Reviews, Commentary and Opinions on Midwest Craft Beer and Microbreweries


Beer Reviews

Black Magic RyPA

Michigan Beer Cellar
Sparta, MI

Style: Imperial/Double IPA
ABV: 6.3%

Rings’s Rating:
one beerone beerone beerone beerone beer   (Recommended)

Pair With:
While Michigan Beer Cellar, located in Sparta, Michigan, is reportedly still for sale, they keep plugging away at creating a wide range of beers and spirits. I touched on their story a bit back in sampling their English IPA.

Their black rye defies simple categorization, as it’s a hybrid amalgamation of porter, IPA, and rye, which is homage to the homebrewer roots of MBC’s leadership. It pours a dark brown in color with a light head and a gentle glass cling. The body is medium and it’s dry, with a lingering bitterness to finish off the sharp malty nose. The sharp hoppiness reinforces the “RyePA” portion of its moniker. It’s interesting, very drinkable and new technology worth a pint any time you’re in the neighborhood.

Reviewed by Rings on June 6, 2013.
Agree with this review?

Drinkin’ And Thinkin’

Beer Dorks News

Want to know how healthy the craft beer industry is? As always, look to Portland. Craft pioneer Bridgeport announces sudden closure, adding to a growing list of PDX casualties.
Did Anheuser-Busch Chicago offer their shit beer to Cody Parkey before his missed field goal? Because that may explain why he "accidentally" biffed it.
Chicago now has the most breweries of any city in the country. Other things Chicago has the most of: murders, mobsters, and Ditkas.
Trying to spin it positive, BA releases end of year graphic. Only 5% growth in the craft sector when nearly 1000 new breweries opened? That's a collapse waiting to happen.
R.I.P. Tallgrass... another casualty as the regional/national craft beer market continues to get squeezed.
Wait... Constellation Brands cut all of the Ballast Point and Funky Buddha sales staff? They merged it with their Corona/Modelo staff?? We're SHOCKED!!!
Pizza Beer founder crying about failure of company, blames everyone else. Reminder, the beer tasted like vomit. Try having better ideas or making better products so you're not a failure.
It's Bud Light so doesn't really matter, but we expect this beer to be sitting around for awhile.
Indiana brewery to open with controversial beer names to "get the conversation going". Translation: taking advantage of serious issues for free publicity.
Hundreds of amazing beers in Wisconsin and the Cubs took back the one everyone drinks just because it exists and people have heard of it. How fitting...