Aberrant Ales quietly entered the Michigan craft beer landscape one year ago in the up and coming downtown main street of Howell.

We have featured their beers on this blog a few times over the past few months, so we found it fitting to attend their one-year anniversary party to help them celebrate the past year and the years to come.

The party kicked off at 2 o’clock in the afternoon in the big heated tent on South Center Street between Grand River Avenue and Sibley Street. We noticed that the party really started after the local college football teams ceased play as the crowd began to pack the tent in the evening.

It was a ticketed event that got one four beer tickets. Food tickets were also available for purchase as there was mac ‘n cheese in a waffle cone, pulled pork sandwiches, and crock pots full of warm spicy chilly. Music was provided by Jason Harper from 3 to 6 pm and The Vintage from 7 to 10 pm.

There were tons of beers on tap and the bartenders did an excellent job keeping the lines moving and the cups full of delicious beer. The specialty Spruce Banner Brut IPA was quick to run out, but the Stout De Olla was tapped at 3:30 pm. Aberrant had their mainstays to choose from, including the Cream Ale, American Blonde Ale, American Amber Ale, the Queen of the Sour Suckers Peach Sour, and West Coast IPA, recently featured on the American IPA Freakin’ Flights. Their seasonal beers included Infused and Confused, the fourth Dust and Daemons batch, and Seasonal Anxiety, a malty brown ale with copious amounts of spices – ginger, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

After owner Clark Gill thanked the crowd for a great year and to keep being “aberrant“, the Anniversary brew or Elephant in the Alley was released and enjoyed by the masses. It was a rich Imperial Stout that smelled like Cinnamon Toast Crunch and had a chocolaty body and finish. Elephant in the Alley was put on display early at the Detroit Fall Beer Fest and was one of our top choices from the weekend.

We’re looking forward to the years to come with Aberrant Ales and wish the best for Clark and Lisa Gill, head brewer Adam Stout (amazing last name for a brewer, right?!) and his brewing crew, and the waitstaff and bartenders that make up the wonderful crew in downtown Howell!


All images were taken by yours truly except for the featured image from Aberrant’s Instagram page.

Give Aberrant Ales a follow on Instagram – @aberrant_ales, along with the Better on Draft crew – @betterondraft, and @beerded_ed!




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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