Thirsty Thursday: Beer Trade

Happy Thursday, friends. I am reporting to you with a post-lunch/naptime Short’s Magician in my grubby little hands, and it’s delicious… cheers!

By now, you are likely familiar with the fact that I love to support my local Michigan breweries. I attended the Winter Beer fest here in Grand Rapids, and I’m geeked about the Summer Fest in Ann Arbor this July. Anyone going? Let me know! There is no shortage of incredible breweries to explore in Michigan, and I rarely venture outside of my state for beer these days, I suppose I’m a snob in that sense… except when I get yummy recommendations from friends in other states.

Can you imagine how difficult & impossibly frustrating it would be to experience all the amazing breweries in the country on your own? How about the world? First of all, just trying the vast selections of beer from one brewery can take some strong taste buds and an even stronger liver… not to mention a fat wad of cash. There were many at the Beer Fest I wanted to try, but they either ran out, or I didn’t get to them. But when you have the opportunity to trade with a friend who’s familiar with what you do & don’t like, you really can’t lose. 
Have you ever participated in a beer trade? As in, I have sent limited runs of Founders, like KBS to friends in Boston, and they return the favor by sending brews from their neck of the woods. Next time we may send them Short’s, just to keep it interesting, but still keeping with the Michigan theme. Yes, I’ve been on quite the Short’s kick lately. Lay off me, Short’s rocks! We used to live in Arizona and enjoyed exploring some of their local breweries… when Arizona was local to us. Now, we count on trades in order to try the latest concoctions from our former home state. 

Supporting local businesses is important for the economy, especially here in Michigan where the economy is pretty dire in certain spots, so I have a hard time putting my money elsewhere. I love it when my out-of-state friends send us beer from breweries we may not have heard of otherwise. And when we can expose them to beers they enjoy and may not have access to, or simply never heard of themselves, I get the warm & fuzzies. Organizing a beer trade is almost like a mix-tape you make for a friend… but with beer instead.


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  1. Posted June 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Ooh, that’s a good idea. I’ve only had Bellaire Brown from Short’s… any others that are good? (I like my beer sweet and dark like molasses)

  2. Posted June 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Andy, I enjoy Bellaire Brown too, along with Magician, Huma Lupa Licious, Soft Parade and a variety of seasonal ones that are usually only available on tap. Here’s what you can pick up in bottles:
    But, if you want to see who’s pouring it, there’s an interactive map of Michigan here: Cheers!!!

  3. Posted June 5, 2011 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    We have some great brews in upstate New York! I’d totally be interested in a trade! Can you really ship beer??

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