Q&A with craft beer lovers: Anne Drummond with Imperial Beverage

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Anne Drummond is the Marketing and PR Manager for Imperial Beverage and a true craft-beer lover.

Featuring: Anne Drummond

KBW Organizer / Imperial Marketing / Public Relations Director

Imperial Beverage

 

Q: What style of craft beer do you prefer?

I love hops and malts. I function from both sides of the brain, and apparently the palate! There’s nothing like an awesome, bitter IPA on a hot day, or a malty brown ale when the weather turns crisp. I love it all!

Q: What is your favorite craft beer festival to go to?

I had the opportunity last year to visit Denver for the Craft Brewers Conference. It was an amazing gathering of like mindedness, where you could lose yourself in conversations about yeast strains and original gravity. Cheers to that!

Q: If craft beer styles had personalities, which one would throw the best party?

I think the Sour style would throw the best party ever. It’s sweet, tangy, awesome, and always a surprise. Those parties would have sass.

Q: If you had to pick one single brewery to drink for the rest of your time on this planet, what would you choose?

I can’t pick one. But two? Two I could do. Avery and Stone. Stone and Avery. I am salivating as I type…

Q: Where is Waldo?

At the library. Or the stadium. He appears to have cloned himself…

Q: What is your favorite crayon color? (And yes. We are talking the crazy Crayola names.)

Thistle.

Q: Do you have a pet named after a favorite craft brew or style? If so, SHOW & TELL! If not, what pet would you wish to have and what would you name it?

My dog’s name is Stout. She also goes by Stouty-Girl, Pupperoni, and Sweet Girl. She loves long walks, orange and purple Frisbees, and belly scratches, along with a nice game of tug. She’s the best dog ever.

Stout the dog!

Stout the dog!

Q&A with craft beer lovers: Dianna Stampfler of Promote Michigan

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Dianna Stampfler of Promote Michigan likes this unique twist on Michigan brews: a sip of New Holland Brewing Co.’s Beer Barrel Bourbon chased by New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk beer.

Featuring: Dianna Stampfler
Publicist – Michigan Brewers Guild, Promote Michigan

Q: What’s your favorite beer label?
A:
I have a couple that I really like – because they depict the Michigan lifestyle. One is Cabin Fever from New Holland Brewing (perfect this time of year…all cozy and warm) and the other is All Day IPA from Founder’s Brewing. These are both prints that I’d frame and hang in my living room!

Q: Do you remember your first ever craft beer?
A: Ironically, I had my first craft beer AFTER I was hired by the Michigan Brewers Guild to handle their promotions and media relations. It was a Pale Ale at Founders Brewing Company on February 21, 2008 – just days before the Michigan Winter Beer Festival.

Q: Have you ever mixed craft beer with something else to make something entirely different?  If so, what’s been successful for you?
A: While sitting at the bar at Four Roses in Plainwell last year, one of the locals told me about a drink he’d crafted that he called the Dragon Slayer. It was a pint of New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk with a shot of their Beer Barrel Bourbon. I prefer a sip of the Bourbon with the beer chaser, but it can be enjoyed either way.

Q: How many kinds of beer glasses do you own (not to be confused with beer goggles)?
A:
I think I have at least 6-8 different “styles” of glasses in my cupboard – and every one of them is adorned with the logo of a Michigan brewery, event, pub or restaurant.

Q: If you could have a beer with one person, who would it be and why?
A: Bob Seger is my favorite solo entertainer – has been for as long as I can remember. Given he’s a Michigander, and since I prefer Michigan beer, it seems like a perfect pairing. Out at the lake, of course – on a hot summer day!

Q: What is your theme song?
A: Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield: “Live your life with arms wide open…Today is where your book begins…The rest is still unwritten…”

Q: Pick two celebrities to be your parents?
A: Diane Keaton and Robert Redford (although then I’d have a crush on my dad…is that wrong?)

Q&A with craft beer lovers: Seth Rivard of Rockford Brewing Company

 

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Seth Rivard, owner of Rockford Brewing Co., said, “When Chuck Norris drinks beer, he uses Hoplust IPA as a palet cleanser.”

Featuring: Seth Rivard
Partner / Owner / CIO / Sales & Marketing / Bossypants, Rockford Brewing Company

Q: What is your favorite brewery?
A: RBC is the one for me!  I am really proud of the entire team we have, and I get gitty every time we talk about making a new beer we haven’t made yet.  However, I’m a freak for Michigan breweries in general.  I feel very fortunate to live here.  I frequent as many of them as much as possible when I’m not at RBC.  Not only is MI beer amazing, but the fellowship between all our breweries / owners / brewers / fans is phenomenal.  I’ve almost completely forgotten that other breweries exist outside of our State!  OH, I’m gunna say it.  I have a secret crush on Short’s Brew.  SHHHHH!

Q: Do you remember your first ever craft beer?
A: I grew up in da U.P.  Escanaba in da moonlight, specifically.  Hereford & Hops in Esky was my first, along with The Library in Houghton.  I was not long after that I got hooked onto Bell’s, and then New Holland too.  I did almost said Oberon!!  That beer has had such a profound effect enlightening people that I almost feel conditioned to say it was my first!!

Q: Have you ever mixed craft beer with something else to make something entirely different?  If so, what’s been successful for you?
A: I jest on Texas above, but them there Texans got me into “Red Drawls.”, i.e. “Bloody Beers”, i.e. “Micheladas” years ago.  Pretty common now.  But I still find myself drinking a Michelada (based on Carriage House Ale) at Rockford Brewing pretty frequently… often adding some heat!  Mmmm tomato, hot peppers, beer……

Q: Is there a style of craft beer that you don’t like at all?
A:  I do not like Green Eggs on Hamms.

Q: Do you homebrew?  If yes, share a success story. If no, have you tried one?  What was your experience?
A: Oh my, why yes.  Homebrewers are the backbone of the craft beer revolution in my opinion.  Some friends taught me to homebrew 7 years ago, soon I was entering in contests like the Siciliano’s Homebrew Competition in Grand Rapids.  They are another great hub for spreading the Craft Beer Gospel.  In fact, many brewery owners and brewers got their inclination there!  I still enjoy homebrewing, and judging homebrews too!

Q: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one IPA and one stout, which would they be?
A: 
Man does not survive on one IPA alone.  He must be equipped with his favorite hoppy RBC beers “Hoplust IPA”, “Little George – Imperial IPA”, “Blackfin – Black IPA”, “Obsession – Session Pale Ale”.  I can’t imagine life without them.  Stouts are nice to have, too!

Q: If you were to take a Michigan craft beer to another country as a representative of our Great Beer State, what would you choose?
A: 
Next time I visit that odd foreign country of Texas, I will bring them a Short’s Brew just so I can hear them say, “Do What? What kind of Coors is this? I’m fixin’ to ask you why there are breakfast ingredients in my beer.”

Q: How far have you traveled for a craft beer?
A: My fav!  Belgium!  I exhausted myself trying to find one in Italy.  England is another favorite.

Q: If you were to open a craft brewery, what would you call it?
A: 
Touché.

Q: What one ingredient should never be added to beer?
A: 
Wait, are you calling me out on the Short’s Brew comment above?

Q: Are you Elvis or Beatles?  Dogs or Cats?  Hops or Malts?  Twin Peaks or Northern Exposure?  Milli or Vanilli?
A: Yelvis, COGS, Mops, Lost.  More honestly… Beatles, Cats, Hops, and I was forced to watch both growing up.

 Q: If Wonder Woman were to drink a craft beer, what would she drink?  And honestly, do you think it would help her find her invisible jet?
A: The answer will result a Spoiler Alert.  We’ll just have to wait another year for Batman Vs Superman to come out.  I’m pretty sure she drink’s Bad Ass, tho.

Q: How many kinds of beer glasses do you own (not to be confused with beer goggles)?
A: 
Growler, Howler, Stumbler, Flute, Goblet, Mug, Pilsner, American Pint, German Pint, English Pint, Snifter, Stange, Tulip, Weizen, Wine, Stein (oh not glass), the Sam Adams Better Beer Glass, Sampler, Shot, Tumbler, Das Boot!, Kwak.  What do I win?

Q: When Chuck Norris drinks beer,
A: he uses Hoplust IPA as a palate cleanser.

Q&A with craft beer lovers: Leigh Ann Theisen of Imperial Beverage

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Leigh Ann Theisen is the graphic designer who created Short’s Brewing Co.’s “Rye Not?” label design.

Featuring: Leigh Ann Theisen
Graphic Designer, Imperial Beverage

Q: What’s your favorite beer label?
A:
Bias opinion – Short’s Rye Not. Because I love Short’s Brewing Company and I drew/watercolored that label art personally and am very proud of the outcome. I am also still so honored to have gotten the opportunity to do such an awesome project.
Un-biased opinion – Any label from Left Hand Brewing Company. The consistency in illustrations, bright  & bold colors, and the beautiful hand-drawn typography aspect – it all just grinds my gears – in a good way of course. (And yes – only a design nerd would pick something based off its typography. Sue me.)

Q: What is your favorite craft beer memory?
A: I have had so many – from festivals to brewery visits to meeting the brewers – but I have two all time favorite craft beer memories. I can’t rank one over the other. They are both equally awesome.
1)  When I emailed Joe Short the final artwork I had done for Rye Not. I sat anxiously awaiting his feedback, and then I received an email from him within five minutes of sending saying “This is f’ing awesome! Nice work!” That was the most gratifying compliment I had ever gotten and I was on cloud 9. It will forever be saved in my inbox when I need a kick of confidence.
2)  When I got to design the logo/promotional material for Kalamazoo for Beer City, USA. Seeing it posted everywhere, in windows of stores and in social media, and rallying along with the community of Kalamazoo for something I am so passionate about was just so incredibly heart warming. Nothing pleases me more than seeing people come together over craft beer. It was simply an amazing moment I will never forget.

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Q: DO you remember your first ever craft beer?
A: My older brother introduced me to Atwater’s Vanilla Java Porter at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange – it was all “up” hill from there.

Q: Is there a style of craft beer that you don’t like at all?
A: I am not a sours kind of gal. I don’t like the whole “this beer feels like I am sucking on a lemon” feeling.

Q: If Red Bull gives you wings, what does craft beer give you?
A:
No shame and invincibility to all that is awkward. Oh and maybe a hangover. But one you definitely don’t regret – because it all tasted so good you couldn’t turn it down. Now that’s not so bad, right? #worthit

Q: What do you think about when you are alone in the car?
A: I don’t think. I sing. Well – belt out lyrics is more like it. It’s basically my own version of American Idol. Except there is no Simon Cowell – Only positive Paula Abdul comments and hand claps.

Q&A with craft beer lovers: Andrea Sanada of Drake Party Center

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Andrea Sanada is the operations manager for Drake Party Store. Her favorite craft beer name is “Me So Hoppy to Wheat You.”

Featuring: Andrea Sanada
Operations Manager, Drake Party Center

Q: Do you remember your first ever craft beer?
A: Bell’s Oberon, before it was cool to add an orange slice.  I was 21 (of course), and I remember thinking that I wanted to drink a lot more than one.

Q: If you were to take a Michigan craft beer to another country as a representative of our Great Beer State, what would you choose?
A:
I would take any Bell’s Beer.  I remember being so ecstatic to find a bar that carried Bell’s in the town I went to college in (Peoria, IL, many years ago). I made all my friends go there and have an Oberon and Two Hearted.  I’d want to create that excitement and nostalgia again.

Q: What one ingredient should never be added to beer?
A:
I’m judging here, because I’ve never tried it, but I’m baffled why anyone would want to drink beer with pine needles added to it.  I love the smell, but I’ve had a face full of a Christmas tree before, and I didn’t exactly enjoy the taste.

Q: If Red Bull gives you wings, what does craft beer give you?
A:
I consulted with my inner circle on this one.  Consensus is…Craft beer gives you happiness.  Simple enough.

Q: Favorite craft beer name?
A: I’m loving the creativeness of names coming from Odd Side Ales. “Me So Hoppy to Wheat You” is at the top of my list. “Lagunita’s Sucks” is a close second.

Q: What is your favorite craft beer memory (PG-13 or not, I’m no prude)?
A: Cheesy or not…it is the look on many of our customer’s faces when they walk into our store and see our selection.  I love seeing customers take their time and enjoying every moment of making the very difficult decision of picking only 6.  Sharing craft beer love is my favorite craft beer memory.

Q: How do you get rid of the head (foam)?
A: Simple. Just give it a good blow.

Q: What is the coolest bottle opener you own/have ever seen?
A: The coolest bottle opener I own was purchased on a family trip to Belgium and is a replica of the “Manneken Pis” which is a bronze statue of a little boy peeing into a fountain. Maybe the little boy drank a lot of craft beer and just couldn’t hold it any longer.

Q: If you could have a beer with one person, who would it be and why?
A: I’d drink one with my Grandma.  She passed away before I was old enough to drink beer, but I vividly remember she drank a beer after she got done cutting the grass…every time. I drink one in her honor after I’m done cutting the grass to this day…every time.

Q: What is your theme song?
A: ”Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta” by the Geto Boys.  I’m so hardcore.

Q: What do you think about when you are alone in the car?
A: Lately, I’ve thought how Michigan drivers seem to have forgotten how to drive in the snow J  The usual…my to-do list at work and home, what to make for dinner, and how I can’t live without Sirius radio.

Q: Pick two celebrities to be your parents?
A: Cheech and Chong.  Seriously, how fun would that be?

Q: Would you rather be a thief or a liar?
A: A liar.  Unless I’m under oath, at least being a liar won’t get me thrown in jail.

Q: Why is it always about you??
A: Well, because I’m usually right. My husband completely agrees with this statement.  Right babe?

Q&A with craft beer lovers: Laura Bell of Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

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Laura Bell, Vice President of Bell’s Brewery, Inc. shares her favorite craft beer memory in this blog.

Featuring: Laura Bell
Vice President, Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

Q: Where is the strangest place you have ever enjoyed a craft beer?
A: I only drink beer in normal places.

Q: What is your favorite brewery?
A: Bell’s. But that really shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Q: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one IPA and one stout, which would they be?
A: Bell’s Two Hearted and Kalamazoo Stout. This also probably shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Q: What one ingredient should never be added to beer?
A:
“Natural Flavors” or Artificial Flavors

Q: Are you Elvis or Beatles?  Dogs or Cats?  Hops or Malts?  Twin Peaks or Northern Exposure?  Milli or Vanilli?
A: Northern Exposure. That’s the only real answer here. I own the entire series.

Q: If Wonder Woman were to drink a craft beer, what would she drink?  And honestly, do you think it would help her find her invisible jet?
A:
Let’s say Hopslam. And if Hopslam did help her find her invisible jet, I hope she’d be responsible and at least have a DD. Or take an invisible taxi.

Q: If Red Bull gives you wings, what does craft beer give you?
A:
A relaxing rowboat ride.

Q: If you were a craft beer, what would you be and why?
A: A simple IPA — no complexity, easy going but enjoyable.

Q: How many kinds of beer glasses do you own (not to be confused with beer goggles)?
A: I think we only have like 2 or 3 three beer glasses. It’s a pretty sad state of affairs.

Q: What is your favorite craft beer memory (PG-13 or not, I’m no prude)?
A: There are a lot of great beer memories, so here’s the first that comes to mind: I went on a solo road trip for 19 days a few Novembers ago through the majority of the northwest portion of the country. I spent a day hiking in Yellowstone and remember drinking an Alaskan Amber sitting on the curb in the snowy parking lot of the Days Inn I was staying at in Gardiner, Montana and thinking it was one of the best things I’d ever tasted. That beer captured the fresh air, exercise and an almost run-in with a bear perfectly.

Q: How do you get rid of the head (foam)?
A: Same answer as John Liberty, you drink it. Duh.

Q: Would you rather be a thief or a liar?
A: I’ll answer your question with a question. Would you rather be invisible or be able to fly?

Q&A with craft beer lovers: Derrick Ricca of Greenleaf Hospitality

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Derrick Ricca, Greenleaf Hospitality sales manager, remembers his first craft beer from 20 years ago: a Sierra Nevada in 1994!

Featuring: Derrick Ricca
Senior Sales Manager, Greenleaf Hospitality

Q: Where is the strangest place you have ever enjoyed a craft beer?
A: My first was in the parking lot of a Greatful Dead Concert in New Jersey.

Q: What’s your favorite beer label?
A:
New Holland Monkey King Saison.

Q: What is your favorite brewery?
A: Grew up on the East Coast. I <3 Yuengling. Bell’s is number 2.

Q: Do you remember your first ever craft beer?
A: Sierra Nevada 1994 — weird to think that was 20 years ago!

Q: Have you ever mixed craft beer with something else to make something entirely different?  If so, what’s been successful for you?
A: I love using good beer and garlic to marinade meat.

Q: Is there a style of craft beer that you don’t like at all?
A: Anything with anise. I like and respect almost all styles.

Q: Do you homebrew?  If yes, share a success story. If no, have you tried one?  What was your experience?
A: No.

Q: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one IPA and one stout, which would they be?
A:
Arcadia’s India Pale Ale & Short’s Mystery Stout.

Q: If you were to take a Michigan craft beer to another country as a representative of our Great Beer State, what would you choose?
A:
Founders’ stouts are solid.

Q: How far have you traveled for a craft beer?
A: Have gone many miles out of my way to go to breweries.

Q: If you were to open a craft brewery, what would you call it?
A:
Hops To It and Relax.

Q: What one ingredient should never be added to beer?
A:
Anise!

Q: Are you Elvis or Beatles?  Dogs or Cats?  Hops or Malts?  Twin Peaks or Northern Exposure?  Milli or Vanilli?
A: Beatles. Dogs. Hops. NE. Vanilli (RIP).

Q: How many kinds of beer glasses do you own (not to be confused with beer goggles)?
A:
My kids break them. I had a bunch. My favorite is one from the bar.

Q: If Red Bull gives you wings, what does craft beer give you?
A:
A relaxing rowboat ride.

Q: If you were a craft beer, what would you be and why?
A: A simple IPA — no complexity, easy going but enjoyable.

Q: What is on your list of must-visit breweries?
A: I would like to go down to Three Floyds Brewing in Munster, IN.

Q: Favorite craft beer name?
A: Short’s Conholio Porter.

Q: What is your favorite craft beer memory (PG-13 or not, I’m no prude)?
A: Drinking a couple of Bell’s on the bridge in Clinton, N.J. overlooking the famous mill on a hot August night.

Q: How do you get rid of the head (foam)?
A: Dip your nose in it.

Q: What is the coolest bottle opener you own/have ever seen?
A: I have one that is a monkey. It’s awesome.

Q: If you got to name a craft beer, what would it be?
A: My Girl lIkes to party all the time.

Q: If you could have a beer with one person, who would it be and why?
A: Cameron Crowe — Dude has met some crazy people in his days. He must have fantastic stories.

Q: What is your theme song?
A: De La Soul’s “Me Myself & I”

Q: What do you think about when you are alone in the car?
A: Why is David Bowie so awesome?

Q: Pick two celebrities to be your parents?
A: Vince Vaughn & rerun from “What’s Happening”

Q: Is it “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee” or “Nobody does it like Sara Lee”?
A: Does it like.

Q&A with craft beer lovers: John Liberty of West Michigan Beer Tours

 

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The one ingredient that should never be added to beer is “beard hair,” said West Michigan Beer Tours co-founder John Liberty. Photo by Rhino Media.

Featuring: John Liberty
Co-Founder, West Michigan Beer Tours

Q: What is your favorite brewery?
A: That one over there.

Q: What one ingredient should never be added to beer?
A:
Beard hair.

Q: If Wonder Woman were to drink a craft beer, what would she drink?  And honestly, do you think it would help her find her invisible jet?
A: Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury.

Q: If Red Bull gives you wings, what does craft beer give you?
A:
Body hair.

Q: How do you get rid of the head (foam)?
A: By drinking it.

Q: What is the coolest bottle opener you own/have ever seen?
A: A wooden opener in the shape of Michigan.

Q: If you got to name a craft beer, what would it be?
A: I don’t know, but I want to open a hotel called “The Mash Inn.”

Q: If you could have a beer with one person, who would it be and why?
A: Michael Jackson (writer not pop star).

Q: What do you think about when you are alone in the car?
A: Annoying questionnaires.

Q: Pick two celebrities to be your parents?
A: No.

Some Kalamazoo Beer Week highlights

With more than 190 unique events, this year’s Fourth Annual Kalamazoo Beer Week is the biggest one yet!

With so many events to choose from, we wanted to help highlight a few. So, we asked our social media fans/followers and other craft-beer lovers to name their top Kalamazoo Beer Week 2014 events. Here’s what we got:

Friday, Jan. 10:
Art Hops in downtown Kalamazoo: 5-8 p.m. It’s the Art Hop, craft beer and the Michigan Beer Film all rolled into one freakishly awesome night.

Saturday, Jan. 11:
Founders Breakfast at O’Duffy’s: 10 a.m. I went last year and the food was out of this world!  And I get to wear jammies.
Let’s Get Creative with Right Brain: 2-4 p.m. I think it sounds like a fun different event and I love Right Brain.  I’m actually pretty excited about all the events that Airway Lanes are doing.
Bell’s Snow Jog Adventure: 11 a.m. Last year’s inaugural event was outstanding—huge happy turnout.  Liked seeing venues like Gazelle Sports involved with this one.

Monday: Jan. 13:
Pizza and Arbor Beer Dinner: 6-9 p.m. I think this is a great event for those who don’t have time to do a full-on five-course beer dinner, and you can’t go wrong with anything Arbor Brewing does.
Right Brain Pie Whole Series: 6-10 p.m. Again, it’s Right Brain!  They are doing some of the most creative beers out there…and combining their beer with Grand Traverse Pie Co. pie???  C’mon!!  How can you even think about saying no???
Bell’s Craft Beer and Crafts Night at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe: 5-9 p.m. Maybe I can finally figure out what to do with the bottle caps I’ve been collecting for years. Years.
Brew Battle at Drake Party Center: 6-8 p.m. Three breweries (Paw Paw, Saugatuck and Latitude 42) in one place. Bring it!

Tuesday, Jan. 14:
Arbor Brewing and the Ugly Mug Café and Roastery at Shakespeare’s: 7 p.m. SHOTS OF ESPRESSO IN ARBOR BEERS!!!!!!!!!!!!  CLASSIC!!! It’s also why I bought my own espresso machine.

Wednesday, Jan. 15:
Dark Horse Brewing – Anti-Beer dinner at Shakespeare’s:  7 p.m. For $10 you get a flight of Dark Horse beers; a pint of Dark Horse beer, and, they throw in the food for FREEEEEE (they will be serving Hot Pockets, Ramen Noodles and Pop Tarts, so, basically what I was going to have for dinner anyway but, I get it FREEEEEE).
Perrin and a side of Cow at Louie’s Trophy House: 6-9 p.m.  It makes me think of the beginning of the Flintstones.  I love Louie’s!!!  I’m having a huge love affair with Perrin’s Kona Brown. MMMMMM COW!!!!

Friday, Jan. 17:
Lagunitas with Loaves and Fishes at Central City Tap House: 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Great beer and a great cause.  Anytime you can give back to the community and have some fun doing it is a win-win.  And we have one of the most generous community’s around!  (seriously, look it up.)
Arcadia Real Ale Night at O’Duffy’s: 5 p.m. CASKS!!  Need I say more?

Saturday, Jan. 18:
Dark Horse Hostile Takeover at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange: Time TBA. It sounds ominous. That intrigues me.
Cider Saturday with Virtue at Central City Tap House: 3-5 p.m. Their ciders are absolutely delicious!

Favorite events with multiple dates:
Odd Side beer tasting: 6-8p.m. at Drake Party Center Tuesday, Jan. 14 or 4-8 p.m. at Mega-Bev Wednesday, Jan. 15. They make my most favorite beer at the moment: Bean Flicker.  If you haven’t tried it yet, get some, you’re welcome.
• All of the events that are giving back to our community: New Holland event at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange for Read and Write Kalamazoo: 6-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17; Lagunitas at Central City Tap House for Loaves and Fishes: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17; and Bell’s mosaic auction to benefit the YWCA: noon Saturday, Jan. 18. These folks are just as serious about their community as they are about their beer.
Airway Lanes events: times/dates vary. Bowling with the brewers sounds like a perfect match-up. Plus bowling while drinking GOOD beer—almost unheard of!
Canning talks/demos. Michigan Mobile Canning will be around talking about craft beer canning—looking forward to checking out the process! Check out the talk with Finch’s at Wayside West 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 and learn how to make a candle out of a beer can with Right Brain at Old Dog Tavern 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.
All the newbies. We’ve significantly increased the number of brewers and venues being featured this year—can’t wait to shake some hands/paws new to KBW!
Special releases. This is my favorite part of beer week—opening pours of new and hard-to-find beers. Olde Peninsula and Gonzo’s Biggdogg Brewery will be unveiling some delicious-sounding additions to their portfolios, and New Holland will be featuring one of their new ones at Mangia West.  And, of course, Sam Adams Rebel IPA released during the Kickoff Pub Crawl—W00T!!

Click for a full list of Kalamazoo Beer Week events!

Q&A with craft beer lovers: Jennie Cook of Discover Kalamazoo

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If Jennie Cook, Operations Director for Discover Kalamazoo, were to open a craft brewery, it’d be called “Elementary Brewing — in a school building from the 50s, lunch lady, cafeteria trays, dodge ball, etc.”

Featuring: Jennie Cook
Director of Operations, Discover Kalamazoo

Q: Where is the strangest place you have ever enjoyed a craft beer?
A: The back of a motor coach with a bunch of guys from Ohio. Or was it Lansing?

Q: What’s your favorite beer label?
A:
Three Floyds – Gumballhead.

Q: What is your favorite brewery?
A: Dark Horse.

Q: Do you remember your first ever craft beer?
A: Nope. Probably a Solsun (Oberon). Note: Solsun was the original name of Oberon.

Q: Have you ever mixed craft beer with something else to make something entirely different?  If so, what’s been successful for you?
A: Lindeman’s Framboise and Stout; espresso with Atwater Dirty Blonde.

Q: Is there a style of craft beer that you don’t like at all?
A: IPA.

Q: Do you homebrew?  If yes, share a success story. If no, have you tried one?  What was your experience?
A: Yes, a strawberry cream ale.

Q: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one IPA and one stout, which would they be?
A:
Right Brain’s Naughty Girl Stout, which would also be good on a dessert island!

Q: If you were to take a Michigan craft beer to another country as a representative of our Great Beer State, what would you choose?
A:
Right Brain Chipotle Porter or Founder’s Mango Magnifico.

Q: How far have you traveled for a craft beer?
A: 300 miles — New Glarus, WI.

Q: If you were to open a craft brewery, what would you call it?
A:
Elementary Brewing — in a school building from the 50s, lunch lady, cafeteria trays, dodge ball, etc.

Q: What one ingredient should never be added to beer?
A: 
Chrüterchraft!!

Q: Are you Elvis or Beatles?  Dogs or Cats?  Hops or Malts?  Twin Peaks or Northern Exposure?  Milli or Vanilli?
A: Beatles. Dogs. Malts. Twin Peaks. Vanilli.

 Q: If Wonder Woman were to drink a craft beer, what would she drink?  And honestly, do you think it would help her find her invisible jet?
A: Wonder Woman would drink Unicorn Killer — those things are jerks. Um, the jet finds her. Plus, she can fly now. So it doesn’t matter.

Q: How many kinds of beer glasses do you own (not to be confused with beer goggles)?
A:
Only pints, but tons…except for my husband’s magic beer cup that is made out of pewter and makes all beer taste good!

Q: If Red Bull gives you wings, what does craft beer give you?
A:
Seriously? If you don’t say “the runs” you’re lying!

Q: If you were a craft beer, what would you be and why?
A: Milk Stout ‚ more body and sweetness and swears a lot.

Q: What is on your list of must-visit breweries?
A: Dark Horse, Shorts, Right Brain.

Q: Favorite craft beer name?
A: Citra Ass Down! (from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse)

Q: What is your favorite craft beer memory (PG-13 or not, I’m no prude)?
A: Great Taste of the Midwest — taking pictures of my husband with people who had passed out or “fallen asleep.”

Q: How do you get rid of the head (foam)?
A: Run your finger down the side of your nose then into your beer.

Q: What is the coolest bottle opener you own/have ever seen?
A: My lighter.

Q: When Chuck Norris drinks beer,
A: the beer gets drunk. (trademark)

Q: If you got to name a craft beer, what would it be?
A: Not sure, but “monkey” would be part of the name. Like Capuchin Monkey Stout, Emperor Tamarin Porter (bearded monkey).

Q: If you could have a beer with one person, who would it be and why?
A: Neil deGrasse Tyson — Duh, astrophysicist and he killed Pluto (as a planet).

Q: What is your theme song?
A: “Punk Rock Girl” by The Dead Milkmen. At work: “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine.

Q: What do you think about when you are alone in the car?
A: You.

Q: Pick two celebrities to be your parents?
A: John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell.

Q: Would you rather be a thief or a liar?
A: A thief…or am I lying??

Q: Why is it always about you??
A: Why isn’t it always about me??