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Royal Oak Beer Fest In Review Part 1

Last night we went to the Royal Oak Beer Fest. It was a good time and the weather for walking around a little in Southeast Michigan on a mid January night couldn’t have been much better.

As you might expect for an event like this the venue was crowded and some of the breweries had very long lines. We ended up getting there about fifteen minutes late and at least the lines to get in were non-existant.

The entry fee came with a nicely printed 3oz sample cup that was actually glass along with 15 sample tickets. Each taste regardless of gravity was a single ticket.

There were a few local food vendors there offering samples as well as some selling actual meals. There were also a couple vendors offering Michigan and beer themed goods like shirts and signs. We didn’t buy anything, but we did try some peanut brittle that we need to seek out in stores later.

We decided to head to the back and work our way forward. It really didn’t make much difference as it was set up more like a donut with vendors on an outside and inside ring. But anyway, that was our plan.

The first beer I tried was the Head-On Collision black IPA  from the Fenton Winery and Brewery.  It was a solid beer,  something I could easily see drinking a few of when you aren’t in the mood for that over the top, in your face hop profile of the typical IPA. It seemed to have just enough chocolate and roasty malt to offset the hop bitterness. Even when I wasn’t an IPA fan I still liked the “bipa’s”. I’ve never actually been to the FWB tap room, but that has moved up my must try list a little bit.

Next up was Rochester Mills Beer Company. We shared a sample of their Blueberry Pancake Milkshake Stout.  I’ve had the Milkshake Stout many times in the past,  but never like this.  Wow, what an amazing flavor addition to what had been just an average beer, in my opinion.  I’m very curious as to what they did to make this because not only did they get the blueberry spot on, but also the buttery, batter flavor of the pancake itself. Hopefully they have this in their tap room, I would really like to pick up a growler of it.

Our experience will continue in tomorrow’s post. There were far too many beers for just one post.  Tune in tomorrow for more, same beer time,  same beer channel.

Royal Oak Beer Fest Saturday 1/17/2015

This Saturday is the Royal Oak Beer Fest at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Kerry got us tickets for Christmas and I’m really looking forward to it even though I really don’t know a lot about this event.

There seem to be a lot of these small beer fests popping up all over the place and many just offer bottles of beers that you can find at the store. However, some times breweries bring special beers that you can’t find anywhere else.

I’ll be sure to report back about our experience. If you go to their site it looks like VIP tickets are still available, but general  admission is sold out.

Royal Oak Beer Fest 


Time To Go Back To School

It might be time to pack my bags and head back to school again.

WMU Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Craft Brewing

I’m not really sure what to think about these college brewing degrees that seem to be popping up everywhere.  On one hand it is really cool to see that craft beer is growing at such a rate that universities are taking notice and tailoring programs towards it. However, on the other hand, I have to think that at some point there is going to be a plateau for all of this followed by a huge die off.

Hopefully things continue to build and the big boys just keep giving up their market share to support it.

Anyway, it’s Thirsty Thursday at the Mighty Penguin Brewing bar and I’m thirsty. First round is on me.