Showing posts with label Saugatuck Brewing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Saugatuck Brewing. Show all posts

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Week in Beer: Remembering Those Who Serve

Biercamp: now actually serving bier! Photo courtesy Teo Watson-Ahlbrandt.

This Memorial Day weekend, we would all do well to take a moment out of our holiday fun and festivity to remember the heroes among us whose hard work and sacrifice mean so much in our lives. This column is proud to raise a glass in salute to all those who make, sell, and serve great beer. The world would be a much sadder place if you did not do what you do. Thank you, and cheers!

If you’re packing the cooler, loading up the car, and heading to the lakehouse: Don’t worry; things are going to be pretty quiet around here while you’re gone. Here’s your rather sparse Week in Beer to close out the month of May as we head into the sound and fury of  a new summer season.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Week in Beer: Cool Advice for Hot Days

A hoppy, sour, refreshing Luciernaga Belgian-style Pale Ale at Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery.

Hot enough for you? (Bet you’ve never heard that one.) You’re expecting me to say it’s time to cool down with some cold craft beer, and you’re right. It’s definitely my recommendation. But given that highs in the 90s are expected as far as the eye can see, I also recommend doing what every seasoned beer drinker knows to do: alternate pints of beer and glasses of water. Keeping hydrated is always important, especially if it means you’re able to enjoy more great seasonal summer brews. Here’s what’s going on as we head into July and the height of vacation season.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Short's Takes on Saugatuck Tonight in Westland

Photo by Erik Smith.

The semifinals begin tonight for the first annual Ashley's Invitational Brewery Throwdown in Westland. First round victors Short's Brewing and Saugatuck Brewing square off to see who will advance to the finals, scheduled for April 4. Unlike the first round, this time each brewery is bringing six different beers. Come out from 6 p.m. to midnight and vote for your favorites (by buying and drinking them, of course). Follow the jump for the lineup (with the usual "subject to potential last-minute changes" caveat).

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Week in Beer: Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Some Good Brew

A much younger version of your correspondent visits old New Orleans, circa 2001.

It’s Mardi Gras time, y’all, or as we say around these parts, Paczki Day. Nothing says Fat Tuesday like globs of jelly-filled dough and good beer, and there are, of course, opportunities to indulge in both around town. Not Catholic — or even religious at all? I wouldn’t let that spoil the party, but if Christian-related observances aren’t your bag, there’s a lot of other awesome going on in your Week in Beer, so no more excuses, Mr. or Ms. couch potato.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Semifinals Set for Ashley's Brewery Throwdown

The first round of the bracketed Brewery Throwdown at Ashley's Westland ended Wednesday night with Michigan Brewing's victory over, um, Victory Brewing to set up the semifinal matchups of Short's vs. Saugatuck (February 22) and Wolverine vs. Michigan (March 7).

Here Cameron, sales rep for Pennsylvania-based Victory, discusses Hop Devil IPA, Headwaters Pale Ale, Prima Pils, and Yakima Glory Dark IPA.

Here, Joe of Michigan Brewing talks about Sunset Amber Ale, High Seas IPA, Starboard Stout, and Wheatland Wheat Ale.

For the semifinals, each brewery will bring six beers to compete for a spot in the championship. Should be some good competition!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Saugatuck Defeats Arcadia to Advance in Brewery Throwdown

I paid a visit last night to Ashley's in Westland for the second matchup in their ongoing Brewery Throwdown, pitting Saugatuck Brewing Co. vs. Arcadia Ales. Saugatuck emerged as the victor when sales were tallied at midnight, but no matter which beers you tried, you were a winner. Here's Ashley's co-owner Roy More talking with Arcadia's Casey Baxter about B-Craft Double Black IPA, Nut Brown Ale, Hopmouth Double IPA, and Rapunzel Wheat IPA.

Here, some handsome fellow chats with Scott Farney of Saugatuck Brewing about Singapore IPA, ESB Amber, Oval Beach Blonde Ale, and Black Pale Ale, making its first appearance outside the brewery in Douglas.

The next showdown is January 18 between Frankenmuth Brewery and Ann Arbor's own Wolverine State Brewing. Who else will advance to the semifinals? Come by beginning at 6 p.m. and cast your vote by buying a beer!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Short's Wins First Round of Brewery Throwdown

Did you miss the first round of the Brewery Throwdown at Ashley's Westland on January 4? Unfortunately, I did, as I had some of that stuff to do... forget what it's called. Oh yeah, writing!

Short's Brewing took on Dark Horse Brewing and emerged victorious when the sales totals were tallied for the evening. In this video, Ashley's co-owner Roy More interviews Jon Wojtowicz of Short's on the winning beers:

UPDATE: Roy also interviewed Mike Earnheart of Dark Horse:

The next round of the bracketed competition takes place at Ashley's in Westland Wednesday, January 11, and features the beers of Saugatuck Brewing up against the ales of Arcadia. Festivities commence at 6 p.m.