Thursday, February 25, 2016

Top 20 Beers to try at 11th Annual Winter Beer Festival

Written by  Ben Darcie
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 2016 Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival

Here we are again, another Winter Beerfest beckoning to us from the (not so) icy tundra of 5/3 Ballpark! Hopefully we're looking at a beerfest not quite as bone-chilling as last year, and the breweries have brought us an expansive and intense list of beers to try this year!
This is just a beer list from one beer lover. These are the beers that I'm looking forward to trying as a beer enthusiast, looking for the rare, the special and the unique. The rare beer styles, the special barrels, the special ingredients – these are the beers that caught my attention this year.
Without further ado, and in no particular order, 20 beers you must try at WBF 2016!
  • Tibbs Brewing Co. - Nuttin' but a G Thang – Chestnut Porter
  • Tri-City Brewing Co. - Old Champion – Gin BA Imperial IPA
  • Wolverine Brewing Co. - High N' Dry Rye – Rye Pilsner
  • Arbor Brewing Co. - Mondous Novus – Sour Belgian Rye
  • Brewery Vivant – Madagascar Plowhorse – Vanilla Bean Belgian Imperial Stout & Barrel Weiss – 5th Aniversary BA Belgian Inspired Berliner Weiss
  • The Livery – Funkalicious – Sour Oak Aged Imperial Red w/ Raspberries
  • Dragonmead Brewing Co. - St. Nicole's Weizenbock – German Wheat Bock
  • Witch's Hat – Everything Louder Than Everything Else – Barrel Fermented Cherry Stout
  • Pike 51 – (SAT) Bat Juice – Blend of Red Wine + BBA Imperial Stouts
  • Sherwood Brewing Co. - The C.R.I.M – Coffee Russian Imperial Molasses Stout
  • BAD Brewing Co. - (SAT) Rum BA Concussion Triple IPA
  • Old Nation Brewing Co. - Detroit Dwarf – Alt Bier
  • Cedar Springs Brewing Co. - Küsterer Salzburger Märzen
  • Founders Brewing Co. - Project Pam – Maple Syrup BA Black IPA & Sleeper Cell – Imperial IPA
  • Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery & Supply – James Giant Peach Gose
  • Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales – Forgotten Tales – Sour Saison Oak Aged w/ Mango & Tamarind
  • Lattitude 42 – Lucifers Cuvee – Double Chocolate Stout
  • Bell's Brewing Co. - Wild One – Wild/Sour Ale & Whiskey BA Porter
  • Dark Horse Brewing Co. - Double Crooked Tree DIPA Series – Blood Orange, Coffee, Blueberry, Hot Pepper

Runners Up:
  • Cranker's Brewing Co. - End of the World IIPA
  • Grand Rapids Brewing Co. - Belgian Quadrupel w/ Montmorency Cherries
  • Hopcat – Oil Spiller Imperial Stout
  • Short's Brewing Co. - Snake Juice – Coffee IPA
  • Perrin Brewing Co. - Pellicle – Sour Dark Lager
  • New Holland Brewing Co. - Dragon's Milk Reserve Series – 16 Variants including Bacon, Black Cherry, Vanilla Chai, Tripel Mash & Coffee and Chocolate


There we have it! I encourage you all to check out the full list for yourself, and maybe make your own 20 beers to try list, if you feel so inclined!

Happy Winter Beerfest, let's raise a pint to Michigan Beer!

Ben Darcie

Ben Darcie

Ben Darcie has been homebrewing since 2006 and is currently the Brewery Representative for Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, MI. He also provides public and private Beer Education and is a Beer Writer for BeerAdvocate, I'm a Beer Hound and three other Michigan publications. He is also the founder of Experience Beer WM and the 9wk Grand Rapids Beer Tasting Class (est. 2010).