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Beer Nuts Podcast

mbgbeernutsSpreading the Gospel of Better Beer is pleased to announce that we are partnering with our friends at Christopher Media to produce a weekly craft beer themed podcast. Episodes will be released on Saturdays starting in September, 2015. The shows are hosted by J.R. , Uncle Pete, and Dougout from along with Chris from Christopher Media, who is eager to learn more about craft beer and brewing.  Beer Nuts will feature various craft beer topics including beer styles, breweries, home brewing, beer releases and current events in the craft beer world.  See list below for available downloads.


BEER NUTS #53: MVB 2016

BEER NUTS #52: Holiday Beers December 17, 2016

BEER NUTS #51: Mixed Nuts December 10, 2016

BEER NUTS #50: Anniversary Beers November 27, 2016

BEER NUTS #49: Sours November 19, 2016

BEER NUTS #48: Road Warriors 05 November 7, 2016

BEER NUTS #43: Southwest Michigan October 9, 2016

BEER NUTS #42: Chicagoland Beers October 2, 2016

BEER NUTS #41: Mixed Nuts 06 September 11, 2016

BEER NUTS #40: Cellar Raid 03 September 7 2016

BEER NUTS #39: Double IPAs August 29, 2016

BEER NUTS #38: Farmhouse Saisons August 22, 2016

BEER NUTS #37: Mixed Nuts 05 August 15, 2016

BEER NUTS #36: Road Warriors 04 August 8, 2016

BEER NUTS #35: Road Warriors 03 July 17, 2016

BEER NUTS #34: Three Floyd’s Brewing Co. July 10, 2016

BEER NUTS #33: Mixed Nuts 04 July 4, 2016

BEER NUTS #32: East Coast Beers June 26, 2016

BEER NUTS # 31: Cellar Raid 02 June 20, 2016

BEER NUTS #30: Wicked Weed Brewing June 12, 2016

BEER NUTS #29: Beer News June 5, 2016

ROAD WARRIORS #002 May 30, 2016

MIXED NUTS #03 May 15, 2016

CELLAR RAID #01 May 7, 2016

ROAD WARRIORS #001 April 30, 2016

BEER NUTS #28: Bell’s Brewery April 23, 2016

BEER NUTS #27: Coffee Beers April 16, 2016

BEER NUTS #26: Short’s Brewing March 26, 2016

BEER NUTS #25: Minnesota Beers March 19, 2016

BEER NUTS #24: St. Patrick’s Day March 12, 2016

BEER NUTS #23: Fruit Beers March 6, 2016

BEER NUTS #22: Brew Day: Winter Edition February 27, 2016

BEER NUTS #21: Traverse City, Michigan February 20, 2016

BEER NUTS #20: Valentine’s Day Beers February 13, 2016

BEER NUTS #19: Superb Owl Fidy February 6, 20

BEER NUTS #18: Dogfish Head January 30, 2016

BEER NUTS #17: Grand Rapids, Michigan January 23, 2016

BEER NUTS #16: Mixed Nuts #2 January 9, 2016

BEER NUTS #15: Mixed Nuts #1 January 2, 2016

BEER NUTS #14: Canadian Beers Boxing Day, December 26, 2015

BEER NUTS #13: Holiday Ales/Winter Warmers December 19, 2015

BEER NUTS #12: Scottish & Scotch Ales December 12, 2015

BEER NUTS #11: American Pale Ales December 5, 2015

BEER NUTS #10: Old Ales November 28, 2015

BEER NUTS #9: Brown Ales November 21, 2015

BEER NUTS #8: Ciders October 30, 2015

BEER NUTS #7: Porters October 23, 2015

BEER NUTS #6: Belgian Beers October 17, 2015

BEER NUTS #5: Autumn & Harvest Ales October 10, 2015

BEER NUTS #4: Barrel Aged Beers October 3, 2015

BEER NUTS #3: Oktoberfest September 26, 2015

BEER NUTS #2: Stouts September 19, 2015

BEER NUTS #1: IPAs  September 12, 2015

UNREGIMENTED #98: Michigan Beer Guy June 1, 2015



JOHN RUSS (“J.R.”) founded in 2013.  He has over 25 years of sales experience in the adult beverage industry and has represented beer, wine, and spirits brands at all levels of the three tier system.  John first entered the beer business working for a wholesaler during his college days at Penn State in 1983 before moving to the Washington, DC area in 1986.   J.R. spent the next 17 years in the beer, wine, and spirits business in Northern Virginia before relocating to Las Vegas in 2004.  After 8 years as a sales manager with Scottish & Newcastle and Heineken USA in the competitive Las Vegas market, J.R. relocated to Michigan and immediately developed a passion for the rich craft beer culture in the Mitten State.  He is an avid all-grain home brewer and active member of the Brewers Association, American Homebrewers Association, Downriver Brewers Guild, and a Michigan Brewers Guild Enthusiast member.  John’s consulting business, Marquis Brands, specializes in helping smaller independent craft beverage producers grow their brands.  J.R. is also an instructor at Schoolcraft College  where he teaches the Marketing and Operations Management course in the Brewing and Distillation Technology program.  He enjoys sharing his passion for craft beer, mead, and spirits and promoting the discovery of better beers with his craft beer and brewing friends, Uncle Pete and Dougout, who are the other “Beer Nuts” on the podcasts.

"Uncle Pete"
“Uncle Pete”

Hi everyone this is PETE JETT SR. (“Uncle Pete”) raising a pint of craft beer and toasting to all of you. I’m 54 and my earliest craft beer recollection is drinking Strohs Signature – had to be around 1980 or so. I consider it craft in hindsight as it had more of a fresh hop presence than regular Strohs. Disagree if you like but I really dug it. I’m a downriver Detroit Michigan native. ’84 graduate of Michigan Tech way up in Houghton in da U.P. Now there was a beer drinking college town. We loaded our soda pop vending machine in the basement of the frat house with longneck Blatz – you could get one out of the machine for 30 cents (we actually profited about 5 cents on every bottle!) but for cash strapped college guys it was worth every penny. Anyhow I soon got the itch to move on after graduation and ended up living with my brother Bob in the Sacramento CA area, and under his guidance I brewed my first homebrew. A Sierra Nevada pale ale clone (we actually used yeast obtained from Sierra Nevada brewery!). Instantly I was hooked. It’s been fun being part of the craft beer craze over the years and watching it grow – the best part is all the creative variety out there and it just keeps evolving. I recently joined the FORD homebrewers club and the Downriver Brewers Guild, where guys like me and the Michigan Beer Guy and a bunch of other homebrewing craft beer fanatics share our beers and help each other with feedback and tips and tricks of the trade. I invite all of you to join in on the fun, shoot me a line sometime lets talk about craft beer!


DOUG BULTHUIS (“Dugout”) met J.R. as  colleagues at Scottish & Newcastle in 2004.   Doug graduated in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin-Superior  and has previously  worked for Goose Island Brewing Co. and Chicago Beverage Systems before relocating to the Detroit area in 2012.  Doug is into home brewing and especially enjoys higher gravity stouts, porters, and hopped-up Imperial IPAs.

cm-media2CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH (“Chris”) joins the Beer Nuts as the producer and guinea pig who is eager to learn more about craft beer.  He is the founder and CEO of Christopher Media.  With each episode, his palate is advancing towards craft and away from macro.  We are delighted to bring him along slowly and aid in his discovery!


Christopher Media specializes in producing quality podcasts featuring a wide variety of shows and topics.  Visit to view the entire list of shows available for download.


Beer Nuts Podcast: Road Warriors #2

The Road Warriors format brings Beer Nuts together from around the country who each sample and review a local favorite.  In Road Warriors 2, the Beer Nuts introduce two new friends, Ross from NC and Dan from MO, who review local favorites from afar via Skype, while Chris joins us from the road in NJ.

Here is the lineup of beer reviews on Road Warriors #2:



Beer My Valentine!

Beer My Valentine

February has arrived, football season is officially over, and the groundhog did not see his shadow predicting an early spring! It’s now time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day, which is just a few days away.

Each day through Valentine’s Day, will be featuring a recommended craft beer selection to help you find the right brew for your special someone. These are suggestions that will appeal to a wide spectrum of sweethearts, ranging from the novice craft beer drinker to the sophisticated connoisseur. Cupid will also recommend food pairings to add some romance to your experience.  Everyone focuses on flowers and chocolate; step up and treat your honey to some delicious craft beer!

On to the beers… Cheers!

Feb 14: Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout

Feb 13: Greenbush Brother Benjamin

Feb 12: Evil Twin I Love You With My Stout

Feb 11: Southern Tier Creme Brûlée

Feb 10: Arcadia Cocoa Loco

Feb 9: Founders Breakfast Stout

Feb 8: O’Fallon Cherry Chocolate Beer

Feb 7: Dark Horse Raspberry Ale

Feb 6: Atwater Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale

Feb 5: Short’s Soft Parade

Feb 4: Stone Enjoy By 2.14.16

Feb 3: Cheboygan Blood Orange Honey

Feb 2: Saugatuck Neopolitan Milk Stout


33 Beers to sample at the 2015 MBG Detroit Fall Beer Festival

12036890_10156126848440080_2341572054347847204_nThe 2015 Michigan Brewers Guild Detroit Fall Beer Festival has arrived and JR, Uncle Pete, and Dougout from and our Beer Nuts Podcast will be there along with thousands of other beer enthusiasts who treasure the best beers the Mitten State has to offer.  We’ve compiled a list of 33 beers that we hope to try at the festival, and listed them by location.  We’ve attempted to cover a variety of beer styles, but admittedly the list may be skewed towards some of our favorites including barrel-aged brews, stouts and porters, interesting fruit and herb combinations, and hop bombs.   We’ve also tried to avoid beers that  are readily available, with very few exceptions.  Of course, anyone can do the same by downloading the program and creating your own custom wish list.  We’ve selected 33 beers here as a wish list, acknowledging that not all beers will be available and that it would be challenging to sample all of these.

If you are a Michigan Brewers Guild Enthusiast Member, you are allowed to enter the festival one hour prior to the general public.  It’s an investment that I find to be a bargain and will ensure that you get to try some of the more coveted beers that may not last long.   And make sure you don’t miss the traditional Welcome Toast, firkin tapping, and Michigan Beer Fight Song, which will take place at 7:00 pm on Friday and 3:20 pm on Saturday.

Hope to see you at Eastern Market this weekend.  Cheers to Michigan Beers!!!


  • Batch Brewing: Dicksmasher– Imperial Stout. NOTE: If you don’t like dark beers, substitute a Phugget IPA!
  • Greenbush: Tropicanabush– American Tripel with Orange
  • The Livery: Maillot Rouge– Sour Barrel Aged Bier de Garde with raspberries
  • Royal Oak Brewery: Roller of Big Cigars– Porter with Chili Peppers
  • Saugatuck: Lord Stanley 3 in 6 Stout- brewed with ingredients poured into the batch from the Stanley Cup!
  • Witch’s Hat: Dragon Water– Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout/Barleywine blend


  • Brewery Ferment: Cowboy Killer – Stout with Vanilla Whiskey Tobacco
  • Perrin: No Rules– Vietnamese Porter
  • Short’s: Michigantuan– Michigan Cherry Double IPA
  • Tapistry: Chocola Java Stout– Belgian Chocolate and cold-brewed Kona and Sumatra


  • Bell’s: Traverse City Cherry Third Coast Old Ale – Barley wine aged with tart MI cherries in whiskey barrels.
  • Falling Down: Zen Panda– Green Tea IPA
  • Railtown: Citra Warrior– Imperial IPA
  • Thumbcoast: Paddlin’ Porter– Coconut Porter


  • Bastone: Black Jalapeño– Belgian Dark Strong with Jalapeño
  • Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales: Fresh Hop Strutter – BBA Double IPA
  • Founders: Backwoods Bastard– Barrel Aged Scotch Ale
  • Griffin Claw: Apridisiac– Apricot Sour Ale
  • Grizzly Peak: Bois Du Nord– Wood Aged Biere D’ Garde
  • North Peak: Hoodoo– MI wet hopped IPA
  • Odd Side Ales: Rum Dankster– Rum Barrel Aged IPA
  • Pigeon Hill: Your Mom on French Toast– Russian Imperial Stout
  • River Rouge: Mango Explosion– Fruit Wheat Ale
  • Unity Vibration: Triple Goddess Bourbon Peach


  • Blackrocks: Nice Berries– Imperial Saison with Blackberries
  • Dark Horse: Cocoa Bourbon Nibbler– Chocolate Cream Stout
  • Rochester Mills: Vanilla Eisbock
  • Rockford: Erdbier– Weissbier with Michigan strawberries
  • Schmohz: English Toffee ESB
  • Stormcloud: Silver & Gin– Gin Barrel Aged Saison


  • Dragonmead: Sin Eater– Belgian Style Dark Strong Ale
  • Kuhnhenn: Bourbon Barrel 4th Dementia Olde Ale– BBA American Strong Ale
  • New Holland: Galabier– Barrel Aged Belgian Dark Trippel



Hipster Tipster, Week of September 14

Check back for updates each week to find out what new releases are expected to be available on shelves (or behind the counter) in Michigan craft beer stores.   Quantities may be limited, and not all stores carry all items.  

THIS WEEK  (9/14-9/20):

LAST WEEK (9/7-9/13):

COMING SOON:4317f02f-f671-4a0d-a1d1-53d90ed81874

33 Beers to sample at the 2015 MBG Summer Beer Festival

Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 7.09.13 PMThe 2015 Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival is here
with over 100 breweries and 900+ Michigan beers available to enjoy.  MichiganBeerGuy will be there along with thousands of other beer enthusiasts who treasure the best beers the Mitten State has to offer.  I’ve compiled a list of 33 beers that I hope to try at the festival, and listed them by location.  I’ve attempted to cover a variety of beer styles, but admittedly the list may be skewed towards some of my favorites including barrel-aged brews, stouts and porters, interesting fruit and herb combinations, and hop bombs.   I’ve also tried to avoid beers that I’ve already tried or are readily available, with very few exceptions.  Of course, anyone can do the same by downloading the program and creating your own custom wish list.  I’ve listed 33 beers here as a wish list, acknowledging that not all beers will be available when I seek them out and that it would be challenging to sample all of these.   But after whittling down my initial list, I couldn’t find any more worthy of chopping.  Each of these has piqued my interest, so we’ll go with 33.

If you are a Michigan Brewers Guild Enthusiast Member, you are allowed to enter the festival one hour prior to the general public.  It’s an investment that I find to be a bargain and will ensure that you get to try some of the more coveted beers that may not last long.   And make sure you don’t miss the traditional Welcome Toast, firkin tapping, and Michigan Beer Fight Song, which will take place at 7:00 pm on Friday and 3:30 pm on Saturday.

Enough banter, on to the list.  Cheers to Michigan Beers!!!

Tent 1:

  • Bell’s Wildberry Rye- BA Rye Pale Ale with berries and champagne yeast
  • Block Mo Shugga Creme Brûlée Coffee Stout
  • Eternity Brewing Deep Fried Twinkie Ale
  • Greenbush- 31 ice cream flavors, take your pick!
  • The Livery Half Truth- BBA Black Rye IPA
  • Territorial BC Cereal City Champagne Berliner Weisse
  • Thumbcoast Ravenscraig Cherry Vanilla Porter

Tent 2:

  • Batch Brewing Better Together- Scotch Ale/Imperial Stout hybrid
  • Brewery Terra Firma Little Italy Honey Basil Ale
  • Final Gravity Uranus on Fire Amber infused with roasted jalapeño peppers
  • Old Mill Blue Balls Blueberry Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
  • Sleepwalker Rum Barrel Aged Fenner Maple Wheat

Tent 3:

  • Grand Rapids BC Philanthropist Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
  • Grand River Brewery Bourbon Maple Bacon Porter
  • Gravel Bottom Front Porch Guava IPA
  • Unity Vibration The Elder Wand Blackberry Elderberry Kombucha Beer
  • Witch’s Hat DragonTrax- Bourbon Barrel Night Fury w/ peanut butter, cocoa nibs, coconut and vanilla beans

Tent 4:

  • Blue Tractor BC Cuke Silver Cucumber Witbier
  • Brewery Ferment Passion & Pain Imperial Hefeweizen with passion fruit and scorpion peppers
  • Griffin Claw Tutti Frutti Brett Beer with fruit
  • The Mitten BC Batch 500 Triple IPA
  • Odd Side Ales Rum Dankster Rum-aged IPA
  • Paw Paw BC BBA King James Scotch Ale
  • Rockford BC Hot Chuck- Ghost Pepper DIPA

By the River:

  • Dark Horse Cocoa Bourbon Nibbler Cream Stout
  • Kuhnhenn Cherry Oude Bruin Flemish Brown Ale with cherries
  • Pike 51 BC Jeff’s Birthday Barleywine BBA English Barleywine
  • Short’s Key Lime Pie
  • Stormcloud Gin Barrel Aged Starbelly Saison
  • Tapistry Quadrophonic Belgian Quad featuring light and dark Belgian candi sugar

Back Forty:

  • Jolly Pumpkin Fist Full of Limes Saison with lime & salt aged in tequila barrels
  • Schmohz BC Peppercorn Pilsner
  • White Flame Breakfast Blend golden coffee ale

The Ypsilanti weather forecast looks quite favorable for both Friday and Saturday, with a high in the ’80’s and partly sunny skies.  Be sure and drink lots of water and eat some food.  Treat the festival like a marathon and not a sprint, it will be much more fun if you pace yourself.  And above all, please don’t drink and drive.

Enjoy the festival!

2015 2nd Annual Mitten Madness Brackets

Congratulations Harmony Brewing Co., 2015 Mitten Madness Champions!


April 5 update: Congrats to Original Gravity and Harmony Brewing for advancing to this year’s Mitten Madness Finals!


March 30 update: Congrats to Mitten BC, Original Gravity, Harmony BC, and especially Brewery Terra Firma for reaching the Final Four!  Go Sparty!

The Final Four!
The Final Four!

March 28 update: Congrats to the Elite Eight, Liberty Street, Brewery Terra Firma, Harmony BC, Dragonmead, Stormcloud, Mitten BC, Original Gravity, and Mountain Town.

In today’s action, Stormcloud faces Mitten BC, and Original Gravity tangles with Mountain Town.  Join the Michigan Beer Guy crew tonight at 51 North and experience Mitten Madness with us!


March 23 update: We’re down to the Sweet 16, and each brewery that has advanced to this point has earned an automatic bid in next year’s Mitten Madness brackets. In a rematch of last year’s finals, Brewery Terra Firma (Michigan State) upset 51 North (Virginia), ending their bid to repeat as Mitten Madness Champions. Congrats to the breweries who are still alive, see updated brackets below. Catch all the tournament games at your local Michigan breweries and Drink Local!

Updated March 23
Updated March 23

It’s that time of year again, March Madness has arrived!  The 2nd Annual Mitten Madness is back here at, and the brackets are now set.  68 Michigan breweries have made the field, check the brackets to see who qualified and what teams the breweries have been randomly assigned to. Congratulations to last year’s Champions, 51 North, who will look to defend their title with Virginia. Last year’s runner-up, Brewery Terra Firma drew the home state Michigan State Spartans, and Mitten BC drew undefeated Kentucky. There were over 30 breweries in the hat who did not make the random field, apologies to those who we were not able to include. There are simply more brewers than available spots on the brackets.

This year, a growler of 51 North Imperial Tangerine Wheat was quaffed by the committee during selection Sunday as names were randomly drawn from a hat to fill the field.  Breweries who made it to the Sweet Sixteen last year receive automatic bids (see list below).  Remaining breweries were selected randomly from Michigan’s Best Beer Guide by Kevin Revolinski, with priority to breweries that we interact with on Twitter. All seeding is completely random, this is all for amusement only and no breweries are given preferential treatment with bracket placement.  We’ll make sure and visit the breweries that make the Final Four sometime during the next year and review their beers.  We’ll visit the winning brewery during next year’s tournament, and provide some swag for the staff at their tasting room.

51northlogoOn that note, please join us at the home of last year’s Champions, 51 North,  to enjoy beer and basketball on the weekend of March 28-29 where we’ll have a few special surprises in store. Stay in touch with us on Twitter for details, and a chance to win a sweet MichiganBeerGuy Belgian-style tulip beer glass. To top it off, 51 North is featuring $2.50 Lake Orion Light and Paint Creek Tangerine Wheat brews along with a special $5 food menu during all March Madness games!

Good luck to all our Michigan brewery friends, check back on Sunday, March 15 when the brackets are released to find out who made the field and what NCAA team to cheer for.  Cheers for Michigan Beers!

Breweries receiving automatic bids from last year’s Mitten Madness Sweet 16:

51 North, Brewery Terra Firma, Brewery Ferment, Round Barn, Frankenmuth, Detroit BC, Short’s, Big Buck, Bell’s, Latitude 42, The Livery, Mitten BC, Mackinaw BC, Motor City BC, Schmohz, Original Gravity

Join us at 51 North and win a MBG tulip glass!


The Michigan Beer Guy crew will be catching the Arizona-Wisconsin game at 51 North on Saturday night, March 28 at their tap room in Lake Orion. We’ll be honoring last year’s Mitten Madness winning brewery, tipoff is scheduled for 6:08 pm. Please join us for a pint or two and a chance to win a tulip glass. We’ve also got glasses for the 51 North taproom staff as a reward for winning last year’s Mitten Madness contest. Details will be announced on our Twitter feed at 6:00 pm on Saturday just prior to tipoff of the Arizona-Wisconsin game. 51 North is located at 51 N Broadway St. in Lake Orion. The tap room offers $2.50 Lake Orion Light and Tangerine Wheat drafts and $5 food specials during all March Madness games!

Win this glass!
Join us at 51 North on Saturday and WIN THIS GLASS!

Beer Education classes on tap in SE Michigan

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Interest in beer and home brewing has skyrocketed as craft beer sales enjoy unprecedented growth in Michigan and beyond. Today’s beer drinkers have more choices than ever, and are exposed to a wide array of beer styles and taste profiles. New breweries, beer bars, and retailers are opening throughout the state to keep up with demand, creating new opportunities and stimulating enthusiasm throughout the craft beer community. Consumers have more beer questions than ever, and employers are looking to educate servers and salespeople.

Annette May and her husband Mike Bardallis are here to help. They are both Certified Cicerones® and BJCP judges. Annette was the first woman to achieve Cicerone® Certification in 2008, and manages the beer department at Merchant’s Fine Wine in Dearborn. Mike started out as an avid home brewer and is now a professional brewer with Grizzly Peak in Ann Arbor. He has home-brewed over 400 batches to date.

11046483_1591281681088002_5005906606944462351_nAnnette and Mike have teamed up to offer KNOW BEER Beer Education classes in Southeast Michigan.

KNOW BEER provides education on beer styles, service, brewing, and appreciation, with a focus on preparing students for Cicerone® certification.  Among the courses currently offered are Certifications in Craft Beer, Basics of Beer, Beer Styles, Off-Flavors, Short Pour Draft, and Beer Camp for amateur home brewers.  A Beer and Food Pairing course is currently being developed and will be offered later this year.

I recently enrolled in the Beer Styles course, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  We studied nearly all BJCP beer styles, including history of German, British, Belgian, and American styles, and gained valuable insight on relevant topics and available resources to study and prepare for the Cicerone® exam.  Fellow students included a professional brewer, distributor sales manager, server, and a few home brewers.  Not everyone in the class was preparing for the Cicerone® exam, several students were simply interested in learning about beer styles and enhancing their appreciation of beer.  This is one course where everyone enjoys their homework assignments!

I have also attended the Off-Flavor course where participants taste tainted samples and identify the most common flaws that occur in commercial beers and home brews.  Annette explains what causes each of the off-flavors and how to prevent them from proliferating.

KNOW BEER courses are highly recommended for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of beer and/or home brewing;   from industry professionals preparing for the Cicerone exam to craft beer enthusiasts who simply want to KNOW BEER.

For more details or to register for courses, visit