Wednesday, September 2, 2009

When in Michigan drink as the locals do

I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to indulge my craft beer fancy while traveling to Michigan in August. There are very few Michigan craft beers that make their way out to Colorado except for those that make appearances at the larger beer festivals like the GABF. So when I had the chance, I paid a visit to a local liquor store in search of local brews. I found some and a whole lot more.

It just so happens that this store had recently hired a beer expert and that person had done a lot to bulk up their inventory with as many local and out of state craft beers. I spent about 15 minutes talking with him as he talked about some of the local breweries and a few of the more popular import brews that they carried.

I brought along my trusty Flip Mino mini-cam and filmed some of the highlights of their cornucopia of local craft beers. These beers were ones I could not get back here in Colorado. Some of the noteworthy breweries were:

Founders Brewing, The Round Barn Brewery, New Holland Brewing Company, Bell's Brewing, Short's Brew, Arcadia Ales, Jolly Pumpkin and the Great Lakes Brewing Company (Ohio). I'm sure there were several more I didn't get around to checking as I only had a limited time at the store. Just looking at all of that beer made my mouth water. I wanted to spend a couple weeks exploring them all.

The following is a video of the nice selection of local beers that were available:

Michigan BeerThis store even had homebrewing equipment for both beer and wine too. Small as that place was, it had quite the variety. If you happen to be in St. Joseph, Michigan, stop by Lambrecht's Liquors at 2926 Niles Ave. You'll be pleased with their selection of craft beer and wine.

I managed to sample several beers while out in Michigan. Bell's Oberon, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, New Holland's Dragon's Milk Ale and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter were one's that I tasted. Coming up in one of my next reports, I pay a visit to The Livery brewery in Benton Harbor and taste a variety of their rotating craft brews.

Related articles:
- New Holland Dragon's Mile Ale review.
- Bell's Two Hearted Ale review.
- Travels with Barley (Michigan brews).
- A taste of The Livery (Benton Harbor, MI).

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