Catching up with the local beer scene...
- Spring is sprung, bitches. Oberon Day is March 28. But you already knew that, didn't you?
- Oh, my darling. The famous Clementine Lemon Thyme returns to Liberty Street Brewing; it's a good alternative to the ubiquitous Oberon-with-orange-slice: a wheat ale brewed with clementine and lemon zest and dry "hopped" with thyme. Releases at 7pm for Mug Clubbers and 9pm for the hoi polloi.
- 99 bottles of beer. Both Wolverine State Brewing and Corner Brewery now have new bottling lines. Your intrepid reporter hopes to investigate what this means in the near future.
- Jump to the Shark. The Shark Club in Howell debuts its impressive new 68-tap look Thursday at 7pm. $1 samples of everything they have, and with 68 freaking taps, you know they'll have a whole lot of awesome.
- Seriously sour. Soon, if it's not out already, Arbor's latest beer in the sour series should be available: Sodibo Barrel Aged Blonde Ale. Sodibo begins life as Brasserie Blonde, spends six months in an oak cask teeming with gueuze-y kinda micro-critters, conditions two months in the bottle, and then prepares to kick your palate's ass.
- The tractor is blue. Been to Blue Tractor lately? They have several new brews worthy of your attention, including Hopicidal Maniac IPA, Tamaltach's Old Irish Red Ale, and, if you like that bourbon barrel aged thing (and who doesn't?), Bourbon Oak Aged "Hands Off My Goat!" Oatmeal Stout.
- Mars needs drinkers. The Bière de Mars returns Thursday on draft and in bottles at the Jolly Pumpkin Café in Ann Arbor, and the Holy Grail of Jolly Pumpkin beers, Bière Mars Grand Reserve, should be available in mid-April, most likely in bottles only. Aw hell, I'll let the newly shorn Ron Jeffries explain: