Erik Smith

Erik Smith

Erik Smith is a relative newcomer to craft beer, having first been turned on to the scene by a chance encounter with "The End of The World" (Unibroue's La Fin du Monde) during the summer of 2011. Since then, he has increased that love of beer by serving as the 'un-official' photographer for the many beer events at Ashley's in Westland, MI. His goal is to visit every Michigan brewery. An avid traveler, beer tourism has played a prominent role in his travels since 2012. 

Find him on Untapped at eriksmithdotcom and at his blog at http://onmyfeetorinmymind.com/

Website URL: http://onmyfeetorinmymind.com/

farmington brewing

In a great beer state like Michigan, there are few areas on the map where there isn’t a brewery. One of the most glaring voids in the state has long been in a rough square of Detroit’s Western suburbs, bordered by I-696 to the north, Southfield Freeway to the east, I-94 to the south, and I-275 to the west.

rivers edge article

For many years, through all the rapid growth of microbreweries in Michigan, the far northwestern suburbs of Detroit had long been an area in need of a microbrewery. They finally have one, and it is located in one of the area’s best loved communities, Milford. River’s Edge Brewery opened on June 22nd to big crowds and rave reviews.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Brewery Becker- Traditional, Not Typical

brewery becker article

Brewery Becker opened in downtown Brighton this past July, after 38 months of planning and renovating the historic building it now calls home. Built in the early 1870s, the building opened as the Western House Hotel in 1873 and today resides on the National Register of Historic Places.

arclight watervliet article

Watervliet is a cute little town of less than 2,000 in the southwestern portion of the state. Not being on the coast, and lacking any major tourist attraction, it’s been off the radar for years. Now, however, there is a reason for the state’s beer drinkers to make a trip here.

 summer beer festival

Now that the beer list has been released for this week’s MBG Summer Beerfest at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, attendees everywhere can start to zero in on beers they are interested in trying. After a quick perusal of the list, I’ve come up with 10 I’m putting at the top of my priority list.

atwater grand opening article

Atwater in the Park: Germany meets Grosse Point Detroit brewing mainstay Atwater has brought the feel of a traditional German Biergarten to Grosse Point Park. The grand opening on Saturday, June 21st saw an enthusiastic crowd of locals and beer lovers, all impressed with this exciting new venue.
Thursday, July 03, 2014

Marquette, The U.P.’s Beer City

Marquette article image

Even though Marquette is the largest city in the Upper Peninsula, at a little under 22,000 people, it’s hardly a booming metropolis. Being home to Northern Michigan University helps give it a vibrancy unique to the U.P. It wasn’t a surprise to me that, on a trip up there a few weeks ago, I found the city’s microbreweries to really cool spaces doing some quality beer.

On Saturday, May 3rd, hundreds of craft beer drinkers attended Ashley’s of Westland’s 7th annual Michigan Cask Ale Festival, enjoying craft beer from Michigan and around the USA in a more traditional form.

For the fourth year in a row, Ashley’s of Westland is hosting their annual Belgian Beer Festival.

 Ashley’s of Westland hosts 2013 Brewery Throwdown

For the third year in a row, Ashley’s of Westland is hosting a friendly competition featuring eight different breweries. The field this year contains a great mixture of both long-time favorites and some up and comers. Five of the eight are Michigan breweries, and the other three do a fine job of representing the rest of the country. The first round will feature four beers from each brewery, with the winner being determined by the total glasses sold. The second round features 6 beers per brewery, and the final round will feature eight. In the past, many of the breweries participating have brought a nice combination of their standards as well as highly sought after ones, sometimes even beers never served outside of their own brewpubs. One of the most exciting parts of the two previous throwdowns has been the opportunity it has provided for Ashley’s customers to interact with personnel from the breweries who are on hand.
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