Michigan Breweries

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  1. CaptainBallz
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    Seeing more Greenbush out in the stores. Brother Benjamin imperial IPA is my jam
  2. maurice
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    maurice Gangster of Love

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  7. zmz
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    zmz By the Banks of the River Chicago

  8. Zoso
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    Zoso *autistic screeching*

    :what?:

    Fuck Bell's anyway
  9. zmz
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    zmz By the Banks of the River Chicago

    2 hearted is my fucking jam
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  10. Zoso
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    Zoso *autistic screeching*

    That shit sucks.

    :pass:
  11. Deuce
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    Deuce Has Dysentery

    :false:
  12. maurice
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  13. maurice
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    I think I broke my palate. Should I rub some dirt on it and get back in there?

    I had lunch at New Holland today and got a sampler of 5 beers that are not widely distributed, 3 of which are supposed to be hop-forward. The only one with any discernible bitterness was the excellent Paleooza. The ESB and English-style IPA tasted like macrobrews. Da fuck?
  14. Deuce
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    Deuce Has Dysentery

  15. Fuller
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    Fuller Trump had no ideas, he just went too far

    Perhaps it is they who are ghey?
  16. maurice
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    Currently taking a beating on social media re. a trademark dispute.

    This has become quite a trend: Big brewery takes on small brewery over a name, then social media decides whether their complaint makes any fucking sense.
  17. CaptainBallz
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    With all the love for IPAs, beer nerds sure hate IPL(aws)

    :smug:
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  18. maurice
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    New place called Cultivate opened a little NE of Greenbush. Great concept where they grow their own hops and barley. Great property with a soccer field and playground for kids. But the beer's not there yet. Brewer candidly admitted that they grossly misunderestimated how much fresh hops are required per barrel. Oh, well. Try again next year.
  19. maurice
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    Went to Our Brewing, right down the block from New Holland, at Deuce's recommendation. Really good, especially their Beirlinner Weiss and rootbeer milk stout. Friendly crowd. Lots of Hope College students. No food but you can BYO.
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  20. maurice
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    Transient open for business across the street from Tapestry in Bridgeman. Haymarket East opening down the street late summer. Cultivate is a few miles east. Greenbush is a few miles south.
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  21. CaptainBallz
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  22. maurice
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    We need to open a Beer, Bed & Breakfast in Bridgeman. Call it a BBBB. Rent bikes so people can pedal around and get drunk. Get the Brew Buses to drive them there from Chicago with stops at 3F etc. on the way.
  23. maurice
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    Greenbush bought the restaurant next door (Fitzgeralds), so they now own like 4 properties on that block.

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  24. Deuce
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    I love Fitzgerald's, because it was totally the redheaded stepchild. Then, they began to prominently display that they too have craft beer and they took on overflow patrons from Greenbush. They must have said "fuck it" full on, took the money and :imout: .
  25. CaptainBallz
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    I won a Greenbush growler and $10 gift card from a raffle at Open Bottle, so a trip to Sawyer is coming SOON
  26. maurice
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    This story is about the MI Liquor Control Commission, but not a Michigan brewery. The commission went full retard and banned Flying Dog from selling a beer named Raging Bitch. The brewery sued the commission on 1st Amend. ground, and the case initially was dismissed, but the 6th Cir. Court of Appeals just reinstated the suit, dropping substantial hints that the brewery will win cash money damages from the state commision.

    http://reason.com/blog/2016/05/13/flying-dog-brewery-wins-first-amendment

    On a somewhat related note, I may have previously mentioned that the same commission prevented Founder's from selling Breakfast Stout because there was a baby on the label. That's why, if you buy Breakfast Stout in MI, the label is different. Maybe this decision will help that case as well.
  27. CaptainBallz
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    what's with all the puritanical halfwits on the MI liquor control commission?
  28. Cheeses
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    Cheeses The canvas can do miracles Cupcake Mod

    Michigan = very Christ-y. Esp. over by the west coast.
  29. maurice
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    I'd say it's more the chewy middle.

    West has a lot of Chicago types. East has the maurices and generic suburban white people. Middle is (was?) the militia capital of the U.S.

    Real estate in most of the state is completely worthless, and most of their smart kids and hot chicks move to Chicago.

    :shrug:
  30. Cheeses
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    I drove through Holland and got an xtreme Jesus vibe.
  31. BeviBall
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    BeviBall No wallet. No crack. Not me.

    Totally. Plus Grand Rapids is run by the Amway Mormons.
  32. maurice
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    Holland has Hope College but, near as I can tell, the students are run-off-the-mill lushes like us.

    The region including Holland, GR, and points south may lead the country in craft beer produced per capita.

    :shrug:
  33. Deuce
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    Saugatuck is :gg: heaven.
  34. Cheeses
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    Cheeses The canvas can do miracles Cupcake Mod

    :nicholson:

    Spent a few days there with -1.
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    the up rules
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  36. Cheeses
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    Cheeses The canvas can do miracles Cupcake Mod

    Nice nature haps, but gotta plan out your shit there because past a certain time, nothing is open so good luck finding food/lodging/gas haps.
  37. itsnotrequired
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    get a clue, city slicker
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  38. Cheeses
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  39. Deuce
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    Wife went to school in Marquette, MI. Last time we visited, went to Blackrocks and Ore Docks Brewing. Ore Docks beat that ass, and had space for a live band. Blackrocks and their shitty D-town bartender can suck all the Ds.
  40. maurice
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  41. CaptainBallz
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    Be sure to try: Black IPAs (thankfully) turned out to be mostly a fad .....

    :what:
  42. maurice
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    At least he recognizes that Anger is fucking delicious.
  43. CaptainBallz
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    Went to Greenbush last night (forgot to use gift card/ realized someone broke my growler a few weeks ago - :twitch:). New place next door, Clean Plate Club, is open for business and food sitch is completely different inside Greenbush itself. GB is nothing but BBQ and southern eats (shrimp n' grits, muffaletta sams, etc.) -- pretty limited menu generally -- while the place next door is more of a diner with breakfast/lunch haps, with meatloaf options for dinner.

    Only problem is the place next door isn't serving beer yet, so was unsurprisingly empty while the Annex was full and GB was a 2 hour wait. Not a huge deal, but it resulted in GB running out of a bunch of its food options by 8p. Wife's giant muffaletta was awesome (we took home 3/4 of it) and after I got punked out of the BBQ sampler and Cubano sandwich, ended up with a clam po' boy, which was decent. Pork n' beans side was awesome. Would've been best if they told us up front that menu is different now. Probably would've just stayed at the annex with a bomb charcuterie board or bratwurst.

    Now I know for next time (next week??)!
  44. maurice
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    Prices are nuts for a diner in bumfuck. Can't blame them, tho. They've come a long way from being just a tap room with a LEGO table and a smoker on the side.
    http://www.soxhaps.com/threads/michigan-breweries.14462/page-2#post-653226

    Still, I find myself spending less and less time there, and more time at the rebuilt Stray Dog. Might not stop there at all after Haymarket East opens. Quite the turn of events.
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  45. maurice
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    Unsustainable or did they just never produce much beer in the first place? I was up there a few weeks ago, and their beer was nowhere to be found.

    Area is dominated by Jolly Pumpkin, which owns a few places with different names and a fairly fancy restaurant. Right Brain was pretty good. Charlevoix Brewing has a great location and decent beer.

    The biggest surprise was Hoplot. Highly recommended and likely to improve as they're growing their own hop.
  46. CaptainBallz
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    Yeah, plan for next time is to make a beer stop at GB, but explore the other options in the area (Stray Dog, Round Barn, Tapistry, etc.)
  47. BeviBall
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    BeviBall No wallet. No crack. Not me.

    Add me to the list of folk who has their boner slightly deflated every time I go to GB.
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  48. maurice
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    maurice Gangster of Love

    We're such a bunch of beer hipsters who liked it before it was popular.
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  49. Deuce
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    Recommended the place to a woman I work out with. She took her family out there and enjoyed the food, but was put off by the loud heavy metal music. I never experienced that there, but could totally see a douchey Kuma's cloning.
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  50. Jackie Treehorn
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    Jackie Treehorn Mr. Bullshit Suburb

    Got me a 6 of Star Chicken Shotgun for consumption
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