the brewer and the brewed


THE BEERS

Brewed to highlight the finest locally sourced ingredients.


Mishabooz

9.7% ABV / 73 IBU / Imperial Stout


Mishabooz, our imperial stout, has a rich cocoa nose that carries through to the end of every smooth sip. This dark draught finishes with slight coffee and anise notes with a prominent bitterness. Mishabooz is a beer that tastes better as it warms up, so let it sit for a few minutes before drinking it – if you can wait that long. In Algonquin mythology, Mishabooz is another aspect of the cultural hero Nanabozho, who is associated with rabbits and The Great Rabbit in legends and folktales.



Mooneye IPA

7.0% ABV / 98 IBU / IPA


A touch of clean, malty sweetness rounds out the deceptively smooth and fairly dry finish, while substantial dry hopping lends floral citrusy notes to this delightful IPA. Our new Mooneye American IPA draws its hearty bitter balance from five West Coast hops. Mooneyes are frantic, hyperactive fish and their impressive leaps and passionate fighting style has earned them the nickname Freshwater Tarpon.



Pottawatomi Trail Ale

5.8% ABV / 33 IBU / American Pale Ale


Pottawatomie Trail Pale Ale is a throwback to the early days of American micro-breweries, featuring western US malt boosted by late additions of Oregon Cascade hops. A touch of pale wheat malt adds a clean and refreshing crispness to this classic American ale. The PT won a gold medal at the 2019 World Expo of Beer.



Isle Royale

6.6% ABV / 32 IBU / Amber Ale


Isle Royale is a toasty amber ale with flavorful aromas from an international blend of malts from the US, Belgium, England and Germany. Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops produce a subdued bitterness that allows the malt flavors to come forward. Isle Royale is named after the Isle Royale Island and National Park located in Lake Superior. Featured in the book Hops and History by Jim Dent, 2019.



Blue Racer

6.2% ABV / 0 IBU / Blueberry Honeywheat


Blue Racer is a Michigan Blueberry Honey Wheat that is light and delicious with just a hint of blueberries. This beer appeals to people who avoid craft beer because of the bitterness of IPAs and strong malt flavors of some other style. The Blue Racer name comes from a native non-venomous snake found throughout most of the Lower Peninsula.



JimmyJack's Normal Beer

5.8% ABV / 15 IBU / American XPA


German Barke Pils malt and Northern Brewer hops lend a Bohemian flavor to our smooth, easygoing JimmyJack’s Normal XPA. A tribute to Ypsilanti’s first major college, the Michigan State Normal College, which preceded EMU.



Deja Brew

6.2% ABV / 32 IBU / American Brown


A hint of chocolate combines with a substantial brown malt background and Zythos hops from Oregon. Our zingy, dry Deja Brew transports you unexpectedly back to another time – but in the same space. Maybe you’ve been here before?



Centerfield Sensation

5.8% ABV / 17 IBU / Farmhouse Saison


Centerfield Sensation is a traditional Belgian farmhouse summer ale that finishes dry and spicy, with refreshing fruity notes and rocky white Belgian lace heads. It's a tribute to the peppy Carolyn King, first girl ever to play Little League baseball. Although banned by the national organization, Carolyn debuted in centerfield at Ypsi's Candy Cane Park in 1973, creating a local sensation filmed by national TV crews.



Smeet Frog

4.7% ABV / 62 IBU / Session IPA


Smeet Frog is a refreshing, hoppy session IPA. Ypsi lays claim to our own legendary indigenous species: the Smeet Frog. The Smeet Frog is the only amphibian with a fur coat and is capable of flight. The Smeet Frog resides in the Huron River, covered in moss, and can be heard late at night in Frog Island Park. Our IPA is dedicated to this mysterious creature. It is small in size but with big hops. There is a healthy dose of bitterness that is complemented with citrus, tropical, green and dank notes becoming especially present as your glass warms up.



Backyard Frog

4.8% ABV / 44 IBU / Harvest Ale


Backyard Frog (a relative of Ypsi's infamous Smeet Frog) is a refreshing and hoppy session India Pale Ale enriched with white wheat malt. Ted has been growing his own Willamette hops since 1982 and this beer is made with the hops harvested from the back wall of the Ypsi Alehouse. They are organic and naturally dried to create its frog-hoppy finish. It hearkens back to the day when all beers came from freshly harvested hops!



MacKnauf's 80 Shilling Ale

5.8% ABV / 15 IBU / Scottish Ale


The first in our Brewer Showcase Series: we’ve partnered with Jim Satin to brew his gold medal winning 80 shilling export here at the Alehouse. MacKnauf’s 80 Shilling Scottish Ale is an instant classic with notes of layered biscuit and caramel. Old-world hops provide a slight hint of bitter earthiness. MacKnauf’s won a bronze medal at the World Expo of beer.



B-24

6.9% ABV / 35 IBU / American Stout


This American Stout is dark-roasted, full-bodied and jet black. With a bit of chocolate, a mild sweetness, and slightly dry finish, B-24 is well balanced between malt and hops.



Rosie Country Ale

5.7% ABV / 11 IBU / Irish Red


The Emerald Isle provides the base malt for this easy-drinking Irish export ale. A wee touch of roasted barley lends a bit of red to its clean caramel character, rounded out with just a bit of noble hops bitterness.



Ypsitucky

5.0% ABV / 22 IBU / Kentucky Common Commoner's Ale


Ypsitucky Common Ale is our re-creation of an original American style - Kentucky Common Ale, which thrived in the Louisville area and died abruptly in 1919 with the start of Prohibition. Ypsitucky’s light palate and low bitterness are enhanced by the sweetness of corn and the snap of rye, leaving you a smooth dry finish with a hint of roast. This historical workingman’s beer commemorates those WWII Willow Run workers with proud Kentucky roots.



Street Car #10

5.4% ABV / 40 IBU / Classic American Pilsner


Streetcar No. 10 is named after the streetcar that used to pass through Ypsi on its trip from Ann Arbor to Saline in the early 1900’s. Our beer recipe is from that same era. This pre-prohibition pilsner is a historical recipe brewed by Germans who settled in America. They wanted beers that tasted like the lagers available in Germany, but they could only brew with the locally available American ingredients. In keeping the Streetcar historically accurate, this pilsner is brewed with only American grains and hops.



Ted's Beer Float

7.2% ABV / 50 IBU / American Strong Ale with Ice Cream


Now that summertime’s here, what better way to imbibe Ted’s strong ale than with a generous scoop of chocolate ice cream? Enhanced by a healthy dose of root beer and natural Madagascar vanilla, Ted’s Beer Float will make you scream for more! Served in 12 and 16 oz.



Tridge

7.6% ABV / 33 IBU / Hazy IPA


Tridge, our New England IPA, is brewed with wheat and oats to obtain the orangish hue associated with NEIPA’s. Tridge's English ale yeast blends with Citra, Mosaic and Azacca hops to pack a grapefruity flavor balanced against a very mild bitterness. A Tridge is a three-way bridge such as the pedestrian bridge over the Huron River and Cross Street in Ypsilanti. Much like that tridge, our three hops are a path to refreshing fun!



Tiger Muskie

8.6% ABV / 88 IBU / Imperial IPA


Want a big India Pale Ale? Our Imperial IPA was brewed with select hops to create a flavorful, hearty beer with a touch of sweetness. The Columbus–Tomahawk-Zeus hops give this brew a distinct West Coast IPA flair. Named after a native fish that lives in Michigan lakes that is the offspring of Northern Pikes and Muskies. A rarity like our tasty Imperial IPA!



Baby Boo Pumpkin Spice Ale

7.0% ABV / 11 IBU / Pumpkin Spice


Baby Boo is our annual autumnal pumpkin ale brewed with lots of roasted pumpkin right in the mash tun. Baby Boo has a complex aroma derived from the adjuncts in this beer including fresh ginger, toasted nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks. The beer finishes with a hint of rich molasses and a bit of fresh citrus from the orange zest we added to the boil. Each pint delivers the promise of pumpkin spice, but no pumpkin spice was used in this beer!



The Hotel Porter

6.8% ABV / 35 IBU / American Porter


Inspired by the historic Huron Hotel that the Alehouse calls home, our Hotel Porter is a hearty blend of dark malts which yield moderate caramel notes with a bold, roasty character. Much like a Hotel Porter, this beer is always ready to serve and has a strong hop backbone.



Javine

9.4% ABV / 43 IBU / Baltic Porter


Javine is the mythical household god in Lithuania that protects grain in barns. Our Javine Baltic Porter is a strong, dark lager with deep ruby hues and a rich malty finish. An array of roasted, crystal, Vienna and Munich malts meld with traditional German hops in this classic style. Javine is our anniversary beer, so come celebrate our birthday with a nod to the protector of grain!



Easterner Weisse

2.9% ABV / 6 IBU / Berliner Weisse


Easterner Weisse is a sour, refreshing wheat beer that has a subtle hint of hops and a distinctive character. Purists like this beer straight-up to enjoy its complexities but many take it with a flavored syrup to offset the tartness. This beer is the result of a collaborative effort between the EMU Fermentation Science Program and the Ypsi Alehouse.



Tower Tart Ale

6.3% ABV / 1 IBU / Light Sour


Tower Tart is a harmonious crisp, light beer with a touch of tartness. Brewed without hops, this ale has no bitterness and yields a dry finish and is splendid with the addition of floating blackberries, or as a snakebite with our cherry cider!



Kaiser Maibock

7.4% ABV / 32 IBU / Helles Maibock


A strong light amber with full malty sweetness, it's brewed in the dead of winter and released on Mayday as a harbinger of spring. Kaiser is brewed exclusively with German materials -- Munich, Vienna and Pils malts, Hallertau hops and Weihenstephan lager yeast. Our Maibock is an homage to Henry J. Kaiser, the Miracle Man who built ships during WWII and established his automobile production at the Willow Run plant, which later became Kaiser Jeep.



Wheat Heart

5.4% ABV / 9 IBU / Hefeweizen


What’s better on a summer afternoon than a refreshing Bavarian-style Hefeweizen? We brew Wheat Heart with 100% German ingredients. Pale straw colored and lightly hopped, it’s a bit bready and pretty heady, yielding notes of clove and banana. Suspended Weihenstephaner yeast lends a traditional haze to this classic ale.



Belgium, Man! Belgium!

5.2% ABV / 16 IBU / Belgian Single


Our Belgian Single is a crisp, refreshing, sessionable pale ale that's ideal for quaffing on an Ypsilanti summer day or evening. Continental malts and noble hops blend to bring you a smooth, savory, mellow beer, with a faint touch of fruity esters and a hint of clove spice lent by our Belgian yeast. It’s a Belgium, Man!!



Groundcover Rye

5.8% ABV / 15 IBU / German Rye Beer (Roggenbier)


Roggenbier is a classic Bavarian dunkelweizen with malted rye rather than wheat. Brewed with over 50% rye, our Groundcover brings the grain’s bold flavor forward. The hazy suspended Weizen yeast yields tangy traces of clove spice and fruity esters, lightly backed by German noble hops. A perfect choice for living the life of Riley on a summer afternoon!



Oktoberfest

6.2% ABV / 21 IBU / Oktoberfest


Ypsi Alehouse Oktoberfest is a smooth, clean malt bomb that was brewed in spring as is the Munich tradition. Being moderately dry with restrained bitterness, toasty overtones and a rich aftertaste, you will want to strap on your liederhosen and hoist one with your pals. Prosit!



Boss Pils

5.0% ABV / 40 IBU / Bohemian Pilsner


Boss Pils is a clear golden Bohemian Pilsner-style lager with a rich but smooth and bready malt character. Your first sip yields to a long finish with a prominent spicy hop backbone, the result of American Saaz hops in the boil and steep stages of brewing. Our take combines the classic European style with New World boldness!



Lallybroch

9.0% ABV / 16 IBU / Scottish Wee Heavy


Lallybroch brings you the warmth and strength of a Scottish castle fireside with its deep copper hue and ruby highlights. The first sip, malty and full-bodied, yields to hints of oak, caramel and dates. Brewed, of course, with traditional Golden Promise malted barley! Lallybroch is the ancestral home of James Fraser in the Outlander series and it translates to “Lazy Tower”.



Badger in the Barley

6.2% ABV / 39 IBU / English Pale Ale (ESB)


Badger in the Barley, an English Pale Ale, is fermented from 100% traditional English malts, hops and yeast to create a delicious biscuit flavor with a hint of marmalade, which yields to a delicate bitterness and grassy, peppery notes. Ted has been perfecting his ESB (Extra Special Bitter) since visiting London many years ago.



Natural Heritage

5.1% ABV / 42 IBU / American Pale Ale


Natural Heritage Pale Ale has floral and fruity tones that suggest a hint of melon, orange citrus, and spicy pepper. A light malty sweetness leads to a naturally smooth and clean finish. This bold single hop pale ale uses a Michigan-grown Triple Pearl hop. The beer was brewed at the Ypsi Alehouse and is a collaboration with the Michigan Hop Alliance, Eastern Michigan University’s Fermentation Sciences and was named by MSU Extension’s Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) in honor of their 40th Anniversary.



Water under the Tridge

7.5% ABV / 33 IBU / Hazy IPA


HELP! Our poor luck is your good fortune. Our current Tridge-- our New England IPA -- now looks like a Black IPA and not our popular Hazy IPA. Brewed with the same wheat and oats but much darker. Tridge's English ale yeast blends with Citra, Mosaic and Azacca hops to pack a grapefruity flavor balanced against a very mild bitterness. A Tridge is a three-way bridge.



Black is Beautiful

9.9% ABV / 60 IBU / Russian Imperial Stout


The Black is Beautiful initiative is a collaborative effort amongst the brewing community and its customers, to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily. Our mission is to bridge the gap that's been around for ages and provide a platform to show that the brewing community is an inclusive place for everyone of any color. The Ypsi Alehouse is proud to participate in this collaboration. The beer itself is a hearty Russian Imperial Stout brewed with significant amounts of dark malts. These malts impart a roasted character with notes of chocolate, toffee, and coffee flavors. Cascade hops add a grapefruit and citrusy profile. Each sip will coat your mouth and a lingering bitter will echo on your palate long after your glass is empty. We selected the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation as the beneficiary of this effort.



To Wit

5.4% ABV / 14 IBU / Witbier or Winter White


The witbieror Winter White style originated in Belgium 400 years ago and is a refreshing, elegant and tasty beer. Also called Winter White, ours was brewed with heavy amounts of wheat for flavor and color, as well as orange peel, coriander and a bit of chamomile to create a complex flavor profile with minimal bitterness. Goes well with a range of foods.



Big Warm Hug

9.9% ABV / 37 IBU / Winter WArmer


Big Warm Hug welcomes in all things winter. Our hug is big (11.1% ABV) and it will certainly warm you right up. This very easy drinker has rich caramel and toffee flavors with just enough bitterness to complement the sweet, dessert-like finish. There is also a nuanced hint of fresh ginger, cinnamon and honey found in every sip to embrace timeless seasonal flavors. We hope that during this Covid winter season, our Big Warm Hug will make the coldest, darkest nights a bit cozier.



Cross Street Crush

6.9% ABV / 80 IBU / New England IPA


Cross Street Crush pours a hazy, opaque orange and is very crushable even at 6.8%. With a hefty amount of wheat, the mouthfeel is smooth. The mouthfeel helps accentuate the fresh orange, tangerine, mango and blueberry flavors imparted by huge dry hop additions of both Citra and Mosaic hops. Underlying all this flavor is a sizable bitterness that you would find in a typical IPA in order to balance out the fruity flavors and the wheat tang..



Ted Badgerow,
Brewmeister with an Attitude



Brewer Ted Badgerow, Ypsi Alehouse co-owners Ted Badgerow and David Roberts


... and why not? He's had plenty of time to work on it.

"My brewing epiphany came in 1979 in the midst of an annual solo bicycle ride from Muskegon to Ann Arbor, where my wife and I worked at the University of Michigan. A bit after noon on a hot summer day, I wheeled up to the house of my best friend and music partner Jim Rouse. "You look hot," Jim said. "Have a beer?"

I made quick work of a delicious brown beer and remarked, "You must have gotten a raise, you"re buying the imports now." "No," said Jim. "I brewed it myself."

That galvanizing moment was the genesis of my brewing career. Home-brewing had just been legalized in the United States. I was cooking professionally for forty hungry sisters at a U of M sorority and later supervised the University Club kitchen, so brewing seemed the next logical step. After numerous basement experiments people began to enjoy my homebrewed ales and suggested I start a brewery.

...we raised $12,000 from investors and formed Michigan's first modern craft brewery, The Real Ale Co. Inc... I'm proud to have been one of the first fermenters of the Great American Beer Revolution
So in partnership with longtime friend and former dairy farmer Gordon Averill, we raised $12,000 from investors and formed Michigan"s first modern craft brewery, The Real Ale Co. Inc., in the historic clock tower building in Chelsea MI. The brewery was licensed in 1982, one of 41 brewing companies that existed in the US at that time. The only other breweries in Michigan were Stroh"s and Frankenmuth.

The terms "craft beer" and "brewpub" and "microbrewery" were unknown at the time. Michigan brewers were not allowed to sell for consumption on the premises until the mid-1990"s, but we were allowed to give away free samples. At that time over 97% of the beer consumed by the American public was pale lager. A few imported – mostly European -- beers were available, but we were the only brewery in the Midwest selling real ales produced locally in small batches, and I'm proud to have been one of the first fermenters of the Great American Beer Revolution. As Michigan"s first new brewery in thirty-eight years, The Real Ale Company was featured in newspapers, on TV stations, in a Time Magazine article, and in the Brewers Digest. We sold as much beer as we could brew at $20 per case -- about $6 per case less than it cost to produce. When we ceased production in 1984, a young fellow named Larry Bell was so enamoured with brewing that he bought our brew kettle and started a tiny brewery in Kalamazoo. I returned to home brewing and eventually helped start the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild — an association of home brewers.

Since then, and with a faster pace more recently, the old American lager beer monoculture has been giving way to a vibrant community of over 4,000 breweries nationwide, producing every imaginable variety of fermented beverage. To me, the most striking features of our craft beer movement are the adventurous bursting of traditional beer boundaries and the remarkable spirit of cooperation, collaboration and collegiality shared by small brewers. Dozens of them have welcomed me into their brewhouses, shown me their facilities, answered my many questions, and shared some mighty fine brews. To them, Dave Roberts and I owe a debt of gratitude that can only be returned by serving you the finest locally produced beers we can possibly brew. That is Mishigama"s pledge to you."

It"s great to be back!
Ted Badgerow, Head Brewer
Mishigama Craft Brewing/Ypsi Alehouse