Brewery: Exferimentation Brewing Co. (Pontiac, MI)

At first glance Exferimentation reminded me of my college days where we would hang out in the local coffee shop. Wait, that was a T.V. show, never mind. It does have the local mom and pop coffee shop vibe though. The eclectic décor and Do it Yourself feel make for a comfortable atmosphere where people can get cozy and read, play games or just chat with friends. I happened to be there on a Saturday night when the place was it seems quite a bit of people agree.

I didn’t get a chance to sample the menu this time around but the Craft Hot Dogs caught my eye. (Apparently, I’m a sucker for a fancy hot dog). The Beer was my focus for the moment. The pink tickler, a hibiscus wheat that can only be described as Hella Pink with great flavor was the frontrunner in my book. I thought the Kakahiaka Onu was delicious as well. A little light for a stout, but the Kona flavor was amazing. Well done for sure. Rounding out the memorable beers from this visit was the Devious

Lemonade Stand. Listed as a pale wheat ale, it had a tartness that takes you aback at first but grows on you after awhile, kind of like the lemonade Grandma used to make. Well, a little more fun than that, but you get the point.

One of the things on the wall that grabbed my attention was the Mad Scientist List. Not your typical mug club, its limited to 40 people at a time. The monthly membership fee gets you an invite to a monthly prototype tasting, a discount on pints and growlers, first access to limited beers and merchandise, a customized Mad Scientist lab coat and of course bragging rights. The Price tag seems a little bit steep, but once the club is full you can only get in if someone leaves.

With a monthly Yoga and Beer event, weekly open mic nights and a pretty extensive vinyl collection, Exferimentation has a little something for everyone. Go check it out. While you are there try the Ima French Weenie and let me know what you think!

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A craft beer fan since 19, used to look for your non-regular beers on frequent trips to downtown Windsor with friends, at 21 Ken basically took over an entire refrigerator with monthly visits to Merchants. With 5 years of podcasting prior, Ken decided to create the brand and show Better on Draft in the spring of 2015, and began creating his dream of a beer-centric website that wasn't too full of itself. He now runs the board and does a lot of the back office stuff while the show goes on, keeping everyone in line, and the beer flowing!