Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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

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#10 Snozzberries
Fruit Beer
Odd Side Ales

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Heading back into fruit territories, this Wonka inspired drank is prefect for summer, with its various fruit flavors to tantalize taste buds. Tastes of tart cherry, grapefruit, lemon zest, and many other fruits, try and identify them all! 

#9 Freedom of '78
America IPA
Short's Brewing

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Freeeedom of the body, freeeedom of the mind, this Ween inspired IPA comes out on a rotating basis, but currently is out and on store shelves. There is a musty flavor, in a good way, like a muted combination of melons, rye, and little bit of honey. IPA are obviously the best style of beer, so you can't go wrong here.

#8 Oberon
American Pale Wheat Ale
Bells' Brewery 

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A Michigan standby, I would think at this point, always good once summer is upon us. Smooth as a cucumber going down, with tastes of spice and wheat. This would be the michigan staple I hand to people if they wanna check out craft beer. 

#7 Powerboat
Roak Brewing Co

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With a sweet powerboat on the bottle, how could you not love it? Pouring out a shining yellow, light, with drinkablility (I know, I know).  Powerboat is like if American Lager moved out of the parents house, maybe doesn't have it all together, but is a little more adult and responsible. 

#6 Corktown Rye PA
Rye Beer
Atwater Brewery 

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With a name like Corktown, it has to be good. Rye is the heaviest taste here, with a bit of hops, bread, and caramel. Since it is a IPA by nature, you can chug a few of these back and doing just fine. Although available year round, might be hard to find, so be on the look out. 

#5 Final Absolution
Dragonmead Microbrewery 

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The signature product of Dragonmead, this is a very high gravity beer, that still can be enjoyed without feeling too heavy. Tasting of banana and clove, this beer has a slight bitterness balanced by a lack of hop taste or aroma. This bad boy comes in at 10%00 ABV, so pace yourself, ain't no race. 

#4 La Roja
American Wild Ale
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Very earthy, in flavor and color. Unfilted, unpastuerized, and blended in barrels ranging in age from two to ten months. Cherries are the first taste to hit your tongue, with various berries to follow, with a sour/tart finish. Quite tasty. 

#3 Vanilla Java Porter

American Porter
Atwater Brewery 

  • http://deerparkpub.com/

Coffee and Vanilla, there are no games here, what you see is what you get. Very well balanced, and pairs great with a good dinner meal. The kind of beer to drink after unwinding after a long day, laying in a hammock, with a liquid dessert. 

#2 All Day IPA
American IPA
Founders Brewing

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IPA, check, Founders, check, thats all you should need to know this is a kickass beer. Another of my favotires, All Day IPA is just that, something you can drink on all day baby. At 4.70% ABV, like most IPAs, it has a little extra kick, but it is so damn good you'll wanna keep drinking it all day.

#1 Soft Parade
Fruit Beer
Short's Brewer

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Introduced to me by a friend, one of my first introductions to craft beers, and I've been in love since then. A fruity rye ale, made with pureed strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. All of these combine to make an exquisite fruit beer, that even those not into craft must bow down and respect.

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