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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!

New Beer Alert: Shore Storm East Coast IPL

Shore Storm is on the horizon! This East Coast IPL is a brand-new beer to us, and it's now available in the Tap Room. For some more info on this too-hot-to-handle style, we present Brewmaster Oliver Roberts!

1. What makes an East Coast IPL an East Coast IPL? 
The differentiation is versus the West Coast IPA style, which is a dryer, hop-bitterness-focused beer. EC IPAs are about the fruity flavors that come from dry-hopping and with more malt sweetness. We make ours with lager yeast, thus IPL rather than IPA. The goal is the same: heavy fruit flavors and aromas derived from hops.
2. East Coast styles are #sohotrightnow. How will styling this beer as a lager make it stand out/make it different?
I think making a lager out of this style will add an extra layer of smoothness to the beer and a definitive ability to actually pick out the hops that were used.
3. What hops do you use in it? Talk about the Aroma and Flavor Infusion Chamber (AFIC) process. 
We took a different approach than most others versions. We used Cascade, Chinook, and Simcoe in the brewhouse and fermenter. Then we used Michigan grown Cascade leaf hops and Simcoe in the AFIC. Many versions of this still stay away from the "C" hops, and opt for more fruity, exotic hops varieties. I know our yeast and what it can do for fruit-forward flavors of "C" hops, so we went that direction.
4. Where does the name come from? 
The name comes from envisioning the powerful force of an ocean storm (the ominous East Coast IPA style taking over the craft beer world) colliding with the established shoreline (craft beer and especially lagers) that can be reshaped by the looming storm ready to change it, perhaps for some time to come.

New Beer Alert: Wheelbarrow Weekend Radler

Story pitch: Refreshing, drinkable Munich Helles meets fresh-squeezed, zippy lemon juice. They join forces. Summer never tastes the same. 

Cut to present day! And the story is becoming reality. Have you ever had a radler? It's a refreshing, low-abv, drinkable mixture of either soda or lemonade and beer. You guys, radlers are SO GOOD. So we made one! Enter Wheelbarrow Weekend Radler, meant to be enjoyed in the sun, on a boat, on a patio, during yard work, by a bonfire, or at a bbq. To name a few ideas.

Brewmaster Oliver Roberts wanted something easy on the palate that tasted bright and sunny but still had that crisp lager zip to it. With our focus on German beers (we're an all-lager microbrewery, so...), it made sense for us to go with a German-inspired, refreshing brew. 

Wheelbarrow Weekend will be available in the tap room during the week of 4/10 and out in the larger distro market in the next four weeks. 
 

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! 

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.