Did you miss one of our beer of the week selections? Here are our last few weekly picks, all in one handy post! Seek some of these great beers out this summer, and if you head to the brewery, tell them you heard about them on Behind the Mitten.
We headed to Kalamazoo to visit our friends at Bravo! Restaurant on June 13. Brothers Shawn and Terry Hagan are long time restauranteurs who took a risk and installed the tiniest brewery in their Italian kitchen at their chefs request. They usually have about four beers on tap, and we got to try a barrel aged stout that was top notch while we were visiting. Bravo’s signature beer is the Chef’s Ale, an amber beer that pairs great with the hand crafted food coming out of the kitchen. Our beer of the week pick is a deep caramel color, with nice malt tones, and just enough hops to keep it balanced. Try it with one of their wood fired pizzas for a great combo. Bravo! is located at 5402 Portage Rd, Portage.
For our Father’s Day show we picked a beer from our friends at Right Brain. These guys are known for brewing up some crazy beers like Spear Beer (with asparagus), Pig Head Porter (with, yes, a pig head in it), and our beer of the week, Cool Hand Cuke. This one is a 6.1% saison, brewed with cucumber and basil. RB takes their house saison, which is light, crisp with a touch of yeast, and then ages it over fresh cucumber, basil and coriander. This one has lots of vegetable and herb notes, but is surprisingly very refreshing and perfect on a hot day. If you can find this beer, grab it up! And look forward to the special Right Brain dinner coming up at Treetops Resort on August 21.
John and I were at our summer home on Mackinac Island for the June 28th show. We don’t really have a place on the Island, but we have been lucky enough to get to visit the island several times this spring. We have loved getting to know everyone, and getting to explore new places. This show was all about the big changes that have been happening at Mission Point resort this year. They’ve repainted, redecorated, replanted, and recreated this amazing property. One of my favorite things that general manager Bradley McCallum has done is created three different signature brews for the resort with different breweries from around the state. Our pick for beer of the week was the Sinclair Scotch Ale, brewed for Mission Point by Mountain Town Station. Brewed as a classic scotch ale, it’s deep brown color is loaded with tons of malt flavor, with caramel, bready, toasty notes. A good pick with some of the new dishes that Mission Point is creating, grab one and watch the boats, bikers and horses go by.
Brewery Terra Firma is located up north in Traverse City at 2959 Hartman Rd. Not only do they have a brewery and tap room there, they also have a 10 acre farm that they harvest from to use in both their food and their beer. Focused on sustainability, their beers are all natural, unfiltered and delicious. Sleeping Bear Brown Ale has a subtle malt flavor, with bready, nutty notes. Well rounded and easy drinking. If you are up in Traverse City for the National Cherry Festival, make sure to stop by Brewery Terra Firma!