Summer Beer Fest Tasting Notes

I’m attending the Harvest Beer Festival tomorrow, so I figured now is as good a time as any to finally get around to publishing our notes from the summer beer fest.

These… these were composed in progressing states of intoxication, with the help of a devoted secretary who unfortunately isn’t as well-versed in beer as we are (and may have freelanced on a few notes). Paul, Nate, and I all tasted pretty much every beer listed here. Some of them we didn’t provide notes (or only provided drunken mumblings that were beyond transcription), so bear with us.

Arcadia Brewing Company

  • Cereal Killer Barleywine
  • Bourbon Barell Old Ale

Dragonmead Brewing Company

  • Lancelot’s Cream Ale. “Blah”
  • Sin Eater Dark Strong Belgian. “Good”

Frog Island Brewing Co.

  • Chocoberry Porter
  • Bengal IPA
  • Raspberry Wheat
  • Ypsi Citizen Chocolate Porter

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.

  • Solar Eclipse Imperial Stout “Nice alcohol burn”
  • ET’s Reese’s Pieces “Smells good” “flavor mmm mmm”
  • Alien Ale Spiced with Pepper “smell spicy”

Sherwood Brewing Co.

  • Mistress Jades Hemp Ale
  • Daily Grind Kona Porter “Coffee in nose” “good” “:)”
  • Strawberry Lemonade Wit “all the delicious smell of a girly drink in a beer”

Bell’s Brewery

  • Batch 9000
  • Oracle


  • Kodiak Killer Bourbon Barrel Barleywine “good and peppery”
  • Rebarbora Saison

Liberty Street Brewing Co.

  • Sully’s Kolsch “standard kolsch”
  • Belgian Tripel “doesn’t taste like a tripel”
  • Mine Smoker Rauschbier

The Livery

  • Pipenbock Maibock
  • Hoppelbock “#1 sour bock”

New Holland Brewing Co.

  • Envious Ale Aged on Oak and Fruit “good fruit” “dark caramelized malt”
  • 2009 Pilgrim’s Dole Wheat Wine “wheaty”
  • Night Tripper Imperial Stout “om nom”
  • 2008 Dragon’s Milk Bourbon “:)”

Schmohz Brewing Co

  • Pickle Tink Strawberry Wheat “bland as f” “disappointing” – (secretary).
  • Treasure Chest ESB
  • Miracle off 28th Street Olde Ale

Bastone Brewery

  • Infernale Chili Beer “mild” “smell not that spicy”
  • Peanut Butter Beer “light” “not thick”
  • Witface “tastes like saison”

B.O.B.’s Brewery

  • Mango Chipotle Ale “starts off chipotle, then smooth mango” “great mix of flavors” “awesome :)” Side note – this helped inspire our Chipotle Porter and Round 2 of same.
  • Robert the 4th Bourbon Barrel Ale “dark mild” “bourbon overwhelming”
  • Honey Pot Tawny Ale “meh”

Dark Horse Brewing Co.

  • Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th “more” “fuck yeah”
  • Pam’s Kitchen Beer “very little lime” “so weird” “lightly seasoned”
  • Louie’s Donut Beer Brown Ale “aight”

Founders Brewing Co.

  • KBS Imperial Coffee Stout “well balanced” “with an emphasis on bourbon” “good doesn’t even begin to describe it”
  • Black Biscuit Old Ale and Baltic Porter “smell not spicy” “aged pineapple and raspberry” (?)

Right Brain Brewery

  • Black EyePA “tastes like IPA and black Ale” (thrilling analysis there, I know).
  • TC350 IPA XXX “juicy, floral, oak” “bouquet of hops”
  • Snuggle Bunny Cinnamon Vanilla Stout “dark, slight coffee” “nothing special”

Traffic Jam & Snug

  • Frambwosso Barrel Aged Sour Raspberry “very fruity”

Big Buck Brewery

  • IPA “ok”
  • ESB
  • American Ale

Original Gravity Brewing Co.

  • 440 Pepper Smoker
  • OG Ginger Ale

Short’s Brewing Co.

  • Nicie Spicie “standard” (here referring to the fact that we’ve all had it before, not that it isn’t good).
  • Stellar Ale IPA “cascade IPA”
  • Strawberry Short’s Cake Fruit Beer “good” “strawberry comes through flavor”
  • Imperial Spruce India Pilsner
  • Black Licorice Lager “very floral” “good body for a lager”

Waldorff Brewpub

  • Strawberry Rhubarb Cream Ale “good” – (secretary)
  • Bee Sting Honey Rye
  • Cobain’s Ale Dark IPA

For more info on the festival (and what beers we missed out on), and tomorrow’s event, check out

Summer Beer Festival

I won’t be breaking any new ground here, but it’s certainly worth a reminder: The Michigan Brewer’s Guild Summer Beer Festival takes place July 23rd and 24th in Ypsilanti. The official poster:

Summer Beer Festival Poster

Most of Michigan’s prominent Microbreweries should be in attendance (the usual suspects such as Grizzly Peak, Founder’s, Shorts, and many, many more), providing samples of their flagship beers, as well as some one-time-only special brews.

For those who have never been, it’s a great time. Tickets are $30 (Friday) and $35 (Saturday) if purchased in advance at one of the participating breweries. For more info on the Festival, check out the Michigan Brewer’s Guild site. I’ll post any updates we receive as the date approaches.