Beer Of The Month Clubs And Craft Beer Of Michigan
Try A Microbrew Or Two
Some of the best beer around comes from microbrews where the beer is handcrafted for a unique and specialized taste. These craft beers are either crafted at microbreweries or they are made by individuals at their own homes. Michigan is home to many great microbreweries and I'm sure many individual brewers.
So what is the best way to be able to taste all of these great beers? Taking a tour of the many microbreweries is one great idea. Another one is to join a beer of the month club where you get to try a new selection monthly from regions all over the world.
Michigan Beer Clubs and Festivals
- Michigan Beer Guide
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- Michigan Homebrew Clubs - Beer & Brewing Library -- Beer Info
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Home Brew Beer Clubs In Michigan
If you like to brew your own craft beer, then you might want to consider joining a home brew beer club in Michigan. This would give you a chance to get together with other crafters and sample their craft beers.
Not only does Michigan have a lot of microbreweries and brew pubs but there are also several home brewers throughout the state. All of the various clubs and festivals give a great opportunity for fellow brewers to share their techniques or maybe just offer their samples.
Beer Of The Month Clubs
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Beer Of The Month Clubs - Gift Idea
A gift idea that is becoming very popular is to buy your favorite beer lover a membership to a beer of the month club.
What you do is purchase a membership for pretty much any length of time you want starting at two monthes. The recipient will receive shipments every month, every other month or every quarter, depending on how you set it up.
Most clubs will send out twelve 12 oz bottles from a couple different microbreweries in a variety of samples including a newsletter. You can pick from a domestic variety, international plus domestic, just international or rare varieties. The price per month depends on the variety you choose.
This is a great gift idea for someone that you may not know what to buy for but know they love beer. Being able to sample different varieties each month is a gift that keeps on giving. Of course this is also something fun that you may want to join for yourself. What a great way to sample different beers.
The link to the right offers the Gourmet Monthly Club which features selections from the Michigan Brewing Company.
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There are a couple of different ways to go beer tasting. One is to visit some of the local breweries in your area or check out other breweries when traveling. Most will offer small samples of beer to try if you are unsure of what you like. This is a fun way to experiment. Microbreweries will also sell their beer retail while brew pubs can only sell at their establishment.
If you are buying beer retail, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. The old thought is that you buy beer cold, store beer cold, and drink beer cold. This isn't necessarily true anymore. Basically, the lighter the beer, the colder it should be served. The rules are very similar to wine. Generally, lagers should be refrigerated like white wine and the darker ales can be cellared like a red wine. Another thing to look for is descriptors on the label. If you have been tasting beers already, you should have a good idea of what flavors or aromas you like, such as chocolate!
Another way to sample beer is to attend a beer festival - there are several held in Michigan. This is where microbreweries gather from all over for a beer competition. It is like taking a major beer tour but all in one location. The biggest beer festival in the U.S. is the Great American Beer Festival. It features 1,900 different beers from 400 breweries throughout the country.
So What Is A Craft Beer Made Of?
A craft beer or microbrew is unique in that it is handcrafted by a microbrewery using a specialized blend of traditional ingredients. There are four basic ingredients that go into a beer - water, malt, hops and yeast. Craft beers are normally not pasteurized but instead go through a filtration process which improves clarity. The two basic categories of beer are lager and ale. Lager beers will include the pilsners, bocks and helles while the ales include wheat, porters and stouts.
The careful combination of ingredients is what gives each beer it's distinctive flavor. Water quality can impact the flavor according to the adjustments that are made to either remove substances like chlorine or make adjustments to mineral content.
Malt is the primary source of fermentable sugar. Specialty roasted or toasted malted barley will lend a flavor of coffee, chocolate, or caramel depending on the adjustment. Replacing a portion of the barley with malted wheat is what makes a wheat beer.
To impact the bitterness and aroma of a beer, many different varieties of the hops flower can be added. Depending on the variety, the result can be earthy, floral, piney or citrusy.
The heart of the beer is brewers yeast. It is what consumes the sugars and expels alcohol and carbon dioxide. Specialty yeasts can give an aroma of clove, spice or banana.
With the care that goes into making a craft beer, it is no wonder the tastes are so rich. There is such a variety between the range of light and dark beers, that a small sampling of each is almost required to understand which characteristics you find appealing. Michigan has some of the best craft beer brewed and is a great state to do some tasting.
Of course every great beer deserves a great mug and what better mug for a Michigan craft beer than a Michigan collegiate. These make a perfect addition to a bar or game room and would complete a beer gift nicely.
Beer Tour - Michigan Microbrewery
Michigan is making a name for itself in quality microbrews. They have been the proud recipient of several medals at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup making them known as the Great Beer State. There are more than sixty brewpubs and microbreweries in Michigan which makes it a great place to go for a tour.
Here is a listing of just the microbreweries throughout the state:
- Arbor Brewing Company - 114 E. Washington * Ann Arbor
- Arcadia Brewing Company - 103 W. Michigan Ave * Battle Creek
- Atwater Block Brewery - 237 Joseph Campau * Detroit
- Big Buck Brewery - 550 S. Wisconsin * Gaylord
- Black Lotus Brewing Company - 1 E. 14 Mile Rd. * Clawson
- Dark Horse Brewing Company - 511 S. Kalamazoo Ave * Marshall
- Dragonmead Microbrewery - 14600 E. Eleven Mile Rd. * Warren
- Fletcher Street Brewing Company - 124 W. Fletcher St. * Alpena
- Founders - 235 Grandville Ave SW * Grand Rapids
- The Hideout Brewing Company - 3113 Plaza Dr. NE * Grand Rapids
- Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales - 3115 Broad St., Suite A * Dexter
- Keweenaw Brewing Company - 408 Shelden Ave. * Houghton
- King Brewing Company - 895 Oakland Ave * Pontiac
- Kuhnhenn Brewing Company - 5919 Chicago Rd. * Warren
- Liberty Street Brewing Company - 149 W. Liberty * Plymouth
- The Livery - 190 5th St. * Benton Harbor
- Michigan Brewing Company - 1093 Highview Dr. * Webberville
- Motor City Brewing Works - 470 W. Canfield * Detroit
- New Holland Brewing Company - 690 Commerce Ct. * Holland
- Old Hat Brewery And Grill - 114 N. Main St. * Lawton
- Original Gravity Brewing Company - 440 County St. * Milan
- Right Brain Brewery - 221 Garland St. * Traverse City
- Round Barn Brewery - 10983 Hills Rd. * Baroda
- Saugatuck Brewing Company - 2948 Blue Star Hwy. * Douglas
- Schmohz Brewing Company - 2600 Patterson SE * Grand Rapids
- Short's Brewing Company - 121 N. Bridge St. * Bellaire
- Tri-City Brewing Company - 3020 N Water * Bay City