beer release

Upcoming Beers: Two Hops and Some Wheat Walk Into a Bar...

Summer has officially arrived, and we're celebrating the same way we celebrate every season: by enjoying (smashing) some excellent lagers! And we have two hoppy remixes and a familiar wheat beer for you -- Gulo Gulo IPL gets a jolt of Amarillo, Green Thumb showcases Falconer's Flight 7Cs, and West Side Wheat returns to the draft lines! Read on for our intern, Ryan's, explanation of these brews! All three will be available in the coming weeks -- stay tuned to our social media for release dates!

Gulo Amarillo
--India Pale Lager--
Fans of our classic Gulo Gulo IPL rejoice! We’re rolling out a special, limited release version of one of your favorites. It’s still the exact same grains and expert lagering techniques that made you love this ground-breaking I.P.L. style the first time around, but now we’re tweaking the recipe to give you even more hops. Using only Amarillo hops this time, the beer is dry-hopped once in the fermenter and then given a second punch of Amarillo just before kegging off. The Amarillo gives this brew an incredible citrus aroma and refreshing flavor for a perfect summer take on the beer. We’re excited to share this special release with all our fellow hop-heads!

7 Cs Green Thumb
--Session India Pale Lager--
Another limited release on a classic! Whether you’ve had a chance to try our original Green Thumb Session I.P.L. or not, we think you’ll enjoy this new version. In this batch, we wanted our recipe to highlight the intoxicatingly floral and citrus flavors of Falconer’s Flight 7 C’s hops. Our brewers found the perfect foundation of American malts and barleys to compliment the 7 C’s and bring you a low alcohol, yet highly hoppy beer that is truly one-of-a-kind.

West Side Wheat
--Wheat Lager--
It’s back! Our favorite bready, yet crisp, wheat lager is finally returning for the summer. For newcomers, West Side Wheat is exactly the no-frills wheat lager you would expect from WSBC. This beer is named after our home in Ann Arbor’s west side – a place known for its love of community and homegrown attitude. This beer is brewed with plenty of hearty Canadian wheat and naturally fruity Munich malt. We then round it out with a dash of citrus from our American hops before lagering for 5 weeks just above freezing temperatures. The final result is an exceptionally balanced wheat beer with a mild hop finish that anyone can enjoy on a warm day. We can’t wait to crack one open with you soon!

Winter Beer Releases

The holidays are over, and winter is with us for the long haul. Whether the snow and ice are already fraying your nerves or you're embracing the season, one thing that always makes winter a little warmer is beer! And we've got some great ones coming out for you in the next couple of months.

First up: Revilo India Red Lager, our February seasonal (it's an India RED lager, after all). This is a hoppy, punchy brew -- no, really, we mean it: it's made with Chinook, Saaz, Hallertau, Cascade, AND Tettnanger hops. It is smooth and delicious and at 6.8%, gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. Revilo, we heart you. 

Next, High -n- Dry Rye Pilsner joins us once again! This simple brew is made on a Canadian Pils base with a ton of rye and Saaz hops to provide some zippy, spicy bitterness. 5% abv / 36 IBUs.

Shiny New Toy is a copper lager aged on oak, and it is oh-so-smooth and delicious. Complemented by vanilla notes from the oak and built on a big base of Munich malt, Shiny New Toy is one of our most sought-after winter brews. Available soon! 

Hunger in the Hunt needed a little extra time to do its thing, and it's just about ready now. This huge beer is brewed with four different hops (Cascade, Chinook, Warrior, and Columbus), and oh boy, is it juicy-fresh and delicious. The last time we made this, we barely caught our breath and it was gone, gone, gone! So if you were despairing the end of hoppy season with the arrival of cold air, fear not: this is one hop monster that will keep you warm and toasty at 11%+ abv. 

Carcajou is a rye beer with a really fun grain bill, with stars like Rye, Canadian Pils, and Honey Malt. This smooth, flavorful brew is balanced by just a touch of Northern Brewer hops. Available soon! 

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. 

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.