Grizzly Peak Beer
Our story is as big as the beers we brew.
Our tale began when entrepreneurial Carlson and Czaplicka families signed the deed to the historic, century-old Old German Restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor, MI. Within its dark, den-like interior the Grizzly Peak Brewing Company arose in 1995, where brews (created by Master Brewers Mike Hall and Ron Jeffries) and food of uncommon quality were the focus. As the days passed into years, their passion for brewing grew and led them to forage for other like-minded individuals. The result of this hunt led Grizzly Peak Brewing Company’s Jon Carlson back to Ron Jeffries who had gone on to found Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Together, with Greg Lobdell and Chet Czaplicka, they spawned Northern United Brewing Company in 2008. Headquartered in their secret forest lair on Old Mission Peninsula, these brewing elders welcomed back a familiar face when they recruited the final full-time member of their pack in August 2009 — Master Brewer Mike Hall.
Their mission was simple: take the legendary name of Grizzly Peak (already with years of trophies sitting on the mantel) and build upon it with high-gravity craft beers of the finest, hand-made quality using ingredients harvested from Michigan soil. This is why Grizzly Peak brews whenever possible with Michigan malted-grain, hops and water.
Over the next six months, Mike and Ron collaborated on recipes that drew from their nearly 50 years of combined brewing experience. In the spring of 2010, at their new, secluded state-of-the art brewing facility on Old Mission Peninsula, the first bottles of Berserker Heavy Duty Ale, Hellion Double IPA and Humungous Imperial Red rolled off the bottling line.
These big, bold beers resonated with casual beer drinkers and rabid aficionados alike. With every warming swig, the word has spread to more and more drinkers on the hunt for trophy beers:
Grizzly Peak beers are brewed in Michigan. For the people of Michigan. Using ingredients grown in Michigan.
Berserker Heavy Duty Ale
ABV: 10.0% IBUs: 69.9
Malty sweetness and alcohol overtones are on the rampage in this very traditional English Strong Ale. Generous use of Pale, Crystal (30 and 75), wheat and other malts supply the Chico yeast with plenty of nourishment to produce fruity notes and the punch of a 10% beer. Reddish copper in appearance, this brew will also please hop-hunters looking for a break, but still in need of a subtle citrus flavors and a bold aroma, thanks to Golding, Vanguard and Fuggle hops.
Beer Style: English Strong Ale
Hellion Double IPA
ABV: 9.99% IBUs: 99.9
The devil is in the details: 99.9 IBUs. Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe, Fuggle and Chinook hops. 9.99% ABV. But, these are only the tools that will damn your palette to eternally covet the brew. The true deceit is how they’re wielded. The massive hop additions specifically timed throughout the brewing process imbue a potent bitterness, but also an uncommon smoothness, complexity and robustness only Satan himself could create. Cascade and Simcoe hops thrown in “dry” impart an intoxicating aroma. All this — with help from Pale and wheat malts — combines to form a deep golden-colored beer that will dance on your taste buds and put a pitchfork in your willpower.
Beer Style: Double India Pale Ale (IPA)
Humongous Imperial Red
ABV: 9.6% IBUs: 69.9
Just the way Paul Bunyan likes it: a huge-bodied beer with big flavor that’s as smooth as his axe blade. Humongous departs from its traditional imperial red-roots with multiple hop additions, which add complexity and help create body along with the Pale, Caramel and Crystal (150 and 175) malts. The even additions of Perle, Challenger, Sterling and Vanguard hops impart 69.9 IBUs that balance the high alcohol content to ensure a well-balanced beer. A deep amber color, this 9.6% brew could even knock Babe the Blue Ox on his butt with how dangerously smooth it goes down.
Beer Style: Imperial Red Ale