I’ve likely written about this before, but one of the best things about our involvement in the craft beer world is the travel. We get to visit all sorts of awesome places, talk to some super talented and intelligent individuals, see some great breweries and — of course — drink some phenomenal beer.
This summer, we headed out to Michigan to cover the 20th Anniversary Michigan Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti. The festival was incredible — the weather was perfect, the beers were fantastic and the people couldn’t have been friendlier. While in town, we locked in a few podcasts with some dope Michigan breweries to make sure we at least received a high level understanding of the scene and what’s really happening there.
Our first stop was with relative newcomers Batch Brewing Company in Detroit. Co-Owners Stephen and Jason are hilarious, down to earth blokes who were a legit pleasure to chat with. It was by far one of the funniest podcasts we’ve ever done, and incidentally the podcast with the highest beer count to date (the most unique beers consumed in one sitting).
It was an honor hearing them tell their story: how they convinced their neighbors to agree to let them open the brewery, about their genuine respect for their city, how their first building didn’t work out and they had to start again in their current one, how they built everything by hand themselves and how they serve their community via their Feelgood Tap program throughout the city.
Brewing is often unrealistically made out to be a super glamorous job, and the stories behind the beer we all love don’t get told often enough. As beer drinkers, we owe it to the brewers to know their stories and give them the respect they deserve.