When I moved to the Cleveland area at the end of last year to be with my wife, I was disappointed to be leaving the Colts, a good Pacers team (FINALLY!), and pro soccer finally developing in my home town, but one of the biggest reasons I was happy to come here (aside from the wife and being able to go to Tigers-Indians games) was the glut of great breweries with national distribution as well as great tap rooms. I have within an hour drive of me Great Lakes, Buckeye, Thirsty Dog, and Fatheads, plus a shop with 3,000 bottles for sale. I have seen Nirvana, and it is 15 minutes away, next to my home brew shop. This will give me a great opportunity to try some unique beers I could never get in Indy.
North Peak Brewing Company is found up in Traverse City, where brewing beer is alternated with losing toes to frostbite and ice fishing. Their flagship brews are all uniquely named and bold, hearty beers with a nod to the wilderness found in the northern half of the state. This series, we will be profiling the Vicious American Wheat IPA.
While we get into the baseball season, we will be profiling several IPAs simply because they are a great ballpark beer, a great summer beer, and a great grill out beer. They're not a six-pack a night style beer, but that's not what the BOTS is about. The Vicious Wheat is going to be a little smoother and lighter in comparison with standard IPAs due to its unfiltered wheat character, but it will still have the citrusy notes from the hops and a frothy, clean biscuit head that will be aggressive at the beginning and slightly sweet at the end. At 6.7% ABV and 67 IBUs, this will be a great beer to pair with a couple brats or BBQ chicken while you warm up and watch this series after the spring fakeout of the weekend.
North Peak Brewing Company is located in Traverse City, MI.