Off Color Brewing

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Waddle Oktoberfest Lager. $10/6-pack

Eille Biere de Miel. $10/4-pack.

It's been almost two years since we last brewed this Biere de Miel, inspired by a Prohibition-era gin cocktail called Bee's Knees. We sure do love our gin around here, and back when the bathtub variety wasn't so smooth folks needed something to round it out. Honey and fresh lemon juice came to the rescue. For this brew, we use 55 gallons of Michigan wildflower honey per tank, with fresh juniper berries, lemon zest, chamomile, rose hips, and coriander added during the boil and again during fermentation. Oh, and about the name? "Eille, an interjection meaning hey, sounds like the eille ending of the French word abeille, meaning bee." (Source)

It's been almost two years since we last brewed this Biere de Miel, inspired by a Prohibition-era gin cocktail called Bee's Knees. We sure do love our gin around here, and back when the bathtub variety wasn't so smooth folks needed something to round it out. Honey and fresh lemon juice came to the rescue. For this brew, we use 55 gallons of Michigan wildflower honey per tank, with fresh juniper berries, lemon zest, chamomile, rose hips, and coriander added during the boil and again during fermentation. Oh, and about the name? "Eille, an interjection meaning hey, sounds like the eille ending of the French word abeille, meaning bee." (Source)

QingMing Field Museum Collaboration. $16/750mL bottle.

QingMing, 9.5% abv, $16/750mL bottle Inspired by artifacts discovered during archaeological digs in Taixi and a Changzikou tomb dating from the Late Shang/Western Zhou Dynasties circa 1600-722 bce, this a modern recreation of Chang. A stronger, drier herbal version of Li, a sweet, low abv rice- or millet-based "beer." Rather than a strict recreation of a single dig site, we chose to make an amalgam because existing evidence shows a wide range of beverage types were produced... and the federal government decided that many of the ingredients and flavorings being used at the time are not currently legal to use in beer production. Of particular interest, these sites have some very early evidence of mold based sacchrificaton - China's unique contribution to the production of alcoholic beverages. Taste profile is of peaches and lemon rind with fragrant aromas of tea, bubblegum, and sake followed by an onslaught of complex fruit, herbal, and floral character. Body is dry and effervescent with the warming alcohol dissipating quickly from the palate leaving one with the perception of nectar, honey, and perfumed rice.

QingMing, 9.5% abv, $16/750mL bottle

Inspired by artifacts discovered during archaeological digs in Taixi and a Changzikou tomb dating from the Late Shang/Western Zhou Dynasties circa 1600-722 bce, this a modern recreation of Chang. A stronger, drier herbal version of Li, a sweet, low abv rice- or millet-based "beer." Rather than a strict recreation of a single dig site, we chose to make an amalgam because existing evidence shows a wide range of beverage types were produced... and the federal government decided that many of the ingredients and flavorings being used at the time are not currently legal to use in beer production. Of particular interest, these sites have some very early evidence of mold based sacchrificaton - China's unique contribution to the production of alcoholic beverages.

Taste profile is of peaches and lemon rind with fragrant aromas of tea, bubblegum, and sake followed by an onslaught of complex fruit, herbal, and floral character. Body is dry and effervescent with the warming alcohol dissipating quickly from the palate leaving one with the perception of nectar, honey, and perfumed rice.

Yuzu Fierce Berliner-style Weisse brewed with Yuzu. $8/4-pack.

Fierce's sassy sister returns. What's Yuzu you ask? It's a small citrus fruit, usually associated with Japan. It's tart, almost like a grapefruit but with overtones of mandarin orange. And we only make it in the summer time. Drink up!

Fierce's sassy sister returns. What's Yuzu you ask? It's a small citrus fruit, usually associated with Japan. It's tart, almost like a grapefruit but with overtones of mandarin orange. And we only make it in the summer time. Drink up!

SPARKLES FINDS (SOME) TROUBLE Hibiscus Gose. $8/4-pack.

Sparkles Finds (Some) Trouble. 4.3% ABV. $8/4-pack. Curious kittens sometimes get themselves into trouble. What they find out is some things are best left alone. Likewise, curious brewers sometimes add flowers and junk to their beer to see what'll happen. What they find out is those flowers will add a sweet note and stunning pink color to an otherwise tart and salty beer.

Sparkles Finds (Some) Trouble. 4.3% ABV. $8/4-pack.

Curious kittens sometimes get themselves into trouble. What they find out is some things are best left alone. Likewise, curious brewers sometimes add flowers and junk to their beer to see what'll happen. What they find out is those flowers will add a sweet note and stunning pink color to an otherwise tart and salty beer.

Coming Soon

Wari Chicha-inspired Ale returns!

Le Woof Biere de Garde (or rather guarde dog, Hops)

What Else?

Tooth and Claw dry-hopped lager, a year-round collaboration with the Field Museum, was once exclusive to the museum and our own bottle shop. Now it is brewed and bottled regularly and distributed widely. Find it at the brewery: $10/6-pack. No limit.

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Updated 8/17/17

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