Windows Up – Alpine Beer Company

So as I’m waiting for this beer dinner I was invited to, I decided to sample another offering from Green Flash/Alpine.

This one is a west coast IPA, and clocks in at 7% ABV.  You get a great floral hop character with subtle citrus.

I honestly love Alpine.  Nelson, Duet, Hoppy Birthday… they’re all fabulous.  I can add Windows Up to that list.


Give Me IPA Or Give Me Death – Stone Brewing

So, I had to try this… you know, because IPA.  This one clocks in at a solid 8% ABV with 75 IBUs.  This has a great flavor. The hops character is on the floral side of things.  Apparently, this is brewed with raspberries and blackberries (according to the bartender), but I personally don’t get the fruit notes to it.  There is a nice balance to it, so it’s not “punch-you-right-in-the-face” hoppy.  Maybe the sweetness from the fruit balances that out a little bit, but that’s speculation.  

This brew is definitely worth at least checking out. 

Yum Yum – 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

This is one my buddy gave me after he ran down that way.  It’s one I had never tried before, so I was interested if it lived up to its name.

It does…ish.  So this pale ale has a good hop profile, but I personally think the malt backbone is a little too much on this.  Now, I’m not one for the malt forward beers, typically. I can, however, appreciate this one.  It’s 5.5% ABV with 55 IBUs.  While present, I don’t get the bitterness you’d expect with that sort of IBU.

Overall, while it’s not my favorite beer they brew, I can sit and enjoy a few.


Baba Black Lager – Uinta Brewing

This is one of the new offerings available here in Michigan.  Baba Black Lager is currently organic, but according to the sales rep, the volume they need to produce is too high to keep strictly organic ingredients.  This beer is 4% ABV and 32 IBUs.  Light enough alcohol to enjoy a 6 pack in an afternoon.  It’s dark colored, with a nice roasted nose.  It’s super light bodied and quite quaffable! Check this one out when you see it!


As they say on the can:

 “Forget the map, pack the Uinta”

Rubrique-a-brac – Whiner Beer Co

So, this is another brew I picked up while in Chicago.  I honestly know nothing about this brewery, but the can caught my eye while I was picking a six pack.  

Quick note: THIS CAN EXPLODED WHEN I OPENED IT.  Had a little carpet cleaning before I could enjoy it.

This brew is a  Biere De Garde, typically they also have a Bret strain which gives it a little funk/light sour or tartness.  This is a light bodied beer.  6% ABV.  I actually enjoyed this one.  The mess wasn’t appreciated, but either way the beer had great flavor and would drink it again.

Vat 33 IPA – CJ’s Brewing Company

So, I googled where a nearby brewery was to try a new one out.  This one came and I had heard about it before.  On that note: I do believe this is a secondary location.  I think their other one is in Commerce Township.  The pub I’m currently in is attached to the USA Hockey Arena here in Plymouth, MI.  The tap room is large, and fairly unpopulated tonight, and is somewhat hard to find.  

So, to be honest, I was hugely (Bigly?) disappointed in the tap selection.  This isn’t a true microbrewery.  It’s a gastropub.  Out of the 12 or so taps they had, only 4 were brews from themselves.  

So onto the one I tried first: Vat 33 IPA.  The beer was alright.  I can’t say it was really distinguishable from (insert any generic IPA here).  It was 7% ABV, and went down well.  For a full IPA, it was mild enough to have a number of them and not wear out your palette.  

If you’re a huge fan of craft beer, you’ll find some good Michigan and national crafts, but this ain’t the place to find that “wow” beer.


2 Hearted – Bell’s Brewery

Does this one even need an introduction to most?  

This beer is the flagship brew from Bell’s available year round.  Oberon actually outsells it during the summer time, but 2 Hearted is still #1 in my humble opinion.  It’s 7-ish% ABV (I’m at the bar and don’t remember the exact ABV right now).  Had a great hop character that has pine notes, with a nice lingering finish.

Best IPA in Michigan. Although there is a double IPA I’ve been cruising for… I wonder if this brew will be dethroned…