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Saugatuck Oval Beach Blonde


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AUGATUCK BREWING COMPANY opened late 2004 in a small brewpub set- ting and expanded in 2008 to


include off-site production and the construction of the Lucky Stone Pub, which is now the home of Saugatuck brews. Oval Beach Blonde was one of the


first beers produced by SBC in 2005, and continues to be overseen by head brewer Ron Conklin. Oval can be found all over West Michigan pubs and stores. Blondes are one of the lightest styles of ales, making it perfect for spending time on one of our beautiful lakes. Barry Johnson, founder, president


and brewmaster of SBC says this is a great beer to give to someone who has never had a craft brew before. “This is a very drinkable beer, an


all-malt session beer,” he said. With the IBUs only coming in at


10, it provides a minimally bitter brew, allowing maximum drinkability and really lets the malt shine through. This beer pours a hazy, well-


rounded gold with a nice white head. The aroma is soft malt with some cara- mel notes; the beer goes down smooth while maintaining a soft, complex flavor profile for you to enjoy – perfect with your feet in the sand. n


Saugatuck Brewing company is located at 2948 Blue Star Highway, Douglas; (269)- 857-7222; sbrewing.com.


by Ben Darcie | ben@revuewm.com


Michigan Beer Cellar air locks, sample pints, and tanks. PHOTOS: ALEXANDER ATKIN BREWING SPOTLIGHT: Michigan Beer Cellar L 22 | REVUEWM.COM | JULY 2011


OCATED IN THE HEART of downtown Sparta, Michigan Beer Cellar has been keeping very busy since its grand opening on June 1. It’s one of the most recent


additions to the West Michigan beer scene, making its first Michigan Brewers Guild Beerfest appearance in February 2011. “We looked around the area, and had to


find a place that would fit, and it all came together here,” says Owner and Headbrewer Dan Humphrey. The taproom is very large and open,


holding tables and couches for your drinking pleasure in a warm, comfortable atmosphere. There’s a small deli for sandwiches and finger foods, as well as large televisions. “We like the taproom to feel friendly,”


Humphrey said. “We try to make everyone feel comfortable, as if they’ve been coming here for years.” MBC maintains 15 taps, including main-


stays, as well as seasonals and variants. Stop in for a cold Black Magic RyPA, a dark IPA with a soft rye presence; or, for you bigger beer lovers, try the Double Black Magic, the imperial version. There is also a great Porter, and had two variants available upon my visit:


a Vanilla Porter and Cellar Joy, a coconut, almond and chocolate porter. There is also a great Blonde, IPA and Dunkelweizen. Recently on tap is Summer Sunshine, a Belgian Wit light and complex for the sum- mertime, as well as Ginger Peach Cream Ale. MBC started distributing kegs within the last six months, so keep an eye out at your local taphouse. There are also plans on bottling in the fall. Not only does MBC boast an impressive


list of brews on tap, its talents do not end there. MBC also crafts fine wines, including their recent Michigan Apple Delight wine. It also makes mead in-house, using local Rockford honey. It’s also the first distillery in Kent County, specializing in neutral grain vodka infused with various flavors, keeping around 30 different infusions on-hand at the bar. These infusions make unique drink specials weekly that range from $2.50-$3.50 (including pints). “People go to places, and some people


just don’t like beer.” Humphrey said. “We want to cater to whatever you could want.” Michigan Beer Cellar is located at 500


East Division Street in Sparta; (616) 883- 0777; michiganbeercellar.com. n


BEER NEWS


Michigan Brewer ’s Gui ld Summer Beer Festival takes place in Ypsilanti July 23-24. More than 50 Michigan breweries will be there showing off more than 300 beers. More info and tickets available at michiganbrewersguild.org


Founders Brewing Company is sponsoring the Grand Rapids Urban Adventure – the first-ever Grand Rapids multi-sport race. Find out more at grurbanadventurerace.com.


Greenbush Brewing Co. opens in Sawyer this month; there will be a launch party at the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange mid-month. Details at greenbushbrewing.com and kalama- zoobeerexchange.com


Arcadia Brewing Co. has joined the canned revolution, and now offers its summer flagship Whitsun in cans.


New Holland Brewing Co. has re-opened its production brewery for public tours on Saturdays at noon and 3 p.m. Admission and more details at newhollandbrew.com.


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