The Michigan Beer Blog is, by definition, a specialized blog. We talk about Michigan Beer, a topic about which we are passionate, but one that doesn't tell the whole story of Michigan's great products. It doesn't even tell the whole story of Michigan's great alcohol selection. For that, you'll want to check out Drink Michigan. They cover the news and exploits of all of the state's greatest exports: beer, wine, and liquor.
On Saturday, March 27th, Drink Michigan, in concert with Nicky's Willows Grill and the Brass Mug Liquor, hosted a sampling of local Michigan flair. In addition to an excellent selection of Michigan beer, several distilleries and wineries came to prove why Michigan dominates the markets sure to make the Temperance Movement swoon with horror.
Of note: Jolly Pumpkin brought a selection the likes of which I have literally never seen at a festival before. Several beers I have never seen in my favorite liquor store were on display, including Biere de Mars and The Firefly, both amazing sour beers from Jolly Pumpkin. We were also introduced to a brewery that shares lineage with Jolly Pumpkin, Grizzly Peak, and North Peak brewing: Leelanau Brewing, another excellent brewery.
|Justifiably proud of the Jolly Pumpkin selection|
Beer was only a third of the players, though, with distilleries from around the state producing some delicious liquors, from cucumber liqueur to Peanut Butter flavored vodka (yeah...it was called Nutliquor vodka. And it was delicious). Rounding out the choices included an excellent wine selection, from as far south as St Julian's in Paw Paw to the Chateau Chantal winery up north of Traverse City.
Between the originality and passion of Drink Michigan, the generosity of Nicky, the owner of Nicky's Willows, and the huge selection made available by Louie, owner of the Brass Mug, Drink Michigan's first Annual (cmon, Audrey and Trisha, let's make it annual!) Sip of Michigan was a fantastic success!
|Image courtesy Joe Hakim, thehungrydudes.com (Not Pictured: Trisha Verma, co-founder of Drink Michigan)|