Check out the team’s favorite beers from September 2020 in the middle of a global pandemic. Beers are in alphabetical order based on brewery name.
The Fourth Wall – Bottle Logic Brewing (Anaheim, CA) ~ Rob
“When you find a beer that is imitating a candy bar, it’s interesting. When you find one that actually tastes like one, the satisfaction is well met. Bottle Logic Brewing‘s The Fourth Wall is pure Almond Joy. It is a very creamy, sweet stout with a smooth mouthfeel. The strong notes of almonds, chocolate, and coconut stay true and balanced throughout the entire drinking experience. This beer has lactose like no other though so this is your warning. While I am lactose intolerant, I’ve never run into a beer with lactose to trigger my internal, um, explosions … until this one. Honestly, if you are LT, like me, and you’re going to dive into this one, take a Lactase or something equivalent first because this beer is worth it.”
Peach Brewlius – Drafting Table Brewing Company (Wixom, MI) ~ Bill
“No one in their right mind would say that 2020 is ‘just peachy’, but this year appears to have turned into the Year of the Peach beer in my household. After May’s Wheach and July’s Peach Please, I was drinking Drafting Table Brewing Company‘s Peach Brewlius.
According to their website, ‘This Milkshake IPA is a peach creamsicle-inspired ale brewed with lactose, malt, oats, and wheat, and fermented with peaches and vanilla. Enjoy the classic hoppiness of an IPA with soft, creamy fruited finish.’ This was definitely an IPA first and foremost, but the peach flavor was there. It was very subtle and not overwhelmed by the vanilla which was barely detectable. I enjoyed this beer very much. It was smooth and creamy, light but hoppy, and a nice alternative to, say, a NEIPA. It comes in at 6.7% ABV.
While I was aware of Drafting Table’s reputation, I’ve not had any of their products before – I purchased this solely because it had ‘peach’ in the name. I’m glad I did.”
Pink Guava Bamboozie – Ferndale Project (Ferndale, MI) ~ Wendy
“I rarely rate beers on Untappd. This month I rated six different beers with a 5. That’s crazy! The one that sticks out to me the most is Ferndale Project’s Pink Guava Bamboozie. I’ve enjoyed other variations of the Bamboozie series, but there was something amazing about the pink guava. This fruit smoothie was everything I didn’t know I needed. The flavor was a perfect blend of tart and sweet. Oh, that mouthfeel! Who knew I wanted my beer in smoothie form?! Now I’m disappointed if it’s not. Ok. Not really, but maybe every once in a while. I’m definitely hooked on this series. Thanks, Ferndale Project, for a new obsession!”
Basic Strategy – Loaded Dice Brewery (Troy, MI) ~ Ed
“On a recent drive home from an afternoon in Detroit, I was summoned by Loaded Dice Brewery‘s owner and brewer Jef Smith to check his place out. I’ve enjoyed talking with Jef over the past year about his vision, plans, and beers of his brewery.
Despite my mask over my face, I was grinning ear to ear when I rolled into the parking lot of Loaded Dice Brewery and saw the place packed both inside and outside. Basic Strategy was the beer I went with and it was a solid NEIPA that I thoroughly enjoyed. I can’t wait to return to Loaded Dice for one of the food trucks and Jef’s amazing beers!”
When Will Those Clouds All Disappear – Transient Artisan Ales (Bridgman, MI) ~ Dani
“I’ve never used to consider myself a fan of complicated beers. The idea of citrus fruits that I don’t even like on their own (tangerine, for example) as a primary flavor in a beer would have made me turn my nose up years ago. As I have grown as a beer drinker, I’ve come to appreciation complexity not as a series of distracting flavors but instead as a way to get me out of my comfort zone – and I am so glad I have.
When Will Those Clouds All Disappear is an incredible beer by the always incredible Transient Artisan Ales is sweet, tart, and sticky all at once. It warms on the tongue and surprises with even more depth of flavor, all while making you wish you could curl up in a blanket and shiver with each sip. This is a delicious, complicated beer that I absolutely don’t mind figuring out.”
District 16 – Wolverine State Brewing Co (Ann Arbor, MI) ~ Ken
“Having recently mentioned wanting to get back into ambers and red, I decided to check out a six-pack of one sitting in the cooler of my local beer store. The beer was District 16 from Wolverine State Brewing Co. It was a home run as a balanced amber lager complete with a little price point and amazing flavor of malt and toastiness. Smells of caramel are literally what I want my ambers to taste like. It was so good that it’s filling up my keg next!”