Lansing, MI- This week brought us back to the recently opened Lansing Brewing Company. John and I have been stopping by all summer to visit and check on progress. It’s been awesome to watch the space change from a construction zone, into a partially finished pub, to a full, busy beautiful brewery and restaurant.
The building is huge, with a main bar/dining area, then another area for eating, then a super cool area known as the Stockhouse in the back where you can hang out while waiting for a table, or just go grab a beer and play some corn hole. You can also book the Stockhouse for private events.
Head brewer Sawyer Stevens is using his vast brewing experience to create solid, well crafted liquid. I love how Lansing Brewing is also looking back at their heritage (the brewery was originally opened in 1898 and had to close due to that terrible dark time called PROHIBITION) and brewing beers that the original brewery also made. Sawyer’s got a couple of great beers right now, and because he’s a pro, he still actually HAS all of them available. This is not usually the case for a newly opened brewery. Well done, Sawyer!
Our pick for beer of the week is the beer that started with Lansing Brewing the very first go round, the very original Amber Cream Ale. Coming in at 5.2% ABV and 50 IBU’s, this is a partnership of amber ale, and (guess!) cream ale. I’ve never had this duo together before.
Amber cream is full of great toasty, roasty malt flavor, balanced by a healthy addition of hops. It really does finish smooth and creamy. I love that they brewed up a historical beer up with so much success. It’s already their number one seller at the brewery. This beer pairs beautifully with a many of the dishes on the extensive menu that they have at LBC. Personally, I had it with the rich and naughty poutine and it was just about perfect.
Located right downtown next to the Lugnut’s stadium, it’s a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Check them out, grab an amber cream, maybe some chicken and waffles, and enjoy the newest member of the Lansing beer community.