Please 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.
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.
And 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.