I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.
Arbor Brewing Company serves organic pub fare that incorporates local farmers’ and growers’ fresh, seasonal meats and produce. The dinner menu showcases Lake Superior whitefish ($13) and the Ar-burger ($13), a 1/3 pound patty of beef from McLaughlin Farm, a local producer of grass-fed, hormone-free cattle. Vegetarians rejoice when served the beer-battered tempeh sandwich ($8) from the lunch menu. Night owls can nosh hearty bar fare from the late-night menu, such as pierogies ($8) or a half pound of chicken strips ($7).
Inspired by the dramatic life of Jumbo, the P.T. Barnum circus elephant, Railway City emblazons every growler of its Dead Elephant IPA with a bold-faced reminder to "live life large." Railway City embodies that motto daily as staff turns Ontario-grown grains and hops into small-batch craft beers. Besides regular brews such as the Dead Elephant IPA and the Iron Spike blond ale, the company also concocts monthly seasonal beers, such as the Cranberry Pilsner and Honey Elixir, which is only made after local bees call to say their honey has hit its peak flavour.
To retain optimal character in each batch by sourcing as many local ingredients as possible in small batch brews, Railway City never dulls robustness through pasteurization. These uncompromising standards complement its environmentally sustainable practices, such as dispensing refillable glass growlers and donating their spent grains to local farmers for feed. An online directory lets fans know where to enjoy Railway's brews, and also share some of their favourite recipes that pair well with their beers.
Chapoton Woods Market keeps its shelves stocked with spirits, wines, and domestic and imported beers, packing its patrons' bellies with homemade Mediterranean eats. Every day, the family-operated shop pops open and invites passersby to stop in and pick up social lubricants ranging from high-end whiskey to organic wines to freshly squeezed beer. Chapoton Woods Market also houses a small kitchen where carefully crafted Mediterranean favorites come to life—including spinach pies, hummus, and tabbouleh—all made from scratch with never-cryogenically-frozen ingredients.
Whether hailing from across the street or across the world, a craft brew savored at Polar Beer Club comes with a side of live music, a bevvy of good food, and plenty of new friends. Produced by Royal Oak Farmers Market in conjunction with Ultimate Fun Productions, the event highlights more than 125 beers, from more than 50 independent breweries, along with ciders, wines, and spirits. As bands Kaleido and Cosmic Groove fill the air with music, attendees savor samples, full-sized pours, and eats from four vendors. Giant Jenga, Birdy Golf, and other games entertain the young at heart, while 10 retail vendors sling quirky gifts.
Michigan is home to many creative craft breweries, and Falling Down Beer Company is no exception. Take their Ninja Chicken American pale ale, whose dry-hopped bitterness is said to sneak up on unsuspecting drinkers like its warrior namesake. Or the Vampire Bunnies blonde ale, which is brewed with the tart red nectar of Michigan cherries. These and other inventive brews pour fresh from numerous taps in the brewery's taproom and kitchen. There, local flavors proliferate in reuben egg rolls made with Wigley's corned beef from Detroit, blackened chicken sandwiches on buns from Milano Bakery in Illinois, and burgers topped with pub cheese made in house. Events throughout the week make entertaining sides to the handcrafted brews, including a weekly trivia night and periodic live music performances.