Tag Archives: Michigan

B. Nektar – Cherry Chipotle – 2.25 smokestacks of mead

Little twist here, clearly this will receive the ‘not a smokebeer’ tag, but technically this isn’t even a beer. It’s a mead. Nonetheless, the infallible palate of the Ministry has an opinion to share about this libation based on the … Continue reading

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Saugatuck – Bonfire Brown – 4 smokestacks out of 7

Its got fire in the name. Its got a picture of fire, and some kind of spiritual seance or some shit going on in the picture (which doesn’t indicate smoke, but at least it excites ministers in Smoke Beer Ministry). … Continue reading

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Brewery Vivant – Undertaker – 4 smokestacks out of 7

Not a smokebeer, but the label says subtle smokiness so this investigation ensued. Undertaker is alright. I’d drink it again. My friend is an undertaker and says people are dying to see him. Probably not the case with this beer, … Continue reading

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Earthen Ales – Ale of the Earth – 3 smokestacks (out of 7)

No ghost writers here. Mike Lorr, friend of the ministry and honorary minister gets all the glory for drinking, evaluating, and writing about this one. All the way up in Traverse City, Michigan, a place called Earthen Ales offers up … Continue reading

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Harmony Brewing Company – Black Squirrel Smoked Porter – 5.5 smokestacks

Erected inside an old sausage factory, the aromas of Harmony might remind you of an old pub in Germany. But, as you may have guessed, Harmony is one of the many places that have opened recently. Established in Grand Rapids, … Continue reading

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Founders – KBS (2017) – 5 smokestacks out of 7

Good news to report here: This is just about the same beer as it was last year. Before you reply “No shit” please realize that consistency is a major hurdle for brewers, in fact some breweries have completely given up … Continue reading

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Founders – KBS (2016) – 4 out of 7 (nonsmokebeer) smokestacks

Here we are! The highly acclaimed Founders KBS. SmokeBeerMinistry is here to see what all the hubbub is about. We are fully prepared to view KBS from the ‘hey, I love beer’ standpoint, without even the slightest inclination to dock points … Continue reading

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Founders – Backwoods Bastard – 5.1 out of 7 (nonsmokebeer) smokestacks

So this isn’t a smokebeer, but it is barrel aged Dirty Bastard, which notes “hints of smoke and peat,” and, Founders own description includes the word smoke, so here we are. Furthermore, having stumbled across and picking up a KBS … Continue reading

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Founders – Dirty Bastard – 5 out of 7 (non smokebeer smokestacks)

Revisiting the first ever smokebeer tasting (as seen in “Madison photo and spreadsheet”) you’ll notice Dirty Bastard in the lineup. Reason being, the brewers description includes the phrase “hints of smoke and peat” which is often all it takes to … Continue reading

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Dark Horse Brewery – FORE Smoked Stout – 5.7 Smokestacks of Happiness

Here’s a robust, knock your socks off, kind of beer. Fore Smoked Stout wow’d the 3 newly ordained ministers just by watching it pour. It pours like syrup, coating the inside of the glass with a sweet smelling, used motor … Continue reading

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