Last Saturday was a big day for Beards Brewery in Petoskey with the brewery celebrating 10 years! Each yearly celebration is an excellent milestone for any brewery, but ten years really puts a brewery on the map! I wasn’t unable to make the trek up to the party, but I celebrated with their 2022 version Tree Blood.

Photo Credit – Beards Brewery

Tree Blood has been a fun limited release for Beards because it utilizes maple sap throughout the stout instead of water. Read that again. Both the brewery and Tree Blood are born out of Northern Michigan to which shows the brewery’s dedication to the NoMi taste and lifestyle. According to the brewery, “Variance in annual harvest conditions offer each vintage unique characteristics, making it a truly Limited yearly experience.” If FOMO hadn’t hit you yet regarding the uniqueness of each year’s brew, I’m sure it just did.

It should be noted that maple sap is different than maple syrup. According to TapMyTrees.com, “Maple sap is a clear, water like liquid captured when a maple tree is tapped. Maple syrup is produced by boiling water from the maple sap, concentrating it into a sweet syrup.” Maple sap as a substitute to water makes sense in this situation due to its consistency.

The 7.5% ABV Stout poured dark yet had a small head on top. The nose told me that something special was about to happen to my taste buds with hints of maple. Each sip was gave me typical Stout characteristics – full bodied and rich – and the maple notes were present. The sap provided more of an earthy taste rather than a sweet one that maple syrup would have provided as an adjunct.

Beards Brewery has developed into one of the top breweries in the state since its inception in 2012. Their portfolio and Flagship Beers are widely recognized as top brands and beers. Keep your eyes peeled for all their beers in stores, beer festivals, and at the taproom in Petoskey.


Disclaimer: Thanks to the crew at Beards Brewery who provided cans of Tree Blood to review.


Ed Norton

Edwin "Ed" Norton was first introduced to craft beer when his designated fraternity Big Brother Vince asked him if he knew anything about the topic. Ed admitted his ignorance and the rest is history as Ed and Vince would split six-packs of craft beers each week during Ed's probationary status. Ed is now a craft beer enthusiast who is always on the lookout for a beer he has not tried when bottle shopping or drinking at breweries and bars. In addition to drinking beer, this livelong Michigan resident enjoys a bunch of hobbies that he doubts you really care about, other than drinking beer and sounding off about it.


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