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"A quart of ale is a dish for a king." - William Shakespeare

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Arbor Brewing Company is pleased to announce that we are now brewing and bottling our very popular Jackhammer Old Ale for fall distribution.

As days grow short, a chill sneaks into the evening air, and leaves burst into fiery reds and golds, we seem to instinctively put away the light quenching brews of summer in favor of something richer and more substantial. Jackhammer is our celebration of the wonder and magic of autumn in Michigan.

At just over 9% ABV, this high gravity ale combines a warming sensation with a rich malty sweetness to create an outstanding initial complexity. Fruity esters add to this complex palate to provide a subtle yet distinct chocolate covered cherry quality which dissolves into a dry spicy finish with a robust hop counterbalance.

Jackhammer will be available throughout the state in September and October. We will be celebrating the release on WEDNESDAY August 27 at a release party at the Corner Brewery from 7-9 pm. No Cover for Mug Club Members. $15 for non-members. Includes beer and munchies.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

This month's tasting features some of my favorite American microbrewed beers (and a couple from Canada).

If you've never been to one of our monthly beer tastings, I assure you it's $25 very well spent. Tastings run from 7-9 pm and include an appetizer buffet, samples of 25 to 30 fantastic beers, a program with beer style background and tasting notes, and a fabulous door prize drawing.

I always try to come up with a few must-haves, a handful of nationally recognized top tier brews, along with a smattering of brews that you might not have tried before.

Here's this month's line-up: Lagunitas Lucky #13 American Strong Ale, Lagunitas Maximus Double IPA, Stone Smoked Porter, Sprecher Black Bavarian, Unibroue Trois Pistoles, Unibroue Maudite, HeBrew Bittersweet Lennys R.I.P.A, Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison, Ommegang Abbey Ale, Rogue Dead Guy Mai Bock, Rogue Brutal Bitter, Rogue Chocolate Stout, Stoudts American Pale Ale, Victory Brewing Storm King Imp Stout , Victory Brewing Prima Pils, Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA, Speakeasy Prohibition Amber, Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner, Goose Island Matilda Belgian Style Ale, Great Lakes Dortmunder, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Anchor Porter, Anchor Liberty, plus a few of our favorite ABC selections.

Tickets are available at 734-213-1393 or at the door while supplies last. $25 in advance and $30 on tasting day (that's after midnight on Wednesday the 13th). Must be 21 with valid ID at the door.

Hope you can join us (and send me your pictures!)