MBG released the Beer List for the Detroit Fall Beer Festival 2015

DFBF15Looks like the beer list for the MBG Detroit Fall Beer Festival is out! Check it out HERE!

Ping me if you’re interested in meeting up while there! I’ll be there both days!

What beers are YOU looking forward to most? What’s your prediction for ‘best of show’?

#DFBF15 #MIBeer

I made the news (sort of) about MBG Winter Beer Festival!


I guess it pays to blog…

On my other blog (The Pridelands), I posted back in 2006 that my best friend and beautiful wife, Jennifer, and I were attended the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival in Lansing, Michigan. It was the first year that they were doing a winter festival, and I remember having a great time (after a ‘false start’ or two).

Garret Ellison from MLive.com saw it and contacted me to see if I would answer a few questions. Any time I can talk about Michigan beer and the Michigan Brewers Guild, I love it, so I agreed to talk with him.

He wrote a great article about the 10th Anniversary of the MBG Winter Beer Festival, and I hope I did Michigan beer and the Guild proud!

Ironically, I had to give up my tickets this morning for Saturday due to a personal conflict. I was hoping to attend Friday’s session as a media person (I DO have this blog after all), but I didn’t request a media pass.

I apologize to Garret and MLive.com for my ‘Brian Williams’ moment, but I had all intentions to attending…

Cheers to my family and friends! I hope you all have a great (and safe) time in Grand Rapids! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to the MICHIGAN BREWERS GUILD for 10 FUN AND TASTY YEARS OF FREEZING MY BEHIND!!! (You’re the only reason I’d go out into the snow and cold!)

By the way, the tickets for Friday’s session is still available! Get your tickets NOW by going HERE! ($45 in advance, but $50 at the gate (if still available))

Founders Brewing Co. announces KBS Week – March 9th – 14th

Founders KBSFounders Brewing Co. (link) announces a week dedicated to the release of what has been rated by many as the best beer in the world… KBS or Kentucky Breakfast Stout.

Residents and visitors of Grand Rapids will begin to enjoy this incredible beverage with a week full of events from March 9th – 14th. It is being distributed starting March 30th.

KBS is an imperial stout brewed with coffee and chocolates that is aged in oak bourbon barrels for a year in the caves beneath Grand Rapids.

Last year, Founders made an event of the release, which included special happening in and around the Grand Rapids area (which was at that time named Beer City USA) to much success. This year, they kicked it up a notch. Starting Saturday, February 14th at 11AM ET, they’re using EventBrite to allow you to reserve a spot to pick up bottles of KBS in the Founders Taproom. That magic ticket will allow you then pickup and pay for your bottles from March 10th – 14th. Proceeds from the EventBrite reservations will go to Grand Rapids Whitewater.

They’re also hosting tappings in or around GR at various bars from the March 9th to the 13th, with a main tapping on the 14th at Founders Taproom. You can even enjoy more of Grand Rapids with KBS Week hotel packages with some area hotels!

Get details of all the events and links to everything by going to http://kbsweek.com/.

I hope to be there… Hope to see you all there too!

American Homebrewers Association Gives Gift Membership to President Obama for the Holidays

Recognition Also Bestowed Upon Departing White House Chef Sam Kass

In a press release posted on December 17th, because of their support and advocacy of homebrewing, President Barrack Obama and outgoing White House Chef Sam Kass were given special lifetime memberships in the American Homebrewers Association.

Placing politics aside, this is really cool! I hope that future U.S. Presidents and White House chefs continue their support of homebrewing. Unfortunately, you probably have to buy your own membership, but you can by clicking on the link HERE.

Brewers Association Press Release – American Homebrewers Association Gives Gift Membership to President Obama for the Holidays

NY brewpub in trademark fight with the Evil Empire of Lucasfilm/Disney over their beer ‘Strikes Bock’

Come on, Disney (now owner of Lucasfilm)… can’t you just be nice for once?

It seems that Empire Brewing Co. in Syracuse, New York, went to get a trademark for a beer they’ve been brewing for 7 years called ‘Strikes Bock’, but Lucasfilm is opposed to it!

This strikes a nerve with me because Disney had Twitter take away my original Twitter account name (@TheLionKing) by saying that I said disparaging things about The Lion King (which anyone who knows me would tell you that I would never do). So, Twitter gave me this name instead (@TheLionKing_) which was a HUGE difference!

I’m backing the Rebels (of Empire Brewing Co.) in this fight with the evil empire of Lucasfilm/Disney!!!

Get the details here:

May the Force be with you, Empire Brewing Co…. ALWAYS!

MBG Detroit Fall Beer Festival News – Saturday Tixs SOLD OUT plus Program is POSTED ONLINE

Looks like if you were waiting to get tickets for Saturday’s session at the Michigan Brewers Guild Detroit Fall Beer Festival, you’re out of luck! Tickets are SOLD OUT! Tickets for Friday’s session is still available, but may go fast now! Go get them from HERE!

(Note: I’ve been to enough of these to know that some people will try to sell their extra tickets at the gate. Also, some people will try to sell extras online, but watch out for scalpers… those tickets will probably be disabled/confiscated.)

Also, they have posted the program online in PDF format for your researching purposes. Get a copy of it from this page – link on the right side.

I got my ticket ready for Saturday… See you there!

(Note to anyone from the Michigan Brewers Guild – This blogger [read as: MEDIA] would appreciate info on getting credentials for Friday’s session PLEASE!!!)

Less than Breaking News – Opening of HopCat Detroit delayed

I don’t know how I missed it, but the opening of HopCat Detroit, scheduled for November 15th, has been postponed until 11AM on December 13, 2014 (11-12-13-14).

They have plans for that day, including the following:

  • World Record tap takeover by Short’s Brewing Co., at least 101 different Short’s beers on tap!
  • Free show in our upstairs venue by Brooklyn’s Pitchblak Brass Band (8 p.m.) 
  • Free Crack Fries every week for a year to the first 200 people in line 
  • Free Crack Fries all day to everyone

This comes as a relief to some, as November 15th is the beginning of hunting season. As for me, I’m more of a beer hunter…

Thanks to MLive.com for the article: http://www.mlive.com/business/detroit/index.ssf/2014/09/hopcat_detroit_opening_delayed.html

Aquaman buys Detroit building to open a brewery

From MLive.com, it looks like actor Jason Momoa, star of “Game of Thrones” and also the ‘all but certain’ guy to play the part of Aquaman in the DC Comics movies, has bought a 100 year old General Motors building in Detroit and is going to open a brewery there. Click on the link for more details: