Hello fellow Arcadians!
Recently, Joe (Brewer) and I went down to Indianapolis to attend the Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest.
Let me just say this...we had a little fun...
This is a great panoramic shot from the backside of the Arcadia Booth. A lot of thirsty Hoosiers crowded up in this awesome Festival Hall, great venue and an all around great staff.
On the Left is a picture of the mini Nonic glassware. On the right is Joe and I waiting for the festivities to start, making sure the product is on point.
This Winterfest was a special occasion. Unfortunately, a while back Arcadia pulled out of the Indiana market, but we knew that we would be back someday. Guess what? We're back!!!! Any Indianapolis Craft Beer drinker should be seeing Arcadia tap handles into the Indianapolis market very soon! As for bottles that should come later to follow. All of us at Arcadia are thrilled to venture back into great city of Indianapolis. We loved all the amazing people we got to share a few ounces with and hope to share many more as the years go on.
Excited to see you at Summerfest 2014
On tap at the festival was our Sky High Rye, I.P.A. and Nutbrown with special tap times for Hopmouth, Cereal Killer Barleywine and Bourbon Barrel Aged Lochdown. For a very early limited time we we're pouring Shipwreck Porter from our hand dipped wax bottles.
All and all it was a great weekend with some really amazing people. If you're ever in Indianapolis try some Arcadia. For my Michiganders can't wait for Grand Rapids Winter Beer Fest.
Thought it would be a good time to update my fellow Arcadians on how the new site is coming together. First let’s step back in time a bit and check out the ground breaking of the "Skeleton"
Stepping forward in to November you can see that the outside shell has been placed
Next big installment was the brew house. This was no easy feat. It took a team of riggers and giant fork trucks to not only flip the tanks from being on their sides, but the gap to fit them into the building was quite snug to say the least.
As the riggers were flipping the tanks the foreman was putting together the puzzle in the building, when the first tank was placed the next question was how do we get the catwalk in and then place the remaining tanks. Well like I said before the opening to bring in the brew house was pretty small. The only piece that gave us any trouble was the catwalk.
With only a few inches of clearance they slip the catwalk in and we're back in business. In hope not to bore you all with the nitty gritty details, everything was placed and leveled in record timing the riggers have installed a few brew houses in their careers so it all went off without any hiccups.
A few weeks later a few fermenters and conditioning tanks showed up. Also the shiny new Krones bottle filler and Lambrechts keg line arrived, but that’s all for another time.
It's hard to believe another year has come and gone since Arcadia's last anniversary celebration. Yet, here we are in November, on the brink of a multi-million dollar expansion and the time has come to celebrate another year. The 17thanniversary is a special one. It’s an annual return to our Scottish roots, but it’s also a turning point in the story of Arcadia Brewing Company. In 2014, Arcadia will be brewing in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. We’ll be bigger and better. We’ll be capable of providing more great Michigan beer to the people that love it; that’s what it’s all about. Christmas time at 103 West Michigan Avenue prompts memories of Arcadia’s past – where we’ve come from – where we’re going. It’s a reminder of our humble beginning and a foreshadowing of our bright future. It’s in that spirit, we celebrate our 17thyear. So as we always do, let’s put on our kilts, have a pint, dance and feast in celebration of some of the finest beer on the planet.
The XVII Ale is a brown ale brewed with spices and cherries.
The day’s agenda is as follows:
9:00 - 11:00 AM: Breakfast
scrambled eggs, sausage, house made corned beef
hash, toast and a half pint of Arcadia XVII for $10
$3 cover starting at noon. $5 cover starting at 5
All funds from cover will be donated to the
Food Bank of South Central Michigan
Special Lunch and Dinner Menus to include
Scotch eggs, house smoked salmon, Carlson
Farms organic lamb, Starboard Stout beef stew,
Haggis, and house favorites like BBQ and pizza
5:45 PM - Address to the Haggis
6:00 PM - Music from the Kalamazoo Pipe Band
7:30 - Barrel Aged Cereal Killer goes on tap!
8:00 PM - Music from Fonn Mor
On September 19th, otherwise known as "International Talk Like a Pirate Day" we're releasing an ale fit for a buccaneer! You guessed it, Shipwreck Porter is back! The Baltic-style porter has a robust malt character and a slight herbal hop bitterness. Aged for 12 months in 10-year-old Kentucky bourbon oak barrels, this alluring dark liquid features appealing undertones of vanilla, oak, cocoa and coffee. The aging occurs in abandoned mines in Michigan, at a constant temperature of 45F. 12% ABV, 50 IBUs.
Bottles will be available to drink and purchase all day at the brewery. We will also be hosting a beer dinner that night (reservations necessary).
The evening's events will be a celebration of Arcadia's big beers. Cellar Aged Cereal Killer, XV (our 15th anniversary ale) and of course the main attraction, Shipwreck porter will be showcased alongside delicious pairings. Preceding the beer dinner, a brewery tour will take place at 6:00. You will see the equipment, learn about our brewing process, and get a first hand look at what the brewers at Arcadia Brewing Company do. Our featured reception beer will be Whitsun Wheat Ale.
Dinner will begin at 6:30. Course 1 will be a Cheese and fruit compote plate + Cellar-aged Cereal Killer. Course 2 is an arugula salad with smoked almonds, figs, goat cheese, balsamic glaze + Barrel Aged Cereal Killer. The main course is a potato wrapped filet mignon, with sherry infused demi gloss + Shipwreck Porter. And dessert is an XV float with house made chocolate ice cream and a berry coulis.
The beer dinner will be $45 per person or $80 for a couple.
Make reservations today!
KALAMAZOO, MI – Construction continues at the future site of Arcadia Brewing Company in Kalamazoo. New details continue to be unveiled by Arcadia President, Tim Suprise, as the opening date approaches and the focus shifts from remedying delays to progress.
The menu at Arcadia West will be ever-changing because the hand-cut, house-smoked meats that make up the bulk of the menu will be fresh, locally sourced, hand cut, and made to order. The major components of the menu will be smoked meats and fish.
The all wood-fired smoke house will be used to serve up traditional American barbeque favorites as well as some unconventional dishes. Drawing inspiration from Middle Eastern and South American cuisine and utilizing Berber and Turkish inspired spice rubs will give Arcadia West’s menu a distinctive quality. Rare offerings like beef tongue and cheek will allow patrons to try something they’ve likely never had before.
Fish selections will include blue fish, cod, oysters and tuna, which will arrive regularly from Maine. Michigan whitefish and other house-cured meats like ham, pastrami, corned beef, sausage, salami and prosciutto will also have a presence on the menu. The practice of cold-smoking a substantial portion of the seafood/charcuterie offerings will give the fresh catches and house-cured a truly unique and one- of-a-kind flavor.
A counter service-style food delivery will allow customers to see the food before they make their purchase. When patrons walk in, the day’s menu will be on display. They will then be able to specify the meat, cut, and quantity they’d like. Each meal will be made to order.
Beer drinkers and diners will sit together with ease. Communal seating at long tables, reminiscent of a German beer hall, will create a conversation-friendly environment that is ideal for group seating. Despite the absence of typical servers, you won’t be neglected once you’re seated. Beer specialists will work the tavern and eatery areas, with the sole purpose of serving beverages. Each specialist will have an extensive knowledge of beverage styles, the brewing process and Arcadia’s offerings. The amateur beer consumer need not fear an unfamiliar tap list. Beverage savvy servers will be able to steer them in the direction of their perfect pint.
Retractable garage doors will allow outdoor and indoor spaces to merge, adding to the communal feeling of the space. Reclaimed wood will be used in the construction of the bar and beer tables and repurposed metal piping will construct light fixtures and hardware.
Arcadia management has taken steps towards minimizing the environmental impact of the new building. Extensive research has gone into minimizing water waste, creatively using spent grain waste, and locally sourcing many food items. The proximity of Arcadia West to 400 feet of Kalamazoo river front will allow easy access by canoe, kayak, and bike – complete with portals for each. The beer garden will serve as a prime location for outdoor seating complete with river-front views, and pet-friendly sections.
The new facility will give Arcadia West the initial production capacity to make 30,000 barrels per year. Arcadia West is on track to open in December of 2013.
Get out your "Kiss Me I'm Irish" tee shirts and your kilts. Arcadia Brewing Company is throwing a St. Patrick's Day Bash on Sunday, March 17th. Not only is this a chance for us to celebrate our Celtic brewing heritage, we're also releasing our summer seasonal, Whitsun Ale! This will also mark the reopening of Arcadia Brewing Company on Sundays.
We will kick the day off with a special breakfast menu starting at 9 AM that will include eggs, house made corned beef hash, Carlson Farms sausage, and toast. Breakfast will continue until 11 AM.
Special lunch and dinner menus will be in place for the duration of the day. The evening's entertainment will include a performance from The Moxie Strings, which will begin at 6:30. Please check out the bands' perspective websites here: http://www.myspace.com/belfastgin and here: http://www.themoxiestrings.com/the-band.
A traditional Yard of Ale contest will commence. If you do not know what a Yard of Ale Contest is, please click here.
Saturday, January 12th marks the first official day of Kalamazoo Beer Week 2013. The week is comprised of a, "series of events that support the craft beer experience through special tastings, dinners, and interactive events," according to kalamzoobeerweek.com. It's an opportunity for beer enthusiasts to enjoy their favorite beverages, meet the people that make it, and explore the vast range of craft beer west michigan has to offer. Below is a list of where you can find Arcadia Ales during Kalamazoo Beer Week.
Saturday January 12th
-Kick off pub crawl Sam Adams party bus, leaving from Gallagher's Eatery
-@ Mangia Mangia (All week) flight special Lochdown, IPA, Nut Brown and Coco loco
-@ Fandango (All week) flight special Sky High, Hopmouth, Cocoa Loco, Nut Brown
-Drake’s Party Store tasting 7-9 PM
Sunday January 13th
-@ Bacchus Wine and Spirits: Beer and Cheese tasting. 3-6PM
-@ Shakespeare’s Pub: Karaoke contest Arcadia 16, Toast of Fight, Hopmouth and Cocoa Loco
Monday January 14th
-@ Zazio's: Chef’s table 6:30 with Chef Sean Kelly and Tim Suprise
-@ Salut Fine Wine and Spirits: 4-6 tasting Cocoa Loco, Hopmouth, Imperial Stout and Lochdown
Tuesday January 15th
-@ Jac’s Pizza: meet the Arcadia team 7-9PM & taste Arcadia 16, Sky High Rye, Starboard Stout
Wednesday January 16th
-@ Webster’s Prime: Happy Hour 5-7PM. Arcadia 16, Pin of Imperial Stout
-@ Tiffany’s Wine and Spirit Shop: 4-6PM tasting of Barrel Aged Cereal Killer
Thursday January 17th
-@ Food Dance: Arcadia vs. New Holland throwdown event from 6-8PM
-@ Central City Tap House: Flight Night with raw bar 5-7PM Shipwreck Porter, Barrel aged Cereal Killer, Barrel aged Imperial Stout. Starboard Stout to pair with oyster bar.
-@ Globe Theater: Brews and Bands night featuring Flicked 7PM-12AM
Friday January 18th
-@ Irving’s Market: tasting from 12-2PM
-@ Oduffy’s Pub: Real Ale Night from 6-10PM, 3 pins
For the first time in 16 years, Arcadia apparel and other merchandise can be purchased online through the company website. Items include: a Sky High Rye tee shirt, logo'd tee shirts, hoodies, crewneck sweatshirts, polos, bowling shirts, posters, tin tacker signs, and label sets. You can access the store by going to www.arcadiaales.com and clicking the "store" tab, or by directly visiting www.arcadiaalesstore.com.
(Battle Creek, MI) – Arcadia Brewing Company has announced the date for its 16th Anniversary Party titled, “A Highland Christmas.” The annual, Scottish-themed holiday party will take place on December 1st, 2012 at Arcadia Brewing Company, located at 103 West Michigan Avenue in Battle Creek. The event is open to the public.
The day’s festivities begin at 9:00AM with Arcadia founder and president Tim Suprise on the grille, helping to prepare a highland breakfast that will include scrambled eggs, sausage, house made corned beef hash, toast, and a half pint of Arcadia 16 for just $9.
Beginning at noon, a special lunch and dinner menu will be available featuring selections like scotch eggs, house smoked salmon, Carlson Farm all-natural lamb, Starboard Stout beef stew, haggis and house favorites like pizza and barbeque.
Entertainment for the day will include the Celtic sounds of Belfast Gin and Fonn Mor as well as music from members of the Kalamazoo Pipe Band.
Starting at noon there will be a $3 cover charge. At 5:00 PM there will be a $5 cover charge. All funds from cover will be donated to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan.
The detailed schedule of events for the day is as follows:
For more information about the event, please visit our Facebook events page at: http://www.facebook.com/arcadiaales/events
The first Monday of every month, Arcadia Brewing Company donates all tap sales to a local charity or organization. Here is a list of recent recipients and upcoming recipients for the “Guzzle One Down” initiative:
August: OfficeMax’s ‘A Day Made Better’
September: The Humane Society of South Central Michigan
October: Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
November: Binder Park Zoo