Trevor Klimek of Paw Paw Brewing, above, will be among a panel of experts discussing 'The Michigan Beer Film' in Farmington on Tuesday. (Kevin Romeo / Rhino Media Productions)
Beer and a movie? Take in a screening of “The Michigan Beer Film” on Tuesday along with beers and discussion at John Cowley & Sons bar and restaurant in downtown Farmington.
The premovie mixer at 6 p.m. at the bar at Grand River and Farmington includes conversations with beer expert Rex Halfpenny, Trevor Klimek of Paw Paw Brewing and the film’s director, Kevin Romeo. Head next door for a screening of “The Michigan Beer Film” at the Farmington Civic Theater at 7:45 p.m. The movie features folks in the craft beer business from all over the state, from brewers to hop-growers, and includes breweries from Detroit to Marquette.
Tickets are $23 for the film and discussion, and include three drink tickets for Paw Paw beers. If you just want to see the movie, it’s $8. “The Michigan Beer Film” also screens at regional theaters, including the Canton Cinema and Quality 16 in Ann Arbor, at 5 p.m. Monday. Visit mibeerfilm.com for details.
Dirty Dog revamps lunch menu with 'all-day' fare
On Tuesday, the Dirty Dog Jazz Café rolled out its new lunch menu and extended carry-out hours. Manager Willie Jones says the new offerings are “night and day” from the previous menu.
“This is more of an all-day menu, rather than just lunchtime,” says Jones. Carry-out hours have also extended to 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.
A beets and goat cheese salad with frisee and balsamic vinaigrette is nice for a lighter lunch, as is the chopped salad with tomato, cucumber, chick peas, red onion, bacon, egg, blue cheese and Hudson dressing, all of which work well together.
On the heartier, savory side, the Grosse Pointe Farms restaurant’s new mid-day menu boasts a chicken pot pie, quiche, a black and blue burger and a creamy pasta primavera.
The Dirty Dog Jazz Café, 97 Kercheval, is open Tuesday-Saturday and hosts live jazz nightly. Reservations are recommended by calling (313) 882-5299.
Ale Mary's craft beer bar coming soon to Royal Oak
A large seating area of Tom’s Oyster Bar in Royal Oak is being transformed into a beer-lovers paradise. Ale Mary’s Craft Beer Bar is set to open this spring at 316 S. Main.
General manager Justin Pries tells us the bar, which will seat 50-60 people, will have 20-30 beers on tap, plus more than 100 in the bottle. High-end Bourbons, Scotches and whiskeys will also be on hand, as well as the full bar from the adjacent Tom’s Oyster Bar.
Chef Geoff Woodman is working on a beer-friendly menu, and Ale Mary’s plans to host exclusive beer dinners with special menus as well.
While Ale Mary’s isn’t opening for a few more weeks, those who plan to be regulars can get in on the Founding Memberships, which offer discounts, priority seating to beer dinners and more. Visit www.alemarysbeer.com for more information.
Beer and spirit events calendar
Michigan Beer Tasting at Champane’s Wine Cellars: Sample beer from Atwater, Founders, New Holland, Jolly Pumpkin, Bell’s and other Michigan breweries. Proceeds benefit the 1/24 Marines Memorial. 6 p.m. Thurs. $20. 7007 Chicago, Warren. (586) 978-9463.
Whiskey Business II at Royal Oak Farmers Market: Sample from more than 100 whiskeys from around the world. 8-11 p.m. Fri. $45-$65, $10 designated driver. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. www.whiskeybusinessmi.com.
Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival at Jackson County Fairgrounds: Products from breweries big and small will be available for sampling, with hearty, beer-friendly food, live music and a corn hole competition. Noon-5 p.m. March 8. $25 in advance, $30 at the door (includes 10 tasting tickets), $5 designated drivers. 200 W. Ganson, Jackson. www.jacksoncountyfair.net/beerfest.
Brew-Ski Festival at Boyne Highlands: Dozens of craft breweries from around the region will be on hand at this fifth annual event, which blends snow and suds. The tented party includes live music, brats and more than 220 beers. noon-5 p.m. March 8, slopes open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free admission. 600 Boyne Highlands Drive, Harbor Springs. (800) 462-6963.
Frankenmuth’s World Expo of Beer at Heritage Park: Sample from nearly 300 beers from around the world. Organized by the Frankenmuth Jaycees. 5-10 p.m. May 16 and 2-10 p.m. May 17. $10. www.worldexpoofbeer.com.