Coming up fast is the Glass City Beer Fest. It is March 1st at the Lucas Country Rec Center Hall 2, last year it was at the Erie Street Market downtown. Last year we had a small van that drove us from Caper’s to the Fest. Since this year it is so close to Caper’s we will not be doing that, and it is free parking there also. We will meet at Caper’s before hand at 7pm Friday March 1st. Caper’s will have pizza and apps for us to eat before we go! The event goes on till 11pm (doesn’t mean we will stay there the whole time.) Here is the events website for more details: http://glasscitybeerfest.com The event is $30 a person in advance and $35 at the door.
On the way back from the Detroit Car Show yesterday we took the long way home and stopped in at Original Gravity in Milan, MI. I tried one of their beers at Ashley’s Pub in A2 last year and have been meaning to go check it out. We did a 7 beer flight and had a few snacks. Our favorite beer was their:
COUNTY STREET AMBER
Not your typical Amber Ale. Bold flavored Red Ale with pronounced roasted character and caramel notes, balanced with loads of Cascade and Amarillo hops. Medium bodied, deep copper in color and dry hopped for additional hop character this beer is full of flavor.
O.G. = 1.054 – 5.5%
We were lucky enough to get a keg of Bells Hopslam. Hopslam is a %10 double IPA with Michigan Honey that makes it… very delicious. We only got 1 keg so stop in and give it a try.
Stopped into Cigar City Brewing ove the past holidays down in Tampa, FL. What great beers! Their brewery is in a industrial park like setting similar to how 3 Flyod’s is set up but they do not serve food at Cigar City, only beer. They seem to be doing very quality good beers and also doing some really wild ones that come with a love/hate relationship. They distribute beer in all forms: cans, bottles, big bottles and filling up growlers at the brewery. I was impressed by how well they are doing/brewing beers across the board from easy drinking summer lagers to big IPA’s to awesome smoky brown ales to crazy delicious dark porters. I already cant wait to go back.
Mug Club Meeting Monday Dec 10th 8pm.
We will go over 2013 reinstatement fees and your ideas for the mugclub to get better and grow.
Last Sunday I had an opportunity to hitch a ride and go to 3 Floyd’s by Chicago. Let me say this place was a small piece of heaven, with amazing beer and really good food. It sits in kind of a warehouse district about 5 miles south of Interstate 80 in Munster, IN. They are doing great things and if you come across their beer give it a try.
We are going to take two brewery trips soon, one to Original Gravity in Milan, MI and one to Three Floyd’s in Munster, IN. We are thinking the beginning of November for these trips. Milan is close, but Munster is close to Chicago. If you are interested in either of these let me know dates you would like to go.
Caper’s is having a 5 sample wine or beer flight tasting with food pairings called “Tailgate for Toledo” for the Byrne Heatherdowns Business Association October 22nd at 6pm. Tickets are $30.
Our next MugClub Meeting will be Monday October 15th at 7pm. We can go over our next trips and have a small beer tasting of potential beers for Caper’s and expand our amazingly sophisticated palates… Also at this meeting we will say fairwell to a very active member KONGSLIDE as he is moving to Wisconsin. Down the road we can do a field trip to his new neck of the woods after he gets aquatinted and finds all the good spots!
Humulus Lupulus Lovers,
Our next Mug Club meeting will be Monday September 10th at 8:30pm at Caper’s. We will go over the next group field trip which will be down to see Matt Snyder at the Cafe in the Oliver House Sunday Septemebr 16th. That day is the Toledo Warehouse tour from noon to 4pm and the Oliver House is having food & beer afterward with bands etc… I will also try and get Bobby the craft beer rep there for our meeting and have some samples or maybe a $5 tasting etc…
Barley Pop Consumers,
Our next Mug Club meeting will be Monday August 13th at 8:30pm at Caper’s. We have a few new beers to try from Yuengling and local Black Swamp Brewery. We will have a special 750ml surprise bottle to try from my cellar. At the meeting we will discuss our last trip to Bell’s Brewery and go over our next trip and next tasting.
Check out the new commercial from BCSN sports for Caper’s, Emily did the voice over.
We had a fantastic time going to Bell’s Brewery!