With only nine more games left in the season, I think most Tigers fans are satisfied with where the team currently is, but a little disappointed that we can't be the team with the best record in baseball. I think that we could end the season closer to the top than we already are (Boston only has eight games left).
Chicago is still not good, which changes nothing. However, their pitching is still causing teams good and bad problems, and with the Tigers anemic hitting of late, these games could be much closer than games between one of the best teams in baseball and one of the worst should be. Ideally, Houston helps us out a little bit in Cleveland and we can be poppin' bottles by Sunday. I'm not holding my breath, so I'm expecting bubbly in the Twin Cities, unfortunately.
This series has been devoted to beer all season, but I would be remiss if I did not mention the outstanding wine industry in Michigan as well. The west coast of the state along Lake Michigan has produced some of the best wine the country has to offer, and it's a testament to the state to buy great local wines without sacrificing any quality. If you get a chance, support the local vintners as well from time to time.
For the last Michigan beer, we're heading to a brewery rather appropriately named for this time of year: Witch's Hat Brewing Company. The highlight beer for this weekend is Edward's Portly Brown.
The Portly Brown is a slightly sweet, smooth brown ale that will also intrigue with a hoppier profile than most (think Newcastle crossed with a pale ale). The deep chocolate color and burnt wheat head portend a delicious roasted chocolate malt body that has a a bit of a caramelized honey flavor backed up nicely by a fragrant pine aroma. The balance of bitter and sweet makes this a nicely drinkable beer more on the substantial side. Another great reason to drink this beer is to support the Humane Society of Huron Valley. The beer is named after Edward, the Springer Spaniel belonging to the brewery and the brewmasters, and 5% of all sales go to the Humane Society. Great beer AND a great cause. The 5.5% ABV and 22 IBUs, this beer will pair very nicely with some pasta and Italian sausage as well as a bottle of champagne you spray around the house (because you will NOT spray any of these beers).
Witch's Hat Brewing Company is located in South Lyon, MI.
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