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The penultimate month of 2020 has come and gone and there were a ton of beers consumed by the Better on Draft team. We don’t think any festivals are on the horizon so we are going to continue to highlight our favorite beers of the month with these posts!

Check out our favorites from the month! Beers are listed in alphabetical order by brewery name.

Cold Brew Horchata ~ Dani

Brew Detroit (Detroit, MI) | Stout – Coffee | 6%

“My November Beer of the Month comes from the 4-pack of Cold Brew coffee beers from Brew Detroit. I had all four recently and want to give you my thoughts on each. The first can was the Cold Brew Detroit. The coffee flavor was very strong and bitter. The second can was the Churro Stout. What a difference between this can and the first! It was not too sweet and had a faint hint of cinnamon. It was a delicious reminder of when I walked through Barcelona while eating chocolate-dipped churros last September. Can #3 was delicious – Horchata. It was smooth, sweet, and not at all bitter. It was more of a dessert beer than a coffee one. I … still think about it sometimes. The fourth beer in the Brew Detroit 4-pack was Mocha Habanero. If I had been drinking it in the morning (it is coffee, after all), it would have done more to wake me up than my regular cup. Such a sting! I loved it, but the Horchata took my heart. Overall, the 4-pack was a great purchase, and I look forward to more coffee brew flavors from Brew Detroit.”

Buzz Blanket ~ Wendy

Drafting Table Brewing Company (Wixom, MI) | Stout – Coffee | 7%

“Picking a favorite beer for this month was a tough choice. I fell in love with Broad Leaf Local Beer‘s Banan – Appeal on my birthday beer trip to Grand Rapids, MI. City Built Brewing Company‘s 8 Hour and 13 Hour stouts were to die for. The Better on Draft hosts got to sample Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout and its variants on episode 243 of the podcast before its release on Black Friday. I mean, how do you choose? Seriously?

So this month, I’m going to pick one that I literally forget just how much I love it until it gets released. Drafting Table Brewing Company‘s Buzz Blanket is everything I search for in a fall stout. The bold coffee flavor is not overly bitter and balances so well with the creamy mouth feel. Not too sweet. Not too bitter. Its perfect for a fall day. Not to mention how well it pairs with a piece of pumpkin cream pie!”

Mangoes into a Bar ~ Ed

East West Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, MI) | Fruit Beer | 6%

“November awarded me with a day off from work, so I headed west to Grand Rapids to celebrate Eric Plata’s new job at Perrin Brewing Co. We were able to meet up at 7 Monks Taproom to catch up over a few beers. When we left 7 Monks, I went to check out East West Brewing Company, a new-to-me brewery located in Eastown. I did not know that the brewery was located in Bombay Cuisine. The bartender told me that brewing was a hobby of one of the owners who wanted to take it to the next level by giving brews interesting twists. I sampled a few and settled on Mangoes into a Bar. This mango beer was like nothing I have ever had before. The mango fruit was light and the spices and cardamom gave it something so unique that I ordered a growler to go and enjoyed it throughout the rest of the month.”

Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash ~ Bill

New Holland Brewing Co (Holland, MI) | Stout – Imperial/Double | 17%

“This month I have been enjoying a few bottles of New Holland Brewing Co‘s Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash that I picked up over the summer. At 17%, it’s big, bold, boozy, and oaky. It has a somewhat viscous mouthfeel, is notably sweet, and I can definitely taste the bourbon. My intent was to cellar a few of these, but it’s so good that they may not make it through the upcoming winter season. Triple Mash is the best of 2020’s Dragon’s Milk variants, in my opinion!”

Cheers!

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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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