Hey there, sports fans! Welcome to a beer review combining a Michigan-based sports podcast and an excellent brewery on the outskirts of Beer City USA.
DeHop’s Brewing Company and Café has been one of my favorite spots to hang out during summer 2020. The beers have been excellent and so has the company I’ve been visiting with. Earlier in the summer, I was a guest on the State of MI Sports podcast alongside Eric Plata, head brewer of DeHops. It was an honor to sit alongside him and talk beer with the sports cohosts of State of MI Sports.
State of MI Sports is exactly what it sounds like – a podcast about sports happening in the state of Michigan. I have to hand it to the guys because they’ve continued to meet and record and grow their audience during a time of little to know sports due to the coronavirus pandemic. Their passion for sports and hilarious friendship make the podcast a great one to listen to if you’re into the various sports teams throughout our great state of Michigan.
As for the beer connection, the boys on State of MI Sports rate Michigan beers throughout the show. They are sponsored by DeHop’s Brewing Company and Café and made a beer alongside Eric cleverly named State of MIPA. I was able to give the beer a try during our first recording of the summer (episode 59) and, again, recently in my own backyard.
I found the American IPA to be a solid one. It was brewed with 100% Crystal Hops from Pure Mitten Hops in Coopersville, MI. It had an earthy undertone to it and was balanced between hoppy and malty notes. Coming in at 7.3%, this beer flirts with the boozy side of things.
During one of my visits this summer, the former vegan chef was incorporating the beer into her dishes because she liked how its taste worked with the menu she was developing. Each of the hosts on State of MI Sports had a turn to drink and rate the beer on episodes 53, 54, 55, and 62 of their own podcast. Needless to say, it’s been a favorite and I can see why.
Head on into DeHop’s Brewing Company and Café in Standale/Walker (depends on who you ask), which is in between Grand Rapids and Allendale. Double-check their social media accounts for hours as they’ve been closed a lot over the past month. I wouldn’t want you to drive out there to discover it is closed.