In case you did not notice, we have a new beer on tap that has been creating quite a buzz in the craft beer community. Actually, this beer was being talked about well before it was even decided that it would go up on tap this week. It is called the Cornholio and the version that is currently being poured at the pub is the "test" batch of a collaboration beer that we are brewing w/ Sam Calagione from Dogfish Head brewery in Delaware, and it also includes a special ingredient from Three Floyd's brewery in Indiana. The actual "collabo brew" is being brewed today in Elk Rapids and will only be served/sold from our pub in Bellaire!! The base style chosen for this beer is a Baltic Porter, which is essentially a Porter style beer brewed w/ lager yeast, so it has all of the usual dark beer components except the finish is more lager-esque with pleasant crisp and refreshing qualities. Then each participating brewery brought an ingredient from their home state to add to the brew. From Michigan, we used Horehound, which is a herb that has been used for centuries as a medicinal remedy in cough drops, an ingredient in hard candies, and even in beers according to certain historical brewing records. It is non-indigenous to Michigan, but has made it's way here and is commonly found in all parts of the state. From Delaware, Sam brought beach plums, which do grow along the coastline and were one of the only things we could find to use from Delaware. Indiana posed a similar problem, so it seemed only natural to use corn in some fashion (the state's largest agricultural commodity), and it was decided that a unique red variety would be used for this beer. Overall, the beer turned out very well, as Joe and Sam both gave it a thumbs up while visiting the pub last night.