The Mothership Series are ultra-limited, brew team favorite beers only found at our taproom locations. Whether it is an old standby we brought out of retirement or an experimental new style, it’s sure to go quickly. Brewed for a chosen few and you’re lucky enough to be one of them.

French Toast Bastard

Backwoods Bastard gets the 4-star breakfast treatment. Our malty and rich bourbon barrel-aged Scotch ale is introduced to smooth maple syrup, warm cinnamon and sweet vanilla for an incredibly decadent brunch-inspired sipper. One taste and you’d swear you were digging into your Sunday morning French toast. Breakfast for dinner, anyone?

ABV:
11.1%
IBUs:
50
Availability:
December 2019

Oktoberfest

Blink and you’ll think you’re in Bavaria. We went all in on tradition with our Oktoberfest, using imported German malts and hops with a beautiful lager yeast for the finish. Pours a gorgeous copper hue with a rich, malty and slightly sweet backbone. Our version is akin to the beer poured in the early days of Oktoberfest and, yes, it adheres to the Reinheitsgebot. Prost!

ABV:
6%
IBUs:
20
Availability:
September 2019

Pale Joe

Your eyes will tell you one thing, but your palate will tell you another. Light in color but full in flavor, this golden ale features notes of gently roasted, fruit-forward coffee. Pale Joe features a special blend of high-end Ethiopian coffee expertly roasted by our hometown neighbors at Ferris Coffee and Nut. It’s the lovechild of your favorite iced coffee and, well, beer.

ABV:
5.4%
IBUs:
15
Availability:
August 2019

Mucho Lupu

Brewed in the spirit of juicy IPAs, Mucho Lupu features four kinds of American hops: Mosaic, Azacca, Simcoe and Amarillo. Dry hopped with traditional hop pellets along with cryo powder, an innovative hop product that separates lupulin from the hop flower, this IPA is incredibly flavorful and aromatic. Wheat and oats provide a smooth backdrop to carry all those wonderful hop characteristics.

ABV:
7.1%
IBUs:
50
Availability:
June 2019

Cerise

There are a few things that are quintessentially ‘Michigan’ and many would argue that cherries top that list. We brewed Cerise as a celebration of our home state’s official fruit, showcasing what Northern Michigan does best. Ruby red in color and brewed with 100% tart, Michigan cherries, Cerise is as close you’ll get to tasting the real thing without picking it off the tree.

ABV:
5.7%
IBUs:
15
Availability:
April 2019

Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

It’s hard to imagine our Imperial Stout getting any more complex than it already is. Well, until you introduce it to a bourbon barrel. We did just that and out emerged a gorgeous sipper featuring all the warm and roasted characteristics you love in a thick stout with the added richness of oak and vanilla notes from the barrel-aging. A beautiful beast of a beer.

ABV:
12.8%
IBUs:
50
Availability:
January 2019

Panther Cub

Developed after reflecting on youthful dalliances of yore, Panther Cub is a small porter aged in a combo of BLIS maple syrup bourbon barrels and regular bourbon barrels. This fierce cat has been aging in barrels for over two years with whole vanilla beans (just for fun). Tasty maple and vanilla notes plus surprisingly deep character make this rare special release one to look upon fondly.

ABV:
8.7%
IBUs:
30
Availability:
December 2018

MF Donkey Stout

Coffee lovers, this one’s for you, straight from the mind of our R&D Brewer. We reached out to our local coffee-roasting friends at Ferris Coffee & Nut for the featured ingredient: copious amounts of Mackinac Fudge coffee. Roasted, bold and perfectly balanced with just a hint of sweetness, it fits right into our esteemed line of coffee beers.

ABV:
7.5%
IBUs:
55
Availability:
September 2018

Sleeper Cell

This West Coast-style double IPA has been lying in wait having only been featured on draft… until now. A cult-favorite, Sleeper Cell features an intense dose of five hop varieties. The aggressive hop presence lingers on the palate finishing sharp, dry and utterly memorable. Our roots may be Midwestern, but here’s proof that we can delight hopheads seeking a West Coast-inspired flavor.

ABV:
10.8%
IBUs:
85
Availability:
May 2018

Red's Rye IPA

Serious hop bitterness, along with an unyielding grapefruit bouquet from the Amarillo dry hop, balances the malty richness of four varieties of imported Belgian caramel malts. Pours a spectacular crimson with a creamy tan head. A generous addition of rye malt accentuates a spicy, crisp finish. And don’t forget, Red’s Rye IPA is also available year-round on draft!

ABV:
6.6%
IBUs:
70
Availability:
February 2018

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