I know, I’m a few days late on this announcement, but technology prevented me from posting last week. If you follow us on Facebook or come to the tasting rooms often, then you already knew all of this.
We began our celebration with the tapping of this years anniversary ale Pooh Beer. This is a honey porter that weighs in at just under 10%, and is sweet enough to cover any alcohol character – but not syrupy sweet, so it finishes smooth. It is a fan favorite at the winter beer festival, and we will be saving a keg for that, so you’ll want to get in to try it soon. Anybody that bought a pint of Pooh Beer got a raffle ticket good for all kinds of merchandise including a Growler of the Month subscription. Between the raffle prizes, I was able to speak on our five year journey, and even let some secret future projects out of the bag.
As everyone knows, we don’t have a lot of food options here, but we had a local BBQ food truck come in and park at the loading dock to sell food to our customers. It went over so well that we are hoping to make it a regular thing – either monthly, weekly or daily.
But first some exciting news – why get suckered into cyber Monday when you can enjoy “Brick and Mortar Monday”. Starting today, and throughout the month of December we have empty growlers on sale for $2 off, so you can fill one for a friend or family member and bring Liberty with you when you visit for the holidays.
Come to the brewery for other gift ideas like gift cards, hats, hoodies and much more. We have items between $1 and $100, so there is plenty to choose from. Even our new ‘snarler’ bottle will fit in most stockings.
As mentioned in the title, Berry Vanilla Stout is now on tap in the tasting rooms, and available for growler fills. This is our Starkweather Stout with a hint of blueberries and vanilla that round off the robust flavor just enough to enjoy in this colder weather. Other specialty batches will be released throughout December as we celebrate the completion of our fifth year in business making fresh craft beer in Michigan. Please stay tuned for more information on that, and like us on Facebook for more details about all of our events.
This years batch of Barbers Garden IPA will be released this Wednesday when we open at 3pm. If you’ve not heard of this beer, we make it using hops that were grown right next to the brewery. They are harvested and processed right here, and then added to our regular “The American” recipe as additional hops. As usual, we will not fill growlers until after one week on tap, so schedule your fill date on or after the 13th.
Other dates on the horizon are the release of Liberty Five (aka Pooh Beer). This is our very popular Honey Porter made with Michigan harvested pure honey, and ringing in around the 10% abv range. This beer is also well known for some of the ‘creative’ graphics we’ve attached to it. The beer will be released at a special release party and anniversary party to celebrate our completion of five years making beer (December 8th).
And don’t forget to come by the Upper Hall on Thursday this week to enjoy a fresh beer while taking in a little history lesson. We will host Libertyseed.org for a live story telling of the night of Paul Revere’s ride, known as “the birth of our nation”. Hear back stories and detailed accounts of events leading up to this historic day. I promise it is not the same story you heard back in fourth grade.
Our annual batch of Oktoberfest will be released tomorrow in the tasting room, and it is another great batch. We brew our Oktoberfest beer in the spring like it is supposed to be, and lager it in the cold tank for the entire summer to mellow and smooth out during conditioning. The result is a caramel tasting, light hopped beer that hides the higher alcohol level well. This is a small batch that will not be available in growlers or snarlers at all, so if you want to try it, you’ll need to come in and get it here.
Also, be sure to reserve your spot at our annual Oktoberfest banquet at The Inn At St. John’s on next Wednesday the 25th. I have already posted the menu on my facebook page so you can see what to expect in advance, it will be an amazing event with great beer and food, and hopefully a lot of company.
Come in now for the best spiced ale of the season – that’s right, I said it! You were all thinking it, so I went ahead and said it for you. OK, if you don’t agree, you are allowed your opinion, but if you haven’t even formed your opinion yet, than what are you waiting for? Get in to Liberty Street for Punkin’ Pie Ale now!
Actually, it is already here! Look for it in bars and restaurants near you, and demand it if they don’t already have it. The official release here at the brewery is this Wednesday afternoon when we open. And if you come to the brewery and ask for it, you can get some before Wednesday – but don’t tell everyone!
This weekend you can get Liberty Street beer at a couple special events; go to Westborn Market in Berkley for a “Meet Michigan” tent sampling event in the parking lot, and then we are again at the DIY festival in Ferndale. At Westborn, we will be pouring samples of the four bottled brands for the purpose of selling them right there in the tent alongside other great Michigan items. And Punkin’ Pie Ale will be on tap at the DIY Festival.
Check out this new interactive map with all of the locations that have purchased our beer according to our sales reports.
Be sure to get your tickets early for this Oktoberfest Banquet. Once again, 5ive Restaurant at The Inn at St. John’s will prepare a five course German themed Oktoberfest banquet. Executive Chef, Jason Stoops, has designed exciting recipes to be paired with each of the five beers that accompany each course of the meal. Join us as we discuss each of the beers and course preparations.
Also, we ran out of Cherry Cider, but have temporarily replaced it with Raspberry Cider – so if you were one of the several that asks for a different cider, here you go.
Waiting for Punkin’ Pie Ale? The wait is almost over! We are currently putting the final touches on that beer, and it is expected to be ready very soon (maybe sooner than you’d think). Keep following us here, or for more frequent updates, follow our Facebook page.
So one of the two new beers is really our regular Starkweather Stout recipe, only we decided to nitrogenate it instead of carbonating it. This is a process, made famous by a popular Irish stout, that can be used for almost any style of beer. We used our stout which is a bit more robust than that lighter one, and it does not disappoint. The equipment and condition of the beer make this a spectacle when poured, as the bubbles appear to cascade downward in the glass. The flavor changes in this beer are obvious from the first sip – the lack of carbonation makes it very smooth with almost a richness of texture. The chocolate notes that are evident in the normally conditioned Starkweather Stout are magnified considerably and you’ll want another one for desert right after your first one.
Liberty Street Amber Waves
Another new beer on tap is Amber Waves
which is an American Hefeweizen style wheat beer using a specific German yeast strain that leaves behind specific characteristics indicative of the style. Banana and clove are evident from this lighter wheat beer that can be enjoyed by anybody. This will be on tap throughout the state soon as we expect to distribute some for others to enjoy. Please ask for it at better bars and restaurants that you go to.
Bottling has gone well, and we are gearing up for more production in bottles. Also coming soon is Punkin’ Pie Ale
scheduled for release in the tasting room on September 11th (or maybe a week earlier if you know to ask). We literally cannot make enough of this beer for our distributor or tasting room customers, but once again we’ll try.
In an attempt to satisfy everyone, we are introducing a new product available at the brewery only. Known by other names, the ‘Snarler’ is half of a growler capacity (half a growl is a snarl…), and made of amber colored recyclable PET plastic. This package offers many advantages to the glass growler; less volume makes it a better volume for personal consumption, it can go places that glass isn’t allowed, longer storage period dues to filling process. Now available in five brands prefilled at the brewery, with more brands to come. Though refillable, we will not be refilling from the taps due to excessive foaming – rather, we sanitize the Snarler and fill with sanitary filling equipment. This allows you to stock up your fridge with multiple brands of our beer at one time, that have a shelf life much longer than a normal growler fill from the tap.
If you regularly peruse the aisles at the better beer stores, you may have noticed that Red Glare and Steamy Windows are back in bottles! Not to be left out, The American IPA and Starkweather Stout will also soon be bottled and joining the others on the shelves. If you go to your store (bars and restaurants too) and don’t see our beer, ask for it so they can order from our distributor.
We have been very busy since starting our bottling production, and trying to keep up with the seasonal offerings is a little tricky. Regardless, we have been able to get a lot of rotating beers ready to enjoy, starting with the release last week of C Monster and tomorrows release of a new beer named Liberty Bell Gin Pale Ale. Yup, it’s a Belgian beer made with juniper berries in the finish to provide a fruity and floral note. This is a lower alcohol beer for a Belgian style, but we think it is a very easy drinker considering the current heat wave.
In addition to the standard 12 ounce long neck bottling we’ve been doing, we have also been filling “Snarlers” for to-go sales from the brewery. Though many would consider the normal 64 ounce glass growler to be a single serving, some may think it is too much. Enter the ‘Snarler’, a 32 ounce PET amber “brown” bottle used for home consumption of Liberty Street beer. Of course, because it is PET plastic, you may also bring it to; park, beach, disc golf, cycling (road or trail), regular golf with sticks, baseball games, whirlyball, beach volleyball, etc. They even fit into the water bottle cage on a bicycle (coincidentally?)