leave your inhibitions at the door
Last weekend was the Michigan Brewers’ Guild’s Summer Beer Fest in scenic Ypsilanti. To those of you not from here, it’s right next to Ann Arbor and is the fun-loving, rough-around-the-edges Billy Carter to A2’s stately, educated Jimmy. There were over 50 brewers serving close to 350 different beers, once again proving that Michigan has one of the best craft brewing industries in the country. The event also reaffirmed that yours truly is a major lightweight. If you’ll recall from my post last year, I was fully expecting to be in Mel Gibson territory on the free breathalyzer but was actually well below the legal limit. Some things never change.
Boom Boom came with me this year and we brought along our close friends, The Bloodsucking Lawyers. This was Boom Boom’s first time at the event and agreed to go only after I assured her that it wasn’t anything like the movie.
I would be remiss if I didn’t suggest this absolutely hilarious movie as a must-see for all of you guys out there. The movie follows a group of five friends as they train and eventually compete in a secret underground beer game Olympics. It’s the absolutely low-brow (downright unibrow) slapstick type of humor made for those of us with XY chromosomes. Your girlfriend probably won’t understand this movie and will hate you for making her sit through it. Just gently reminder her of how you sat quietly through The Waitress without complaining.
OK, back to beer fest, the event… Once again, those of you looking for details and tasting notes on the beers are going to be disappointed. I could barely keep track of what we drank, let alone what it tasted like. Since taking pictures only involves pressing a button on my iPhone, I was able to snap a few good ones.
Here’s the list of the beers we sampled:
Original Gravity 2-Wheeler Witbier
Saugatuck Brewing Ginger Honey Ale – Yes! Flavorful with some strong acids.
Black Lotus Brewing DTF Tripel- 10% and smooth. Hmmm what does “DTF” stand for?
Livery’s Taxman Imperial Stout – 14% alcohol. The beginning of the end.
Midland’s Smoked Porter – Liquid sausage
Malty Dog’s Frau Blucher Hefeweizen
Bastone’s Saison Du Bastone – Boom Boom says it tastes like piss. Agreed.
Fenton Brewery’s Head-on Collision Black IPA
Fenton Brewery’s Beachhead Belgian Tripel
Old Peninsula’s Stout chocula
Greenbush’s Rage Imperial Black IPA – 14.7% !
Greenbush’s Emptiness Apricot Wheat
Greenbush’s Loud Mouth Soup
Dark Horse’s Sapient Trip Ale
Dark Horse’s Smells Like Weed - didn’t
Dark Horse’s FigPA
Dark Horse’s Death Star Lover Oak Age Chocolate Stout – Wonder if I got the wrong beer? It tasted like a great Belgian sour ale.
Big Rock’s Sour Cherry Tripel
Big Rock’s Go Figure Black IPA
Big Rock’s Tripel shandy
Big Rock’s Flying Buffalo Imperial Bourbon Stout – Tasted like a milkshake
Kuhnhenn’s Creme Brûlée Stout – always a crowdpleaser
Kuhnhenn’s Mandarin Orange Wit
Kuhnhenn’s General Tau Ginseng Ale
Jolly Pumpkin’s 15th Anniversary Ale – Hoppy wheat IPA. Not sour like the rest of their beers. Wow!
Mt Pleasant Brewing’s Freight Train Double IPA
Sherwood Brewing’s Disco Lemonade – refreshing
Sherwood’s Sun King Black Tea Lemon Ale – Flat and taste like ass.
Millking It’s Axl Pale Ale
Millking It’s Brik Irish Style Red Ale
Who wants to go with me next year? Better yet, who wants to re-enact the movie?