You are viewing this article in the AnnArbor.com archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see MLive.com/ann-arbor
Posted on Thu, May 23, 2013 : 12:43 p.m.

The Week in Beer: Remembering those who serve

By David Bardallis

bardallisbiercamp.jpg

Biercamp: now actually serving bier!

Courtesy Teo Watson-Ahlbrandt

brewsie.png
This Memorial Day weekend, we would all do well to take a moment out of our holiday fun and festivity to remember the heroes among us whose hard work and sacrifice mean so much in our lives. This column is proud to raise a glass in salute to all those who serve... beer. From owners and managers to brewers and bartenders to distributors and retailers: the world would be a much sadder place if you did not do what you do. So thank you, and cheers!

If you’re packing the cooler, loading up the car, and heading to the lakehouse: Don’t worry; things are going to be pretty quiet around here while you’re gone. Here’s your rather sparse Week in Beer to close out the month of May as we head into the sound and fury of  a new summer season.

Thursday, May 23

>> Original Gravity, Arbor Brewing, and Great Lakes are the featured breweries for the Craft Brew-Ha-Ha dinner at Paesano, 3411 Washtenaw, taking place at 6:30 p.m. on the patio if it’s not thunderstorming all over the place. Call 734-971-0484 for tickets (if still available) and see the evening’s menu here.

Tuesday, May 28

>> The release party for Green Giant Imperial Pilsner starts at 6 p.m. at the Corner Brewery, 720 Norris, Ypsilanti, and includes two hours of this limited-release brew along with light appetizers. Not had the pleasure of trying the Giant before? It balances all German noble hops with a medium-bodied grainy malt profile and, at nearly 7 percent alcohol-by-volume (ABV), can sneak up on you if you’re not careful, Jack. Cost is free for Arbor/Corner Mug Club members or $10 for the heathen.

>> If you can’t make it to the beach, then the beach will come to you. Just be at Ashley's, 338 S. State, at 6 p.m. as Saugatuck Brewing breezes into town with 10 beers inspired by the beautiful Lake Michigan coastline. Actually, I have no idea what inspired these beers, but they’re good and are as follows: Oval Beach Blonde Ale, Singapore IPA, ESB Amber, Neapolitan Milk Stout, Pathfinder Pale Ale, Pier Cove Porter, Hop on a Blonde Ale, Dead Goat Doppelbock, and Citra Simcoe Ale.

Notes on the Napkin

  • Congratulations to Grizzly Peak Mug Club Brew-Off grand prize winners Jamie Kidwell and Andrew Brix. They took the crown with their Wit with Lime beer, a version of which they’ll be brewing commercially with head brewer Duncan Williams in the next month or so. First runners up were Bob and Kim Barrett for Bruce Street Wheat and second runner up was Matt Bing for Saison Brett.
  • Remember late last year when Hannah Cheadle and Walt Hansen of Biercamp, 1643 S. State, won unanimous approval from the Ann Arbor City Council for a microbrewery license? And then when the artisanal sausage makers had to deal with the heinous Michigan Liquor Control Commission to get final approval? It’s all done, and Biercamp is now filling growlers for off-site consumption. Veteran brewer Teo Watson-Ahlbrandt mans the tiny brewing system to keep the two taps flowing, one with flagship Vienna IPA and the other with a rotating style (currently Brown Ale). Fresh-made beer and sausage, united at last!
  • For what it's worth, Clay Risen of the New York Times recommends Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere as a great example of "perfect summer beer." Dogfish's Noble Rot, though? Not my cup of beer/wine.
  • In town and barbecuing for Memorial Day? You’ll want to stock up on beer, obvs. The Wolverine taproom, 2019 W. Stadium, is happy to help. They’re open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., during which brief window you can and should pop in to get two-for-one growler fills, as well as a buy-one-case-get-the-second-half-off special. (And remember, Gulo Gulo India Pale Lager is now one of the bottled choices, or you can create a mixed case.) Score, baby.

David Bardallis is a freelance writer and editor, blogger, bon vivant, and man about town. Visit “All the Brews Fit to Pint” at AnnArborBeer.com, follow @allthebrews on Twitter, or join the "All the Brews Fit to Pint" Facebook page. He is also working on a book about Ann Arbor’s illustrious beer past and present. Email your beer-related thoughts to annarborbeer@gmail.com.

Comments

Jim Clarkson

Fri, May 24, 2013 : 3:48 a.m.

I have to fully agree with "shutthefrtdoor". I read this article earlier and have been so annoyed by that first paragraph myself that I decided to come back and comment. You want to honor those that serve beer I will join you hand in hand, but to play it out like memorial day is for bartenders is in extremely bad taste. Being a 2 war veteran and having served in the military for a long time not a lot offends me either but the way this article is portrayed is frankly a huge disservice to the men and women of our Armed forces that never made it home to enjoy a beer in the first place.

shutthefrtdoor

Thu, May 23, 2013 : 7:28 p.m.

Quite frankly...as an Army Infantry Veteran that does NOT get offended by much...your disrespect for the spirit of this Holiday does exactly THAT! This Holiday is reserved for remembering those Service-members that actually DIED for this Country in battle. It is already diluted enough with furniture sales and back yard drunk fest's. I find it appalling that you would take the extra step to point out that you are mocking our dead hero's. If you are going to do it...do it on Armed Forces Day, Flag Day, or maybe Veteran's Day...that way at least those that still live can defend themselves.

Backthetruckup

Fri, May 24, 2013 : 3:52 p.m.

Thank you for serving,,,and posting this...

Jeremy Miller

Fri, May 24, 2013 : 3:30 p.m.

As a USMC Infantry veteran. I agree. This is holiday is not about those that are still here. It about those that are not here.

blueWhiskey

Fri, May 24, 2013 : 1:59 a.m.

Exactly, I was being facetious with my comment. What on earth was DB thinking here? The first paragraph is an insult to those who have served, and their are many. It's bad enough that its so commonplace to hear of current news of a war zone that most people are unaffected. But this? This is a mockery of a day so many of us observe with heavy hearts. Not cool AAN, but I'm not surprized.

Kyle Mattson

Thu, May 23, 2013 : 8:41 p.m.

I follow you now stf. Thanks for your feedback. As I noted previously, hopefully everyone considers the importance and reasoning behind the holiday and why they are enjoying the long weekend they are thanks to the sacrifice of others.

shutthefrtdoor

Thu, May 23, 2013 : 8:36 p.m.

"This Memorial Day weekend, we would all do well to take a moment out of our holiday fun and festivity to remember the heroes among us whose hard work and sacrifice mean so much in our lives. This column is proud to raise a glass in salute to all those who serve... beer. From owners and managers to brewers and bartenders to distributors and retailers: the world would be a much sadder place if you did not do what you do. So thank you, and cheers!" Kyle...maybe AA.com misread the first paragraph when you published this article...I can read. Please interpret was the author has written.

Kyle Mattson

Thu, May 23, 2013 : 7:38 p.m.

Hi stf, I think to misunderstood Dave's intention, he is not mocking is anyway but noting the importance it is to honor and remember those who have fallen in service as well as recognize those who served or are currently serving our country in the military. Many have forgotten the importance of the day in lieu of celebrating the warm weather, but we hope everyone at least take a moment out of their day to keep those men and women in their thoughts.

blueWhiskey

Thu, May 23, 2013 : 6:39 p.m.

It's great to see that those who serve are being recognized.

David Bardallis

Thu, May 23, 2013 : 5:30 p.m.

Indeed. That's my big bro Mike.

Ross

Thu, May 23, 2013 : 5 p.m.

Dave, is your brother the brewer at Grizzly? Just read the last name in the other article.