American Craft Beer Week - Craft Brew Challenge

Ann Arbor is home to a delightfully diverse and equally enjoyable beer scene, and here at Wolverine State Brewing Co. we take pride in being part of that ever evolving community. That community, which reaches beyond the walls of your favorite brewery and into your favorite local dining spot, beer hall and hopefully your fridge at home, is exactly why we felt the need to host a celebration. Our goal is simple. Harness that great communal aspect of craft beer, combine it with the spirit of the Ann Arbor community, and continue to build relationships, to share our knowledge and love of that binding liquid gold, and to lend a hand to a local cause in the process. That’s is why we teamed up with 6 of Ann Arbor’s favorite beer destinations to bring forth the second annual, WSBC - American Craft Beer Week Challenge.

Here’s how it works. Two person teams from The Grotto - Watering Hole, Rappourt Brew and Chew, The Session Room, Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Ashley’s and The Beer Grotto Dexter , have all been tasked with the idea of creating a concept for a beer. This concept can be based on a favorite beer or specific style, a favorite cereal, or just an idea purely from their imaginations. Each team will work with staff at the brewery to turn that concept into a recipe to be brewed on our pilot system. WSBC staff will then guide our new brewmasters through the process of beer creation from start to finish, providing insight and a helping hand, while encouraging each team to be as hands on as they can with their beer. This year we’ve also partnered with Eastern Michigan University’s Fermentation Sciences Program to provide even more knowledge to our first time brewmasters.

Then, on Saturday May 18th, we celebrate. Live music (Reeds & Steel at 2 PM & Bear Into Bird at 8 PM), burger and brat specials coming straight off the grill, and good weather provided will transform the taproom into a community celebration of all things craft beer. That day we will tap all 6 beers at 3pm on our festival taps inside the brewhouse. When the taps go live we will be selling a sampler package, containing a taste of each teams beer, and an upgraded sampler package which also includes a event t-shirt. Proceeds from these packages will go to a charity, Trails Edge Camp, who work with kids on ventilators and provide them with an opportunity to go to summer camp. More info on the charity can be found at,

After enjoying a flight, there will be a live voting portal at so that guests can rank their favorite new beers. Later in the evening, the top three places will be announced with the first place team taking home the WSBC - ACBWC trophy for the year. While day of supplies of each teams beer will be limited to the total volume of our pilot system, thanks to our friends at Adventures in Homebrewing, the complete kit (including recipes and step by step instructions) for each teams beer will be provided at a 10% discount to anyone who may have the urge to recreate one of the competition beers.

From the Brewers Association -

Each year, beer weeks celebrate the culture and community of craft brewers across the U.S. The Brewers Association is happy to assemble American Craft Beer Week, each May. This celebration, coordinated by the Brewers Association’s Craft Beer Program, is an exciting opportunity for craft brewers to commemorate their art and tradition with enthusiasts across the country.


Trails edge camp...

... is undoubtedly an amazing week of fun for the campers, but it also provides parents with a much-needed respite from the difficult tasks inherent in caring for their child.  In most cases, it is the only break they get in the course of a year.

Trail’s Edge Camp is staffed by volunteers and funded through donations.  There is no cost to the campers or their families.  Camp is held during the first full week in June at the Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning, a beautiful barrier-free camp on 200 acres in Mayville, Michigan.  The facility is beside an inland lake which makes boating, fishing, and swimming an important part of the fun for campers.  Campers also enjoy climbing in the Craig Van Laanen Tree House which was built with the combined efforts of Trail's Edge volunteers and the University of Michigan School of Engineering.


The Grotto - Watering hole …

are meddlers and experimenters, beer geeks and craft cocktail purveyors, friendly faces with discerning palettes. We’ve been thrilled for some time to offer a great selection of craft beer from all over. But we have a larger mission these days: to be much more than just a cozy taproom to imbibe at. We’ve truly become obsessed with fostering an approachable environment that celebrates progressive ideas, friendship, and of course, tasty drinks of ALL kinds. Cheers.


The beer grotto dexter ... 

... was envisioned, designed, stocked, and staffed with one mission in mind: To bring you great beer. What is great beer? It's a beer made with care and pride. It might be a local beer or one from across the globe. It could be your usual pint, or a beer that you had no idea existed. Every once in a while, it's a beer you never would have ordered but for the fact that your server or bartender suggested it.


The Session Room ...

... is an Ann Arbor restaurant and beer garden. Enjoy 70 beers on tap from around the world.



Since 1983 Ashley's has been a part of downtown Ann Arbor and its charm.

Our tradition has been to celebrate the simple pleasures of life...
Good food - Good drink - Good friends!

We have traversed the continents to bring you a world class selection of beer and ale, from the hoppy British bitters to the dark lagers of South Germany, from the classic Pilsners of Bohemia to the arcane fruit beers of Flanders, from the craft micro-brew beers of the US Pacific northwest to the finest Michigan micro-brews.

There is always something new to try and explore.


adventures in homebrewing

Adventures in Homebrewing is a Brewing Supply Company that specializes in Home Beer MakingAll Grain Home Brewing,Home Wine Making, Liquor Making, and Soda Making. Check out our huge selection of AIH Beer Recipe Kits. Adventures in Homebrewing also offers a full line of Kegging Equipment, Commercial Beverage Supplies and more. We refill CO2 tanks! If you are visiting Southeast Michigan or live in the Detroit area, stop by our Taylor or Ann Arbor store and say hello!

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Eastern Michigan University - Fermentation Sciences

Fermentation, the use of microorganisms to produce desirable compounds, is vital to the production of beverages, foods, and pharmaceuticals. A Bachelor of Science in Fermentation Science provides the technical background and practical skills necessary for a career in fermentation related fields, including beer, wine, or cheese manufacturing.


Zingerman's Roadhouse …

... is the seventh member of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses located in Ann Arbor, MI. We are passionate about fabulous foods found all around America and are dedicated to bringing them to our food-loving guests.

Since opening in 2003, we’re more excited than ever about offering you incredible grits from South Carolina, local meat from Washtenaw County including beef, pork, lamb and goat, flavorful produce from local farms, artisan cheeses, and micro-brewed beers and fine wines from all over the US. And we’re having more fun than ever making full-flavored versions of old-time classics like macaroni and cheese, crab cakes made with real Maryland jumbo lump blue crab, really good fried chicken, Carolina barbecue and darned good corn dogs.


Rappourt Brew and Chew ...

... is a family owned neighborhood style gastropub serving hearty meals, 48 taps featuring rotating craft beers,4-6 wine draft options. Communal seating expands the dining room and 25 seats at the rail. Come check us out!

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