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.

5/5

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. 

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.

2/5

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…

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?

Party At The Moon Tower – Latitude 42


What’s better than cracking a great beer at noon on a lazy Sunday? (Answer: Cracking one at 10)

I’m currently just relaxing at home and decided to have a cold one.  So I dug this bad boy out of the fridge. Latitude 42 makes some great stuff.  My personal favorite is a coconut stout that goes by the name of Sweet Lou.  Unfortunately they don’t can that. 

So, I’m sitting here, drinking a nice Double IPA.  8.4% ABV.  It has an aggressive finish, but some nice malt flavors in the middle to balance that out.  The hop character definitely falls on the Pine/Floral side of things. It’s remarkably smooth for what it is.  I can’t drink too many of these in a row, however.

4.5/5

Tree Shaker – Odell Brewing Company

So I decided to crack a can of a beer I picked up on my trip to Chicago.  In case some of you didn’t know, some beers are only distributed in certain states/areas.  I live in Michigan where there is a ton of craft beer, but so much more of it is available elsewhere! Odell is located in Colorado, near New Belgium’s brewery, so I hear.  I’ve also been told you used to not be able to find their beer East of the Mississippi. I’m glad they came to Chi-Town.

Enter: Tree Shaker – Imperial Peach IPA

I personally haven’t had a single beer from Odell Brewing, and this one caught my eye.  An Imperial Peach IPA?!?  It was definitely something I had never had before.  I’m a little stuffy today, but I personally don’t get a ton of peach in the aroma.  I do get a touch of sweetness in the taste, however.  It doesn’t taste like those artificial/overpowering peach flavors you get in some teas.  The hops add a little citrus notes to it, which blend together splendidly with the sweetness of the peaches.  You do get a bit of a bitter finish, but not like you’d expect from an IPA.  This one could be dangerous.  Just from the taste, you wouldn’t think you’re drinking an 8% ABV beer.  I’m very pleased with this one!

I hope Odell makes all their beer this good (as well as comes to Michigan!)

5/5 ALL DAY.