What better way to highlight artisans and crafters from our home state than with beer? That’s the thought behind the Crafted In Michigan Collaboration Series: an extremely limited quarterly release of taproom exclusive beer that aims to bring awareness to local Michigan crafters through partnerships and collaboration.

 

The Reunion

The Beer

Get back to those carefree moments and good times with The Reunion, a collaboration with Malamiah Juice Bar and the latest addition to our Crafted In Michigan Collaboration Series. This Wheat Ale is brewed with orange and grapefruit zest, adding a citrusy zing to remind you of summers spent with food, family, and good friends.

Featured Collaborator

In 2012, Jermale Eddie was introduced to the practice of juicing after watching a documentary recommended by a friend. He sought out more information and was amazed to learn the immense nutritional benefits associated with drinking fresh juice. Jermale bought a juicer and began juicing regularly at home for himself and his family. He was glad to discover that in addition to the significant health benefits that juice provides, the fresh juices are also delicious. This passed the ultimate test when his (then) 3-year-old son tried the juice and wanted more. Jermale enjoyed trying new juice and smoothie recipes and educating himself on the specific nutrients found in various fruits and vegetables. He often talked to friends and family about his new journey with juicing.

Jermale discovered that people were very interested in learning more, and many of those he shared with were inspired to start their own juicing journeys. He also encouraged a friend to try juicing to reset his metabolism and shed some pounds. The friend agreed to try a juice fast for 15 days, but after seeing the results, he continued for a full 60 days and lost 55 pounds. While being monitored by a family doctor, he was also able to discontinue two medications. Jermale’s wife, Anissa, first raised the idea of starting a juice bar in Grand Rapids, and the vision for Malamiah Juice Bar was born. “Malamiah” is a combination of the names of their three sons- Malachi, Nehemiah and Josiah. It is their hope that this business can be part of the legacy they pass on to their children.

ABV:
6%
Availability:
May

Call Your Mom

The Beer

Have you called your mom today? When you do, make sure to tell them about the latest release in the Crafted In Michigan Collaboration Series! We’ve partnered with Kelly of Sweet Batches, a Grand Rapids-based bakery that specializes in delectable treats, to bring you Call Your Mom! Brewed with vanilla, cinnamon, maple and sea salt – this lightly sweet and savory brown ale is inspired as much by Kelly’s famous vegan cinnamon buns as it is by her dear mother, Tish.  So what are you waiting for? Call Your Mom!

Featured Collaborator

Sweet Batches is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has been baking tasty treats since 2013. Kelly, with the help of her BFF, Dave, are out to keep things simple and delicious. They strive to develop low ingredient recipes (sometimes vegan, sometimes not!) that will add a little happiness to your day. From their enormous vegan cinnamon buns to their “good stuff” granola bars, they just want to make you smile.

ABV:
7.6%
Availability:
Feb 2022

Couch Surfer Seltzer

The Seltzer

We’ve partnered with Let’s Stay Home Cocktail Kits to bring you Couch Surfer Seltzer, the latest entry in our Crafted In Michigan Collaboration Series! This gin barrel-aged grapefruit seltzer blends splendidly with the real fruit flavors and bracing aromatics of Let’s Stay Home’s strawberry mint cocktail mix. Whether you’re exploring the country one pull-out sofa at a time or simply searching for a way to compliment the perfect night in, Couch Surfer Seltzer is an essential companion.

Featured Collaborator

Let’s Stay Home Cocktail Kits was created in the confines of our Eric and Taylor’s Grand Rapids, MI, home during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Eric, a seasoned bartender and cocktail enthusiast, started making delicious drinks for the two to safely enjoy on their patio. They quickly realized how much fun they were having creating the drink mixes, and found that using fresh, local ingredients truly made their cocktails shine. Thus, Let’s Stay Home Cocktail Kits was born so they could share the love!

They believe that cocktail kits should be versatile and should not discriminate against cheap liquor or those who do not drink alcohol. Their bold flavors of fruits and herbs stand strong on their own and will elevate your drinking experience, whether you are enjoying it as a cocktail or a mocktail. With their kits, you can get the benefit of a bartender’s skilled hand and delight in local flavors from the comfort of your own couch or patio. Cheers to staying at home!

ABV:
6.8%
Availability:
December 2021

Align Me Gruit Style Ale

The Beer

We’ve partnered with Alexis Sims of Detroit-based Leaf Me Plant Boutique to bring you Align Me Gruit Style Ale, the latest addition to the Crafted in Michigan Collaboration Series. This rare style incorporates a bouquet of botanicals and an array of herbs to represent each of the 7 Chakras, from root to crown, supported by spicy ginger and hibiscus flowers.

Featured Collaborator

Leaf Me are plant lovers and caregivers who feel passionately that everyone should have a healthy relationship with the earth and plants specifically. They encourage fellow plant lovers to prioritize self-care in order for us to thrive.

They do this by offering our plants & services as a reflection of our whole selves. They urge you to think of yourself as you examine the needs of your plants.

ABV:
5.8%
Availability:
September - October 2021

Madcask Hazy IPA

The Beer

Madcask Hazy IPA, the latest Grand Rapids-based partnership in the Crafted In Michigan Collaboration Series, comes to you from Madcap Coffee. Heavily inspired by the popular Painkiller cocktail, the addition of cascara (the dried fruit of the coffee cherry), orange, pineapple and coconut with citrusy and tropical hops will have you setting sail for your secret island hideaway without ever leaving the state.

Featured Collaborator

Madcap coffee began with a friendship and a common desire: making amazing coffee and sharing it with others.

Trevor and Ryan’s friendship began over a shared passion for coffee; its story, flavor, and ability to bring people together. Neither could imagine a better job than searching out exceptional beans, perfecting how they’re roasted and prepared, and serving them to people who would appreciate the experience. In 2008, they decided to make coffee their livelihood.

Today, Madcap runs cafes in Grand Rapids and Detroit, while roasting in Grand Rapids and distributing across the United States. Wherever you experience Madcap, we hope you’ll see, sense, and taste the experience we work so hard to create.

ABV:
6.6%
Availability:
September - October 2021

Ginger Smiles

The Beer

Local Grand Rapids artist Esan Sommersell grew up surrounded by powerful women who moved with elegance and grace yet cooked with a fierce and fiery passion. To pay tribute to the Guyanese flavors and traditions he grew up admiring we present Ginger Smiles – a rum barrel-aged strong golden ale. Brewed with ginger and guava to celebrate the bold women and rich flavors of his youth – Ginger Smiles is sure to bring a smile to your face.

Featured Collaborator

For Grand Rapids-based artist Esan Sommersell, making is living. In a world where it’s become increasingly more difficult to discern fact from fiction, Sommersell’s paintings remind us that what we see, hear, touch, and taste cannot be separated from what we feel. With bold forms and surreal color palettes taken from the landscape of lucid dreams, his work is an affirmation of humankind’s innate desire to create, to mold, to touch the raw nerve of experience and discover for ourselves what it means to be alive.

Availability:
June 2021

Skyshift

The Beer

Who doesn’t love to look at the sky at twilight – that time when the sun dips below the horizon and casts an otherworldly purple shroud across the sky? That’s exactly what we set out to capture in collaboration with Arsenal Handicraft – a husband and wife artist duo from Detroit. Butterfly Pea Flowers give an ethereal appearance as the stars collide in this tart and juicy blueberry chamomile gose-style ale.

Featured Collaborator

Arsenal Handicraft is husband and wife artist duo Dennis and Christina Jacobs. They create pieces of art that not only tell a story, but take you on a journey through space and nature. Every piece displays their finely tuned ability to tap into each of our own desires to set off into the wild. Taking inspiration from their travels and home base near Detroit, every original illustration is one-of-a-kind as you can see in their breathtaking landscape artwork for Skyshift.

Availability:
June 2021

Gaia Nectar

The Beer

Meet Gaia Nectar, a super juicy, complex German Wheat made with real honey sourced by our non-profit partners at Bees In The D. The tartness of blood orange mingles with the earthy sweetness of coriander and local Wildflower honey to provide a quenching and quaffable drinking experience. You won’t BEE-lieve your taste buds!

Featured Collaborator

Our first Detroit-based collaborator in the Crafted in Michigan Collaboration Series, Bees in the D, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create a cooperative effort between residents, schools, organizations, and businesses in the city of Detroit and Southeast Michigan to contribute to both the health of honey bee colonies and native pollinators, and the education of their importance to our environment. They have successfully introduced over 10 million bees and manage over 170 honey bee hives at over 50 Michigan locations, including yours truly – Bees in the D is currently in the process of installing honey bee hives on the roof of our Detroit taproom. We’re proud to be partnering with such an environmentally impactful organization that is leading the way in education and conservation of honey bees in Michigan.

 

 

ABV:
4.9%
IBUs:
13
Availability:
March 2021

Werewolves of Michigan

The Beer

The Michigan Dogman? The Werewolf of Grosse Pointe? Whatever you want to call them, we’re paying tribute to our favorite local lycanthropes with Werewolves of Michigan. Brewed in collaboration with City Built Brewing Co., this West Coast IPA is brewed with Hydra hops for a hint of stone fruit and citrus accentuated by Mosaic hops for an IPA drinking experience that’ll leave you howling for more.

Featured Collaborator

When it was time to establish our first Grand Rapids-based collaborator for the Crafted in Michigan Collaboration Series, we instantly thought of our friends at City Built Brewing Co. Opened in 2017, City Built Brewing Co. is now a staple in the Grand Rapids brewery scene, and has set the bar high with their extensive beer and food repertoire. They believe that beer brings people together, and that craft brewing is for everyone. We couldn’t agree more!

 

Availability:
March 2021

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