Gorga, founder of Hatch Detroit. “We are thrilled and humbled that Batch has chosen Hatch Detroit as its Feelgood Tap beer and we hope the GORGAntuan is a huge success for both Batch and Hatch.”

The GORGAntuan is an Imperial IPA ringing in at 10% ABV. Medium-full bodied, smooth mouthfeel and notes of tropical fruit, candy sugar and pine. It will be available at Batch Brewing Company throughout the month of September.

Batch Brewing Company has been voted as Best Microbrewery / Brewpub by both Metro Times and Hour Detroit, Best Brewery in Michigan according to Yelp, and was chosen as the #3 Best New Brewery in Michigan by MLive in 2016. Winners of Hatch Detroit in 2013, Batch Brewing Company opened their doors in early 2015. Batch Brewing Company’s original location is at 1400 Porter Street in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, and recently launched the Batch Brewing Company Funk Room at 2841 East Grand Boulevard.

 

About Hatch Detroit:

Hatch Detroit is a Michigan based 501(c)(3) organization supports both existing and new retail initiatives in the cities of Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck. Hatch Detroit was founded in 2011 to give residents and aspiring entrepreneurs a voice in the redevelopment of Detroit. Beyond its annual contest, Hatch Detroit provides funding, exposure and mentoring in support of its alumni entrepreneurs. Together, Hatch Detroit alumni have opened 34 businesses, employ over 500 people, and have invested over $6.5 million in their businesses. To learn more, visit www.hatchdetroit.com.

 

We all have our favorite beers, but what if you had to pick your favorite without knowing what it was?

The TC Ale Trail, along with sponsors Drink My Brewcast, Michigan Hop Alliance, and MI Local Hops, brought back the Traverse City IPA Challenge for its second year. The TC Ale Trail promotes Traverse City brews through several creative events, such as Paddle For Pints. The Traverse City IPA Challenge, held downtown at Little Fleet, involved a blind tasting of ten different IPAs.

“I wanted to create another event that would join the local breweries together in one venue,  and what better place to do it than at The Little Fleet,” said TC Ale Trail Co-Founder Troy Daily.

At most beer festivals and events, attendees can choose from a tap list of old favorites and new experimental brews. However, the Traverse City IPA Challenge required attendees to use what they know – and like – about beer to find a new favorite.

Upon arrival, attendees were given a tasting glass, tickets for ten tastings and food, as well as a ballot for voting and tasting notes. The tickets for tastings were simply numbered 1-10; breweries were kept secret until voting had been completed.

Without knowing who brewed the beer, tasters had to evaluate each beer without previous knowledge or judgement. This required tasters to assess aroma, mouthfeel, and flavor profiles with each sip. Tasting notes could then be added to the ballot sheet to help make a final voting decision.

“The IPA challenge is a great way to blindly try new IPAs without the prejudice of knowing where it’s coming from,” said Chad Rickman, who attended the event and is an devoted IPA fan. “I try to guess what brewery makes each one and most of the time I’m surprised.”

Each IPA was crafted by a local brewery, most of which are a part of the TC Ale Trail. Breweries competing included: Right Brain Brewery, Rare Bird Brewpub, Beggar’s Brewery, Brewery Ferment, North Peak Brewing, The Filling Station Microbrewery, Bravo Zulu Brewing, Old Mission Brewing Company, The Workshop, and Brewery Terra Firma.

At the end of the evening, the taps were revealed and a winner prevailed. Third place went to newcomers Bravo Zulu Brewing. Second place went to Rare Bird Brewpub, for the second year in a row. And the trophy for “Traverse City’s Best IPA” went to The Filling Station Microbrewery. headbrewer Andy Largent gladly accepted the hop-shaped trophy as brewers and tasters cheered for his success.

6.5% ABV, Can

Appearance: Clean copper, moderate creamy head
Aroma: Hoppy, with a strong pine scent
Taste: Slight malt at the front followed by a strong woodsy hop flavor
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

This is a hybrid beer — half red ale, half IPA — and it’s surprisingly aggressive for a mutt. It’s got a sharp piney scent that might shock your nose a little, and once you get past the hint of the malt from the red ale on the tip of your tongue, the piney, cedary hop taste really dominates. This is a good unique flavor for hopheads and IPA aficionados looking for something a little different.

6.5% ABV, Can
Appearance: Clean copper, moderate creamy head
Aroma: Hoppy, with a strong pine scent
Taste: Slight malt at the front followed by a strong woodsy hop flavor
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied
This is a hybrid beer — half red ale, half IPA — and it’s surprisingly aggressive for a mutt. It’s got a sharp piney scent that might shock your nose a little, and once you get past the hint of the malt from the red ale on the tip of your tongue, the piney, cedary hop taste really dominates. This is a good unique flavor for hopheads and IPA aficionados looking for something a little different.

6.5% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Penny-colored with a quickly evaporating head.
Aroma: Light hop aroma with notes of straw.
Taste: Pleasant and moderate hoppiness at the front and freshness at the back.
Mouthfeel: Well-balanced with a light, crisp finish.

Fiddle Stix is a celebration of the hop but not a sledgehammer. It’s designed to be a sessionable drinking beer that will appeal to hopheads and non-hopheads alike.

6% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Light amber with a little cloudiness and a trace of foam.
Aroma: Some hops with a hint of citrus; fresher than a typical IPA.
Taste: Bitterness from the hops is cut by the bright citrus of the grapefruit juice.
Mouthfeel: Balanced and bright with an almost invisible finish.

This grapefruit shandy is a perfect summer drink, and not too sweet. The citrusy notes from Cascade hops are an ideal complement to the IPA base. A great gateway beer for non-beer drinkers.

6.5% ABV, Can

Appearance: Clear orange-gold with a medium head.
Aroma: Earthy with some citrus notes.
Taste: Mild hops, with some bread and tropical fruit notes. Slight banana, with some orange and lemon.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

When Brewery Vivant debuted in 2010, Triomphe was one of its three staple brews, and it’s easy to see why. This Belgian-style IPA is light on the tongue, yet contains some very evident, tropical flavors. There’s a mild hoppiness present, yet the brew is very well-balanced and there’s hardly any bitterness at all.

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