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Posted on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 2:30 p.m.

The Week in Beer: Good brews abound in any season

By David Bardallis


THE BELGIANS ARE COMING! Enjoy a wide variety of Belgian ales at Ashley's Ann Arbor through Sunday and an even wider variety at Ashley's Westland at the Feb. 9-19 Belgian Beer Festival.

David Bardallis | Contributor


Is it winter? Is it spring? Did that old groundhog wake up early just to play tricks on us, laughing his furry butt off down in his little groundhog warren? Who knows? Either way, snow or rain, freeze or thaw, the fun of our local beer scene awaits you.

Friday, Jan. 20

>> Get your winter jollies on with a Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales beer tasting at Whole Foods Cranbrook from 5-7 p.m. Thrill to the sour tastes of a brewery known nationally for its craftsmanship! Enjoy $3 glasses of exquisite, complex flavor! Delight in $1 sample pours of inspired brewing! You get the idea. And also toast beer slinger extraordinaire Jimmy's last tasting at the old Wine and Beer Bar. He'll be moving on to another gig in the near future.

Saturday, Jan. 21

>> At 1 p.m., the Michigan Brewers Guild Enthusiast Tour comes to the Corner Brewery, 720 Norris, YpsilantiArbor Brewing, 114 E. Washington. "Enthusiast" members of the guild enjoy beers and a guided tour of the ABC beer-making operation from the brewery team themselves. Space is limited; RSVP to or call 734-213-1393. For information on becoming an MBG Enthusiast member, visit

Sunday, Jan. 22

>> Beat that cabin fever with the seventh annual Wheels in Motion Worst Day of the Year Ride. Bundle up and bring your bicycle to the Kerrytown Farmers Market for a ride around Ann Arbor. Choose a route from six miles to 40 miles and meet back at Arbor Brewing, 114 E. Washington, for a 3-7 p.m. afterparty with free hot soup and, of course, plenty of soothing beer. Register at

Wednesday, Jan. 25

>> Get your taste buds ready for a Michigan beer tasting at the Grange Kitchen & Bar, 118 W. Liberty. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., sample from a dozen of the Great Beer State's finest brews, take notes, and vote for your top five faves. The winners will be featured in the Grange's February beer dinner. Tickets are $35 and space is limited; call 734-995-2107 or stop by the restaurant to reserve your place.

Notes on the Napkin

  • Going to the Feb. 25 Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival in Grand Rapids but still need a ride? (If you didn’t get tickets, you’re out of luck — it's sold out!) Enjoy a worry-free trip on the beer bus from the Corner Brewery and Arbor Brewing. Purchase at the pub or call 734-213-1393. Cost is $35 before January 31 or $40 after and includes coffee, bagels, and beer! 
  • Belgian Beer Week continues at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, 338 S. State, through Sunday. But the event's big brother, the second annual Ashley's Belgian Beer Festival, takes place Feb. 9-19 at Ashley's in Westland. More than 160 Belgian ales will be on draft and in bottles, including some not available in Michigan before. Beyond that, there are planned beer dinners pairing Belgian-inspired cuisine with Belgian beers; trivia, games, and prizes; beer and chocolate pairings; and plenty more. Prepare yourself by visiting the event's official site for the schedule of events, beer list and details, and tickets for the dinners.
  • Wolverine State Brewing, 2019 W. Stadium, announced plans to add an event space adjoining the existing tap room, increase production capacity by 270 barrels, expand distribution to Grand Rapids, and add a Wolverine Amber Lager to their existing bottled lineup of Premium Lager, Dark Lager, and Winter Lager. See all the details here.

David Bardallis is a freelance writer and editor, blogger, bon vivant, and man about town. Visit “All the Brews Fit to Pint” at, follow @allthebrews on Twitter, or join the "All the Brews Fit to Pint" Facebook page. Email your beer-related thoughts to


David Bardallis

Fri, Jan 20, 2012 : 5:48 p.m.

Also note the Michigan Brewers Guild calendar mixed up the Enthusiast tour location -- Saturday's event is actually at Arbor Brewing, not the Corner Brewery!

David Bardallis

Fri, Jan 20, 2012 : 5:07 p.m.

The bottled Wolverine Amber Lager will be the same as the District 16 Vienna, for those who have had that at the tap room.


Fri, Jan 20, 2012 : 4:48 p.m.

Excited to try the Amber Lager from Wolverine. Just had the limited edition New Years Stout from Frankenmuth Brewery. It was one great beer. It should be in most stores around the area that usually carry Frankenmuth <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 8:08 p.m.

Getting drunk never goes out of season!