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When I was 19, I was a wannabe concert promoter with a huge crush on Vinnie Dombroski of 1990s Sponge fame. In 2003, my aunt invited me to see his new band, The Orbitsuns, perform at the Detroit Zoo. I left the show with a new favorite band.

A mere 17 years later, I was lucky enough to catch The Orbitsuns again at the third birthday bash Jamex Brewing Co, which, in my opinion, is one of the best breweries around. While I might not have had the same crush as I did back when I was a skinny college sophomore, I still found the band to be an exciting and welcome addition to the day’s festivities.

Jamex has been a source of deliciously unique beer for me since they opened. I was so excited to be at their birthday bash. As I’d hoped, Ryeders on the Storm was back on tap, as well as a tasty lemon-lime hard seltzer and margarita cider. (All of these came home with me, of course). The Jamex staff roped off nearly the entire parking lot surrounding the brewery’s building, scattered tables and chairs with social distancing in mind, and encouraged attendees to bring their own chairs.

In addition to Jamex beers, the crew from SpagBurger was onsite making delicious sliders and fries. Unfortunately, they’d run out of fries by the time I made it to the ordering line, but the burger was so worth the wait. I was able to browse the adorable beer-themed jewelry sold by local artist Rachel Licavoli and purchased a pair of hop earrings.

I was really impressed with the way the Jamex staff streamlined their ordering process to make sure customers and staff remained safe in the current global pandemic. Although only so much can be done to encourage patrons to wear masks outside, masks and social distancing were required and followed inside of the taproom.

It was a beautiful day for a party, and Jamex really delivered. I look forward to more birthdays with this incredible brewery. I’m so glad they’re a part of the St. Clair Shores community! 

By Danielle Fracassa

Early late 30s (shh), married, 3 cats, 1 car, cheeseburger obsessed, New England IPA lover and world traveler. Also co-head of the Detroit Chapter of Girls Pint Out, a national organization for women who love craft beer.

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