Tuesday, June 21, 2016

20 Michigan craft brews to start your summer right (ranked)

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 11:46 AM

It's summer and it's time to get rowdy. Heading to local shows, drinking on patios, porches, up north, down south. Wherever you end up this summer, here is a list of some good Michigan brews to makes your summer a tasty one.

(Honorable Mention) Stroh’s 

American Adjuncy Lager
Stroh; Brewery Company

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Stroh’s deserves an honorable mention on this list, especially since it will be brewed in Detroit again. For my money, it is the superior cheap beer, beating out competitors like PBR, yeah I said it. Cheap and satisfactory.

#20 Wolverine Premium Lager 

American Pale Lager
Wolverine State Brewing

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This Premium Lager hits all the right notes for summer; light, smooth, crisp. Something that is easy to toss back on a hot summers day. A good introduction for those who have not fallen in love with craft beer, yet. 

#19 Dirty Blonde Ale
American Pale Wheat Ale
Atwater Brewery 

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Another fantastic light summer beer, with a slight citrus flavor that feels just right. Pours a nice dirty gold. The fruit flavor is not to strong, and not to light, the perfect amount to titillate the tongue. 

#18 Two Hearted Ale
American IPA
Bell's Brewery

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A delicious India Pale Ale, made American style. Perfect for trips to the Upper Peninsula, fishing by a creek, or hanging out on your porch like a chill duder. Very hoppy, deep golden orange, and hints of a floral aroma. A personal favorite. 

#17 Rübæus
Fruit Beer
Founders Brewing 

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A beautiful raspberry colored, and flavored, bee. From the smell to the taste, you can feel the raspberries in every ounce of this delectable beer. Hops help to balance the taste out, no overly sweet, just right. Perfect if you like raspberries and alcohol! 

#16 El Rojo Red Ale
American Amber/Red Ale
Griffin Claw Brewing

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Rich amber in color, sweet, scents of malt and caramel. Leaning on the sweet side, El Rojo gives your mouth the feeling of biting into a sweet...something. Not exactly sure what it is, but its luscious and deserves at least a sampling.

#15 Devil Dog
Oatmeal Stout

Roak Brewing

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Now we start to get into the heavy stuff. Dark brown, tastes of roasted malts, chocolates, and of course oatmeal. This is a hefty beer, but a good one, although this might not be the best beer to consume in vast quantities.

#14 Ghetto Blaster
English Dark Mild Ale
Motor City Brewing 

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Dark copper, toast and biscuit smells arise, a good representation of its style. As the name implies, this beer is VERY much English in its taste. Bringing to mind the taste of the crust of bread, weird I know but stick with me, giving a unique taste. Heavier than a lager, lighter than a stout, right in between.

#13 Bean Flicker

American Blonde Ale
Odd Side Ales

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A little odd, but considering who makes it, I'd say it lives up to its name. Coffee infused, with hints of gentle grains. There is a sweetness that combos well with the coffee flavor, not over powering, but makes its presence know. Plus coffee wakes you up, so now combined with a beer, its a win-win. 

#12 Dirty Bastard

Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy
Founders Brewing

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This mother hubbard, my god, Dirty Bastard is some tasty savory higher alcohol ale. Pours a thick dark brown, tastes of mild sweetness and heavy on the scotch and malt. Ridiculously satisfying, and one of my all time favorites. 

#11 Dragonmead Armageddon
Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Sitting at around 11.60% ABV (Alcohol by volume), this is a dragon best slayed while sipping. Smelling of a renaissance festival, full bodied, with a creamy finish. This brew best shared with friends. 

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