A new SMASH this week and anniversary news

Lite of Polaris is a Single Malt And Single Hop beer using a new hop variety called Polaris. These hops are dubbed “the mint drop”, though we have noted mostly exotic fruit aromas and flavors. With the high alpha acid rating of these hops, the small amount used definitely makes it’s presence known. This is a small batch that will be released on Wednesday and will be very limited.
As we get closer to the end of the year, we get closer to our anniversary – the anniversary ale has been brewed and is conditioning in anticipation of this years release as Liberty Six. More details will follow…
Barbers Garden IPA is almost gone, but we need your help so we can release it’s sister batch; Brewers Garden IPA. This is in the same style as the former, but uses hops grown in the gardens of several local brewers and donated for this batch. Exactly what you’d expect from our regular IPA with a lot of extra hops.

Waves of Grain small batch release

While in transition to getting the new production plant going, there has been some time to make some small batches of some of your favorite beers. Waves of Grain is our Hefeweizen style beer fermented with German yeast to impart banana and clove notes. It is a lighter style at around 4% abv, so you can have a couple – sorry, no growlers on small batch beers.
Also, enjoy Barbers Garden IPA while it lasts – as soon it is gone, we will release Brewers Garden IPA which is the same concept, but with a much more diverse selection of fresh hops added.

Barbers Garden IPA this week

Our first of two harvest ales this year, Barbers Garden IPA is our normal IPA recipe, but with two very large hop additions from the hops grown right next door to kick it up a bit. Of the additional hops, half go in at the beginning of the boil, and the other half goes in at the end of the boil. This generates a flavor and aroma characteristic that is very different from The American IPA base, but still hints back under all that bitterness.DSC06111

The Emperor has returned! All Hail!

Norton-10Please welcome the return of Emperor Norton, our Imperial Stout. Named after our corporate namesake, Joshua Norton (pictured on The American IPA label), this is a high alcohol imperial stout that balances well with chocolate and some dark fruit characters. Very low hop bitterness is helped out with some slight acrid notes from the dark malts used, and plenty of flaked oats give some body and depth to the beer. Some of this small batch will probably end up in bourbon barrels like last years batch (Majesty 2013 gold medal winner at World Expo of Beer), so make sure you get to try some before it is all gone.

Oktoberfest this week!

Ok, so the traditional celebration date of Oktoberfest is in late September and into October, and this has gone on for over 200 years. Here we bring you our fifth version of the Octoberfest/Marzen style beer that is made by almost every brewery out there. Our Oktoberfest beer is made with all the traditional German ingredients. German malts leave a caramel-like character that is supported by a light hop bitterness from Hersbrucker hops.
Oktoberfest 2014And for the third year in a row, we are having the wonderful kitchen staff at The Inn at St. John’s prepare a beer paired dinner in celebration of Oktoberfest. Call now and reserve your place at the table – spots are limited and moving very fast. The food alone is well worth the price of this event, but then you get beer samples and entertainment as well. I really hope to see you there!

Another new beer today, and bigger news

Liberty Smash is the name of our new beer on tap today. This beer is made with “Single Malt And Single Hop” (SMASH), using only 2-row malted barley, and Liberty hops. This is a very simple beer, and was designed to be that way so that we can judge the character of the Liberty hops that we have been getting. The only regular beer that we use Liberty hops in is The American IPA, and we add Liberty hops mainly because it is in our name. This is a small batch made on the pilot system, so if you try it and you really like it, you may want to get your share before it is gone.
And bigger news is that the Punkin’ Pie Ale is now available for growler fills. I know, it doesn’t seem like big news to most of you, but if you are one of the dozens of customers asking for growlers of Punkin’ Pie and being turned down, then this is a big deal indeed! Our supply of this popular beer is being propped up with lots of extra brewing, so we expect to not run out any time soon.
And another quick tidbit of info on the new brewery; all of our bottling equipment has been brought in, and we are finalizing installation of several key elements (boiler, glycol chiller). Our license application is moving along as well as can be expected, and we hope to be doing practice (water only) brewing soon. There will be tours available after the brewery has been tested out and production is in full swing. We will keep you posted here, as well as on Facebook.
Speaking of using social media for communication, we now have a group page for people that are interested in helping at the brewery. Join here by following the group. I will only post here when we need help, so specifics of the help needed as well as dates and times will be posted, and replies to the post will be used to schedule helpers.

Punkin’ Pie Ale on tap today!

It’s finally here! Punkin’ Pie Ale is what we call our spiced ale, but don’t be afraid of it because of all the overly spiced beers that are out there. This is definitely a beer first – the spice is only just a touch. After 6 years of making this beer, we have heard from so many people that this is their favorite “pumpkin” beer – there is also no pumpkin in this beer, so we may eventually offer it more than just seasonally.

C Monster on tap today!

As requested by many, the C-Monster has been brewed and finally released at the brewery tasting rooms. This Imperial IPA comes in at a little over 9% abv, so enjoy it by the pint only, with growlers available next week.

Pooh Beer release today!

Pooh3The beer with the funny name, and even funnier tap handle. Pooh Beer is our honey porter made with locally harvested honey, and plenty of it, to give this high alcohol beer a very sweet finish.
Next week Monday is the annual Old Village Grub Crawl, and Liberty Street will again be doing beer samplers for the event. “Here is your opportunity to try Plymouth’s newest restaurant, AQUA, plus four other great Old Village restaurants for just $15. The Old Village Restaurant Crawl is back on August 18 from 5:30-8:30. Other restaurants include Station 885, Plymouth Fish & Sea Food, Hermann’s Old Town Grill and Liberty Street Brewing Co. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce (850 W. Ann Arbor Tr.) and Station 885. For more information call 734-453-1540. Kids under 12 are $5.”

Barreled Territorial release today

Today at the brewery we will release Barreled Territorial, a Baltic Porter made with molasses and cocoa nibs. This beer started as a collaboration with our great friends at Witch’s Hat Brewing in South Lyon. The first release was on April 1st with one keg from each of us, and then we both put the remainder in bourbon barrels for several months. After a sneak preview at the summer beer festival, it is finally being released today.
Our new production brewery, or ‘newery’, is coming along just fine. Technically it is on schedule, but it can’t be done fast enough for me. The brewhouse is in position as well as the cold room. Tanks are on the way and then we’ll just be putting everything together and testing while we wait for appropriate licensing.
One last tidbit – Pooh Beer will be coming to the taps soon, so look out for future details of it’s availability.