Psychedelic Cat Grass by Short’s is made and shipped as fresh as possible. The pack I picked up was actually bottled the same day I bought it. This triple hopped IPA beauty may be too piney for some fans, but it teases with enough citrus sweetness to win me over. This is my first review of a Short’s beer since their 20% sale to Lagunitas, and I’m going to be as objective as possible when reviewing their beers going forward.
After my maiden voyage to Old Nation’s Brewery in Williamston, MI – I knew I had to bring home a sample to taste and show off for you all and come one step closer to completing the quadrilogy that is my Old Nation New Orthodox IPA series of reviews.
Behold, a 9.3% double New England style IPA from the Michigan masters at Old Nation. Haze is good, and this beer is a testament to that. The sweetness of M43, and the balance hoppy bitterness of Boxer NE IPA had a love child, and that love child is Boss Tweed. Prepare to be hazed.
Right Brain Brewery’s CEO Stout is a coffee stout with just enough up front sweetness to draw you in, and the coffee kick to keep you coming back for more.
Right Brain is one of the most inventive brewers in Michigan, and they need to be to survive with the abundance of other great breweries in the Traverse City area. CEO Stout is one of their mainstays, and after this review I can see why.
Frankenmuth Brewery is the oldest brewery in the state of Michigan, and today I try their flagship hefeweizen, “The Hef” – a 5.2% ABV beauty.
I pull out all the stops, including the weizen glass, and I show you the fanciest of fancy ways to pour them. Hefeweizens are known for their cloudy appearance which is due to the high volume of unfiltered wheat and yeast, which also help to contribute to the banana and clove flavors that they typically have.
Come check out The Hef with me.
Today, I’m checking out Founders 4th in their 2017 barrel aged series lineup – DKML. I compare it to the Old Nation and Dark Horse Collaboration “The German Hobo”, which is another Michigan Malt Liquor in the same vein as DKML – the difference is that DKML is Bourbon Barrel Aged, giving it a heavier alcohol taste.
While DKML is the fourth in their bourbon barrel aged series, Backwoods Bastard is slated to release in November and another to be announced beer will be released in December.
Watch to see the first step in my attempt to bend the laws of physics with DKML.
I have to admit, at first I gave the original Slurm a good review. But now that I’ve had several different NE IPA’s, I feel like Shorts really missed the mark with that beer. Well only two months later their back to try to redeem themselves (I’m sure they’re doing this just to win me back) with the Double New England IPA – Slurm Lord. How does it stack up? Watch below to find out!
Malt Liquor – it’s not just for 40oz anymore. Old Nation Brewing and Dark Horse Brewing Company have collaborated on “The German Hobo” – an 11.9% ABV Malt Liquor that is deceptively smooth. This one had me laying on my couch for a while after I was done.
I thought when I recently tried Atwater’s Java Vanilla Porter, that there probably wasn’t a vanilla porter out there that could beat it.
Well, my friends… A new contender has stepped up to the plate.
Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Vanilla Porter is another reason why you should never count out the little guy. Watch my review to see which one I liked better!
I can’t believe I finally found it! I’ve been stalking this beer for what feels like weeks and I was finally able to find the Passion Fruit version of Odd Side’s Dirty Dank Juice. I have to say, it was worth the wait!
And since I seem to compare every NE IPA variety against Old Nation’s M-43, you’ll have to watch to see how it stacks up!
My newest New England style IPA review is for Petoskey Brewing’s Juicy – a IPA brewed with Pineapple and Mango. New England style IPA beers have been exploding lately and Juicy is jumping in the fray. How does it stack up?
Check the review below to find out!