I have engineered the perfect way to do what I love while on vacation. It’s called the Brewery Bike Tour. Basically, I bike 40-70 miles each day and explore the craft breweries in a region. I plan the beer stops in the afternoon and find campgrounds or other lodging options nearby. I recently traveled to Michigan via Chicago/Indiana. Out of the 50ish beers I tried, these were my favorites roughly ranked:
Bean Flicker Blonde
Odd Side Ales
One of my Michigan Instagram buddies said I had to head to Odd Side Ales in Grand Haven. Since it was on my way from Holland to Muskegon (where I took the ferry back to Milwaukee), I gave it a go. Odd Side earned the title of best brewery on my trip! Their beer menu is amazing and the flavor combinations are unique.
A blonde coffee beer? Yes please! Easy drinking and light, but with an awesome coffee flavor. Strangely there are some vanilla notes, although no vanilla is added.
Reserve Special Black Ale
Thick, chewy and with a brown, creamy head, this Strong Ale won me over with it’s incredible chocolate and roasted malt character.
Mayan Mocha Stout
Odd Side Ales
While I was drinking this spicy stout, I envisioned pairing it with Milwaukee chocolatier Indulgence’s Mayan Spice chocolate. I am hoping to get my hands on some more of this beer when I return to Michigan in October and transform my dream pairing canadian pharmacy zithromax no prescription into reality.
I freaking love Imperial Red Ales, but this one is an INDIA Red Ale. Incredible hop aroma and flavor combine with a bready malt to create an irresistible combo. The 7.7% ABV was masked well.
Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker
Three Floyds is a hop head’s dream. The brewery itself was definitely not my favorite stop, but the hoppy beers were good. This one had a complex hop flavor while also maintaining the crazy 100 IBU level I crave. I also tried the Yum Yum, a hopped-up American Pale Ale (lower IBU on this one).
Smells Like A Safety Meeting
Oh yeah, dank and resin combine for a flavorful IPA that’s certainly not for everybody. Enough said.
Ok, so this is widely available in Wisconsin, but it is a solid stout. I swear it tasted better fresh at the brewery. Roast and chocolate combine to make one smooth and delicious brew.
Huma Lupa Licious
Balanced and flavorful, this IPA was memorable because of its great hop combo of five hop varieties.
In case you were curious, here are the breweries I stopped at:
3 Floyds (Munster, IN)
Bell’s (Kalamazoo, MI)
Dark Horse (Marshall, MI)
Arcadia (Battle Creek, MI)
Old Mill Brewpub (Plainwell, MI)
Founders (Grand Rapids, MI)
New Holland (Holland, MI)
Our Brewing (Holland, MI)
Odd Side Ales (Grand Haven, MI)
Unruly (Muskegon, MI)
A Chicago brewery tour in the works for the future since I didn’t get to any breweries in the city!