2016 Traverse City Beer Week – November 11-17


Traverse City Beer Week starts tonight, and the annual celebration of beer & breweries runs November 11-17 with over 40 events!

Highlights include tonight’s TCBW Pub Crawl from 6-10 PM. It’s sponsored by Short’s Brewing Company, and stops include Bubba’s, The Little Fleet, U & I Lounge, The Franklin, Brew Traverse City, 7 Monks Taproom, Union Tap and Grill, Union Street Station and Rare Bird Brewpub. You can pick up a Passport that you can redeem for a TC Beer Week shirt (while supplies last).

Other highlights from today & tonight include the Brewery Vivant Night at 7 Monks from 3-midnight, Michigan vs. West Coast Beers at State Street Grille, the Perrin Brewing Company Tap Takeover at Nolan’s Tobacco and Cigar Bar, and the Tapistry Tap Event at Pangea’s Pizza.

The fun continues tomorrow at 10 AM with the Great Beerd Run at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa sponsored by Short’s, Beards Brewery & Right Brain Brewery with post-race Beer Tent featuring a Best Beard Contest, race grub, music, and beer. Other highlights for Saturday include the Atwater Brewery & Bowers Harbor Vineyards Dinner at Boathouse Traverse City, a beer & pulled pork slider pairing at Brewery Terra Firma, Tapistry Brewing vs Saugatuck Brewing Company at Brew, and Reflect Bistro’s Short’s Brewing Company Beer Dinner!

Looking ahead to Sunday, the good folks of Stormcloud Brewing Company in Frankfort will join Alliance Restaurant for a 5-course beer dinner featuring Stormcloud’s Barrel-Soured ales.

On Monday at 5 PM Terra Firma hosts a Cheese and Beer Pairing featuring John’s brews paired with cheeses from Manny’s Specialty Cheese. There’s also Founders Brewing Co. Bingo Night at Little Fleet and German Heritage Night with Cedar Springs Brewing at 7 Monks Taproom.

Tuesday you can get your Belgian on with the Jolly Pumpkin Brewery / Leelanau Brewing event at 7 Monks, the Lagunitas Brewing Co Willett BA Release Party at Little Fleet, and a Short’s tasting at Kap N Keg Party Store.

Wednesday’s theme is 3 tap takeovers with the Dark Horse & Founders Tap Jam at Rare Bird, a Brewery Vivant Sour Beer Tap Takeover at the Little Fleet, and a Greyline Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at 7 Monks Taproom. There’s also a TC Beer Week Sib & Dab at Blue Tractor that offers a chance to create an original work of art guided by a local artist.

Thursday features the Greenbush Beer Dinner at MI Grille, Sour Beer Night at Little Fleet, TC Beer History Night at 7 Monks Taproom, and also the North v South Brewery Battle at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa which pits Short’s Brewing Company vs Atwater Brewery at five “Battle” stations with brews from each brewery and food to pair.

Wrap it up Friday night with a Seafood Beer Dinner at The Little Fleet!

Get details on these and more TC Beer Week events at the Traverse City Tourism website!

Farmers Market Brunches during Cherry Festival

Garage MarketCan you believe the National Cherry Festival starts next weekend??!! Remember that the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market moves over to the Old Town Parking Deck off Union & 8th Street. While the idea of a farm market in a parking garage might seem odd, it’s surprisingly cool and also a little less trafficked than the normal location.

As an added bonus, on all three market days (July 2nd, 6th & 9th), Taste The Local Difference will be hosting the second Annual Farmers Market Brunch. Brunch options by Cordwood Barbecue & Blue Heron 2 will located adjacent to the market and feature fresh local products directly sourced from the farmers at market.

When you purchase produce from market farmers you’ll receive a discount on brunch and as a special for early risers, the first 50 customers to market will receive a free $5 to spend with the farmers, thanks to the National Cherry Festival!

2016 Short’s Anniversary Party

Short’s annual party is on tap for Saturday April 30, 2016 from 4-10 PM.

Short’s Space Rock now gluten free

Space Rock, the newest flagship beer from Short’s Brewing Company is now crafted to remove gluten. Space Rock, an American Pale Ale, joins the flagship lineup alongside Huma Lupa Licious, Soft Parade, Bellaire Brown, and Local’s.

New Space Rock from ShortsAccording to Short’s Director of Quality, Tyler Glaze “The recipe for Space Rock always contained Brewer’s Clarex, a naturally occurring enzyme, to remove chill haze. The same enzyme eliminates gluten and we suspected that the enzyme completely removed gluten just like in Alien Einstein. So, we decided to send a bottle out to be tested at the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program’s lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The results came back great! It turned out that all we needed to do was add a little more Brewer’s Clarex and the gluten was completely removed from the beer. The taste hasn’t changed a bit. It’s still the same, delicious, moderately bitter American Pale Ale with floral and orange aromas but with the added bonus of the gluten being removed.”

“We are stoked to release Space Rock with the ‘Crafted to Remove Gluten’ labeling now. Such a tasty beer. We hope our customers are as excited and thirsty as us!”

In order to distinguish Space Rock that has been crafted to remove gluten from the original release, Tanya Whitley, the artist behind many Short’s beer labels, updated the artwork. You’ll see changes to Joe’s spacecraft and outfit as well as a new “Crafted to Remove Gluten” insignia.

Friday Cocktail Hour: Pamplemousse by Gary Jonas of The Little Fleet

eatdrinkTC’s Friday Cocktail Hour is a new feature where we feature original cocktails from some of Traverse City’s most creative cocktail artists. Our thanks go out to Michael Ruhlman for letting us share his Friday Cocktail Hour concept

Gary Jonas and the

Gary Jonas and the Pamplemousse

The Little Fleet is a laid back neighborhood bar featuring beer, wine, and cocktails in an open air environment. Owners Gary & Allison Jonas with an emphasis on bringing the community together.

Although it was snowing outside when we shot this on the first day of Spring, the cocktail was inspired by everyone’s need to feel that the end of winter is out there … somewhere. The name “Pamplemousse” is French for grapefruit.


3 oz fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit
3 oz Lillet Rosé
2 1/4 oz New Holland Knickerbocker gin
Dash of St George Absinthe

Chill coupe glass
Fill mixing glass with first 3 ingredients and ice, shake with shaker.
Dump ice from coupe glass, put dash of absinthe in glass, swirl absinthe so it coats all parts of glass, dump excess absinthe
Strain cocktail from shaker into coupe glass and garnish with a big twist of grapefruit.

Epicure Catering Farm Visit: Boss Mouse Cheese

This guest blog comes via Cammie Buehler of Epicure Catering. She’s got a lot of great work on her Epicure Catering blog, including regular writeups about her food adventures with business partner Andy Schudlich and others that include visits to farms & food producers and the many opportunities to harvest your own food that make this area such a delight!

article & photos by Cammie Buehler

I recently had the good fortune to enjoy a farm visit to Boss Mouse Cheese in Kingsley, MI. I met owner/cheesemaker Sue Kurta a while back and the more time I spend with her, the more I enjoy her company- plus anyone who offers me mid-day wine and snacks is kind of a hero. My dear friend Kristin, who also happens to be a cook and owner of K2 Edibles, joined me on the adventure. Read more

Traverse City Chef Profile: Jonathan Dayton of Black Star Farms

April is Michigan Wine Month, so for our latest chef profile we went out to Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay to talk with their executive chef Jonathan Dayton.

Chef Jonathan Dayton of Black Star Farms

Chef Jonathan Dayton of Black Star Farms

His Start in Cooking

Jonathan said that as with many of us, his mother was the first cook he worked with. “My mom was always in the kitchen, and I always right there beside her. She was a fun, crafty kind of chef who didn’t cook too much out of boxes or cans, and we were always going to the store and picking out fresh ingredients.

“My first job was at Schweitzer’s By the Bay as a dishwasher at 16 years old. As soon as I got in a kitchen, I fell in love with the atmosphere and restaurant life pretty quickly – the camaraderie and teamwork and how there was always something that kept you interested and busy.” Read more

Starcut Ciders released in Traverse City on Wednesday


Starcut Ciders Tap Handles

Short’s Brewing Company will be releasing Starcut Ciders in Traverse City tomorrow – Wednesday, February 11th. A Starcut rep will be on hand at each tapping to share more about the ciders. Get the schedule of tappings below.

Made with Antrim County apples from Altonen, Boals, Friske and King Orchards and Jeff Dewey, Starcut has been on tap at Short’s in Bellaire since November. Short’s Head Brewer Tony Hansen has led the development of Starcut Ciders and says, “This launch is the final step in what has been a very exciting project that started over a year ago. We spent a lot of time researching, procuring and transforming local apples into Northern Michigan style cider. Now that we have our cider-making program developed, we’re ready to share it with a broader audience.”

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