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Brewers from five West Michigan breweries have joined forces to create a beer and a band, and they’re going on tour to ring in Michigan Beer Month.

Catch them at various places around West Michigan from Wednesday, June 29-Sunday, July 3.

The event is called “Mashpaddle,” and it’s a celebration of West Michigan beer and collaboration.

Ten brewers—Steve Berthel, Jesse Jett, and Fred Bueltmann from New Holland Brewing; Melissa Brolick from Old Boy’s Brewhouse; Adam Engleman and Evan Keller from Lake Charlevoix Brewing; Tina Schuett from Rare Bird Brewpub; and Phil Thomson, Teo Watson-Ahlbrandt, and Dan Bouzis from Big Hart Brewing—teamed up to brew an IPA with all Michigan-grown ingredients.

Mashpaddle

Evan Keller, Dan Buozis, Teo Watson-Ahlbrandt, Phil Thomson, Fred Bueltmann, Steve Berthel, Adam Engleman

It includes a mix of caramel, vanilla, pale, and pilsner malts from Pilot Malt House, Motor City Malting, and Empire Malting. The brew’s cascade, centennial, chinook and crystal hops were grown in Empire, Michigan.

“It has lots of late hop additions to contribute to citrusy aromas,” said Bueltmann, New Holland Brewing’s Vice President of Brand and Lifestyle.

The culminating product is a bright, citrus-forward IPA that also bears the name Mashpaddle. It will be served at all participating locations.

A few members of the brew crew also happen to be musicians, so they’ve formed a band called Mashpaddle. The group includes three musicians from New Holland Brewing—Berthel on pedal steel, Jett on vocals, and Bueltmann on bass and sousaphone—as well as Lake Charlevoix’s Engleman on guitar.

“It’s really exciting to kind of combine passions,” Bueltmann said. “I think the idea that a group came together to make a beer and a band is really unique.”

The group will perform Jett’s original pieces along with a few “eclectic covers,” on a tour of participating breweries’ pub locations. They’ll perform between anchor sets with The Strapping Owls, a trio including Bueltmann as well as Larry Beers and Nicholas Barron. Attendees can expect “Americana roots and soul music,” Bueltmann said. In other words, good Fourth of July music.

“There’s a lot of enthusiasm for what we do and where we live,” Bueltmann said. “It’s a very feel-good event.”

See Mashpaddle and try the brew at one of the following dates and locations:

Mashpaddle

 

6.4% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Dark orange hue with a minimal head.
Aroma: Smells very spicy; definitely some nutmeg and cinnamon.
Taste: Bready, with nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. Tastes similar to pumpkin pie.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied.

Old Boys’ venture into the pumpkin beer market proves to be a wise choice. Its Pumpkin Lager has the best qualities of fall brews — pumpkin and spice. The brew is balanced, with a subtle sweetness and roasted-like malt character.

6.4% ABV, Draft
Appearance: Dark orange hue with a minimal head.
Aroma: Smells very spicy; definitely some nutmeg and cinnamon.
Taste: Bready, with nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. Tastes similar to pumpkin pie.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied.
Old Boys’ venture into the pumpkin beer market proves to be a wise choice. Its Pumpkin Lager has the best qualities of fall brews — pumpkin and spice. The brew is balanced, with a subtle sweetness and roasted-like malt character.

5.2% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a moderate head.
Aroma: Wheat with some banana and spice.
Taste: Lots of banana with a bit of spice at the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied.

Old Boys’ Birthday Heffer — in celebration of the brewery’s 15th anniversary — features strong banana and spice flavors in a Hefeweizen that’s perfect for this time of year. The brew, while light, offers great depth of flavor, with banana apparent throughout the sip, and spices kicking the beer up a notch at the finish.

5.2% ABV, Draft
Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a moderate head.
Aroma: Wheat with some banana and spice.
Taste: Lots of banana with a bit of spice at the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied.
Old Boys’ Birthday Heffer — in celebration of the brewery’s 15th anniversary — features strong banana and spice flavors in a Hefeweizen that’s perfect for this time of year. The brew, while light, offers great depth of flavor, with banana apparent throughout the sip, and spices kicking the beer up a notch at the finish.

6.1% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Very dark brown, with virtually no head.
Aroma: Coffee and chocolate.
Taste: Perfectly balanced; chocolate, coffee and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight carbonation.

Old Boys’ specialty Magnum Breakfast Stout focuses on what most breakfast stouts do best — the coffee. Brewed with beans from Nunica’s Magnum Coffee Roastery, this brew is on the lighter side for a breakfast stout, and brings chocolate and vanilla to the coffee flavors that are experienced throughout. For those entering into the stout realm for the first time, this is a good entry beer, as it’s doesn’t contain a super heavy flavor or mouthfeel.

6.1% ABV, Draft
Appearance: Very dark brown, with virtually no head.
Aroma: Coffee and chocolate.
Taste: Perfectly balanced; chocolate, coffee and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight carbonation.
Old Boys’ specialty Magnum Breakfast Stout focuses on what most breakfast stouts do best — the coffee. Brewed with beans from Nunica’s Magnum Coffee Roastery, this brew is on the lighter side for a breakfast stout, and brings chocolate and vanilla to the coffee flavors that are experienced throughout. For those entering into the stout realm for the first time, this is a good entry beer, as it’s doesn’t contain a super heavy flavor or mouthfeel.

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