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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


Feb. 14: Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout

Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout

5.0% ABV, 20 IBU – Milk Stout

IMG_3856_2 Brewery Description: The combination of four different malts, along with a low hop level creates a deep dark beer featuring rich, sweet roasted flavors. The addition of lactose (milk sugar) adds complexity, body, and a residual sweetness lending a smooth creamy texture to this full-flavored brew. Once a Seasonal offering in the pub, now prominently featured due to popular demand.

Tasting Notes: Aroma is malt forward coffee, chocolate, and a bit of roasted nuttiness. Pours black with a thick tan head that dissipates rapidly. Tastes just like a chocolate milkshake, sweet with a light body and low carbonation. Finishes with subtle roasted malt and milk chocolate; no hop bitterness whatsoever. Delicious and very easy to drink with a relatively low 5% abv, Milkshake Stout is sure to please everyone!

Food Pairings: Brie, Camembert, Cheddar (aged), Goat Cheese (Chevrè), Swiss Cheese, Beef barbecue, spicy Asian dishes, chocolate cake and other chocolate desserts.


Valentine’s Day suggestion: Visit your nearest Hopcat location and pair this with their “I Am the Pork Sandwich Who Knocks” Pork Tenderloin sandwich.  Hopcat’s menu description: This sandwich is  totally “Breaking Bad.” Beer battered, pretzel-encrusted pork tenderloin, topped with Swiss cheese, blue cheese – BBQ slaw, lettuce, tomato & haystack onions. Served on a jumbo English muffin.

If you’re in SE Michigan, stop by the new Ann Arbor location today and celebrate their Grand Opening on Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart!

Availability: Available throughout Michigan and selected stores in Northeast Ohio.

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Feb. 13: Greenbush Brother Benjamin

Greenbush Brother Benjamin

10.1% ABV, 114 IBU – Imperial India Pale Ale

Brewery Description: Prepare to be Mystified

Be prepared, be prepared I say, to receive the mighty powerful taste of this truly heavenly Imperial India Pale Ale! It is a true force of nature my children! It’s a mystification!

Tasting Notes: Hazy copper appearance with a thick two-finger head. Orange, pineapple, caramel malt, and honey in the nose. Resinous pine and citrus fruit up front, with a distinct earthy caramel malt backbone. Dry grapefruit bitterness is tempered by a sweet, mellow honey finish. Hides its 10% abv quite well; brewed with clover honey and beet sugar. A fantastic Imperial IPA that flies under the radar. Comparable to Bell’s Hopslam (and readily available) with its own distinct identity. Highly recommended!

Food Pairings: Stilton cheese, smoked salmon, spicy chicken wings, jambalaya, creme brûlée, carrot cake.
Valentine’s Day suggestion: Pairs well with spicy dishes. Serve with tender, fall-off-the-bone spicy barbecued spare ribs.

Availability: Available throughout Michigan and stores in Indiana, and Illinois that stock Greenbush products.

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Feb. 12: Evil Twin “I Love You With My Stout”

Evil Twin I Love You With My Stout

12.0% ABV – Imperial Stout


Brewery Description: “When I copied the famous Even More Jesus, I had to ask myself as an artist, why am I doing this? I didn’t honestly know. It was just an instinct about beer as pure form… in a sense this stout is like a metaphor for freedom – the sum of all the beauty that surrounds me and my perfect contemporary existence.”
– Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, Brewer and founder of Evil Twin Brewing


Tasting Notes: Pours jet black with a one-finger off-white head. Aroma of smoky dark malt, coffee and vanilla.  Bursting with robust flavors of dark fruits, cherries, plums and raisins, accompanied by notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and molasses that all blend together in perfect harmony. Full-bodied and smooth with a slight alcohol burn on the back end, indicative of its 12% abv. This selection may not be suited for everyone’s palate, but will be treasured by the hardcore stout drinker.

Say “I Love You With My Stout!” with this world-class gem from Evil Twin Brewing.

Food Pairings: Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Smoked Gouda, Oysters, Steak,  Cheesecake, Pecan Pie.
Valentine’s Day suggestion: Sip after dinner with chocolate fudge brownies.

Availability: Available in selected Better Beer stores that stock Evil Twin beers in Michigan and throughout most of the US.

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Feb. 11: Southern Tier Creme Brûlée

Southern Tier Creme Brûlée
9.5% ABV Imperial Milk Stout

Brewery Description: “A STOUT OF GREAT CONTENTION”

We are not the harbingers of truth as some may suggest but it may indeed be argued that our brewing philosophy is tantamount to a dessert with a bellicose past. How, you may ask, would a brewery determine a likeness to hard-coated custard? Our response is simple; it’s all in the power of history, and of course, the extra finesse needed to top off a contentious treat with definition.

By comprehending the labyrinthine movement of time, one would not think it strange to trace the errant path of an ordinary object such as a cream dessert only to discover that it has been the cause of cultural disputes since the middle ages. The British founders of burnt cream and from Spain, crema catalana, both stand by their creative originality and we respect that, but it was the French Crème Brûlée, amid the strife of contention, that survived to represent our deliciously creamy brew.


Tasting Notes: Pours a deep ruby brown with a half finger tan head. Powerful aroma of vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel. Rich and creamy vanilla flavor with plenty of butterscotch, caramelized sugar, chocolate malt, and custard. Very sweet, yet not cloying, this stout is amazingly balanced and stunningly unique. Finishes with a touch of malt bitterness and some alcohol warmth. A fantastic creation of liquid creme brûlée, this gem is truly a world-class dessert beer meant for sipping.

Food Pairings: Pair with vanilla custard, bananas foster, or with vanilla ice cream.
Valentine’s Day suggestion: Needs no accompaniment, full-bodied, very sweet and flavorful. Pairs just fine with your sweetheart, it will take both of you to finish off a bomber of this deliciousness. Curl up in front of the fireplace with that special someone, this brew is sure to keep you cozy and warm.

Availability: Seasonal, November-February in Michigan stores and in other states where Arcadia is distributed.

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Feb. 10: Arcadia Cocoa Loco

Arcadia Cocoa Loco

7.0% ABV, 39 IBU cocoaloco_illus

Brewery Description: This triple chocolate stout is a unique interpretation of the style, combining three different chocolate malts, cacao nibs and 63 percent semi-sweet chocolate, creating a sinfully delicious brew. The addition of blackstrap molasses produces an earthy, caramelized tone in an already complex flavor profile. It’s creamy, milkshake-like mouthfeel earns this beer the reputation of being dessert in glass.

Tasting Notes: Pours black with ruby red edges when viewed through light; razor-thin tan head that disappears rapidly leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma of milk chocolate and roasted malt, reminiscent of a malted milk ball. Roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate at first, followed by some sweetness. Milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and subtle dark fruits emerge as it warms. Finishes sweet with no hop bitterness. Good mouthfeel, body is slightly on the thin side for a stout. Cocoa Loco is a candy bar in a glass, well balanced and not too sweet and loaded with chocolate bliss. Ideal to share with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day!

Food Pairings: Brie cheese, cherry cheesecake, seared ahi tuna, vanilla ice cream, berry pies.
Valentine’s Day suggestion: Sip with a slice of cherry pie

Availability: Seasonal, November-February in Michigan stores and in other states where Arcadia is distributed.

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Feb. 9: Founders Breakfast Stout

Founders Breakfast Stout


8.3% ABV, 60 IBU

Brewery Description:
The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and two types of coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.

Tasting Notes: Pours jet black with a light brown creamy one-finger head. Strong aroma of coffee and chocolate, which mirrors the flavor. Smooth and creamy, loaded with coffee, mocha and dark chocolate flavors with no alcohol burn whatsoever. Slightly sweet finish, with lingering cocoa; low carbonation and no hop bitterness. This is a fantastic brew that should appease a wide range of beer drinkers ranging from beer snobs to occasional beer drinkers who might normally be intimidated by trying a stout.

Food Pairings: Sharp cheddar cheese, coffee ice cream, cheesecake, pecan pie.
Valentine’s Day suggestion: Breakfast-in-bed on Valentine’s Day!

Availability: Seasonal, October-December in Michigan stores and in other states where Founders is distributed. There should still be some on shelves in selected stores.

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Feb 8: O’Fallon Cherry Chocolate Beer

O’Fallon Cherry Chocolate Beer


5.7% ABV, 10 IBU

Brewery Description: A dark wheat beer that tastes like a chocolate covered cherry…only better! Available December1.
Style: Dark Wheat Alcohol: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 10 IBUs Color: 13.3 SRM Grain: Pale, White Wheat, Caramel 40L, Chocolate Hops:Cluster

Tasting Notes: Pours dark amber with moderate carbonation. Chocolate and cherry aroma; initially tastes like a tootsie roll, followed by maraschino cherries; just like chocolate covered cherries. No hop bitterness whatsoever. This beer may not appeal to a sophisticated craft beer palette, but it’s a nice change of pace and likely will be romanticly enjoyed by most sweethearts. Go ahead, don’t be afraid to pop that cherry!

Food Pairings: Camembert cheese, vanilla ice cream, cheesecake.
Valentine’s Day suggestion: White chocolate mousse

Availability: Seasonal, December release in Michigan stores and in other states where O’Fallon is distributed.

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Feb. 7: Dark Horse Raspberry Ale

Dark Horse Raspberry Ale

5.0% ABV, 20 IBU

Brewery Description: A lot of people have asked us “why are there Bee’s on the label?” Well, we don’t really have an answer for you other than they just look cool. This is a light bodied easy drinking ale. We only use real raspberries so the flavor is very mild fruit and balanced, not what you would expect from a “fruit” beer. The way we see it is we’re brewers so lets make good beer, not some fruity carbonated malt beverage. Oh yeah, our motto…”beer first, fruit second”.

Tasting Notes: Pours a cloudy amber with a half-finger head that dissipates rapidly. Natural Raspberry aroma and flavor; not sweet or tart. Light bodied, low carbonation, mild and easy to drink with a pleasantly dry finish.

Food Pairings: Light salad, brie cheese, chocolate ice cream, cheesecake.
Valentine’s Day suggestion: Sip with Chocolate Fudge, the light dry raspberry complements the sweet rich dark chocolate.

Availability: Available year round in Michigan stores and in other states where Dark Horse is distributed.

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Feb. 6: Atwater Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale

Atwater Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale

Atwater Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale
Atwater Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale

5.5% ABV, 11 IBU

Brewery Description: Holding true to the Northern English tradition, the Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale has at its foundation a nutty profile with a round mouthfeel. Added is a Chocolate Extract consisting of three blended chocolates of varied depth. The result is a rich, but not overly sweet experience for both the beer and the chocolate enthusiast.

Tasting Notes: Strong aroma of dark chocolate and cocoa. Pours a very dark brown with a healthy two finger tan head that persists. Intense concert of bittersweet, dark, and milk chocolate supported by biscuity toasted malt and a touch of coffee. Slightly sweet, but not at all cloying; solid carbonation and mouthfeel. A bit on the thin side, but it’s all about the chocolate, and it delivers that and more. Chocolate lovers rejoice, this is your beer! As Atwater posts on their web site, “Get your Valentine a case of chocolates!”

Food Pairings: Barbecued chicken, bacon cheeseburger, steak, venison, mild cheddar cheese, pumpkin pie, ice cream
Valentine’s Day suggestion: Enjoy for dessert with pecan pie topped with whipped cream.

Availability:Available year round in Michigan stores and in other states where Atwater is distributed.

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