Friday, October 24, 2014

The Michigan Brewer's Guild 2-day Fall Festival is upon us!

Written by  Ben Darcie
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Fall is the perfect time for pumpkin and harvest (fresh hopped) ales, and there are many different kinds for you to explore this weekend. Harvest ales are some of my very favorites, and many of them feature local Michigan Hops – for those of you interested in more exploration of Michigan Hops, I highly encourage you to pop over to the Michigan Hop Alliance tent, which is full of information and will be pouring multiple Michigan-hopped harvest ales for your enjoyment.
A word before moving forward, these are merely the picks of one Michigan beer lover. You will not be finding the usual top beers on this list – yes, there are some big hitters at this festival that draw a lot of attention, but that's not the motivation behind this list. It's not about the most recognizable beers or the ones that draw the most people, it's about the beers that stand out to me, as an individual. I've spent many years at the MBG Festivals, loved all of them, and have seen a very wide variety of offerings over the years – the beers on this list are merely the ones that pop out to me as unique and interesting this time around.
In no particular order, here are my 25 most anticipated beers for the 2014 Fall Fest at Eastern Market.
  • Bell's BC - Quince Love - Wheatwine aged in TC Whiskey Barrels with quince
  • Greenbush BC - BA Cabra Perdida - BA Blueberry Imperial Stout
  • Griffin Claw BC - BA Imperial Pumpkin
  • Redwood Brewing Co. - MI Wheat - Hoppy Wheat made with 65% American Wheat
  • Livery - Cherry Friekd - BA American Wild Ale with Cherries  FRI 6p SAT 3p
  • Rockford Brewing Co. - Coq2fly Fall 14' collab w/ Brewery Vivant, Fly2coq Spring 14 collab w/ Brewery Vivant
  • Royal Oak Brewery - Night Moves - Whisky BA Double Cream Stout
  • Short's BC - Kind Ale Harvest Ale
  • Brewery Ferment - Tootsie Rye, Dark English Rye w/ Tootsie Roll
  • Fenton Winery & Brewery - Swingin' Berries - Double Cream Stout w/ Blackberries in BA Merlot
  • FoundersDissenter - Imperial India Pale Lager
  • Hopcat BC - Red Nymph - Flanders Style Red
  • Our Brewing Co. - Doublestein Lager w/ Orange, Vanilla & Lactose Sugar
  • Perrin BCStoutwood - BA Russian Imperial Stout
  • Round Barn BC - Chronoptimist Biere De Garde
  • Stormcloud BC - The Beach Buddah Belgian DIPA Wolverine BC - Guile 500 - Imperial Stout Lager
  • Brewery Vivant - Wizard Burial Ground, Sneak Peek Bourbon BA Belgian Quad
  • Darkhorse BC - Single Hop Crooked Tree Series; 2012 Plead the 5th Imperial Stout
  • Jolly Pumpkin BC - Dandelion Rhubarb Saison
  • Lattitude 42 BC - Lucifers Cuvee Double chocolate Rye Stout
  • Oddside Ales - Catalina Wine Mixer - Belgian Tripel in White Wine Barrels
  • Witch's Hat BC - Fear of the Dark - Black Barleywine (FRI); Bourbon Barrel Night Fury RIS w/ Vanilla Beans
  • Dragonmead BC- Dark Heathen Triple Bock
  • Kuhnhenn BC99 Weissballoons – Berliner Weisse
Well there you have it! I encourage you all to explore the festival brochure and make your own list, and see if you can get to all of them during your time at the festival!
Festival information and the complete brochure can be found via the Michigan Brewer's Guild at
Tickets for the now TWO DAY Winter Beer Festival in Grand Rapids go on sale on DECEMBER 4th at 10AM. Mark your calendars folks, this is the first year with two days, but last year we saw tickets sell out in under THREE HOURS, with over 18,000 people bombarding the website to order tickets in that time period. Mark it down and grab your tickets for the first big MBG bash of 2015, out in the cold tundra of 5/3 Ballpark!
Until then, we'll see you at Eastern Market for the last Guild festival of the year!
Cheers and Prost!
Ben Darcie
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).