March BOTM - Snakes on a Shamrock

The “Snakes on a Shamrock” name comes from the Irish legend that St. Patrick himself banished all of the snakes from Ireland into the sea after they attacked him while he was in the middle of a 40-day fast.  However, modern science has discovered that post-glacial Ireland never had snakes to begin with because of its geographic nature -- it’s an island.

Couple that legend with Samuel L. Jackson’s kickass movie “Snakes on a Plane!” and the most prevalent of Irish symbols for St. Patrick’s Day, The Shamrock, and you have a beer name that is just frickin’ sweet.

Now the actual beer we’ve brewed here is based on an Irish Red Ale style which is the predominant style in the style guidelines but it lends itself to much interpretation.  Including reformulating the recipe to be a LAGER.  The recipe is very simple but makes for a very quaffable and flavorful beer because of the way Oliver designed it.

It is made with mostly Pale Ale malt which is one of the more hearty of base malts.  We used Flaked Rice for about 15% of the recipe to lighten the body and then used Crystal malts to give the beer a nice soft sweetness that is not cloying whatsoever.  Top it off with a splash of Roasted malt and Amber malt to give the SOaS its deep ruby hues which border on brown, but when held up to the light are unquestionably red.

We used German Magnum hops just for bittering to balance out the soft malt sweetness so lend no aroma and/or hop flavor.  This was done purposefully as we intend this beer to be uber easy to drink with lots of flavors.  

This beer will pair well with rich, flavorful foods as it won’t interfere with the taste of the food and won’t bog you down because it is very light-medium bodied.

Slainte! (this is the common “cheers” in Ireland and Scotland pronounced


Czech Pilsner Returns

Another beer that hasn’t graced the tanks of Wolverine for a couple of years has returned! Why wouldn’t we brew this remarkably authentic version of a Czech-style Pils every year? It ain’t easy, and this type of beer shouldn’t be made unless it’s done right.

How do we get it right, you ask? We produce a batch of filtered, softened water, around 750 gallons, and blend it with local Ann Arbor water to get the perfect mixture of minerals and hardness. This significant component along with using Czech Saaz hops, and traditional German barley malt are key to getting the hops profile just right.

Herbal, spicy hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness all need to balance just right with the delicate pilsner malt to create a traditional experience. The lagering is carefully monitored with this beer so as to let the yeast clean up the beer at just the right near-freezing temperature. We are really proud to serve up this beer again. Get it while you can, who knows when we’ll brew it again!

2017 Oktoberfest

It seems insane to say it, but it's that glorious time: Oktoberfest!! You'd expect an all-lager microbrewery to make a bangin' traditional German-style lager, and your expectations would be right. We pride ourselves on the smooth, malty balance of this fall fest favorite. Turns out, lots of other people expected the same thing -- we (gladly) had to make twice as much Oktoberfest this year as we ever have in any previous year. Find it on draft in all our territories, and if you're in the Frankenmuth area, stop by Zehnder's - they made our Oktoberfest their OFFICIAL Oktoberfest of the 2017 season! 

It'll be on in the Tap Room, too...and it goes pretty insanely well with our hot pub pretzels. Get it now on draft in the taproom!

Summer Beer Festival 2017 Beers!

 Last year's Summer Beer Festival

Last year's Summer Beer Festival

Summer Beer Festival is THIS WEEKEND! We're bringing a slew of delicious lagers, including a special dosed series of Wheelbarrow Weekend! ALL beers are available both days. 

Wolverine Premium Lager
This classic brew is easy-drinking and thirst-quenching, but still draws complexity from its all-American ingredients.
Gulo Gulo IPL
This groundbreaking style, named on of Draft Magazine’s Top 25 Beers of 2013, takes the best of crowd-favorite IPA flavor profiles and combines them with our world-class lagering methods.
Wheelbarrow Weekend Lemon Radler
A refreshing Munich Helles made with fresh-squeezed lemon juice.
Barista Coffee Lager
Part beer, part coffee, what’s not to love?
Verano Mexican-style Amber Lager
A flavorful amber brewed in the tradition of Mexican lagers.
Au Sable Rye IPL
Our “RyePL” has a tight, edgy hop bouquet that is lemony with a bit of orange character and a distinct “essence of hops” profile.
West Side Wheat American Wheat Lager
A no-frills wheat lager brewed with generous amounts of wheat malt, lagered at near freezing temperatures, and known for is burnt-orange hue.
Shore Storm East Coast IPL
Hazy, unfiltered, and oh so smooth, Shore Storm features the juicy, fruity hop notes that make East Coast styles so cravable.
Raucher Smoked Lager
Specialty smoked lager balanced by a good, crisp body, and its smoky bitterness.


Basil Wheelbarrow Weekend
Lemon Meringue Wheelbarrow Weekend
Watermelon Wheelbarrow Weekend
Cucumber Wheelbarrow Weekend


Vers l'Avant in Southeast Michigan

Are you in the Detroit or Ann Arbor area? Want to get your hands on some Vers l'Avant? We compiled a list of some accounts below that have Vers l'Avant in stock RIGHT NOW! 

P.S. Today is National Wine Day, so could there be a more appropriate day to celebrate with this chardonnay-barrel-aged beauty? We think not.

Ann Arbor Area
Washtenaw Liquor
Pinckney party
Lucky's Market
Arbor Farms
A & L Wine castle
Super Liquor 4
Scio Foods
Detroit Area
Sylvan Market - Sylvan
Wine Barrel - Livonia
Royal Liquor #2 - Farmington hills
King Liquor - White Lake
Vince & Joes - Shelby Twp.
Steam Punk - Utica.
M-Brew - Ferndale
Brighton Supermarket

It's Really Happening: Six-Packs of Barista are NOW AVAILABLE!

Today is a big day: it marks the first official bottling of Barista Cold-Brew Coffee Lager! This brew, which is everyone's favorite way to start a Monday, will be available in six-packs in ALL territories starting in the coming weeks. 

Barista Cold-Brew Coffee Lager is made from our smooth, rich brown lager base and locally roasted coffee beans (WE LOVE ROOSROAST). We push the finished brown lager through freshly ground beans in our Aroma Infusion Chamber for 72 hours until they cold-brew their way into Barista. Rich, chocolatey, toasty, smooth, and drinkable, this is a coffee (and beer!) lover's dream. For more information on where to find Barista, please contact or check in your local bottle shops! 

Upcoming Bottle Release: Barista AND Wheelbarrow Weekend!

We're doing a cool thing! You know how Barista Cold-Brew Coffee Lager, in all its roasty, malty, coffee-centric glory, is your favorite thing to drink when you need a little pick-me-up, like on a rainy Monday morning? (Er...we mean...a Friday night!) You are in LUCK. Barista will soon be available in ALL territories in six-packs!! Now you can brunch at home with the finest coffee lager you're likely to find anywhere, make any number of beer-tails, or sip some on a Friday night before you hit the town. With just a smidge of caffeine, Barista will put a pep in your step and a smile on your face. 


DID YOU THINK THE FUN WAS STOPPING THERE?? Think again! We're also putting our brand-new Lemon Radler, Wheelbarrow Weekend, in six-packs this summer! Made with a smooth, refreshing Munich Helles base and nothing but fresh-squeezed lemon juice, this is a no-BS beer. Nothing fake, no added sugar, ALL delicious. This refreshing patio beer is available in the tap room and nearby draft accounts, soon to be available closer to state-wide!  

Release dates and locations TBA via social media. 

Upcoming Bottle Release: Vers l'Avant

Our family of bottled brews is growing with Vers l'Avant Golden Lager! This funky, delicious beer was aged in California chardonnay barrels and infused with Michigan Bartlett pear juice for a complex, tart, softly sweet flavor profile. Like Massacre, our bourbon barrel aged Imperial Dark Lager, we're putting Vers l'Avant in four-packs. Unlike Massacre, Vers l'Avant is getting the champagne treatment: each bottle will be individually topped with gold foil. 

Why Vers l'Avant? The short answer is, we wanted to shake things up a bit. So many of our draft-only beers (of which Vers l'Avant was one until now) are off-the-wall, crazy-delicious, and just not what you'd expect when you hear the word "lager." As a part of our mission to spread the lager love wherever we can, one of our favorite things is to subvert people's expectations -- when "pale, fizzy, and over-carbed" are their key associated words with "lager," we like to throw something wild at them. Maybe something with fruit, barrel-aged character, and white wine notes...

Enter Vers l'Avant. The name means "forward" in French, and we think it will propel your idea of lagers forward by leaps and bounds. For a little more on Vers l'Avant, here's head brewer Oliver Roberts: 

Q: What's your inspiration behind creating Vers l'Avant? What made creating this beer especially intriguing? 

A: I developed the recipe almost four years ago knowing I wanted to age it white wine barrels. It was a beer recipe that had no style designation to call home. I knew it needed
the white wine barrel character to complete the concept. The issue was, when I put it all together, it was missing something. It needed a hook! I couldn't think of anything, so I shelved the beer. 
A couple years later, when I was looking for cherry juice for another beer, I saw that a Michigan company produced a Bartlett pear juice concentrate. It smacked me in the face, and we went ahead with making the beer.

Q: What do you want to express to people through Vers l'Avant? 

A: Vers l'avant is a beer that deserves a lot attention. When the wine barrels get here, they aren't beat up like bourbon barrels. The barrels are pristine. A wine maker took very good care of them and so we continue that with the liquid that goes inside. The distinct subtleties of the oak barrels and the balance of pear feels like we are painting a picture with Vers l'Avant. Production brewing can be taxing on the creative side,  so the fact that we are really delving into the artistic side comes across with each sip. 

Q: What does this beer say about you as a brewer and the brewery as a whole? 

A: This beer says we care. We care deeply about beer as a living thing that has to be nurtured and matured to a point where you can release for people to enjoy and critique, and no sooner. No other beer we've made is like Vers l'Avant. It is completely different from anything we've put into bottles before. We are proud of it. It is unique and really tasty, so we think beer lovers should pay more attention to what we do here. Our maxim is that our beer is more important than any one individual. Everything we do everyday at work is for the beer. Not for us.

Vers l'Avant will hit shelves in select markets at the end of April. Stay tuned to our instagram (@wolverinestatebrewingco) for release information, sneak peeks of packaging, and the bottling process!

We're going to SAVOR!

We're so excited to tell everyone the news: We were one of 86 breweries nationwide to be selected to participate in SAVOR, billed as the nation's premier beer and food pairing event!

Each brewery is required to send head brewer or owner representation as well as two beers, which are paired ahead of time with specially crafted small plates. Raucher Smoked Lager - our 2016 Great American Beer Festival Gold and 2016 World Beer Cup Bronze medal winner - and Barista Coffee Lager, one of our most popular specialty brews, were selected to go. 

This year's event takes place in Washington, D.C. at the National Building Museum. Tickets are available online here.

For a full press release, please visit our Media Resources page. 

Holy Sh*t, It's December.

 Yup, looks like December in there

Yup, looks like December in there

Wow, is all we can say. Time flies when you're having fun!

2016 was certainly full of surprises. Some people happen to hate surprises. Like most, we fall in the middle -- as in, we ignore the bad surprises and CELEBRATE the good ones! Winning a bronze medal from the World Beer Cup for Raucher was pretty cool. Winning a gold medal from the Great American Beer Festival for that same beer made us click our heels. Getting picked up by Kroger statewide and busting into new territories made us cheese so hard. And even though completing our expansion and debuting new flagship packaging weren't exactly surprises, we were PRETTY THRILLED when they happened.

It's been a fun year.

So celebrate with us!

Fa-La-La-Lager takes place on Saturday, December 10th at 6 pm. We'll have beer specials, a "holiday cheer" specialty cask (we'll let you know what it is soon), Santa water pong and card games in the Gulo Room, Christmas movies on TV, a beer and cookie pairing menu, and growler fills for the most festively dressed. Don't miss it! A bunch of Wolverine Staff will be hanging out in the Tap Room, so come say hi!  

Holiday craziness got you down? Don't forget: Wolverine is always around. Come grab a pint in the Tap Room or pick up a six-pack in your favorite bottle shop or grocery store. And if you're in the Tap Room, you can (totally honestly) claim you're checking items off your shopping list -- Mug Club Memberships, gift cards, beanies, long-sleeve t-shirts, growlers, howlers, bottle openers, Massacre single bottles or four-packs, pint glasses, and hoodies are all available here. Check out our online store for some items, or give us a call and order over the phone -- we're happy to send you your goodies.  

See you on Saturday and all month long. Tis the season to celebrate with delicious local beer. 


(A huge thank you to Britt Hueter for the KICKASS new photos of the brewery and staff.)