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…

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.


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?