Sault Ste Marie, Michigan- John and I FINALLY made it to the Upper Peninsula for the show, and we could not have been more excited. We love the UP and just do not get to go that far north very often (it is kind of hard when you always stop at Mackinac Island! but we are NOT complaining!)
Things we love about the UP:
-the MIGHTY MAC
-and, of course, THE BEER
We have been fans of Black Rocks Brewery for a while now, and recently have been introduced to Upper Hand Brewery, which is Bells Escanaba based place. All that great Great Lake water up there makes for some really great beers!
We were happy to learn that we would be taping our Sault Ste Marie episode of Behind the Mitten at a new place in town, 1668 Winery and Lockside Brewery Owned by Ray Bauer (who also owns Soo Brewing), Lockside just opened this year. Offering BOTH wine and beer brewed on the premises, they also have a small menu.
Ray is a passionate brewer who takes great pride in his beers. He also is a great cheerleader for all the good things happening in the Sault. We let Ray pick the beer of the week this week, and he promised that it would be on tap for the next few weeks. Here it is:
BANANA SPLIT DUNKELWEIZEN
A dunkelweizen description from Beer Advocate:
Similar to a Hefeweizen, these southern Germany wheat beers are brewed as darker versions (Dunkel means “dark”) with deliciously complex malts and a low balancing bitterness. Most are brown and murky (from the yeast). The usual clove and fruity (banana) characters will be present, some may even taste like banana bread.
I am not going to lie, this beer is one of my favorites to pronounce. Try it!
Ray is adding hints of strawberry, and chocolate malt to the natural banana notes a dunkel gives off. This is one crazy beer! Stop by soon to give it a try! Lockside has a small system so beers can run out quickly. Well worth a stop when you are in the Sault, whether it is for the Banana Split, or many of the other beers on tap. And remember there is WINE too!