Early Fall Beer Releases

Happy back-to-school! The leaves are starting to turn (out of nowhere!! They were green yesterday!), the air is...hot and stifling, and cider doughnuts are on the menu. Yep, it's September in Michigan. We've got a lineup of great beers coming your way to help celebrate fall. Please fasten your seatbelts -- this plane is officially taking off from summer land. 

First up: the brews you remember from years past. Split Sky Rye and Oat Milk Stout Lager (aka "damn, that's a mouthfull" beer) will return in the coming weeks. The rye base in this beer gives some spiciness to the body, while oats create a smooth mouthfeel, which is further smoothed out by adding milk sugar to the brew. It's malty, smooth, and roasty. 

Remember how Insolent Mink came back last year, but reincarnated as a lager? You don't? That's okay. Insolent Mink used to be an IPA way way back in the early days of Wolverine State until last year when Oliver saw the light and remade it into an IPL. It's "hop bursted," which means that the majority of the hop flavor and aroma were added in the last 10 minutes of the boil. The result is a juicy, fresh, vibrant-smelling and -tasting IPL that will satisfy your every hop craving. Good to have you back, Mink. 

Next up: Cucurbita Smiles Spiced Pumpkin Lager. Need we say more? This pumpkin beer is an October favorite around here, probably because it tastes like pumpkin pie -- but it's not overpowering. It's a balanced beer with notes of toasty brown sugar, warming cinnamon, nutmeg, and real (read: none o' that fake stuff) vanilla. Look for it in late September/early October. 

Gulo Cubed will also return this fall. Gulo's big brother, Cubed is smooth and sweet on the palate with enough lupulin to make you get up and do a little dance. It's delicious. It's classic. It's calling your name. 

Last up, we have a familiar friend with a new vibe. Galaxy Green Thumb (when we used all Galaxy hops in our Session IPL) was so much fun to make, we decided to make a version using all Nelson Sauvin hops. These highly sought-after New Zealand hops impart juicy white wine and fruit notes. Release date of Nelson Sauvin Green Thumb TBD. 


Summer's Last Gasp, aka Late Summer Beer Releases

We have reached a critical point of the summer, guys. It's mid-August, and suddenly we're responsible for purchasing new notebooks and shoes and mechanical pencils because, come on, regular pencils are like so passe. Also on the list of things to do: sit and ruminate, perhaps on a drive to procure said pencils and notebooks, about the lack of sandy blankets in your trunk; the complete absence of potato-salad-induced bloat; the dearth of photographs of you and your friends enjoying cold beverages on softly lit outdoor patios. Where did summer go? 

Well, we can't throw sand at you or make your grandma's potato salad, but we can at least help you out on the patio-drinking front.  Late summer marks more than just golden sunsets and back-to-school shopping -- for us, it marks the return of our World Beer Cup Bronze Medal-winner Raucher Smoked Lager and the introduction of a brand-new brew, Paraiso Fruited Wheat Lager. Additionally, keep your eyes peeled for a new twist on our Green Thumb Session IPL, GALAXY Green Thumb! Also coming up: Big House Brown Lager (if there were ever a sure sign of fall) and Oktoberfest. But those are firmly FALL beers and will receive their very own post. So get your hands on a pint and grab a seat on our patio while you can! 

You know Raucher. You love Raucher. It is made with German beechwood smoked malt, which imparts rich campfire smoke notes. A well-rounded mash bill gives the beer a comfortable, stable backbone, and German Hallertau Mittelfruh hops give the beer its necessary hop balance. Raucher will return in mid-August!

Heard of Galaxy hops recently? These thunder-from-down-under hops (they're from Australia) have been making waves with their big, punchy passionfruit flavor and aroma. They're so fragrant and delicious, we decided to hop our session IPL Green Thumb with them exclusively. The result, Galaxy Green Thumb, is a drool-worthy, ultra-drinkable session beer with tropical notes and juicy passionfruit flavor and aroma. Look for it by late August! 

Paraiso Fruited Wheat Lager is smooth, drinkable, and decidedly tropical. We're keeping the specific fruit used in Paraiso quiet until closer to release, so stay tuned! Paraiso is lightly hopped with Galaxy hops. It will be released before September -- we'll keep you updated!

Early Summer Beer Releases

Summer has arrived, and it's bringing beers with it! Five brews are set to be released in the coming weeks -- four returning favorites, and one classic WSBC brew with a TWIST! 

Hickory Dickory Bock, West Side Wheat, Eclipser, and P.U.B. Lager are up along with Galaxy Green Thumb! "Wait, what?" you may be asking yourself. "I know about your session IPL Green Thumb, and I know that Galaxy hops as one of the hottest hops on the block these days...are you telling me that we get a session beer brewed with ALL GALAXY HOPS?" 

Yes, my friend, yes we are. Onto the descriptions!

Hickory Dickory Bock features a delicately sweet, malty, and strong flavor typical of bock beers, but with a twist! We lagered this beer on aged hickory, a wood that imparts notes of mesquite, marshmallow, and light smoke to this flavorful brew. A touch of Hallertauer Mittelfruh hops provide bittering balance. Smooth, clean, and flavorful! 5.5% abv, 16 IBUs. Available in July. 

Eclipser Chestnut Lager is built on a base of Pilsner malt, with coriander, toasted chestnuts, and Michigan wildflower honey rounding out the flavor profile of this complex and drinkable beer. Tettnanger hops provide a bitter foil to the delicate sweetness of this brew. 5.1% abv / 21 IBUs. Release date TBD. 

P.U.B. Lager, the drinkable, lightly malty beer we brew exclusively for Zingerman's Roadhouse, will be available in the Tap Room starting this summer! This style is based off of English pub ales -- easy-drinking, low-abv brews meant to be enjoyed by the pint. Our version is clean with malt sweetness and is balanced by Northern Brewer hops. 3.8% abv / 24 IBUs. 

Galaxy Green Thumb is a sweet riff off our our session IPL, Green Thumb. The difference? We hopped Galaxy Green Thumb exclusively with Galaxy hops. This Australian hop variety is much loved and obsessed over due to its extremely distinctive hop aroma -- it's sweet and hugely fragrant with strong notes of passionfruit and citrus. Abv and IBUs forthcoming, as is a release date. 

West Side Wheat is our wheat-tastic summer beer. Refreshing, bready, and very flavorful, this brew stays in demand from the moment it hits the draft lines to the moment it is, sadly, out for the year. It's oh-so-drinkable, with its bready wheat body complemented by Northern Brewer and Cascade hops. Release date TBD. 

Five Shores Blonde Returns

Five Shores Blonde Lager, our brew benefiting the Alliance for the Great Lakes, returns this weekend! 

Five Shores Blonde Lager is a blonde common, an amber hybrid. After fermentation, Five Shores was dry-hopped in our hop torpedo with Michigan-grown Cascade hops for a punch of glorious citrus hoppiness. This bright, golden brew's flavorful body is built on a simple, pure foundation of Canadian and American grains that provide a perfect backbone for delicate hop flavor to flow across the palate. We hope it reminds you of the sun flashing off the waters of the Great Lakes and every lake in between with each and every sip.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Five Shores Blonde goes directly to the Alliance for the Great Lakes, an organization that works to protect, preserve, and sustain the Great Lakes. To learn more about the org, check out their website.

June Brew Releases - Bring on the Pilsners!

Nothing helps quench thirst during summer heat better than pilsners, and we've got two of 'em coming at you in the month of June: Hoppy favorite Zythgeist Zythos Pilsner makes its return to the draft list, followed by Bärenmarder German Pilsner! 

Zythgeist: Zythgeist is made with hundreds of pounds of Canadian Pils and rounded out with a touch of darker malt for color and depth of flavor. Where does that name come from, you may ask? Zythgeist is hopped exclusively with a ton of Zythos hops, which impart citrus notes and a hint of pine. It's all about celebrating the current moment and everything about it in the world of craft beer -- tip back a Zythgeist and see what makes it all so special.

Bärenmarder: This traditional German-style beer was made with a base of over 97% Pilsen malt with a touch of Melanoidin for color, which results in a light golden brew with plenty of clean, sweet, delicately malty flavor.

Bärenmarder was hopped with 100% German Tettnang hops. This hop variety imparts a mild herbal spiciness that works well with the delicate Pilsner base and lends our signature balance to this traditional style.

We named this brew Bärenmarder, which is one of the German words for our favorite ferocious mustelid, the wolverine.

Stay tuned for specific release dates! 


Brand-New Beer Release: Cereza Rey!

Long-awaited, much-anticipated, highly cherry-iated (?), Cereza Rey Cherry Cream Stout Lager is here! Toasty malt base, lactose creaminess, and tart Michigan cherry -- it's the best cherry cream stout lager since...well, since we invented the style ;)

Built on a base of Pils, barley, and chocolate malts, Cereza Rey is a deep, opaque dark brown. Malt and cherry notes greet the nose while roasty malt flavor, creamy smoothness, and Michigan cherry tartness tantalize the taste receptors. And at only 4% abv, this one won't weigh you down! Available NOW in the Tap Room. 



Late Spring Beer Releases

Apart from a particularly depressing week of unseasonable cold, drizzle, and SNOW, for the love of GOD!, the cold is behind us, and we have made it to the other side of winter. It is now statistically nearly impossible for it to snow again. And it won't...so help us, it won't. April showers bring May flowers, and they also bring more spring beers. 

Cheap segue, we know. 

But here's the rundown! Next in line is Zythgeist Zythos Pilsner followed by Drag me to Helles Maibock and Verano Mexican-style Amber Lager. 

Drag me to Helles is our nod to the traditional German Maibock, a highly flavorful sign of spring. Historically, this beer was released in late April/early May and bridged the styles between traditional, lighter bocks and very malty doppelbocks. This beer is characterized by its spicy hop aroma and rich malt flavors -- refreshing, and perfect for the onset of spring. We brew our Maibock to hit the top end of color and hoppiness for the style, bringing you a complex and yet easy drinking German-style lager. We use all German malt and 100% German Hallertau hops. Available Friday, 4/29. 


Verano Mexican-style Lager is our signature summer beer -- an easy-drinking flavorful amber lager brewed in the style of traditional Mexican lagers. Very refreshing, and best enjoyed with a lime. Available in May! 

Spring 2016 Beer Releases

With Quickhatch, Green Thumb, and Raucher now all up on the board, it's time to introduce the beers that will be released throughout the rest of spring! Secret City Sticke Altbier, 40 oz of Freedom Imperial Pilsner, Au Sable Rye IPL, and Zythgeist Zythos Pilsner will be released in the coming weeks, with Secret City and 40 oz of Freedom up first. All are returning players to the draft board -- you know them, you love them, and they're coming back! We'll also be releasing a brand-new brew called Cereza Rey, a Cherry Cream Stout Lager, in the coming weeks. Dark body, cherry notes, and a creamy mouthfeel. Delicious! Keep your eyes out for an exclusive post about it. Read on for upcoming beer descriptions: 

It's our second time brewing Secret City Sticke Altbier, a stronger, darker, more flavorful offshoot of its parent Altbier style. “Sticke,” German for “secret," historically refers to a batch of beer that a brewer over-malted and, in turn, over-hopped to make up for it. Remember, balance is key! This stronger, more flavorful brew would be high in demand, and word of its availability was passed from person to person as a secret. Being in the know made you a hot commodity, and it was something to be proud of! We'll share this one with you, though. Available soon!

40 oz of Freedom Imperial Pilsner, named for the Sublime album of a similar (not the same!) name, is a big whopper of crisp flavor with a big abv to match. Creating such a crisp beer with a higher abv requires a lot of attention during the lagering process, and it's all worth it -- 40 oz of Freedom is smooth and clean with a spicy Pils bite from all Saaz hops. Perfect for cooling down on a hot day (if we ever actually get one of those) or enjoying around a fire. 

Au Sable Rye Pale Lager (or RyePL, which just seems to roll right off the tongue) is a favorite around here. Made with a spicy rye base, this beer is balanced, smooth, and bursting with citrussy hop flavors from Columbs, Cascade, Warrior, and Falconer's Flight hops. When Au Sable comes around, you know warm weather isn't far behind. 5.5% abv / 59 IBUs. 





Zythgeist Zythos Pilsner is another hoppy favorite. Zythgeist is made with hundreds of pounds of Canadian Pils and rounded out with a touch of darker malt for color and depth of flavor. Where does that name come from, you may ask? Zythgeist is hopped exclusively with a ton of Zythos hops, which impart citrus notes and a hint of pine. It's all about celebrating the current moment and everything about it in the world of craft beer -- tip back a Zythgeist and see what makes it all so special. 5.7% abv / 46 IBUs. 

Early Spring Beer Releases

At Wolverine State, we know that spring has sprung when Quickhatch and Green Thumb hit the draft lines. Both are always released in March and April, and we look forward to their arrival as much as we look forward to opening up the beer garden for the season! (Which we did this week, believe it or not! We'll keep you posted via social media on when it's open until we're definitely sure the warm weather is here to stay. So...June?) 

Joining the spring release lineup this year is Raucher, a smoked lager that made some waves at last year's Great American Beer Festival. This is our second time brewing Raucher, and a spring release just seemed perfect. 

Quickhatch is a bourbon-barrel-aged and fermented brown lager. "Third use" bourbon barrels are employed to impart a delicate bourbon character that's not over the top or particularly boozy -- just enough bourbon to add some warmth and sweetness and allow woodsy barrel flavors to blend into the beer. We brew this and ferment it for a few days before transferring it into these third-use bourbon barrels, where it finishes fermentation and ages all winter at near-freezing temperatures. Come spring, it's time to bust those barrels open and enjoy the soft, subtle malty- and bourbon-sweetness that makes Quickhatch so special. Available soon! 

Raucher derives its delicate smoke flavor and aroma from beechwood smoked malt, which billows forth in the brew alongside Munich, Vienna, Honey, and Roasted Barley malts. The key to any great smoked beer is balance -- if surrounded by a good, crisp body and enough bitterness to provide a foil to the phenolic smoke, you've got a winner. We use German Hallertau Mittelfreuh hops to provide that balance, and we lager this beer cold and slow for a clean body and beautiful finish. Available soon!

Green Thumb is our session IPL -- a perfect lawnmower beer for those spring days spent beautifying the yard or soaking up some Michigan sunlight in a lawn chair. Green Thumb is hopped with Cascade, Columbus, and Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops -- used in tandem, these hops provide a well-rounded amount of flavor and aroma that strikes a perfect balance between citrussy/floral and bitter. Light and smooth in body and finish, Green Thumb's lower abv makes it easy to enjoy a couple while you enjoy these longer days. Available in April. 


St. Patrick's Day Favorites Return: Snakes on a Shamrock, The Volitionist

March! College basketball, the return of spring, and St. Patrick's Day. Specifically, at least around here, it means St. Patrick's Day BEER! Welcome back, Snakes on a Shamrock Irish Red Lager and The Volitionist Dry Stout Lager

Snakes on a Shamrock is a perennial spring favorite around here. Drawing its beautiful ruby hue from roasted and amber malts, SoaS stands as our lager interpretation of the classic Irish Red Ale. SoaS is a simple, yet powerfully flavorful brew that draws its oomph from hearty Pale Ale malts. German Magnum hops are used for bittering only -- this style is not meant to have a ton of hop aroma or flavor. Pairs perfectly with corned beef and helps you drown out the incessant whining of your friend who insists on drinking green beer on St. Patrick's Day. 

The Volitionist: We use a carefully measured balance of American and British Roasted Barleys, Flaked Barley, and Chocolate Malt to give Volitionist its distinct profile, along with hops that are known to do well in ales and lagers alike. By letting Volitionist ferment to total fruition, we were were rewarded by a huge degree of dryness, which in turn showcased the beer’s roasty subtleties. 

The Volitionist shares all the similarities of a traditional American Stout and a Dry Stout, but the roastiness of our Dry Stout Lager is wholly unique to the concept.  Since it's an undefined style, we chose to explore its potential all on our own, so we also consider ourselves "volitionists." 

So, get ready to raise a pint and sing whatever Irish-ish drinking song your little clover-covered heart desires. Remember, we're all Irish on St. Patrick's Day. And beer drinkers. 

Late Winter Draft Beer Releases

Three favorites return to the Tap Room lineup in time to see the demise of winter and the triumphant return (not that it ever really went away this year) of spring. Keep an eye on the draft board for Secret City Sticke Altbier, Faustian Stout Baltic Porter, and '38 Redemption Schwarzbier -- three distinct styles, each delicious in its own right. 

This is our second time brewing Secret City Sticke Altbier. At 5.2% abv, this style is stronger than its parent Altbier style. In fact, Sticke Alts are darker, richer, and stronger than typical altbiers. “Sticke,” German for “secret," historically refers to a batch of beer that a brewer over-malted and, in turn, over-hopped to make up for it. Remember, balance is key! This stronger, more flavorful brew would be high in demand, and word of its availability was passed from person to person as a secret. Being in the know made you a hot commodity, and it was something to be proud of! We'll share this one with you, though. Available soon!

Chase the rest of the winter chill away with Faustian Stout Baltic Porter, clocking in at 8.5% abv and 33 IBUs. This beer took gold at the 2015 World Expo of Beer! Don’t the let name confuse you. This Baltic porter – a style borrowing from Russian Imperial Stouts and Brown Porters – is rich and complex and yeah, it’s a lager, not a stout. We named ours after Faust, the literary character who traded his soul to the Devil to obtain knowledge and wealth. We made a similar deal to give this rich dark lager the devilishly roasty character it enjoys. The Faustian Stout combines malty sweetness with the aroma of dark, dried fruit, licorice, toffee, and caramel notes. With its higher abv and smooth finish,  this beer makes a great sipper. Available soon!

Last but certainly not least, we have '38 Redemption Schwarzbier. Beer Advocate describes this style as "soul lifting," and for good reason. '38 Redemption is a smooth, drinkable, light-bodied beer that is dark in color thanks to Black Prinz and Midnight Wheat malt additions. Roasty and crisp, it derives its distinct hop balance from three different varieties of German hops. It's named for the 1938 title fight rematch between American hero and all-around badass Joe Louis and the German champ Max Schmeling when, amidst the cultural and political hype, Louis defeated Schmeling by TKO in the first round. **NOW AVAILABLE**




The...Belgians are Coming!

Oliver contemplating Carcajou's flavor profile. Beer in hand = necessary. 

Oliver contemplating Carcajou's flavor profile. Beer in hand = necessary. 

We've got three Belgian treats coming for ya, and we ain't talking about chocolate. Say hello to Carcajou Belgian-style Rye Lager, Grand CruZ Belgian Dark Strong Lager, and Carnivora Belgian-style IPL --  perfect examples of the different territories of lager we explore at Wolverine State. 

All three are returning players to the Wolverine State lineup, and releases will be staggered over the next month. First up is Carcajou, releasing Friday, January 8th. You've experienced Carcajou's spicy rye and delicate Belgian character before, but this year, we changed it up a bit by aging it briefly in white wine barrels formerly occupied by current on-draft favorite "Vers l'avant." The barrels successfully imparted some tart white wine notes, amplifying the Belgian character of the beer, adding even more complexity to this already delicious brew. As Brewmaster Oliver Roberts says, it's got "farmouse appeal." 6% abv / 63 IBUs.  

Grand CruZ Belgian Dark Strong Lager is a heavy-hitter -- the perfect warmer in the winter months. With a mahogany-colored body, delicate Belgian esters on the nose, and balancing hoppy notes, Grand CruZ remains a beautiful, complex example of hybrid beers at Wolverine State. Releasing in January 2016. 7.9% abv / 23 IBUs. ** NOW AVAILABLE **

Finally, we have Carnivora Belgian-style IPL. Belgian esters and fierce hops greet the palate for a ferociously delicious combo. Clocking in at more than 8% abv, Carnivora will warm you up and leave you wanting more. Releasing late January 2016.  8.4% abv / 77 IBUs. 

Tap Room Winter Draft Beer Releases

** NOW AVAILABLE ** Gulo Cubed Imperial India Pale Lager (9.0% abv / 90 IBUs): The long-awaited return of this customer favorite is just around the corner! Smooth, rounded, and with a citrussy burst of hops -- what's not to love? Now available in the Tap Room!

** NOW AVAILABLE ** Shiny New Toy Copper Lager aged on oak (January Beer of the Month!) (6.3% abv / 26 IBUs): Our classic post-Christmas release. Celebrate the beginning of a new year with all those shiny new toys! This copper lager is aged on oak, which imparts vanilla flavors and rich aromatics. Fun fact: this was our first wood-aged beer NOT made with spirits barrels. Available the first week of January! 


High N Dry Rye Pilsner: Pilsner and rye malts combine with Saaz hops to make a sparky, spicy take on this classic style. 

** NOW AVAILABLE ** Carcajou Belgian-style Rye Lager: Carcajou is one great embodiment of smooth contradictions: spicy rye, delicate hops and the sweetness characteristic of Belgian styles. This smooth, complex brew has just a hint of smoke from a careful addition of smoked malt. This customer favorite will return in late winter 2016.