Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Every Two Weeks in Beer: Beery Christmas to You

These guys again.

It’s Christmas time in the city, and don’t forget to stop as you hustle home with your treasures to check out the numerous festive occasions involving Santa’s favorite beverage. (Although he’s widely regarded as loving milk, Santa is a beer man all the away – just look at that bowl-full-of-jelly gut.) Here’s your holiday guide to where the good stuff is.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Short Pour Loves Mollusks

Photo: Crystal Luxmore
A few other events to give you the holiday warm and fuzzies...

  • Rebel, rebel. World of Beer, 1300 S. University Ave., is celebrating the repeal of Prohibition the evening of December 5 with a tapping of Samuel Adams Rebel IPA. Come in for a pint – and keep the glass. Look for other cool raffles and prizes as well.
  • You say oyster, I say erster. However you pronounce it, Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave., is pairing up several different varieties of the tasty mollusk with beers from New Holland on December 9. Fred "Beervangelist" Bueltmann of New Holland will be on hand to lead the proceedings and also sell copies of his book, Beervangelist's Guide to the Galaxy. Tickets are $40 for the reception at 6-7:30 p.m. and $90 for the dinner afterward. Menu and more details are here.
  • How green was my bush? Meanwhile, just down the road at everyone's favorite grocery store with a bar – Whole Foods Cranbrook, 990 W. Eisenhower Pkwy., Greenbush Brewing of the sprawling West Michigan metropolis of Sawyer takes over the taps for a 5-7 p.m. happy hour. Draft list TBD
  • You rogue, you. On December 11, the Jet's Pizza Sportsroom, 506 N. Main St., Chelsea, is celebrating the season with a 12-tap takeover from Rogue Ales, an ugly Christmas sweater party, and a special tapping of four exclusive beers from Saugatuck Brewing. Prizes will be awarded for the ugliest sweaters. Tap list TBD.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Every Two Weeks in Beer: Big Brews to Keep You Warm in December

Now that you’re done stuffing your face with turkey, mashed potatoes, squash soup, corn, cranberries, and all the rest of the Thanksgiving buffet, it’s time to kick it into high gear for the end-of-year holiday freakout. Check the sale papers! Get out your wallet! Rush, rush, rush, but look out you don’t slip on the ice or bump into that old lady carrying twenty packages.

Well, it’s not all crazy and bad. There are also fun and festive events to light up your December, and many of them even feature big, bold beers to keep you warm as you do the ho-ho-holiday shuffle. Shall we?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Every Two Weeks in Beer: Things to Be Thankful For

Witch's Hat owners Ryan and Erin Cottongim at the
newly expanded and relocated brewery.

Good health. Good friends. Good beer. These are just some of the things we have to be thankful for, and maybe not even necessarily in that order. But whatever the case, may you enjoy all three in abundance as we enter the frenetic but festive holiday season. Here is your usual smattering of suggestions for where to go and what to do.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Every Two Weeks in Beer: Halloween, Homebrew, and Belgians

Your next stop: beer.

Submitted for your approval this Halloween weekend and beyond: a smorgasbord of haunted happenings and edifying educational events designed to keep you in fine spirits as autumn proceeds apace. Prepare to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound... but of beer.

Friday, October 31, Halloween

» Beware of things that stalk the night. Unless we’re talking about Night Stalker Pumpkin Cream Stout from Arbor Brewing. A full-bodied dark brew made with lactose and spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove is something you should totally embrace. It’s on tap at the brewpub at 114 E. Washington St. just in time to warm up your Halloween.

» Pop in to Witch’s Hat Brewing, 22235 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon, wearing your Halloween costume and enjoy happy hour prices all day. Bring the kiddies with you (before 9 p.m.), and if they’re in costume, too, they’ll get a free root beer and popcorn – and maybe even a small goodie bag. Then go back to the taproom November 1 in costume and enter the costume contest for a chance to win a lifetime Mug Club membership. The taproom opens at noon both days.

» At the Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main St., Chelsea, the Halloween party begins at 7 p.m. and goes to midnight. Music, a costume contest, and the release of a pumpkin ale are all on tap. No cover.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Every Two Weeks in Beer: Chase Away the Fright with a Bewitching Brew

Calling all spooks, spectres, and spirits! Now is your time, as the sun sinks ever earlier and autumn’s chill winds whip the enflamed leaves into a frenzied danse macabre. This is the time when every attic, basement, or other dark, lonely space inspires a heightened nervousness. For we the living, the best we can do to stay fortified against the unknown forces of the night is to drink some good, seasonally appropriate beer. Here are the whens and the wheres as we head toward Halloween.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Short Pour Gets Its October On

A few more events to make your October cooler...

  • Today at Jet's Pizza, 506 N. Main St., Chelsea, Dogfish Head is taking over 10 taps. Starting at 11 a.m., look for 60 Minute IPA, 90 Minute IPA, Bitches Brew, Burton Baton, Festina Peche, Indian Brown Ale, Midas Touch, Namaste, Palo Santo Marron, and Punkin Ale. Life is short. Drink better beer!
  • Looking for dem fresh hops? Then head over to the new NULL Taphouse, 2319 Bishop Circle East, Dexter, tomorrow (Friday), when North Peak Hoodoo Midwest Wet Hop IPA goes on tap at a 4 p.m. release party. Six-packs (limit one per person) will also be available, and brewers will on hand to answer questions until 7 p.m.
  • Every football Saturday Sava's, 216 S. State St., is holding a beer battle between a Michigan brew and one from the home state of the opposing team. As this Saturday the football team is taking on Penn State, it will be Short's Huma Luma Licious IPA from Michigan taking on Victory Brewing Hop Devil IPA from Pennsylvania. Try 'em both and vote for your favorite.
  • Speaking of Sava's, parent company Savco is hosting Oktoberfest, a fall-themed beer crawl, on October 15 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with stops at Sava's, Babo, and Aventura. Look for different beverages and activities at each venue, including dinner at Babo and a charity raffle. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at any of the locations as well as online at
  • Tickets are now on sale for the October 29 Bell's beer dinner at Sidetrack Bar & Grill, 56 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti. The five-course feast features Sidetrack's top five dishes from the past five years, paired with Baroness Von Nordwestlich Altbier, Best Brown Ale, Black Note Stout, Oarsman Ale, and Two Hearted Ale. Call 734-483-5230 or buy online. (Bonus note: Go here to see what Sidetrack has on tap.)