Michigan Brews: Short’s, Dark Horse and Odd Side

Java ChipYes, I live in New York City – a beer mecca in and of its self, for both our access to knowledgeable beer establishments and our phenomenal NY State craft brews (but that’s a whole other entry!!)  – I thought I should also pay homage to my roots on this blog.  A born and bred Michigander, I’ve always sung the praises of beers from the Mitten.  On every trip home, my dad and I hit up the local “party store,” Good Time Party Store on 7 Mile, which has a darn good selection for a hometown shop.  On my trip home for the holidays, I sipped the following.  It’s a long list, but it’s a long holiday season!

Dark Horse Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead the 5th: Caramel, bourbon, deliciousness, smoky but a savory smoke not campy smoke. Almost too easy to drink for such a high ABV

Dark Horse Brewing 4 Elf Winter Warmer: Smooth, crisp and spicy – clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, berries, allsipce, anise.

Short’s Brewing Cup A Joe Coffee Crème Stout:  Smelled roasty, malty and chocolaty, was hoping for some nice coffee bitterness from this, but it’s too sweet for me.

Short’s Brewing Good Humans: Excellent balance of bitterness with sweet caramel notes and a tiny hint of hops.

Odd Side Ales Sinister Vertigo Imperial Stout: Thick, stout-y with a clean finish, smells much sweeter than it is.

Odd Side Ales Chocolade Koffie Stout: A bit bitter at the end, but in a dark chocolate sort of way that I really enjoy!

Short’s Brewing Company  Empress Catherine: Bitter… Not smooth at all. A hint of smoke

Odd Side Ales Bean Flicker Blonde: A deliciously drinkable blonde coffee ale. Smooth, rich and roasty

Odd Side Ales Java Chip Mint Stout: Was skeptical, but this is amazing. 2 favorites come together: thin mints and stout. Woah.

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