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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.

DOSED SERIES: 

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

 

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.)

Turkey Day Recipes, Weekend Hours, and More!

Greetings, beer fans! Thanksgiving is right around the corner -- hopefully your work week is wrapping up and you're getting ready for a long, drawn-out holiday weekend. And if you haven't exactly...committed...to a dish to bring to whatever Thanksgiving gathering you're making your way to this week, we have a couple ideas to help you out. Read on for more, plus our hours this week and weekend! 

Whether your expertise in the kitchen is limited to grilled cheese or whether you're the type to work on your fraissage method until your hands are numb, we've got some fool-proof, delicious ways to pair beer with easy apps and desserts. The result? Your relatives' minds will. be. blown. Or, at the very least, they'll appreciate the interesting pairings.

First up: cheese. If you're tasked with putting together a cheese or charcuterie board, grab some rich, creamy, bloomy triple creme brie, Saint Angel cheese, or other soft, high-fat cheese. Add a hard cheese, like a good parm reg or aged goat cheese, and, of course, no cheese board is complete without a good sharp cheddar. Pair both the creamy soft cheese AND the sharp cheddar with a good hoppy brew, like our Gulo Cubed Imperial IPL, Gulo Gulo IPL, or Nelson Sauvin Green Thumb Session IPL. The hops work to cut through the richness of the brie so each bite feels like the first time, and pairing the bitterness of hops with tangy sharp cheddar helps develop the flavor of both beer and cheese. A suggestion: serve the cheeses with Gulo Cubed if it's an after-dinner cheese deal; if the cheese board is a starter, go with something slightly lower octane like Nelson Sauvin Green Thumb. It's a session IPL, after all. 

 

Secondly: dessert. We chose Massacre Imperial Dark Lager aged in bourbon barrels and Kurios Black Belgian Stout Lager because they are both so complex, rich, and versatile. 

 

 

Massacre is full of rich, dark chocolate notes and roastiness. Pairing it with coffee would make those roasty notes sing -- try pouring 3-4 ounces over a scoop of good coffee ice cream. Better yet, Massacre would work perfectly with deep, rich chocolate desserts like chocolate lava cake or chocolate pie. To draw out some rich fruit notes, try pairing Massacre with hot berry preserves over ice cream or serving it alongside raspberry tarts. 

 

 

 

 

 

Kurios Black is full of complex flavors: tart cherry, roasty malt, delicate bourbon-and-oak character. Any kind of berry pie or tart would bring out those tart cherry notes. Don't neglect cinnamon here, either: spice cake or pumpkin pie brings out the hint of cinnamon in the brew. Chocolate anything pairs really well with Kurios Black's roasty backbone, too, so don't be shy with the hot fudge or chocolate pies. 

If you're feeling really creative, make a reduction of either Kurios Black or Massacre to use as a glaze on Brussels sprouts. 

All the beers mentioned above are available for purchase in growlers, howlers, or, in the case of Massacre, in wax-sealed bottles. 

We are open from 4 pm-midnight on Wednesday, 11/23. The tap room will be closed on Thanksgiving day (11/24), and we will resume regular hours starting Friday at noon. We will open at 11 am on Saturday, 11/26 in advance of the noon start for U of M vs. OSU football. 

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! 

Win Tickets to the Michigan Brewers Guild's Winter Beer Fest!

Big news, you lager aficionados! 

We've got two pairs of tickets to the SOLD OUT Saturday session of the Michigan Brewers Guild's Winter Beer Fest in Comstock Park!! Want 'em? Here's how you can get your hands on them: 

Post a picture on instagram (@wolverinestatebrewingco) or tweet at us (@wolverinebeer) showing us how you're making the most of winter -- skiing or otherwise sportsing outdoors, warming your toes by a fire, enjoying a beer in the cozy confines of Wolverine State, rocking your favorite beanie...you get the idea!

Tag us in the pic and use #sendmetobeerfestWSBC to get in the running. Contest runs from now through Sunday at 9 pm -- we'll announce two winners after that! 

Have some fun with it!!

Saturday session is 2/27/16 from 1-6 pm and features more than 1000 beers from more than 100 breweries. For more information on the Winter Beer Fest, check out mibeer.com. 

**21 and up only, please**

 

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.