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Michigan Brewers Guild Announces 2016 Board of Directors

The Michigan Brewers Guild recently elected its 2016 Board of Directors at its annual meeting, January 13, at the Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel. Each board position is a two-year term, elected in alternating years (4, 3).

The conference was a record-breaker in many ways for the organization, with more than 450 attendees and nearly 60 vendors in the allied member Trade Show. The Guild also reported a record 201 member breweries during the Annual Meeting—an increase of 53 members since the previous January.

This year, four people were elected to the Guild board:

  • Ryan Cottongim, Owner of Witch’s Hat in South Lyon, was elected to his first term on the board, and will serve as the organization’s secretary.
  • Ron Jeffries, Owner of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in Dexter, was elected to his fifth term on the board during the history of the organization. He was a founding board member, serving from the organization’s formation in 1998 through 2003, and again in 2007-2008.
  • Scott Newman-Bale, Vice President of Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, continues to serve as Treasurer, was reelected to his fourth term and will once again serve as the organization’s treasurer.
  • Kristy Smith, Partner at Axle Brewing Co. in Royal Oak, was elected to her first term on the board.

Additional board members include:

The Michigan Brewers Guild was formed in 1997 and held its first festival in July 1998. Today, the Guild hosts four festivals dedicated exclusively to Michigan craft beer produced by its 201 member breweries.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $277 million. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”

The Michigan Brewers Guild is the network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Michigan Brewers Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025.

Canning Michigan Craft Beer

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The “official” birthday of the beer can is January 24, 1935—the day cans of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale first went on sale in Richmond, VA. According to Brewery Collectibles Club of America, “the beer can really made its debut some 14 months earlier—just before the repeal of Prohibition” when the American Can company engineered a workable beer can.

Some 85 years prior to the introduction of the beer can in America, Bernhard Stroh emigrated from Kirn, German toIMG_9668 establish a brewery in Detroit in 1850 called Lion’s Head Brewery, according to the company’s website. After his passing in 1882, his sons Julius and Bernhard Jr. expanded the company, first calling it the B. Stroh Brewing Company and later the Stroh Brewery Company.

During Prohibition, they operated under the name The Stroh Products Company (producing near beer with its alcohol extracted, birch beer, malt products, soft drinks and ice cream). After the Repeal of Prohibition in 1933, beer was once again the focus…and within a short period of time, canned beer was introduced.

In 1964, Stroh’s began its expansion with a buyout of the Goebel Brewing Company and in the years that followed, they acquired the rights to several other brands including Schaefer, Schlitz, Old Milwaukee and G. Heileman Brewing Company’s “Old Style”—a canned beer that was made in nearby Frankenmuth.

By the early 1980s, the Detroit-based Stroh’s was the third largest brewing enterprise in America but that title was short lived. In the mid-1980s, production ceased and the brand products were sold to Pabst Brewing Company.

Frankenmuth has been home to many breweries over its history, since being settled in 1845. In addition to G. Heileman, there was Cass River Brewery (which became Geyer Bros. Brewing Company), Carling Brewing Company, Carling-National, Frankenmuth Brewing Company and Frankenmuth Brewery—many of which produced beer in cans.

The first beverage cans were flat topped cans made of tin, opened with a church key that left triangular punctures in the lid through which the beer was poured. Next, low profile or j-spout cone top cans with crimped caps (similar to the caps used on bottled beer today) were introduced.

By the early 1940s, cans still representing only 10 percent of the beer market share—despite the fact that they were easily discarded, there was no deposit as there was with bottles, they were lighter to transport and easier to stack and store. That percentage decreased significantly at the onset of World War II as tin was needed for more important purposes.

It wasn’t until 1958 when Coors Brewing Co. of Golden Colorado unveiled its recyclable aluminum cans, changing the entire beverage industry. It was about this time that the way cans were opened also changed. By the early 1960s, the “pull tab” method became the most common way to open a can, followed by the “push tab” used primarily by Coors in the mid-1970s.

According to Wikipedia: “the push-tab was a raised circular scored area used in place of the pull-tab. It needed no ring to pull up. Instead, the raised aluminum blister was pushed down into the can, with a small un-scored piece that kept the tab connected after being pushed inside. Push-tabs never gained wide popularity because while they had solved the litter problem of the pull-tab, they created a safety hazard where the person’s finger upon pushing the tab into the can was immediately exposed to the sharp edges of the opening. An unusual feature of the push-tab Coors Beer cans was that they had a second, smaller, push-tab at the top as an airflow vent — a convenience that was lost with the switch from can opener to pull-tab.”

Today’s “stay tab” was actually developed in the 1970s, although many consider it a more modern contribution to the craft beverage industry. A “wide mouth” version was introduced in the 1990s.

In the most recent wave of craft brewing in Michigan, early adopters of the can were Rochester Mills Beer Company (est. 1998),  Keweenaw Brewing (est. 2004) and Millking It Productions (MIP) (2010-2015). It was 10 years into its operation before RMBC began canning, offering 12-ounce cans at its Rochester Mills pub in 2008 before expanding to 16-ounce pint size cans at its Production Brewery in 2012. Keweenaw Brewing was the first Michigan microbrewery to produce its beer exclusively in cans (since the very beginning), starting with Pick Axe Blonde. Today, they have five styles in the market year round, with two seasonals that were introduced in 2015.

Over the past few years, a growing number of Michigan breweries have begun to distribute their products in cans instead of or in addition to bottles. Nearly 30 different Michigan breweries now offer canned beer, with more than 150 different products in the marketplace (see lists below). And while many have invested in their own in-house canning lines, many are enlisting the help of local entrepreneurs interested in seeing the industry not only succeed but continue to grow and expand their brands.

Since the summer of 2013, Michigan Mobile Canning has been traveling around the state assisting craft breweries with its mobile, custom-configured canning line—complete with all the necessary supplies, labor and expertise. In the past 2.5 years, MMC has assisted 16 Michigan breweries take more than 2.3 million cans to market with its unique packaging process.

“Breweries think we are expensive and we are not,” says MMC owner Scott Richards. “The brewery has zero start up expense other than the money it takes to make the beer. We can do anything from 5-50 barrels.” By the second quarter of 2016, Richards says they’ll be adding nitrogen as an offering as well as a third mobile line to handle the increased demand from Michigan breweries utilizing their services.

There is no question that cans are more versatile when it comes to where and how easily you can transport them—the golf course, the boat, the beach, the trails. According to a posting on Merchant’s Fine Wine website: “Canned beer is better for the environment, and the cans protect the beer better from the damaging effects of light and oxygen. And unlike cans of yesteryear, modern aluminum cans are lined with a water-based coating, so beer never touches metal, thus there are no unpleasant or ‘metallic’ flavors. The secret, though, is to still pour the beer into a glass if you are able!”

Cheers!

The Michigan breweries distributing packaged beer in cans, ranging from limited release to widespread, multi-state reach are:

Which is YOUR favorite Michigan canned craft beer? #MiBeer #CannedCraft

 

*If we have inadvertently missed a Michigan craft brewery in can distribution, please email details to media@michiganbrewersguild.org.

Give the Gift of Michigan Beer & Related Swag

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Chances are you have a craft beer lover (or two) on your holiday shopping list. This year, give the gift of Michigan beer, while also supporting locally-owned businesses and the state’s overall agricultural industry.

Stop in your local microbrewery or brewpub and pick up a growler, four- or six-pack of a seasonal brew and build your own gift basket with a selection of brewery swag like stickers, buttons, t-shirts, home décor, bottle openers, gift cards and other unique stocking stuffers. A membership in the pub’s “mug club” would also be a nice offering.

Many retail outlets around the state also feature Michigan-made brews, including 12-bottle variety packs or build-your-own-six-pack options which provide a more personal touch to your gift giving.

Shop online at MiBeer for a variety of logoed items from the Michigan Brewers Guild. You’ll find everything from apparel, backpacks, tote bags, glassware, sunglasses, flags, license plates, beach balls, bottle openers, patches, pins, stickers, tin tackers, umbrellas and more.

Michigan Brewers Guild Enthusiast Memberships also make great gifts, providing a year of benefits like pre-sale dates for the four official festivals and one hour early admission to each, dollar-off pint options at participating breweries, special brewery tours and an official Enthusiast t-shirt — all for just $55.

About the Michigan Brewers Guild

The Michigan Brewers Guild was formed in 1997 and held its first festival in July 1998. Today, the Guild hosts four festivals dedicated exclusively to Michigan craft beer produced by its nearly 180 member breweries.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $277 million. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”

The Michigan Brewers Guild is the network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Michigan Brewers Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025.

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Local Hop Initiatives Recognized by Michigan State University Extension (MSUE)

Michigan Brewers Guild Executive Director Scott Graham
& MSUE Educator Rob Sirrine Presented with Awards

Not only is Michigan a top five state for the number of craft breweries, but as a result of ongoing efforts on the agricultural side of the industry, it also ranks as the fourth leading producer of hops in the United States. Two organizations have lead the charge in both areas—Michigan Brewers Guild and Michigan State University Extension (MSUE).

10300243_563120300513754_7655198174427838779_nScott Graham, Executive Director of the Michigan Brewers Guild (MBG) was one of five industry leaders recognized with a Key Partner Award by Ray Hammerschmidt, Director of MSU Extension. Rob Sirrine, with the MSU Extension office in Leelanau County, received a Meritorious Service Educator Award. These awards were presented on Tuesday, October 13 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing.

The Key Partner award recognizes individuals, organizations, media, special MSU programs and government officials who have made significant contributions to creating, improving or promoting MSU Extension programs. Graham was nominated by MSU Extension representatives Ashley McFarland, Erin Lizotte and Rob Sirrine, with support from MBG Board Member Steve Berthel of New Holland Brewing Co., and Brian Tennis of New Mission Organics and Michigan Hop Alliance.

“Scott Graham has had a profound impact on MSU Extension and stakeholders across Michigan, as a tremendous partner from the onset of our programming efforts to build Michigan’s hop and barley industries,” says Sirrine. “He has participated in and sponsored every MSU Extension hop tour for seven years running, helping to increase hop sales to Michigan brewers. He has also been instrumental in increasing financial support for MSU barley research. As a result, he has helped facilitate relationships between Michigan’s growers and brewers to ensure a consistent, high-quality supply of raw materials for the craft beer industry.”

A native of northern Michigan, Graham has been involved in the brewing industry for more than 20 years. He holds a degree in Brewing Technology, served as an apprentice at the Frankenmuth Brewery and was the founding brewmaster for Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse in Gaylord.

In 2007, Graham was named the first Executive Director of the Michigan Brewers Guild—a non-profit organization which aims to unify the Michigan brewing community and to increase sales of Michigan-brewed beer through promotions, marketing, public awareness and consumer education. He is also responsible for monitoring and supporting a healthy beer industry in the state. At that time, the Guild had about 60 brewery members; today the organization boasts more than 170 members and Michigan is ranked #5 in the nation for the number of overall breweries.

Soon after Graham took over management of the Guild, he began to fostering relationships with the MSU Extension staff, including Sirrine.

“At that time, we were developing programs to support the hop industry in response to both a market-wide shortage and price increases that were negatively affecting the rapidly growing craft beer industry.”

Rob Sirrine

Sirrine, who holds a Ph.D. in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture from the University of California Santa Cruz, received a Meritorious Service Educator Award from MSUE. Over the past eight years, Sirrine has worked with colleagues and community partners to develop high-impact educational programming in three major areas: Hop production, the New FARM Program and the Grand Traverse Food Innovation Hub.

He has provided statewide leadership for hops outreach, demonstration and research efforts and through his efforts—and those of his colleagues—MSU is now recognized as the go-to hops information source outside of the Pacific Northwest. The Michigan brewing industry has benefited from Sirrine’s efforts to increase the quality, supply and market security of Michigan-grown hops. Michigan is also now the fourth leading producer of hops in the United States.

“The impact of craft beer is far reaching,” says Governor Rick Snyder in the 2015 edition of Michigan. The Great Beer State., the official publication of the Michigan Brewers Guild. “From the farmers growing hops and barley, to the malting and processing facilities, to the distributors and retail outlets that bring the finished product to consumers. Craft beer is an agricultural commodity that provides and unparalleled social experience by bringing people together to interact, converse and celebrate in true Pure Michigan style.”

The Michigan Brewers Guild was formed in 1997 and held its first festival in July 1998. Today, the Guild hosts four festivals dedicated exclusively to Michigan craft beer produced by its nearly 180 member breweries.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $277 million. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”

The Michigan Brewers Guild is the network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Michigan Brewers Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025. Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State”.

Beer List – 2015 Detroit Fall Beer Festival

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The 2015 Detroit Fall Beer Festival will feature over 675 beers from 83 different Michigan breweries and brewpubs. Check out the list HERE!

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7th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival Celebrates City’s Rich Brewing History at Eastern Market

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Limited tickets remain available for the 7th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival, presented by the Michigan Brewers Guild. Festivities will take place on Friday, October 23 (5-9pm) and Saturday, October 24 (1-6pm). Some 75 Michigan craft breweries offer samples of more than 600 different beers throughout the weekend, along with regional fare and entertainment (this year’s line-up can be found online here).

Friday tickets are $40 in advance ($45 at the gate, if any remain) and are available online. Saturday tickets are now sold out. Each ticket includes 15 drink tokens, each redeemable for a 3-ounce sample of beer. Additional tokens are available inside the festival grounds, for 50 cents each.

As one of its benefits, MiBeer Enthusiast Members are admitted to each festival one hour earlier than the general public. This membership is $55 per person, per year and may be purchased in advance online here. (NOTE: Enthusiast Memberships WILL NOT be sold/renewed at the gate). Additional member benefits include a ticket pre-sale for all festivals, VIP brewery tours scheduled throughout the year and a free t-shirt proclaiming your enthusiasm for #MiBeer.

The festival is held rain or shine. Festival attendees must be 21 years of age or older and have valid ID to enter. Designated Drivers are encouraged and DD tickets will be available online and at the gate for $5 each. Designated Drivers are not permitted to drink beer.

The Motor City has a long-standing brewing history, and in recent years it has been revitalized thanks to a growing interest in the craft beer movement. Eastern Market is one of the nation’s oldest farm markets and the area is rife with brewing history. In its heyday, there were more than 40 breweries in the Detroit area and malt silos still stand as a testament to the rich brewing history – making it the perfect backdrop for the Detroit Fall Beer Festival.

The Michigan Brewers Guild festivals are eco-friendly events, with cups, plates, cutlery and napkins all made of compostable materials. Festival attendees are asked to aid in the proper disposal of all refuse throughout the festival at one of the many recycling stations placed around the grounds, helping to reduce the overall waste sent to landfills to less than 5%. Volunteers will be on hand to assist at the recycling stations, making sure all the recyclables are properly sorted from the food items.

The Michigan Brewers Guild was formed in 1997 and held its first festival in July 1998. Today, the Guild hosts four festivals dedicated exclusively to Michigan craft beer produced by its nearly 180 member breweries.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $277 million. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”

The Michigan Brewers Guild is the network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Michigan Brewers Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025.

Detroit Fall Beer Festival Music Line-Up (#DFBF15)

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Once again Steve Berthel of New Holland Brewing has pulled together a spectacular list of music for the upcoming Detroit Fall Beer Festival, Oct. 23-24, at Eastern Market in downtown Detroit. Tickets are available still, here.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 23

  • 4-5 — DJ Dante
  • 5-6:30 — The Orbitsuns
  • 6:30-7:30 — DJ Dante
  • 7:00 — Welcome, Firkin Tapping, Fight Song
  • 7:30-9 — The Orbitsuns

SATURDAY OCTOBER 24

Congrats to #MiBeer #GABF Winners!

Congratulations to Founders Brewing Co., for taking a gold medal for reDANKulous, Short’s Brewing Company for taking a silver medal for Melt My Brain, Arcadia Brewing Company for taking a silver medal for India Pale Ale, River’s Edge Brewing Co. for taking a silver medal for Dubbel Entendre, Right Brain Brewery for taking a silver medal for Concrete Dinosaur, and Rockford Brewing for taking a bronze metal for Rogue River Brown, and to all the rest who entered your beers, you did your home state proud! (And thanks to Mark Curtis and DrinkGR for this recap!)

UP Fall Beer Fest Music Announced

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Here’s what we’ve got lined up this year for your musical enjoyment!

All Day-Green Gene the Singin’ Farmer wandering around the park

Thanks again to Steve Berthel for handling the scheduling for our festivals!

Tickets for UP Fall Beer Fest are still available online here. (#UPFallBeer15)

Relax with these Pure Michigan Beach Beers

1044836_556653567706688_369144921_nWith titles like the “Great Lake State” and “Great Beer State” it’s no wonder Michigan is home to dozens of brews focused on its sun, sand and shorelines.

  • Did you know Michigan boasts more miles of freshwater coastline than any other state (and more overall coastline than any other state in the continental US) at 3177?
  • Did you know Michigan is home to 11,000-plus inland lakes (more than Minnesota, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes)?
  • Did you know the Michigan Brewers Guild has a record 157 member breweries (as of July 1, 2015—and growing).

“The Great Lakes give us so much to be thankful for – and are among the biggest contributors to the ever-growing craft beer industry here in Michigan,” Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says in the 2015 issue of Michigan. The Great Beer State magazine.

Consider enjoying one of these craft beers as you head out with family and friends to enjoy summer in Michigan! Please note, the beers listed above may be available at retail outlets, or only at the brewery or select off-premise locations. Seasonal beers go quickly, so don’t delay in seeking out these beach-themed brews.

  • 57 Brew Pub & Bistro, Greenville. Sun Kissed Blonde (5.2% ABV | 16 IBUs). This American blonde ale is a crisp, clean and very easy drinking beer, showcasing locally-grown hops from Hopyards of Kent.
  • Arcadia Ales, Battle Creek & Kalamazoo. Cheap Date (4.5% ABV | 30 IBUs). If you’re looking for uncomplicated fun, look no further—you’ve got a Cheap Date. Whether you’re relaxing shore side, hitting the competitive lawn game circuit, or just enjoying the seasons and all their splendor, there’s never a bad time for this refreshing hoppy session ale. Keep it casual and enjoy the moment with this standby of high drinkability.
  • Arcadia Ales, Battle Creek & Kalamazoo. Whitsun (6.2% ABV | 17 IBUs). Brewed in the style of a mid-19th century English festival ale, this unfiltered wheat beer displays a translucent orange color topped with a creamy, white head. Wheat enhances the mouthfeel of the beer and produces pleasant bread-like notes while Michigan honey provides a caramelized sweetness in the flavor profile. This beer is spiced with orange peel, coriander and small amounts of three hop varieties that perfectly counterbalance the sweetness.
  • Atwater Brewery, Detroit. Summertime Ale (5.0% ABV | 24 IBUs). A truly unique representation of the American Wheat style, Atwater’s Summer Time Ale, is a study in refreshing crispness. Vienna malt brings a distinct snap to the finish with dark wheat flavors lightly present. The hot wort is briefly exposed to ground lemon peel and grains of paradise which provide a tidy lemon, citrus finish.
  • Beards Brewery, Petoskey. Luna (6.0% ABV | 12 IBUs). White wheat, 2-row barley and rye create the backbone of this crisp and refreshing Saison-styled American wheat ale while Brewers Gold hops add a balance to this orange brew.
  • Bell’s Brewery, Comstock. Oberon Ale (5.8% ABV | 26 IBUs). Bell’s Oberon is an American Wheat Ale fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.
  • Bell’s Brewery, Comstock. Oarsman Ale. (4.0% ABV | 10 IBUs). Tart and refreshing, Oarsman Ale is a sessionable wheat beer that presents citrus and lemony aromas and trades sour for finesse. A perfect pairing with any menu.
  • Bell’s Brewery, Comstock. Lager of the Lakes (5.0% ABV | 34 IBUs). Following in the tradition of Czech Pilsners by offering a combination of firm malt and herbal hop bitterness, Bell’s Lager Beer is as refreshing and crisp as a swim in the Great Lakes. The label has a series of modern map symbols bordering an 18th Century French map of the Great Lakes region.
  • Bell’s Brewery, Comstock. Third Coast Beer (4.8% ABV | 51 IBUs). A crisply hopped American Pale Ale that offers a refreshing bitterness with floral and herbal aromas. This session beer is a tribute to the Great Lakes region Bell’s has called home since 1985. Twenty-four different front labels map all 3,288 miles of the Michigan coastline, touching four of the five Great Lakes.
  • Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids. Beach Patrol (6.5% ABV | 9 IBUs). This crushable cloudy wheat beer is accented with coriander and fermented with our farmhouse yeast. It drinks smooth and easy and the coriander triggers a refreshing essence of lemon. It’s perfect to pass around the bonfire after a long day of swimming laps or soaking up the sun. Released in June.
  • Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids. Tropical Saison (6.5% ABV | 24 IBUs). A slight spicy character, light effervescence, and the addition of real pineapple & mango juice lift us out of our everyday and plop us, feet in the sand, to our beach front reverie. Not cloying, but refreshing and complex, this beer is a true “salut” to summer. The rustic biere de garde yeast lends just a hint of tartness to our pineapple and mango infused Tropical Saison. Released in July.
  • Cheboygan Brewing Company, Cheboygan. La Cerveza (4.0% ABV | 14 IBUs). Brewed in the Mexican-Bohemian tradition with five different styles of malted barley plus flaked maize and noble German hops for a dry crisp character. This beer is great on its own or compliments the addition of a lime perfectly. It’s lower in alcohol content than our Lighthouse Amber and a perfect thirst quencher for the warm days of summer.
  • Cravings Bistro & Brew Pub, Benton Harbor. Tan Line Brown Ale (6.0% ABV | 21 IBUs). Tan Lines American Brown is the ultimate summer beach beer. Pour a frosty mug of this delightful beer and note the distinct white on brown tan line that is characteristic of a long summer on the beach. Malty and not too hoppy for a wonderful summer refresh.
  • Frankenmuth Brewery, Frankenmuth. Twisted Helles Summer Lager (5.5% ABV | 18 IBUs). Inspired by Michigan summers, Twisted Helles stands as a monument to everything we love about the season: beaches and BBQs, patios and porch swings, friends and fireworks. Tinged with mild yet memorable zests of orange and lemon, this crisp, perfectly quenching lager doesn’t just taste like summer,..it feels like it.
  • Greenbush Brewing Co., Sawyer. Sunspot (6.0% ABV | 15 IBUs). This traditional German Hefeweizen is a refreshing avenue to cooling down in the summer heat. A medium-bodied wheat ale with full flavor, as well as banana and clove esters, Sunspot is available on draft and in bottles from through Labor Day.
  • HopCat, Grand Rapids. Light Side Of The Sun, an American style Pale. Brewed with not only the thought having fun in the sun on a beach, but also of American patriotism: flying on the back of a bald eagle with a flag for a cape while dodging enemy bombs and missiles in the name of freedom. Pretty much a perfect fit.
  • Latitude 42 Brewing Co., Portage. Lil’ Sunshine Golden Ale (4.8% ABV | 22 IBUs). The perfect introduction to craft beer, this brilliant colored ale tastes crisp and clean with a well-balanced malt profile blended with a subtle floral hopping that is sure to refresh during the dog days of summer.
  • Latitude 42 Brewing Co., Portage. Beach Cruiser (4.5% ABV | 27 IBUs). This cloudy refreshing ale is brewed with German hops and organic wheat malt to provide a thirst quenching experience with citrus and floral notes. This unfiltered American wheat is served with a slice of lemon.
  • Lexington Brewing Company, Lexington. Beach Babe (5.1% ABV | 25 IBUs). Beach Babe is a Kölsch beer: clean, crisp with soft malt and hop character.
  • New Holland Brewing Co., Holland. Sundog (4.5% ABV | 33 IBUs). Double suns, aka sundogs, have inspired artists and philosophers for centuries. This amber ale pays tribute with toasty caramel tones and a nutty finish.
  • Ore Dock Brewing, Marquette. Bum’s Beach Wheat (5.8% ABV | 25 IBUs). The carefully crafted companion to a freshwater summer, this American wheat longs for lazy days that turn into night and back again. Pale Wheat and Pilsner malts lay out their crisp yet creamy rays of ripe citrus through a hazy shade of south shore sun.
  • Right Brain Brewery, Traverse City. Strawberry Fields (5.5% ABV | 12 IBUs). Extracts are for sissies. We use real ingredients at Right Brain Beer, and Strawberry Fields is no exception. This cream ale is brewed with real Michigan strawberries, but don’t expect to taste fruity hard candy in your beer. The natural tart flavor of the strawberries compliment bready malt characteristics, leaving one with a sensation similar to that of Strawberry Shortcake in a glass.
  • Rochester Mills Beer Co., Rochester Lazy Daze Lager (5.25% ABV |18 IBUs). With this easy-drinking German-style lager, there’s no need to buy imports. This clear-filtered brew boasts a rich amber color and medium bodied flavor – from a combination of Munich malt for a subtle sweetness and German hops.
  • Saugatuck Brewing Co., Douglas. Oval Beach Blonde (5.0% ABV | 10.5 IBUs). This is an easy drinking light ale, with subtle malt flavors and aroma perfectly paired with a well-balanced body. Oval Beach Blonde is a great everyday pint and a perfect gateway into the world of craft beer for the newer craft beer drinker.
  • Short’s Brewing Company, Bellaire & Elk Rapids. Local’s (4.0% ABV | 6 IBUs). Local’s is a light, yet very tasty lager. The light pilsen malt creates a soft and subtle flavor profile that finishes crisp and clean on your palate. Local’s is a perfect beer for the seasoned craft brew enthusiast and someone new to microbrews.
  • Stormcloud Brewing Company, Frankfort. The Beach Buddha (8.0% ABV | 100 IBUs). This Imperial IPA is for enlightened hopheads.
  • ThumbCoast Brewing Co., Port Huron. Skinny Dipper Golden Ale (5.8% ABV | 20 IBUs). A brilliant golden colored brew that is nicely balanced and very approachable. We called Skinny Dipper because it’s a bare bones beer, not too malty or hoppy. Perfect for lounging on the beach of Lake Huron.
  • Tri-City Brewing, Bay City. Loons Summer Ale (4.8% ABV | 21 IBUs). Loons Summer Ale is a smooth, refreshing blonde ale brewed from 100% malted barley and Nobel hops. By the lake, at the cottage, or in the backyard, this beer is the perfect complement to any summer day around the Great Lakes.
  • Wolverine State Brewing Co., Ann Arbor. Five Shores Blonde Lager (4.5% ABV | 36 IBUs). This beer is Michigan summer in a glass. It’s a sunny, pale golden Blonde Common built on a foundation of Canadian Pils and pale malt, and citrussy hop notes burst forth on the nose and palate with woodsy Northern Brewer adding some warmth. It was dry-hopped on Michigan-grown Cascade hops, resulting in one delicious wave of flavor. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Five Shores Blonde Lager goes towards the Alliance for the Great Lakes to help them further their mission to protect, preserve, and sustain the Great Lakes. (Five Shores = Five Great Lakes!).
  • Wolverine State Brewing Co., Ann Arbor. Verano Mexican-style Amber Lager (4.1% ABV | 15 IBUs). Wolverine’s signature summer beer. Medium-gold in color, hopped with subtle Hallertau Mittelfruh hops, and made with crisp Vienna malt, Verano practically pushes you out the door and onto the beach. Best enjoyed with a slice of lime. Salud!

The Michigan Brewers Guild was formed in 1997 and held its first festival in July 1998. Today, the Guild hosts four festivals dedicated exclusively to Michigan craft beer produced by its nearly 150 member breweries.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $277 million. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”

The Michigan Brewers Guild is the network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Michigan Brewers Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025. Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State”.

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Our mailing address: Michigan Brewers Guild • 225 W Washtenaw, Suite C • Lansing, MI 48933

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