It is finally May and starting to feel more like spring every day.

With the May flowers, you’re sure to come across a few Justin Timberlake memes announcing the new month.

And if you’re here in 2020 or want to reminisce on the struggle, here’s a little edit to the cringey meme:

If you’re looking for an escape to all the COVID-19 craziness and soak in the spring vibes, crack open a Hefeweizen. The way people pronounce this beer can be just as cringey as the Justin Timberlake memes, but the beer is a light and refreshing wheat beer.

Hefeweizens have varying sweet notes of clove, bubble gum, or banana. They typically have low IBUs and are a great beer to drink as we begin to migrate away from our couches and outside to our porches, decks, and outdoor activities.

The following Freakin’ Flight features Michigan breweries that get the Hefeweizen right for a variety of reasons. Check out the list and the breweries to get your hands on their Hefeweizen wonders. The following beers are in alphabetical order based on brewery name.

Summer Sun – Fillmore 13 Brewery (Pontiac)

If your beer is named Summer Sun, it better be good. The summer sun is something we all crave during these spring months. Summer Sun is an extremely light hefeweizen with clove notes. Fillmore 13 is brewing amazing brews in Pontiac and I cannot wait to return to the brewery soon to drink more of them.

The Hef – Frankenmuth Brewery (Frankenmuth)

The inspiration for this Freakin’ Flight was seeing The Hef back on the store shelves this past week. The Hef is a classic beer that channels the spirit of Hugh Hefner with Frankenmuth Brewery‘s mascot Frankie donned in his finest velvet robe and pipe on the label. We should have been celebrating in Frankenmuth this month at the World Expo of Beer (W.E.B.), but the festival has been delayed until October due to COVID-19.

Weizen Shine – MiddleCoast Brewing Company (Traverse City)

We should have also been celebrating in Traverse City this month at the Michigan Brewer’s Guild first annual Spring Beer Festival. COVID-19 concerns have canceled the festival, so we’re unable to party in MiddleCoast Brewing Company‘s backyard. Their hefeweizen Weizen Shine has a strong wheat presence for easy drinking.

Heavenly Hefeweizen – Salt Springs Brewery (Saline)

Besides the amazing location in a stained glass church, Salt Springs Brewery has amazing beers and food. Their version of the hefeweizen is light and playful. While sipping on a Heavenly Hefeweizen one is sure to find notes of banana-bubble gum that is sure to tickle your tastebuds.

So Heffen Good – Silver Harbor Brewing Company (St Joseph)

Silver Harbor Brewing Company‘s hefeweizen exhibits the usual wheat and clove notes in its So Heffen Good, but it adds a touch of citrus. This new note makes it even more refreshing for those hot spring days that are replicated all summer long. Silver Harbor’s location in West Michigan on Lake Michigan is the prime spot to enjoy this brew.


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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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