“Since closing in 1915, the brewery building has served as retail shops, as warehousing and perhaps even as a goat barn. It wasn’t until 2012, under the new ownership of and complete renovation by Patrick Dowd and Lou Gostinger, that beer once again flowed within the walls of the “Old Brewery”.”
- Cranium Crush (69 Points)
- Hopsessed (96 Points)
- Horny Monk (77 Points)
- Mind’s Eye PA (66 Points)
- Sparkle (78 Points)
CRANIUM CRUSH: 69 Points
This Specialty ale is released seasonally in 16 oz. cans.
Brewer’s Description: “This unique ale has actual waffle cones added into the mash. Very slight hints of this ingredient can be picked up in the finished beer. More prevalent are the fruit notes from the addition of fresh raspberries added during fermentation. the low IBU makes this an easy drinking ale.”
My Description: This beer is like the Camel Joe for kids, wow raspberry cream waffle cone! It begins with a large, white colored head that lasts the whole way leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma showcases a potent raspberry juice note along with minor hints of malt and cream. This beer smells pretty much like a raspberry creamsicle. Cranium Crush is medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is really sweet with notes of raspberry juice and creamy undertones. It tastes just like the description says it would. Overall, this beer is smooth and interesting but it is hard to put down. It is so sweet and so raspberry forward that drinking a single can becomes a chore. This should be in the malt beverage category. I can see how people could like this, but you just have to be a sugar addict.
ABV: 7% Color: Golden Copper Sweetness: 4.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
HOPSESSED: 96 Points
This Imperial IPA is released seasonally in 16 oz. cans.
Brewer’s Description: “Hold on to your taste buds & make sure you have a designated driver! This mouth-exploding double I.P.A. starts with the unique citrus aroma provided by a 100% Simcoe dry hop. The high bitterness is slightly toned down by the caramel sweetness imparted by the large quantities of malted barley needed to achieve such a high ABV. (Limited time only!).”
My Description: This beer tastes great from start to finish. It begins with a large, light tan colored head with an excellent retention level that leaves behind a wall of lacing. The aroma, not surprising, is hop forward with strong resiny notes of citrus hops and pine hops. There is also some caramel malt as well in the aroma. Hopsessed is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile boasts a caramel malt backbone with bready notes that come through in between the potent American hop notes. Hints of melon hops can be detected and the alcohol is nicely hidden here. The transition to the finish is smooth bringing forth an aftertaste that is moderately high in bitterness. This IIPA is a true beauty that should be sought out. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with Brie cheese, smoked ribs, or spicy Thai noodles.
ABV: 9.2% Color: Dark Orange/Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 6.5/10
HORNY MONK: 77 Points
This Belgian Dubbel is available year-round in 16 oz. cans.
Brewer’s Description: “A deep reddish, malty, and complex Belgian style ale. Six different types of malted barley, Belgian candied syrup and Belgian yeast are combined to produce a very smooth, complex and slightly sweet ale.”
My Description: Perhaps this monk should have been more disciplined and put his animal urges to the side and focused more on the beer. It begins with a weak, light beige colored head that fades to a film holding for a few minutes and leaving behind no lacing. The aroma is dominated by sweet caramel malt notes along with hints of dark fruits and yeast phenols. Horny Monk is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. I feel the texture and body of this beer upfront are correct but it thins out in the finish. The flavor profile follows the nose with caramel malt notes being the backbone of the beer along with hints of yeast phenols and sugar. Dark fruit notes like dates are detected along with ripe bananas. The aftertaste shows no bitterness with a slight metallic hint. Overall, this ale has a decent balance of flavors but falls short of delighting the senses, however it is easy drinking and alcohol is completely hidden. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with beef stew, baked ham, or stuffing.
ABV: 6.9% Color: Reddish/Copper Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 1/10
MIND’S EYE PA: 66 Points
This IPA is released in 16 oz. cans.
Brewer’s Description: “Burnt copper color and giant hop aroma come to the forefront in this traditional IPA. Rich caramel malt and red wheat balance the dry bitter finish.“
My Description: Did they even taste this beer before they released it? What’s the deal with the crappy quality of ingredients and the terrible execution? This beer just seems like they had old ingredients that they didn’t want to throw away and instead made me spend my money on this joke of an IPA. It begins with a large, light beige colored head that lasts the whole way leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant enough but soft with notes of sweet malt and citrus hops. Mind’s Eye PA is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile does not blend cleanly; stale hop notes intertwine bluntly with the caramel malt notes. This is not a smooth beer. The hops taste old, the flow is harsh, and the aftertaste is not satisfying. This beer seems like it was made by some amateurs. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with whatever blocks the taste of this beer.
ABV: 6.7% Color: Brown/Red Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 6.5/10
SPARKLE: 78 Points
This American Lager is available year-round in 16 oz. cans.
Brewer’s Description: “Our homage to the original “Petoskey Sparkle” brewed by Petoskey Brewing from 1898 until 1915. Wheat and four special malts combine with three different types of hops to create a super clean, easy drinking lager.”
My Description: If a simple lager is in order then this beer will be a good choice. It begins with a weak, white colored head that fades to a film that holds most of the way leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is as expected; notes of pale malts and grains with not too much else. Sparkle is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is clean with notes of pale malts and grains accompanied by a hint of spiced hops. The aftertaste is refreshing with a touch of bitterness to bring balance. There really isn’t much wrong with this beer but it is just boring. I’m not saying that there needs to be more flavor notes, just that the notes that are present need to stand out more and give me a reason to not just think of this beer as a chugger. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, burgers, or a meat pizza.
ABV: 4.1% Color: Yellow/Gold Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10