Five breweries located near the shores of Lake Michigan are collaborating to celebrate beer, music and kick off Michigan Beer month. An expanded brewing crew including brewers from New Holland, Old Boy’s Brewhouse, Lake Charlevoix Brewing, Rare Bird Brewpub, Big Hart Brewing brewed “Mashpaddle IPA”, and are taking the beer and the brewers on a tour of the lakeshore to kick off Fourth of July and Michigan Beer Month.
Mashpaddle IPA is a Michigan-grown, collaborative brew, celebrating Michigan’s brewing, agriculture and music. A light but deep golden color expresses a solid bready, biscuity malt base from Michigan barley, malted by Michigan Malting, Pilot Malt House, Empire Malting and Motor City Malting, which includes caramel, vienna, pale and pilsner malts. The hops, grown in Empire, Michigan in collaboration with Empire Hop Farms and MI Local Hops include chinook, centennial, crystal and cascade. These Michigan hops bring forward a bright, citrus-forward body with elegant bitterness and robust aromatics of pine needles, cedar and grapefruit.
Pairings: Soulful music, summer nights, barbecue and fish tacos.
7.5 % ABV, 50 IBUS
Breweries involved: New Holland Brewing, Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company, Big Hart Brewing, Rare Bird Brewpub and Old Boys Brewpub
The crew includes several musicians, and they’ve formed “Mashpaddle” a limited edition band, including Lake Charlevoix’s Adam Engleman on guitar, New Holland’s Steve Berthel on pedal steel, Jesse Jett on vocals and songwriting and Fred Bueltmann on bass and sousaphone. The tour is a series of events, visiting each of the collaboration’s brewpubs, and will include special performances by Mashpaddle between anchor sets by the Strapping Owls, a trio known for their “live wire soul” that includes Bueltmann of New Holland as well as veteran musicians, Nicholas Barron and Larry Beers.
The tour is supported by Michigan Brewers Guild as part of their Great Beer State Concert Series and MI Local Hops in Williamsburg, one of Michigan’s most significant hop growers. “The Michigan Brewers Guild (MBG) is committed to promoting and protecting Michigan’s wonderful brewing community, and raising a glass together while listening to inspired live music to kick off July as Michigan Beer Month is a pretty fun way to serve our mission,” stated Scott Graham, Executive Director of the MBG.