Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Recap of St. Patrick’s 2014: The Most Unruly Celebration

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Muskegon’s Unruly Brewing chose St. Patrick’s Day Weekend as a release party for their first ever barrel-aged beers. The all-day celebration included Irish-themed bands, food, and an impressive 12 taps including hard ciders from Vander Mill. The brewery opened early at 10 AM as the 3rd annual Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade was preparing it’s morning trek down nearby Clay Avenue in plain view of the Russell Block building which Unruly Brewing and coffee house Drip Drop Drink call home.
The Mona Shores Fiddlers kicked off the music at 11 AM which was followed by an afternoon of bands including Grand Rapid’s Irish Rock band The Waxies, and Irish Punk band The Tosspints from Saginaw. For food offerings, Fatty Lumpkin’s included an Unruly Irish Stew on their menu which included Unruly’s own Oatmeal Stout as an ingredient, and also offered a Potato Leek Soup to compliment a special sandwich menu featuring the Ol’ Gilly’s Reuben and “Patty McFatty” Corned Beef and Pastrami on Rye. Drip Drop Drink also offered specials on Mint Lattes and Irish Breakfast Tea for the event.

Unruly’s barrel-aged releases, Crucible and B.A. Baracus, were the showcase of the celebration; Crucible being a barrel-aged take on the popular Foundry Slag stout and B.A. Baracus being a barrel aged version of the Czar Carr Russian Imperial Stout clocking in at a hefty 14% ABV. The non barrel-aged versions of each release were on tap also, with flights being offered up for taste comparisons. Additionally, Unruly included Vander Mill’s barrel aged Cyser Van Doom to compliment their own releases. Muskegon’s own folk bluegrass duo FiddleFace were featured for a late night performance concluding an amazing day of food, music, and some truly incredible brews.

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.