The best Michigan brews for your wedding


Everyone expects your bartenders to pour a semi-decent glass of Chardonnay or Merlot, but what about a couple of galvanized tubs filled with icy, Michigan beers?

In my book, that’s the best sort of “rustic” feature.

What to serve? We (meaning, me) have rounded up some of our favorite Michigan and Detroit-brewed pours for your Big Day. With an option for everyone – including the sippers and guzzlers! – we’ve got your brown bottles covered.

See our list below for details on each of the highlighted beers above.

Shorts Brewing: Soft Parade
Loaded up with pureed strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, this fruit infused rye ale is a pretty pour that packs a punch with 7.5% ABV (or, alcohol by volume) – which is a stiff drink for a beer – but well worth the indulgence. Serve it in a snifter for a more sophisticated beer sipper.

North Peak: Diabolical
A tried-and-trusted IPA, the Diabolical brew is an unfiltered and dry concoction made with Michigan grown Chinook and Cascade hops. A smooth malt flavor and citrus pine aroma make it a popular choice for those guests that always lean toward the beer type.

Atwater Brewery: Dirty Blonde
A mellow, golden-hued wheat ale, Dirty Blonde is loved by nearly everyone for reasons above it’s kitschy can. It’s an easy drink with a friendly 4.2% ABV for the folks who always like to have something cold in their hand.

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales: Bam Biere
When you need to offer up a more exotic option (when it comes to beer, of course), a sour Belgian blend is certainly a timely and popular choice. We like this farmhouse ale, 4.5% ABV with a dash of spicy malts, hops and yeast that startles the tongue and gets folks talking.

Blake’s Hard Cider, Beard Bender
An old-fashioned hard cider that’s dry, but wonderfully sweet. An awesome alternative for the gluten allergic or intolerant in your crowd.


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