Here are 10 of the best Michigan craft beers to try this fall
It’s been fall for more than a month, and the autumn beer season is really getting into swing. As always this time of year, Michigan craft beer is getting bigger, bolder and darker.
Only One Michigan Regional Brewery Makes National Top-50 List
Old Nation Brewing Co. lands at number 15 on the rankings with 442,430 ratings averaging out to a 4.07 score. The brewery is located in Williamston, Michigan, about 20 miles east of Lansing.
The List – 10 Winners from Michigan’s Summer Beer Fest (2023)
The Michigan Brewers Guild hosted the 24th Annual Michigan Summer Beer Fest last weekend on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22. The two-day festival was held in Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park in Depot Town. Whirled Strawberry Rhubarb – Ed’s Pick
Signature Dish Week: Grab some burgers and beer at Old Nation Brewing Co.
…Old Nation has a little of everything on their menu with quite a few favorites… But they serve up more than just good food. However, back in the kitchen is where the magic happens, and it is what keeps people coming back.
17 Best Michigan Craft Beers, Ranked
Unless you’re in the state of Michigan, you’ve likely missed out on this gem of an IPA. Named after Michigan state highway 43, it is one of the best “new age” IPAs to be brewed in the state.
Podcast Episode 293: Old Nation’s Travis Fritts Applies German Training and Precision to Hazy IPA
Travis Fritts didn’t set out to brew hazy IPA. In fact, the initial plan for Old Nation was far more conventional—brew traditional American craft beer styles such as stout and pale ale, include some European standards such as altbier and weizenbock, make the beers good, slap some cool branding on them, and wait for the sales to come. But that was 2015, and beer drinkers had other ideas.
Meet the Michigan Brewers Guild 2023 Board of Directors
The Michigan Brewers Guild recently elected its 2023 Board of Directors, welcoming Travis Fritts of Old Nation Brewing Company in Williamston and Aaron Ross from the Sustainable Brewing Program at Kalamazoo Valley Community College to their first two-year terms.
8 Greater Lansing breweries share their best 2022 beer successes and plans for 2023
Old Nation Brewing Co. owner and brewer Travis Fritts said there’s a point when he’s crafting a beer at which he has to make himself stop trying to improve it. As a craftsman, he has to recognize when he’s reached his goal and fight the urge to try to improve the brew, “because at that moment, that golden moment, continuing to improve it just makes it worse,” he said.
Here are the top 12 Michigan craft beers I tasted in 2021
If you were to ask me what craft beer styles are trending these days, I couldn’t give you a straight answer. There’s the emergence of low-alcohol and non-alcoholic beers for those watching their calorie intake, much of it in direct competition with hard seltzer. There’s a stronger penchant for fuller-flavored, but less hoppy brews such as fruit beers, Berliner Weisses and sours. There’s the introduction of the “cold IPA,” a crisper version of an IPA that uses pilsner malt and lager yeast. Even in the world of stouts, we’re seeing more experimentation with different adjuncts and aging. Oh, and did I mention lagers are making a comeback?
Worth the Squeeze — NE IPA Sales Remain Sweet for Small, Regional Craft Breweries
“In March 2017 through June, we were making 200-300 cases a week, but it wasn’t anywhere near enough,” says Travis Fritts, co-owner of Williamston, Michigan’s Old Nation Brewing, speaking of his M-43 NE IPA. For the last 12 months they’ve been packaging an average of 1,800 cases, plus 190 half-barrel and 150 sixtel kegs. “We built this brewery five years ago to fill up, and now we’ve got nowhere to go.” It won’t be for long. With expansion plans at brewery HQ and with help from contract partner Brew Detroit, Fitts says total capacity will increase by 120% by mid-February.
CBF Morning Run: Me and Frank (Part II), young emperors, and a hazy IPA from Old Nation Brewing
One of the more heralded brewers up around that way is Old Nation Brewing, out near East Lansing. Why is it heralded? Guess what they’re best known for making? I had both the M-43 New England IPA and the Boss Tweed Double NEIPA, which are among the best-liked and most-sought hazy IPAs coming out of the Midwest these days.
Michigan’s haze bombs
Have you had enough of hazy IPAs yet? Are you one of those people who posts comments online about how craft brewing is nothing but a hopster’s game, and the real craft is in, I don’t know, harnessing the banana-esque esters of a Bavarian weissbier? Well, take your antacid because this week we’re talking beers so cloudy, they’re damn near meteorological.
Beer lovers outside Michigan can now get their hands on Old Nation’s M-43
A can of M-43 is no longer a Michigan-only delicacy. Old Nation Brewing Co. quietly started shipping outside Michigan in March, co-owner Travis Fritts said. For now, small amounts of Old Nation beer can be found in Atlanta, Denver, Vermont and Illinois.
MLive’s Beer of the Year goes fruity
The incredibly popular beer M-43 from Old Nation Brewing Company is getting a fruity twist. You can now enjoy the hazy, citrusy brew with a hit of tart strawberry. “I don’t mind a fruit beer when it’s appropriate,” brewery owner Travis Fritts told us. “Everyone has really wanted one of these really badly, so we thought we would try it.”
Pilot systems: what they are and why they’re used in brewing
If you’ve ever been into Old Nation Brewery’s pub, you know that it is a great environment to enjoy a brew in. But if you’re curious like me, it can be hard to keep your eyes from wandering through the small windows and doors at the back of the pub into the large production area behind them.
Old Nation Brewery was struggling. Then it made a beer called M-43
It’s 10 a.m. on a Monday, and the phone is ringing in the brewpub attached to Old Nation Brewery. Travis Fritts answers. The person on the other end wants to know where she can buy Old Nation’s M-43 beer near Grand Rapids. Those calls come in all the time. Even on Monday morning.
These Are The Top 5 New Michigan Beers of 2017
A wave of mostly unremarkable New England-style IPAs poured across Michigan in 2017, as brewers caught the trend of juicy, hazy, hop-loaded-yet-not-so-bitter beer…
Old Nation Brewery Has Found Its Home In Williamston
Williamston may not be one of the biggest cities in the greater Lansing area, but to Old Nation Brewery…
Celebrate National IPA Day across Michigan
National IPA Day is happening this Thursday, August 3, and is a chance to experience and celebrate a beer that honors the greatness of hops. Across Michigan, there are events, special releases, and great IPA’s to try all day.
This beer is so hot it’s selling out everywhere in Michigan
Who knew? The hottest Michigan craft beer of the summer — and possibly the beer of the year — may surprise you. It’s not Bell’s Oberon or even Two Hearted. Or the latest release from Founders or Short’s Brewery. It’s from a little known brewery in Mid Michigan, and it’s a beer that happens to coincide with one the hottest beer styles of the year.
Williamston brewery could break into Michigan’s top 10
The tropical smell of Citra and Amarillo hops overpowers the back warehouse of Old Nation Brewing Co. It mixes with the smell of the porridge-like mash that will later become the Williamston brewery’s popular M-43 New England-style IPA, which is hazy and less bitter than most IPAs. Owner Travis Fritts has 560 barrels worth of the beer sitting in numerous large tanks each in different stages of the brewing process.
The Haze Craze: 11 Breweries Outside of New England Making NE IPAs
I remember it like it was just yesterday. It was 2014 and I was just pulling up to Hill Farmstead, after crossing my fingers that my friend’s car would make it through the snow the last 15 miles of our trip. Among the growlers I walked away with that day was one of Society and Solitude #6, an Imperial Pale Ale brewed with Mosaic hops. When I got home, I remember pouring the growler with my friends into our glasses and being blown away by this juicy, yet restrained offering with light bitterness. It was something I hadn’t seen before in the hoppy beers I was accustomed to.
Haze Craze: Michigan - Made New England - Syle IPAs Take The Market By Storm
For many craft beer drinkers, the Great IBU War of the Early 2010s has started to fade into a distant memory…
Brewery Opening in Downtown Williamston
Beer lovers in mid-Michigan will have another place to wet their whistles this week with the long-awaited opening of a microbrewery in Williamston…