A Deer Festival, Not a Beer Festival

Ashley’s, a beer bar close to where Maryanne, Paul, and Ludwig live, puts on several festivals every year, including cask ale and Belgian beer festivals. This weekend, Ashley’s is hosting a deer festival. It’s called Venison Weekend. Menu items venison tacos, venison tenderloin sliders, and venison shepherd’s pie.

By the way, Ashley’s has a wide and rotating selection craft beers, with an emphasis on beer brewed in Michigan.


Watch the staff at Ashley’s, a beer bar in Westland, Michigan, retire the Bud Light tap handle and replace it with one from Michigan-based Short’s Brewery. Ashley’s plans to give the Bud Light handle a decent burial.

The End of the World As We Know It

For months, we’ve been warned that the Mayan Apocalypse will happen this Friday. Even though experts have dismissed these warnings, they do provide breweries with a handy excuse to roll out one-off, end-of-the-world beers.

Some breweries, including the Newport Storm Brewery and the Great Basin Brewing Company, are out with beers containing ingredients that the Mayas might have used when brewing their own beer. They join Dogfish Head Craft Brewery which, in 2008, brought out a prehistoric chocolate beer called Theobroma. It’s released only once a year.

Another beer that might pair well with an end-of-the-world party is Fin du Monde by Unibroue. One of our local beer bars, Ashley’s, has acquired a hard-to-find keg for Friday’s finale.

A Budweiser Tap Takeover!

Ludwig couldn’t believe his eyes when he read the email. Ashley’s, a beer bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will host a Budweiser tap takeover starting at 6:00 this evening. There will also be a special 8pm tapping of a keg of vintage Budweiser (”born on” 1997); and, outside Ashley’s, a petting zoo with dogs, frogs, and penguins, and Clydesdale horses to give rides around the block.

After carefully re-reading the email, Ludwig is convinced that Ashley’s is pulling an April Fool’s joke. The photo of the A-B InBev representative was a dead giveaway.

A Beer Traveler from Michigan Checks In

One of our favorite beer bars is Ashley’s, located in Westland, Michigan. (There are two Ashley’s locations; the original one, which opened in 1983, is close to the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor). Last month, owner Jeff More went on a busman’s holiday and visited several breweries. You can come along with him by visiting his blog, Ashley’s Posterous.

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