Spring Gimlet – Ann Arbor Distilling Company

So I realize this page is mostly (or exclusively) about beer.  However, there’s a distilled in my city that is aptly named: The Ann Arbor Distilling Co. 

They honestly make some of the best spirits around.  Small batch, high quality.  Don’t get me wrong, they don’t have anything that compares to Pappy 20yr.  Their first batch of Boubon is coming next year, which is something I’m immensely excited for!  

They make various Gins throughout the year based on the seasonal ingredients available.  Their vodka is some of the smoothest I’ve had.  Additionally their coffee liquor makes a White Russian that The Dude would be proud of.  

I’m currently drinking the Sprint Gimlet.  Spring Gin (I’m not a huge fan of gin, but thought I’d give it the ol’ college try), with a cherry lime cordial over ice.  They put hibiscus in the cordial to give it a nice color.  

Thanks, Kentucky Derby!

I just want to send a quick thank you to the Kentucky Derby.  They made so much possible.  With such a rich, and storied history, it’s truly an amazing thing every year.

Actually, it’s because KBS from Founders was tapped for it, and is currently still on.  

Thanks Kentucky Derby. 

Amber – Alaskan Brewing

I’m sitting here, watching this lovely glass of amber ale slowly disappear.  

Alaskan Brewing is out of Juneau, Alaska, and they made some great stuff.  The amber is their go to beer. Malty, easy drinking, and great flavor.  

They also have a smoked porter that is phenomenal.  

Would definitely recommend this brewery to check out!

Horny Monk – Petoskey Brewing Company

I know I post a lot of Michigan beer on here… and there are a ton of great breweries elsewhere… but hey, drink local! Amiright?

Anyways, Petoskey Horny Monk is a good example of what Michigan has to offer in terms of Dubbels.  It’s almost 7% ABV and is super smooth.  Nice malty flavor, easy drinking.  Dark amber/red in color.  Relatively small head with little lacing. Would definitely drink one, but maybe not two.  A little heavy for summer, but a good offering.

3/5

Uinta Brewing has cometh!

So for anyone that’s in Michigan, you’ll start seeing this brand pop up around the state. Uinta Brewing has just launched in Michigan, and honestly, they has some phenomenal beers to choose from.  I’ve sampled 4 of them so far and I think this brewery is going to be here to stay.  The brewery is located in Salt Lake City, Utah.  This is the first I’ve had of anything from Utah, and I’m impressed.

One of my new summer beers is Lime Pils.  Sounds boring enough, right?  I’m sure most people have had Bud Light Lime, Labatt Lime, or something along those lines.  This is so much better than that.  It’s easily crushable at 5.3% and I killed my beer before I realized it.

Some other offerings to look for is their Hop Nosh IPA, Tangerine Hop Nosh IPA, and Baa Baa Black Lager.  I personally am a huge fan of the Tangerine Hop Nosh, and the Black Lager.

Has anyone else tried Uinta beers yet?

Amber Ale – Dark Horse Brewing Co.

Dark Horse is located just South of downtown Marshall, MI.  it’s a small brewpub with Mug Club mugs hanging above the bar.  Random: they have a table that’s also a fish tank…  it’s actually pretty sweet.  The food is great and the beers can be hit or miss for me personally, but they’re definitely one of the favorites here in Michigan. Dark Horse Brewing Co. definitely makes some interesting beer sometimes.  Some good, some bad.  Double Crooked Tree is great, for example.

So, their Amber Ale.  The name itself is pretty non-threatening.  On the label it actually says Belgian Amber Ale, but I couldn’t find that one.  It’s you’re traditional amber ale, but brewed with a “Almost Belgian” strain of yeast.  It definitely gives you some of those flavors you’d get with a traditional Belgian Ale.  I found these quite delicious and drank 3 before I realized it.  Definitely an easy drinker (if you like Belgians). 5.5% ABV with 16 IBUs makes this one you can crush for a while.

5/5

Space Station Middle Finger – 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

“From the dawn of time, humans have looked to the sky for answers. Space Station Middle Finger replies to all from its eternal orbit.”

That’s a quote from the 3 Floyds website.  I honestly love this brewery.  Unfortunately, it’s not available where I live, so I have to take a road trip (and buy in bulk) anytime I want some.  It’s worth it, by the way.

The brewery is located in Munster, IN.  It’s a short jaunt off the highway and is located in an industrial park.  You definitely have to be looking for it to find it.  Every time I’ve stopped in, it’s be a cool atmosphere with great beers flowing.  If the crowd size is the sole factor in how good it is, then this place is amazing.  It’s always been busy when I’ve stopped in, and in the summer, I’ve waited in lines to get beer to-go.  The only downside is the selections they have packaged to go are somewhat erratic at times.  You wont always find that ONE beer you’re looking for, but I’ve never had a bad one.  Seriously, it’s worth the time to stop in if you’re in the area.

So, Space Station Middle Finger. I honestly had never heard of this beer before I stopped in, and the name alone made me grab a 6-pack (I’ve also had a beer from them called The Big Tiddy Assassin… gotta love the odd names) . It’s an American Pale Ale.  There’s enough hop character to know it’s there, but obviously less than IPAs. The IBU’s clock in at 50, which is actually a little high for your standard American Pale.  However, this is an easy drinker for sure.  This falls in the perfect ABV range for me: 6%.  It’s high enough to feel it after a few, but not too high so you wanna tap out after 3 beers.  Again, it’s a super easy drinking beer and I could easily kill all 6 in a sitting.

I love 3 Floyds. (I guess I’m a bit of a fanboy)

5/5