Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Week in Beer: Brew Year Resolution

Are you ready for some Hopslam? Ashley's taps the first keg of 2012 on January 9.
Photo: Flickr user Edwin Bautista.

Meet the new year, same as the old year. Or is it? This week there are a couple of tried-and-true regular local events, but coming up are several groovy happenings you’ll want to be a part of. Hold on to your resolutions and take a trip through your first full 2012 Week in Beer, straight ahead.

Friday, January 6

» The bi-weekly Michigan beer tastings resume at Whole Foods Cranbrook, 990 W. Eisenhower, with Ann Arbor’s own Wolverine State Brewing — leaders of the Lager Revolution, comrades! — in the spotlight. From 5-7 p.m., enjoy $3 glasses or $1 sample pours of selected Wolverine draft lagers and various prices on bottled Michigan beers, of which Whole Foods has a good selection.

Monday, January 9

» Eager hopheads have been chomping at the bit for the 2012 release of Bell's Hopslam Double IPA, the date of which, owing to ongoing expansion work at the brewery, has been somewhat unclear. Well, I'm happy to report that Ashley's, 338 S. State, will be hosting an exclusive tapping of Hopslam at 4:30 p.m. For the unitiated, Hopslam is a massive 10% ABV bomb of hops, malt, and honey whose following grows year by year. Bell's rep David Munro will, of course, also be manning a barstool to clink glasses, wax poetic on the joys of beer, and pass out groovy Hopslam t-shirts and other cool swag

Thursday, January 12

» The first monthly beer tasting of 2012 takes place at Arbor Brewing, 114 E. Washington, from 7-9 p.m. Get your malty on as more than two dozen porters and brown ales from around the state, country, and even world will be at your drinking disposal, along with a snack buffet and a raffle of cool beer swag. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of. Stop by the brewpub or call 734-213-1393 to get yours.

Notes on the Napkin
  • The Lake Street Tavern, 127 E. Lake St., South Lyon, is hosting a five-course dinner on January 18 at 7 p.m. featuring the beers of Short's Brewing. The cost is $40 per person; call 248-446-8898 for more information and to reserve.

  • Tickets are on sale now for the 2012 Rat Fest homebrew tasting at the Corner Brewery on January 28. For a mere $25 you can sample from 32 small-batch brews created by local homebrew clubs on the Corner’s 10-gallon “Rat Pad” system, including the wacked-out likes of Orange Creamsicle Ale, Honey Badger American Pale Ale, Pig Roast Porter, and Loaded Baked Potato Stout. Tickets also include an appetizer spread and a commemorative tasting glass to take home. Advance purchase is recommended as this event is likely to sell out; call the brewery at 734-480-2739.

  • Tickets are also on sale for the January 29 beer tasting at Eve Aronoff’s Frita Batidos restaurant, 117 W. Washington, with plenty of good Michigan microbrews and delicious Frita food, which, if you haven’t tried, you really should. And what better time than now? Tickets are only $20; RSVP at or call 734-761-2882.

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