|Matt "Old Man" Greff pours some nectar from the Brasserie Greff cellar.|
First, for lovers of fruity Belgian style ales, there's the release party for the much-anticipated Brasserie Greff Framboise tonight at Arbor Brewing. From 6-8pm, enjoy this tart, refreshing Belgian style ale made with whole, fresh raspberries on tap before it becomes available only in 750ml bottles. Free for Mug Club members; $10 for everyone else. Light snacks included.
Down the street at the Grizzly Peak Den, it's Brewer's Night from 6-9pm, with tours conducted by head brewer Duncan Williams or one of his assistants, discounts on beer samplers, and a special cask of wood-aged porter. While you're there, be sure to pop over to the main bar for a pint of La Fille du Fermier Aime le Bois, a saison aged in oak for a dry, vinous character with subtle notes of mint, tart fruit, and, of course, wood. One of my favorites from Duncan — get it while you can!
Over in Westland, Ashley's is hosting New Holland Mad Hatter Day beginning at 6pm and featuring a number of variations of New Holland's flagship IPA, including Imperial Hatter, Oak Aged Hatter, Black Hatter, Rye Hatter, Farmhouse Hatter, and the original Mad Hatter. A brewery rep will be on hand to talk beer and give out New Holland swag as well. If you miss out, though, don't worry: Ashley's Ann Arbor is hosting Hatter Day tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 6pm.