The 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.”
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.
You can’t maintain vigilance when consuming stronger beer, so we made something a little lighter with a more flavorful hop character. Not as bitter as an IPA, Eagle Eye PA is our version of a Session IPA made with a light malt base to enhance the hop flavors and leave the beer light and clean in the finish. All American hops of course! We release this beer on Wednesday the 9th and if there is some left after a week, we’ll have it available for growlers starting the 16th.
Don’t forget, we have beer by the keg if you happen to have a party, and look for our beer in bottles throughout the state at better beer stores near you.
The new production plant is coming along as scheduled, and we hope to be brewing before the end of the summer. Look for more information on our Facebook page.
We have been invited by the Canton Rotary to be the beer supplier to the beer tent at Canton Liberty Fest this year. We are very excited to be a part of such a well named event, and have already been well received. Come down and enjoy fresh crafted beer at this festival, there are plenty of tents to stay shaded under while watching the band play. The beer tent is open from 4-10 today, and 11-10 tomorrow when the fireworks go off.
Then Saturday at DTE Energy Theater, we will be represented by Harry and Karen for their Summer Beer Fest. There will be four beers on tap plus three more brands being poured from the bottle just from us, so there is probably going to be a terrific selection throughout the event.
Rob and Jill will be showcasing a new cooperative beverage with McClure’s, of pickle fame. Introducing McClure’s American Michelada, made with McClure’s amazing (emphasis on -zing) Bloody Mary mix and Liberty Street’s The American IPA and a splash of lime. Bob and I developed this drink to be sampled at Westborne Market in Dearborn tomorrow when we have our other beers, and he has his pickles. It is a “Meet Michigan Vendors” in the parking lot under a tent, so there are many other items to try.
And not to be left out, Studly Monk is back on tap for a limited time only. This our version of a Belgian Tripel using juniper berries instead of the traditional coriander seed.
We will once again have Smokey Rhodes BBQ at the dock tomorrow from 5-9 pm or until he runs out of food again. His food is so good, from the ribs to the brisket, and pulled pork – if you ask nice, maybe he’ll have some of his candied double smoked bacon. The pulled pork goes great with the Clementine Lemon Thyme, and Red Glare is a nice match for the ribs. Don’t be late and miss out!
As a compliment to CLT’s citrusy freshness, we have a batch of Studly Monk coming to tap soon. Who doesn’t like a beer with a summery citrus character? Well, this one has a great orange flavor due to a new ingredient supplier, and loaded with juniper berries for a twist. Unlike the other summer drinks, this one has a higher alcohol content, so alternate them between smaller beers for better enjoyment.
As an update on the new brewery, we have finally started to move heavy stuff into the building this week with the shiny stainless starting to arrive next week. There is certainly a lot of work to get everything up and running, so hopefully by the end of this summer (or early fall?) we will be brewing full time at the new brewery in Livonia. Jim and Rob are keeping everything moving at Liberty Street while we transition into increased packaging and distribution.
Ok, so it’s finally warm enough to release our summer seasonal Clementine Lemon Thyme. This is our light wheat beer that is brewed with citrus zest and dryhopped with fresh thyme leaves. It is a limited release this year, but will show up across the state. Get to the brewery to try some soon.
Tomorrow is our release of Diva’s Night Out Stout. This is a special batch brewed with the Detroit Draft Divas. Using a recipe not brewed since we first opened, we did the Genius Stout on nitro as the beer for this group. This is another beer that will see limited initial distribution, with hopes of regular placement as a nitro stout alternative.
The last time we brewed this was more than two years ago. I really missed it, as I consider Pub House Brown to be the ultimate lawnmower beer. Yeah, it is dark – it even has a lot of body and flavor, but at just over 4%, it will keep your lines straighter.
Of course, when we think about mowing the lawn, we can’t forget the return of Clementine Lemon Thyme early next week. This is a limited release this year due to demand for distribution, so be sure to get in on Monday next week, or very soon after.
Liberty Street Winery (Tom) made a Sherry style of dessert wine and bottled it in 375 mL bottles known as a ‘split’. As a special touch for Mothers Day, we had the bottles dipped in milk chocolate from DeLECKtables Chocolates in Plymouth. They are very nicely decorated in a transparent cellophane bag – a thin black ribbon is pulled to break the chocolate off the bottle which can then be enjoyed with the wine.
For Fathers Day, we did a similar thing, but we used Gold Medal Winner MAJESTY and dipped it in dark chocolate. I can tell you from experience that this is an amazing pairing.
First, the awards – Liberty Street won more medals this year at The World Expo of Beer commercial competition. Steamy Windows took the gold medal in American Hybrid category, and Majesty took the gold in Smoke/Wood category. But perhaps more impressive is that Exquisite took a silver medal in Regular Mead category – I guess waiting two years to release it was a good idea?
Tomorrow is Easter, it is also April 20th, the day we traditionally release 42nd Parallel. This is a double IPA style that is one of the few recipes that we dry hop. It is a specific strain of hop that is known for it’s aroma.
One of our more popular double IPA recipes will be released today. Twice Baked is made with baked potatoes and toasted hemp seeds, for a nutty character that is just barely noticeable behind the hop bitterness. It is a large batch, so expect growler availability next week.