Yes, it took us quite a while to get to this milestone brew session, but when we got there, we made a bigger batch of a popular small batch. We’re going to call it “Half K” as it is batch #500 for us on the Liberty Street main brewing system. You can follow the link to the real name, or come in and try it to see what we did different. It’s a bit bigger than the original beer coming in at 5.00% alcohol (because it is batch 500 – see what I did there?).
And in case you don’t follow us on Facebook (the group page, not the company page), we have one of my favorites on tap right now – Punkin’ Pie Ale! Known for being a beer first with just a hint of spice, this lager/ale blended beer is more refreshing than you’d think. There is a lot to go around, but you better believe I’ll be having my share.
And I know I’ve been away for a while, and a flurry of specialty beers have come and gone in the past couple of weeks. With a pending travel schedule of vacations and promotional events coming soon, I better get a little ahead of myself… As usual on April 20th , next Monday, we will release 42nd Parallel Imperial IPA. We plan to bottle this in bombers for distribution and sale from the tasting room as ‘to-go’ product. And then if I don’t mention it soon enough, we will be releasing Pooh Beer Honey Porter – another brand that might make it into bottles, but a portion will almost certainly be aged in our bourbon barrels that we use for Majesty.
And since I am mentioning bottles, we finally have our bottled brands back in the market – and this time for good!! Now that the Livonia production brewery is running, we are almost completely back to where we were when we had to cease production last summer. What this means for you is that you can have our beer with you at home or with friends without having to bring a growler or even the need of a glass (though recommended). So buy Liberty Street beer at your favorite craft beer retailer, or come right to the brewery and buy it at it’s absolute freshest. We are even going to give the Sunday/Wednesday growler discount to the 6 packs at least until we see how they move.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and again we don’t have green beer on tap – other than referring to the freshness. As a favorite of many, we are releasing 8 Ball IPA today at the brewery – our version of the Cascadian dark ale style. Our 8 Ball IPA is as black as our stout and porter, but lacks a lot of the chocolate and coffee flavors and aromas that usually go along with the color. If we didn’t put so much dark malts into this batch, maybe you would see the green tint of the massive hop additions in this beer, other than that you’ll need your own food coloring. Come to the brewery today and have have our green beer – we’ve got the rest of them beat on color and flavor.
Pub House Brown went on tap yesterday at the brewery and it is as refreshing as ever. At just 4% alcohol, this is the dark beer that goes down like a light beer, but with a bit more character. Available now on tap, and next week in growlers and snarlers.
Well the first batches of beer from the new production plant have been picked up by the distributor, so that means you should see our brands finally back in stores in Michigan. We now have full production capability to support your favorite bottle store, bar or restaurant, so ask for our beer to be offered. And now with all the beer out of the tanks, they are empty and need to be refilled. With the next 6 days dedicated to brewing more, we’ll be doing it again in a few more weeks. A special thank you to those that helped us package the beer – it was a great help for sure.
Ah Valentine’s Day, whether you celebrate it or not, at least it always means more new beers will be released. We just had our Steamy Windows spotlighted in an article on Valentine’s themed beers in the Lansing State Journal, and they probably missed out on our more famous Valentine’s Day Release. That’s right, it’s time for Red Velvet, our chocolate version of Red Glare. And not to be the sole release for this special occasion, we also barreled some of the Red Glare in old Majesty barrels and even spiced things up a bit. What I’m talking about is Four Reds! Red Glare, Red Velvet (chocolate), Mean Red (cayenne pepper), and Red Oak (bourbon barrel aged). We open at 11 am on Saturday, so bring your special someone in for a flight of them all.
The release of Majesty 2014 is today at the tasting rooms at 3pm. We will be bottling quite a bit of it again this year, but we did barrel twice as much as last year, so it will also be distributed to be showcased on tap at better bars and restaurants near you. If you don’t recall what Majesty is, or have not yet been able to enjoy some, it is our Emperor Norton Imperial Stout aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels. At over 9.5% abv going into the barrels, the wood mellows into the beer for a smooth taste and finish, three months later.
Don’t forget, if you want something a little lighter, we still have Waves of Grain on tap, and expect to see my favorite beer, Pub House Brown, next week.
I know the snow just covered us all up, but here’s something to make you think of summer. We just released our wheat beer, Waves of Grain, at Liberty Street, so brave the snow (now slush), and come in for a pint or two.
Also, there’s a big game coming on TV in a short while, and we are expecting to close during the game. If you are needing growlers filled, you may want to take note of this schedule update. We will also be closed for Easter Sunday this year. And look for future announcements about the production brewery in Livonia – very close future.
So we just released Bourbon Barrel Aged Liberty One Porter this past weekend, and just a short time earlier we released our anniversary beer, Liberty Six. We still have plenty of the Liberty Six (aka Morning Constitutional), and also a lot of the Porter, but just in time for Christmas, we are releasing Santa Stout tomorrow when we open at 3pm. This is a normal stout recipe with added flavors from spices and other seasonal ingredients.
As a reminder, gift cards make great gifts, and we are still offering a bonus $10 gift card for any purchased gift card over $50. Also, get your growlers and snarlers in advance of Christmas day because we won’t be able to serve you – we are even closing at 8pm on Christmas Eve. Share a growler with your friends and family as you gather for the holidays. Be safe, and we hope to see you all soon.
While we waited to do the Majesty bourbon barrel aging of Emperor Norton Imperial Stout, we decided to try a couple more of our great beers in the barrels. Starting with the two that we already know will taste great after aging in oak for months. So using Liberty One robust porter, we aged for several months in the same Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels that we always use. It is on tap now, and only available for a short while. The other beer we used was Red Glare, which we like to call Red Oak after barrel aging. It will be ready for service after the new year.
Also on Tuesday, we will release a very special small batch of Santa Stout made with seasonal spices and ingredients.
And don’t forget to get your growlers filled for Christmas since you can’t buy alcohol that day. And we will be closing at 8pm on Christmas Eve.
Liberty 6 is our anniversary beer this year.
Yes, we have been providing you with the freshest beer for 6 years now, and we hope to continue forever! As a special release in commemoration of our anniversary, we have prepared Morning Constitutional, our coffee stout. Made with locally roasted Bella Crema beans that are cold pressed to get the fresh aroma and flavor of a good cup of coffee. As the beer warms, these characteristics become more pronounced.
Also, don’t forget to consider your local brewery for Christmas gift ideas. Everyone loves fresh beer as a gift, and why not get get some for yourself while you’re at it. We still have some bonus $10 gift cards available when you buy a $50 gift card.
For a limited time, buy a $50 gift card and get a bonus $10 gift card at Liberty Street Brewing. That’s a 20% discount overall, that can be used with other discounts, like happy hour or mug club. Stacking discounts like that can really get you some inexpensive beer.
And don’t forget, growlers make a great gift too, and Brewers Garden will be available this Wednesday in growlers.
Next Monday is our 6th anniversary, and we will release Liberty 6! This is our coffee stout that has been previously marketed as Morning Constitutional. Made with freshly roasted coffee from a local roaster in Livonia, these Belle Crema beans add a very robust character to the beer. Plans to bottle it are being considered (label design), so hopefully you enjoy it as much as we do.