Blackrocks/Ore Dock Tap Takeover Lineup

We are so excited to showcase a huge selection of Marquette-brewed, special release draft beers for Bowl for Kids Sake 2015. We want to extend a huge thank you to Blackrocks and Ore Dock, and to our distributors Griffin Beverage and Pike Distributing for the enormous effort undertaken by all to bring us these drafts for the weekend.  They will be available to all customers at Superior Entertainment Center until they run out!

51K IPA
Brewery: Blackrocks
Style: American IPA
Special release: draft not currently available outside brewery taproom
An IPA full of earthy grapefruit, apricot, and piney hop flavors with a nice balanced-yet-dry finish.
12 ounce mug: $3.25/16 ounce mug: $4.75

Belgian Blonde
Brewery: Ore Dock
Style: Blonde Ale
Release: Available year-round
A complex blonde ale that is heavy on flavor and light on body.  Have you ever taken a sip of beer and said, “That tastes Belgian?”  That’s Belgian Blonde.
12 ounce mug: $3.25/16 ounce mug: $4.75

Coconut Brown
Brewery: Blackrocks
Style: American Brown Ale
Special release: draft not currently available outside brewery taproom
A roasty, chocolatey brown ale that finishes with creamy coconut.
12 ounce mug: $3.25/16 ounce mug: $4.75

Dead River Drops
Brewery: Ore Dock
Style: Saison
Early release: draft not currently available outside brewery taproom
A malt-forward saison with citrus appeal and pear-like notes, brewed in tribute to the springtime flows of the Dead River.
12 ounce mug: $3.25/16 ounce mug: $4.75

Dream Weaver
Brewery: Ore Dock
Style: Belgian Amber
Release: Available year-round
Belgian style amber ale brewed with blend of German and French base malts, which add a subtle biscuit/toasted quality. Sweet orange peel and chamomile flowers and Ore Dock house Belgian yeast provide a floral, crisp, slight tart and dry finish.
12 ounce mug: $3.25/16 ounce mug: $4.75

Fresh Coast IPA
Brewery: Ore Dock
Style: Belgian IPA
Special release: draft not currently available outside brewery taproom
12 ounce mug: $3.25/16 ounce mug: $4.75

Grand Rabbits
Brewery: Blackrocks
Style: Cream Ale
Special release: draft not currently available outside brewery taproom
A crisp, easy drinking ale with Willamette hops adding lemon and orange.  The hops sit on top of a grainy sweetness, leading into a snappy dry finish.
12 ounce mug: $3.25/16 ounce mug: $4.75

Körtné
Brewery: Blackrocks
Style: Belgian Blonde
Special release: draft not currently available outside brewery taproom
A Belgian Blonde Ale brewed with a high percentage of wheat. Aroma and flavors of honey, pear, grape, and bread malt. Full, creamy body and a crisp finish.
12 ounce mug: $3.50/16 ounce mug: $5

Reclamation IPA
Brewery: Ore Dock
Style: IPA
Release: available year-round
An onslaught of Pacific Northwest hops, tamed slightly by a malt backbone. Cascade, Chinook and Columbus hops, meet Caramel and Munich malts to create this "Mid-Coast" IPA.
12 ounce mug: $3.25/16 ounce mug: $4.75

Saison d’Hiver
Brewery: Ore Dock
Style: Winter Saison
Saison is an ale traditionally brewed by farmers in Belgium for consumption by farmhands.  Saison is also known as “farmhouse ale.”  This winter saison is dark, with high malt character and sweetness.
12 ounce mug: $3.25/16 ounce mug: $4.75

Ski Bum Wheat
Brewery: Ore Dock
Style: American Dark Wheat Ale
An American style wheat showcasing the smooth creaminess of Pale Wheat Malt and the flavors and aromas of American grown Mt. Hood and Fuggles hops. Expect a slight graininess in the flavor and aroma, floral hop aromas and the subtle fruitiness of Ore Dock’s house American ale yeast strain.
12 ounce mug: $3.25/16 ounce mug: $4.75

Triskeltronic IPA
Brewery: Blackrocks
Style: American IPA
A unique IPA brewed with French Triskel hops and English Pale Malt that brings rich, malty notes with a touch of sweetness.  Expect to also catch notes of apricot and iced tea.
12 ounce mug: $3.50/16 ounce mug: $5

Old Ice Cream Buckets and Other Little Things

Mondays aren't always the easiest time to be feeling energized, but today is a good day.  First of all, we had a great weekend with parties, teams, families...even our staff got to bowl a little.  But, the thing I'm excited about today is a little less glamorous than the excitement of your own personal best game...or worst game, whatever: who said you had to be a good bowler to have fun?  I'm excited about ice cream buckets.  And here's why.

We save our old ice cream buckets (the ones you all empty while indulging in the Chocolate Lover's Sundae and other such goodies ).  And sometimes it becomes an annoyance, like when they claim an entire shelf that we really need for storing other things, and then proceed to overflow onto the floor.  But we don't believe in wasting useful things, and so we save them.  We save them because we already know that as soon as we post on craigslist that we have free ice cream buckets to give away, we will have a waiting list of people wanting them.  Yes, we actually have to disappoint people because there aren't enough empty ice cream buckets to go around.

And that's why I'm excited today: because I got to see our entire pile of empty ice cream buckets walk out the door to enjoy a new life as storage bins.  

Why not just recycle them?  Well, do you remember back in elementary school when you learned the phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle?"  Those words were actually carefully placed in that order.  The most effective action is to reduce.  Then, try to reuse, then recycle.  Recycling is better than landfilling, but it is still an energy-intensive process that can be avoided by the first two steps  (for more info on that, check out this article).  

Our dedicated shelf of ice cream buckets actually enabled somebody to avoid going out and buying storage bins.  The recipient not only saved money, but was able to use an existing item instead of purchasing a new one: which is great in terms of resource management.

So our challenge for you on this Monday afternoon: do you have an item around your home or business that can be re-purposed rather than being placed in the trash or recycling?  If it's something that you think might not sell at a thrift store, try the free section of craigslist.  You'd be surprised what somebody else might be really excited to find.

Hey, none of us can do it all by ourselves.  It's all about the little things, like what you do with old ice cream buckets.

What's local?

One of our beer reps came in this week with an awesome-looking flyer from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Ontario.  He wanted to know if we'd be interested in carrying their products.  It's a question that really stretched my mind because so far, we've simply said that we carry draft beer that is either 1) from Michigan or Northern Wisconsin or 2) from a brewery that has shown a significant commitment to sustainability.  But now the question is arising...if Michigan and Northern Wisconsin, why not Ontario (or the rest of Wisconsin, for that matter, which is probably as close to us as Detroit)?  And, how do we define a significant commitment to sustainability?  Do they need to have ongoing initiatives like New Belgium (check out their stuff here http://www.newbelgium.com/Sustainability.aspx)?  Or is it enough to just state that they are concerned about social issues and the environment?  If they need to have established initiatives, what does that mean for the small breweries or the new breweries who can't afford to do the huge initiatives that the big guys can?

So, we'll be mulling this over amongst ourselves for the next few weeks.