Last weekend’s first annual Spring Clean 15 Festival of Beers was a blast! Sure, it wasn’t the first annual Michigan Brewers Guild Spring Beer Festival in Traverse City or the World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, but it was a great time full of great beer.
I threw my own beer festival because the other festivals were canceled or postponed, respectively. I cleaned out my cellar and found 15 new-to-me-beers from the state of Michigan.
Over the course of three days, I sampled five beers a day. Here’s the breakdown in order of how much I enjoyed each beer matched up with the beers from that day along with initial thoughts based on a taster of each beer. It should be mentioned that these beers range in age from a month to three years.
Bean Ball Blonde – The Mitten Brewing Co – Grand Rapids
Strong coffee upfront with sweet notes of almond and cocoa to balance things out
Baba Yaga IPA – Brooks Brewing – Shelby Charter Twp
Heavy in the hop and malt departments
Revitalization – Exferimentation Brewing Company – Pontiac
Dark red color yet light and sweet malt notes
Rascal – North Peak Brewing Company – Traverse City
Strong, roasty porter with subtle cherry
Bad Acid – Rake Beer Project – Muskegon
More sour than tart, tons of pineapple and mango
Sweet Potato Soufflé Rye Ale – Odd Side Ales – Grand Haven
Light sweet potato with nutmeg and cinnamon, enjoyed the rye barrel
Ninja Turtle Milkshake Stout – Rochester Mills Beer Co – Rochester
Smooth stout with tons of chocolate, only 5.2%?!
Hyrrokin – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales – Dexter
Refreshing and crisp with ginger, light in the blood orange department
Urbanization – Speciation Artisan Ales & City Built Brewing Company – Grand Rapids
Funky and wild, crisp
Hello Tasty – Short’s Brewing Company – Bellaire
BBA Stolen Souls – Vanilla – Block Brewing Company – Howell
Excellent variant of Stolen Souls, vanilla sweetens up the boozy stout
Pivot Point – barrel + beam – Marquette
Tons of fruity notes from the red wine barrel
Happy Guy – North Pier Brewing Company – Benton Harbor
Hoppy, light, and bright
Whiled Away IPA – Stormcloud Brewing Company – Frankfort
Stormcloud’s Belgian spin present, along with heavy hops and light malt
Morning Glow – Arvon Brewing Co – Grandville
Light, hoppy, crushable
As of today, May 20, 2020, three of my favorite beer festivals of the summer have been canceled – the annual two-day Michigan Brewer’s Guild Summer Beer Festival, Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison, WI, and Burning Foot Beer Festival in Muskegon, MI. Because of all this, be on the lookout for the Summer Clean 15 Festival of Beers to take place at the end of July/early August.