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THE RAPTURE IS COMING! (Again.) In order to prepare for Oct. 21, we’re stocking up on our favorite local brews.


Beer on Earth


KIM KIBBY, REVUE creative director Bell’s Brewery / Amber Ale / ABV: 5.8% Buy local, die local. Amber Ale, Bell’s flagship beer, is always stocked in my fridge (a difficult task, I assure you). So whenever the rapture should occur, I’ll be riding it out with copper waves of malty deliciousness. Hell, I will probably bathe in it. Also: Dragonmead’s Final Absolution, ABV: 8.5%


LINDSAY PATTON- CARSON, REVUE managing editor Founders Brewing Company / Cerise / ABV: 6.5% I’m already prepared for this round of rapture. Since Cerise is only available in the summer, I’ve had some practice stocking up on this brew. My beer bun- ker, however, is in a top-secret location. Nobody — not even Jesus — can get in between me and this cherry ale.


LAURA PORTER, Michigan Beer Blog Bell’s Brewery / Wild One / ABV: 6.6% It encompasses the flavors I love from several different styles of beer, and is the first beer that really turned me on to sour ales. Plus, it would take me a long time to get through a 750ml bottle of the stuff, which would help prolong the inevitable as long as possible.


SETH PORTER, Michigan Beer Blog Hideout Brewing Co. / Smuggler’s Stout / ABV: 5.6% I have to pick Smuggler’s Stout on nitro, a hazelnut coffee stout from The Hideout Brewing Co. It’s velvet smooth with just enough sweetness to bal- ance out traditional toasted characteristics inherent in the


style. It’s a 5.6% ABV beer that reminds me of the great crowd, staff and atmosphere of The Hideout — including the lingering scent of hot tub.


Will Blog for Love … or Beer / By Brian Edwards M


ake no mistake, people who blog about craft beer tend to do it for love, not money. Of course, the occasional free beer doesn’t


hurt. “It’s one of the only perks,” says Seth Porter, who along


with his wife Laura runs Michigan Beer Blog (michigan- beerblog.net). The couple started it on a trip to the U.P. when they


crafted a plan – over a beer, of course – to visit every brewery in Michigan. The site, which highlights their experiences at breweries and beer festivals, now gets about 150 hits per day. Unlike most Michigan beer bloggers, the guys at


MittenBrew (mittenbrew.com) have journalistic credentials from local daily newspapers and national magazines. Their site includes brewery news, opinion columns and brewery spotlights, which are listed under reviews. “We’re trying to bring more of the story side of it and the feature side of it,” says co-founder Chris Epplet. “We’re also


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trying to be objective and journalistically ethical, whereas [other bloggers] aren’t necessarily.” Do they ever compromise themselves and take a free


beer? “We only do at festivals if we get credentials,” Epplet


says. “Really, we’re losing money doing what we’re doing. We do it for the love of beer.”


A few other local beer blogs worth checking out: Kalamabrew (mlive.com/kalamabrew) Michigan Beer Buzz (mibeerbuzz.com) I’m a Beer Hound (imabeerhound.com) The Buzz (sicilianosmkt.blogspot.com) Michigan Microbrews (michiganmicrobrews.com) All the Brews Fit to Pint (annarborbeer.com) Drink Michigan (drinkmichigan.org)


MichiganMicrobrews.com is one of many informative beer blogs you should visit as soon as you put down this magazine.


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