Saturday, December 28, 2013

Michigan beers well represented at The Intersection’s “Rock the Lot” Oktobeerfest

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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The Intersection has introduced a new “Rock the Lot” series of concerts this year, and have topped it off with a new Fall beer festival named “Oktobeerfest.”
All of the mandatory German-influenced beers, music, and food are featured with a little help from sponsors like WGRD and Samuel Adams, and including some Michigan-based seasonal microbrews from the likes of Perrin, Arcadia, and Frankenmuth thrown in for good measure.

What would a good Oktoberfest be without “Das Boot,” and the Intersection delivered with the first several hundred attendees receiving the commemorative boot to enhance the experience. The event provided an interesting opportunity to compare the Michigan-brewed varieties of various seasonal styles of beer offered with bigger brewery counterparts. Both Frankenmuth and Rochester Mills Oktoberfests varieties were poured alongside Samuel Adams and Summit’s brews, and for Pumpkin Beers some interesting choices included Sam Adams own Fat Jack Double Pumpkin, New Belgium Pumpkick with cranberry juice for a surprising twist, while Arcadia’s Jaw Jacker is notable in that it doesn’t contain any actual pumpkin, achieving the desired “pumpkin pie” flavor by instead focussing on the spice (i.e. nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves) aspect of the beer.

Caledonia’s Firerock Grille provided the German-inspired food menu, which included beer cheese soup, brats. and a pulled-pork sandwich on pretzel bun. Live music also included a good variety from the Youngblood Brass Band to Squeezebox and Hank Mowery with DJ Jason Veeder featured for the after-party. “Rock The Lot” was a fun and interesting experience, and I was happy to see the diverse range of Michigan Beers offered holding up pretty well alongside the bigger brewery names. In fact, my personal favorite of the night was the Perrin “Kona Brown” which is destined to become a surefire crowd-pleaser.

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.