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I was extremely excited to try the recent collaboration beer between Ascension Brewing Company and Arctic Circle Brewing Co today, April 13, 2021, National Peach Cobbler Day. The wind was blown out of my sails when I realized that the beer, Georgia Peach Pecan Pie, was a pie beer and not a cobbler beer. Despite my baking terminology mix up, I was still looking forward to cracking open and drinking this highly anticipated beer.

Ascension Brewing Company has been in operation in Novi since 2015. They are well known for their Gorilla Juice Imperial Stouts within the metro Detroit beer community. New to the Michigan beer community is Chesterfield’s Arctic Circle Brewing Co. A majority-black-owned brewery, Arctic Circle has yet to open its doors but has been creating quite the buzz with their Kickstarter crowd-funding success, social media update/progress posts, and Tuesday Beta Test videos on Instagram Reels and YouTube.

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The beer child between these two breweries is the Georgia Peach Pecan Pie Sour. Coming in a 6% and available in 16 oz cans at Ascension, this beer was released on Friday, April 9th. Can sales sold out before the weekend was over. It is still available on draft at Ascension while it lasts. According to Arctic Circle, they plan on brewing it once their doors open.

While Sours are not my go to beers, I have been enjoying the fruited ones as my gateway beers to the style. The beer poured a solid orange and had a heavy peach presence on the nose. The peach persisted on the front end of the sip and had a ripe taste to it. After enjoying this fresh, tart fruit taste a wave of sweet notes rushed to finish out the beer from the graham crackers, cinnamon, and vanilla. Subtle nutty notes of the candied pecans also appeared on the backend. This beer was dessert in a can and I drank all that I ordered today to at least celebrate the peach-related holiday!

Overall the beer was well balanced between all the ingredients, but I wanted more. In terms of a volume metaphor, this was on level nine out of ten with it being bold and tasty. Perhaps, this beer hit the perfect balance and increasing anything else would throw the rest of it out of whack. I’m not a brewer, but I just wanted more of everything.

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I’m looking forward to drinking more from both of these breweries. When I stopped in at Ascension to pick up my order, the food plates coming out of the kitchen smelled and looked delicious. A quick scan of the food menu told me that I would not leave hungry. As far as Arctic Circle goes, welcome to the show! I cannot wait to have more of your beers in the future.

Cheers!

Disclaimer: Ed purchased this beer for this review.

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By 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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