Celebrating the Legalization of Beer! 1933-2008 April 2008
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT MBC
Retail giant, Meijer, will offer MBC beer at Several ‘green’ initiatives are underway, bringing us closer to the goal of
their over 180 super centers throughout MI, IN, being one of the “greenest breweries in the country.” We are working
IL, OH and KY. Hitting their shelves this fall will with Lansing Sanitary & Supply, Co to reduce/eliminate “potentially
be Celis Grand Cru, Celis White, Mackinac hazardous traditional industrial cleaning supplies & chemicals that would
Pale Ale, High Seas India Pale Ale, and the inevitably contribute to local environmental degradation.” Also, low
MBC Variety 12 Pack. We’re proud to be energy lighting alternatives are being explored which would
associated with this MI based company. automatically turn off lights not in use. The bio-fuels produced at the
**Please, whenever possible, buy products from
facility aid in production of our beer as well as powering all of our diesel
Michigan owned and operated businesses. Keep your vehicles. With 76,000 sq. ft. of operating space, these alternatives are a
business in Michigan, and you can keep Michigan in necessity as we care about our community and our environment. Watch
business. for more initiatives in the future.
April 1 will see the release of our Little Prince IPA. This
St Patrick’s Day Celebration proved to be a intensely hoppy beer is made by hopheads for hopheads! With a
great time, with plans underway for an even delicate citrus aroma, it keeps balance with a dry and soft bread-
bigger event in 2009! The ‘All-You-Can-Eat” nd
like finish. Little Prince is the 2 running of the Imperial IPA, due
buffet was a huge success as people from far out later this month (no joke), and is set at 6.5% ABV, 100+ IBUs.
away streamed in for a plate of good Irish fare. Come to the Pub for live music every Wednesday night!
The Bartenders worked hard, making sure You’ll love the sounds of the Blue Grass Jam Session
everyone was well taken care of. Many thanks and the ‘Banjo Boys’ (as we affectionately call them).
to staff members who jumped in and helped
The public is welcome to sit and listen or bring your
them out. The photos tell it all…
instrument for participation. All types of instruments welcome.
Health benefits of drinking beer have been documented through
studies performed by the U.S. government and health governing
o Lower rates of heart disease. Consuming alcohol in moderation (no more than 2
drinks per day for men or one drink per day for women) may lower coronary heart
disease risk for some people by 30-60%, even those at high risk because of
diabetes, hypertension or a previous heart attack.
o Prevent cell damage that can lead to cancer and heart disease. Hops and malt
used to make beer are rich sources of disease-fighting antioxidants. Ales and
lagers generally contain more antioxidants than light and N/A beers.
o Lower rates of diabetes. In one 12-year study, regular light to moderate alcohol
intake was associated with a 36% lower risk of diabetes
o Protect against ischemic stroke (responsible for 80% of all strokes),
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Moderate consumption has been linked to
improved cognition and memory.
**Courtesy of Brewers Association – the craft brewing regulatory body, beertown.org
IN THIS ISSUE:
From my desk…
What’s Happening at MBC, Letter
1 from the Editor April is here and with that a feeling of rejuvenation. We've had a respectable winter
of cold, ice and snow. But that's what we love about the seasons changing. You
Employee Spotlight, Who’s Who at always have something different to look forward to. For me, it means no more
2 MBC, Celebrating 75 Years of Beer! shoveling my way to the sidewalk for the walk to my favorite brewery (yes, I walk a
mile to save gas). Spring also means change, new beginnings, reasons to celebrate
Ask thingsBEER, Magic Ingredients, the coming of warm weather and, of course, 75 years of beer! Here at MBC change is taking place
3 MBC Contest all around us, all for the better. If you haven’t seen us lately, shed your wool and stop on in.
Out with the old and in with the new, I say. In the spirit of change, I’d like your input on what this
Calendar of Events, Hours and
Contact Information, Beer on Tap,
newsletter should contain or how it can change to better serve you. I am flexible and want to hear
Beer Specials, Sponsors from you. Drop me a line at Lisa@MichiganBrewing.com. Cheers!
Lisa A. Heaney
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Celebrating 75 Years of Beer!
On April 7th, brewers, beer importers, distributors
and beer lovers across America will celebrate 75
years of beer that has been flowing legally since
the drought of Prohibition.
Dan Palmer – 4/04 Historians note that Prohibition officially ended on December 5,
Jeff Brockmiller, Jr – 4/14 1933, with the ratification of the 21 st Amendment. But earlier that
Amy Kline – 4/18 year, newly elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt took steps to
Hire Date Anniversaries fulfill his campaign promise to end the national ban on alcohol. He
Stuart Crittenden – 1 year, January 11 spurred Congress to modify the Volstead Act to allow the sale of
Mark Marsden – 2 years, January 18 3.2 percent beer in advance of the Twenty-first Amendment being
Joe Krautkramer – 1 year, February 18 ratified. Thus on April 7, 1933, Roosevelt himself received newly
Mike Feig – 1 year, March 26 legalized beer at the White House to toast what was the beginning
(Our longest standing employees are Ron Brown who has been of the end for Prohibition. In the 24-hours that followed, more than
with us since the TX move in 2001 and John Brockmiller since 1.5 million gallons of beer flowed as Americans celebrated.
MBC began in 1995!) “April 7th is a day to recognize the past 75 years of beer and the
beer community’s contribution to American's quality of life. The
Who’s Who at MBC explosion of creativity and innovation by those who make beer is an
American success story,” said Charlie Papazian, President of the
Greg Day Brewers Association. “Today, our industry contributes nearly $190
Kitchen Dude billion annually to the U.S. economy and provides more than 1.7
million jobs to our nation’s workforce.” added Jeff Becker,
(a.k.a. The Cook) President of the Beer Institute. “Americans now have access to
First and foremost, I want to mention that it is a shame nearly 13,000 labels of beer – within the safest alcohol distribution
Greg does not work for us full time. Here’s another system in the world – because of the state-based regulatory system
example of the fantastic staff we have at MBC. He’s the that was established 75 years ago,” said Craig Purser, president of
guy that will always make you laugh, has what seems to the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA).
be boundless energy, and can plate a mean Twisted A few great dates in American beer history include…
Turkey in a second.
1800s Over 1,500 breweries exist across the U.S.
Between his daytime job, wedding plans for October, his
two dogs and his countless hours of practicing with his January 16, 1919 The 18th Amendment is ratified.
band, its no wonder we don’t see him more often.
Chances are his fiancée, Samantha, feels the same way. January 16, 1920 National Prohibition is implemented.
But at just 24, I’m sure Greg can handle all these
The modification of the Volstead Act allows beer
activities. Adding to his busy schedule, he and Samantha to be sold once again. The modification changed
have just bought their first house and will be moving in the allowed alcohol percentage of a beverage
within this month. Phew! Makes me tired just thinking April 7, 1933 from .05 to 3.2 allowing beer to be served once
again. Over 1.5 million barrels of beer were
about it. consumed during the first 24-hours after the
modification of the Act.
Greg’s got this drive to learn music. He’s passionate
about it and graces us with his musical eclecticness thru The Twenty First Amendment is ratified. Only
December 5, 1933
his iPod tunes while he works in the kitchen. Currently half of the U.S. Breweries survive Prohibition.
he primarily plays drums with his band, Lazy Susan, and
Only 42 breweries exist in the United States due
should be playing at a few local venues in the near 1978
future. He also does a bit of singing, messes with the
bass, and wants to learn the piano as well as a horn/wind President Jimmy Carter signs a bill that removes
instrument. Where will he find the time? the restrictions on home brewers. This allowed
February 1979 beer to be made in small quantities at home and
Same as the musical style he performs (which he allowed many of the craft brewers of today to
described as “oldies, classic rock, up tempo & bluesy”), get their start.
he likes (as he so eloquently put it), “Old sh*t!” such as First ever Great American Beer Festival held in
barns, records, equipment, etc. Yes, he’s a good ol’ September 1982
country boy just full of surprises.
World Beer Cup makes its debut in Vail,
On his off time (if he has such a thing), you may just April 1996
find him in the Pub sipping an IPA or at his second
favorite pub, Blue Gill Grill in Haslett where they keep 1389 craft breweries are reported operating in
the United States by the Brewers Association.
High Seas IPA on tap. Take the time to talk to him
someday. You’ll enjoy getting to know him. LAH If you want to find out how much beer contributes to the American
economy and the State, visit BeerServesAmerica.com.
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This month’s question came from Mike Bensinger of Webberville, MI, an avid beer enthusiast and a patron of MBC…
Q. “I’ve been told that if a beer is above a certain alcohol percentage, it is automatically labeled or classified as a
wine. Is this true?”
A. No. Regardless of the Alcohol by Volume (ABV) percentage in Beer, it is still a beer. Some states have laws
that prohibit the sale of high ABV, or big, beers in retail stores other than government regulated liquor stores. For
example, when the Celis line was sold in Texas, you could only purchase Grand Cru in a liquor store, along with
wine. This was because Grand Cru’s ABV was above 5%. There may be some confusion from the term ‘barley
wine’ which is still a beer since it is made from grain rather than fruit. Because it has high alcohol content,
typically around 8-12% ABV, it has a ‘wine-like’ strength to it. The high levels of both hops and alcohol allow some
barley wines to be aged for years, much like wines.
If you have any questions that our Beer Experts can answer for you, and would like your comments placed in the newsletter,
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. LAH
I believe that we all have a pretty good idea of what ingredients comprise our favorite brew. But how those ingredients work
and why we use them was what I wanted to know. After poking around on the information super-highway, I learned more
than originally planned. In keeping with the original cause of this newsletter, which was to educate my readers and myself
about MBC and all things beer, I thought I would share this list of ingredients with you. Why do I call them magic? When I
take one sip of my craft brewed beer, it’s the first word that comes to mind and sums it all up for me.
Malt extract is made from malted barley or malted wheat. It is used as the basis for most homebrews, providing the sugars
that yeast consume to produce alcohol and carbon dioxide. Malt extract comes in a variety of forms. You can purchase malt
extract as a hopped kit in a can, plain liquid, or in dried powdered form. Malt extract also comes in a variety of colors for
making different styles of beer, including extra light, light, amber, and dark.
Though homebrew can be made just with extracts, most homebrew recipes include some form of malted
grain. Specialty malts, such as crystal malt, chocolate malt (not the stuff you get at the baseball park), and
black malt, can be added to extract brews to create different styles of beers like pale ales, porters, and
stouts. It is possible to brew without any extracts by mashing malted grains. All grain brewing involves
mashing base malts such as pilsner or pale ale malts in place of the extract. Unmalted grains such as oats,
wheat, or roasted barley are sometimes used in the brewing process as well.
Rice or corn, referred to as adjuncts in brewing terminology, can be used to produce fermentable sugars
without adding body or flavor to beer. Adjuncts used in place of malt or malt extract make thinner less
flavorful beers. Sugars, such as corn sugar or table sugar, can be used with the same effect.
Hops are a flowers used to season beer. Bittering hops, meaning adding hops early in the boil process,
provide bitterness to beer to balance the sweetness of the malt. Hops added at the end of the boil, referred
to as finishing hops, add flavor and aroma to beer. Adding hops directly to the fermenter, or dry hopping,
lends additional hop aroma to the beer. Hops also serve as a natural preservative, helping to prevent
spoilage in beer. Hops come as either whole flowers or compressed pellets (think rabbit food). There are
many varieties of hops available to home brewers, allowing for great diversity of flavors and aromas.
Different hops are used to brew different styles of beer. For example, cascade hops give American pale ales
their distinct citrusy quality, fuggles have an earthiness common in English-style ales, and saaz lend
spicy/herbal characters found in European Pilsners…
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Be the first to submit the correct Beer Trivia answers by 4/30 and receive a special MBC prize! Send your answers to email@example.com.
1. Which country has the most brands of beer? A. Mexico, B. USA, C. Belgium, or D. Germany
2. Who was the first American to brew lager? A. John Wagner, B. Sam Adams, C. John Miller, or D. August Busch
3. How long did prohibition last? A. 10 yrs, 2 mos, 3 days, B. 15 yrs, 8 mos, 7 days, C. 13 yrs, 10 mos, 19 days, or D. 2 LONG!
4. To whom did Anheuser-Busch send the first case of Budweiser beer produced after the repeal of prohibition in 1933?
A. Franklin D. Roosevelt, B. Herbert Hoover, C. Harry S. Truman, or D. Dwight D. Eisenhower
**Thank you to all participants of the March Irish Trivia Contest! The first to submit the correct answers was MBC Pub and thingsBEER patron, Rick Wilson, of
Brighton, MI. He will receive an official MBC t-shirt as special thanks for participating. If you are interested in the answers, please send me an email.
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‘Magic Ingredients’ from Page 3 On Tap
Yeast Beer ABV
Yeast makes beer by converting sugars from malt or malt Mackinac Pale Ale 5.5%
extract into alcohol and carbon dioxide. There are two major
classes of yeast, ale and lager. Ale yeast is a top fermenting
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produce fruity flavors and aromas, which vary depending on
the yeast. Lager yeast is a bottom fermenting yeast (meaning
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fermentation for a period of a few weeks to several months - a Little Prince IPA 6.5%
process known as lagering. Beer yeast is sold in two forms,
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APRIL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Newsletter print made possible by:
LITTLE PRINCE IPA RELEASE
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