The Short Pour returns from a long hiatus bearing glad tidings of beer!
- Double x-treme Michigan beer. Ashley's in Ann Arbor is celebrating Michigan beer this week, with an Arcadia Ales event tonight (Tuesday) at 6pm. Meet brewery rep Casey Baxter and enjoy drafts of Bourbon Aged Shipwreck Porter, Whitsun, B-Craft Black IPA, Angler's Ale, Hopmouth Double IPA, Starboard Stout, Sky High Rye Ale, and more. Thursday night at 6 it's Founders' turn, with brewery rep Beau Loncharte on hand to talk beer while you enjoy Blushing Monk Raspberry Belgian Ale, Backwoods Bastard, Devil Dancer Double IPA, Nemesis Barleywine, Centennial IPA, Red's Rye PA, Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, and more on tap. Beat the heat by getting stupid drunk on big Michigan beers!
- The Short's pour. Conundrum: Also on Thursday at 6, the Ashley's Westland location is rocking many taps of Short's beers, including "normal" stuff like Huma Lupa Licious, Bellaire Brown, Rye Not, and Kolsch 45 as well as weird-ass brews like Adia's Ale, Key Lime Pie, Agave Peach Wheat, Bananarama, Crunchy Grooves, and more. A Short's rep will also be around to explain all the weird-assness.
- Tappin' around town. On tap around town: Grizzly Peak has Oasthouse Wheat Ale, a European-hopped American wheat at a refreshing 5.2% ABV. At Wolverine, Green Thumb Hoppy Session Lager returns. And the third entry in the "Project Green Leaf" series of Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery beers makes its debut: Heavy Nettle, a double IPA brewed with... yes, nettles.
- Take the challenge. Are you a man (or woman) or a drunk? iSPY magazine has the details about this week's Michigan Beer Cup Challenge, a friendly competition between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, sponsored by local distributor Rave Associates, to see which town can drink more Michigan beer. Ready, set, drink!
- Waiting for adventure. I haven't updated the progress of the new Adventures in Homebrewing store at 6071 Jackson Rd. in Scio Township lately as there is nothing definite to report. Work continues apace and the current hope is open by the end of the month, but I wouldn't bet too much on that. Once again, follow their Facebook page for any official updates.
- Is it tea? Is it beer? Unity Vibration in Ypsilanti is rolling out its Kombucha "beer" at this weekend's Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival. What's Kombucha? It's described thus: "Kombucha is a raw, living, fermented, naturally-carbonated, unpasteurized beverage with a long history in Russia and China. The lightly sparkling beverage is made by fermenting black or green tea and sugar with a culture of various bacteria and yeasts (often referred to as a SCOBY: Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast)." Far out, man.