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Friday, September 30, 2016

New Beer Friday, Learn to Homebrew Edition (Sept 30)

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

On Saturday, November 5, Siciliano’s Market and Trail Point Brewing Company are teaming up to host an American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Learn to Homebrew Day. This free event is open to the public and will be held in the brewery’s back parking lot at 6035 Lake Michigan Dr. in Allendale, Michigan from 11 AM to 5 PM.

The AHA’s Learn to Homebrew Day is an international event held annually on the first Saturday of November. Since its inception in 1999, thousands of homebrewers have gathered at locations throughout the world to celebrate and demonstrate the basic techniques of this life enriching hobby.

For more information on the Learn to Homebrew event at Trail Point please contact

In other news, Trail Point is teaming up with IKUS Life Enrichment Services to host a “Taps +Trails” event at Indian Trails on Thursday, October 13. Participants will hike the camp’s trails and enjoy appetizers paired with Trail Point beer at various stations set up along the course. For registration information go to

Finally, we are pleased to announce that on Saturday, October 8, the folks from Klein Cider Mill will be selling fresh squeezed apple juice in our back parking lot between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. The price for Klein’s award-winning cider will be $3.50 per gallon and you must supply your own containers. Of course, as always, we will have containers available for purchase along with everything you need for making hard cider.

New and Returning Beer

  • Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, $2.09/12oz - "Our flagship beer, Loose Cannon wins people over at first smell. The carefully cultivated interplay of Simcoe, Palisade, and Centennial creates a most fragrant IPA - its nose bursts with notes of grapefruit, herbs, and pine. Bitterness is somewhat subdued by the floral quality that pervades the taste. The color is burnished gold, and the mouthfeel is creamy. A strong malt backbone balances out the triple-hopped beer. Its nickname, Hop3, comes from the brewing process: our brewers hop Loose Cannon in the boil, the hopback, and the fermenter. It won a second place CAMRA award at the 2010 Great British Beer Festival" (source).
  • Heavy Seas Double Cannon, $2.19/12oz - "Hop aromas blast out of this flavor explosion. Massively dry-hopped, with a balanced malt sweetness, this irresistible force showcases the power of bringing in the extra artillery. Hop cubed - then squared (hop to the sixth)! We've kept the same malt recipe proportions as Loose Cannon, pumped up to 22 Plato (from 16.5) and then doubled the hops. We employed the late addition, whirlpool, hopback, and dry-hopping process that makes Loose Cannon such a flavorful IPA. We've captured the beautiful balance of Loose Cannon but we've doubled the firepower" (source).
  • Heavy Seas Peg Leg, $2.19/12oz - "This full-bodied imperial stout pours an opaque mahogany color with a tan head. Its smell is dominated by notes of roasted coffee beans, with a slight hint of chocolate, but Simcoe and Fuggles hops add complexity to the aroma. The roasted barley is detectable in the taste, and this complements the bitterness from the Warrior hops - balancing out the sweetness from the load of malts used in brewing Peg Leg. A creamy mouthfeel makes this a smooth, utterly drinkable beer" (source).
  • Heavy Seas Winter Storm, $2.19/12oz - "Winter Storm may be Hugh's favorite beer in the Heavy Seas catalogue. Our winter ale draws on hops from the West Coast and the UK for its pronounced bitterness. A mix of pale and darker malts give it its tawny color and its bigger body. True to the style, Winter Storm's aroma is nutty malts and earthy hops. This is a perfect fall beer, especially because of its warming qualities" (source).
  • Atwater Lip Locked, $1.99/12oz - "A full and dark outing, Atwater’s Cherry Stout features the malt complexity common to American-Style stout with the tartness, not sweetness of Michigan Cherries. The blend of fully fermented fruit and toasted, nutty malt characters bring forth an elusive cherry wood aroma to the finish" (source).
  • Southern Tier Choclat, $4.99/12oz - "The Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the Maya, unfolds a complex web of mystery around a beverage known as xocoatl (ch-co-atle). At Southern Tier, we’re not surprised that hieroglyphs of the ancient Maya depict chocolate being poured for rulers and gods. Even through the many voyages of Columbus, the mystical bean remained nothing more than a strange currency of the native peoples. Moving through centuries, the circular journey of cacao has been realized in our brewing house, encompassing the complexity of the darkest, bitter-sweet candy together with the original frothy cold beverage of the ancient Maya to bring to you our Blackwater Series Choklat Stout. We have combined the finest ingredients to tempt your senses & renew the power & interrelation of history in every bottle" (source).
  • Danny Boy Ginger Wit, $2.99/16oz - "We brew our continuously-hopped, Belgian-inspired Urban Wheat Ale with a blend of Belgian and American yeast. Dry-hopped with Citra – twice – striking a happy balance between the hop and grain builds with soft notes of lemon, coriander and ginger. A naturally filtered Urban wheat Miss Ginger offers a nice, easy-to-drink session ale" (source).
  • Danny Boy Training Day, $2.99/16oz - "This American pale ale is 6 percent alcohol by volume, with citrus, centennial and cascade hops in it. This makes for a nice, drinkable APA" (source).
  • Danny Boy Rock 'n Rolla, $3.29/16oz - "The Mosaic hops brewed in this beer, gives it a very citrusy, earthy pine, and tropical fruit taste with a hop forward flavor. Though higher in alcohol, the RNR is very well balanced with a smooth bitter grapefruit finish" (source).
  • Epic Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout, $12.99/22oz - "One Big Bad Imperial Stout with Cocoa nibs and Coffee beans. Each season's release uses a different dark roasted coffee" (source).
  • Short's Kind Ale, $2.39/12oz (6 per) - "Kind Ale is a beer brewed each fall to celebrate a successful growing season. True to tradition, we commemorate the year’s agricultural achievements by using only wet hops in the boil, straight from the fields of Northern Michigan’s local hop farms. Local hops impart a dank intensity to this ale. The beer’s finish is immensely grassy, bitter, and fresh thanks to a healthy dry hop addition" (source).
  • Grand Armory Crop Duster, $1.89/12oz - "Crop Duster is a west coast style IPA using 100% Citra hops for bittering and aroma. Extremely drinkable with great aroma and grapefruit notes" (source).
  • Latitude 42 Party at the Moon Tower, $2.29/16oz - "Double IPA" (source).

Video of Week | Wild Apples

Wild apples. Hard cider. Great video.


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