Stroh’s beer has been owned by the Pabst Brewing Company for the past few decades, but as any fan of Detroit history will tell you, the easy-drinking brew was founded in Detroit in the late 1800s.
As you may have read, Stroh’s is once again being brewed within Detroit city limits. Contract brewing facility Brew Detroit, which makes beer for Atwater Brewing Co. and others, will produce Stroh’s Bohemian-style pilsner as part of Pabst’s “local legends” line.
The revived product will only be available in Michigan, and it will not replace the Stroh’s American-style lager that you’ve been drinking in bars and at barbecues the past few decades.
The Detroit-made Stroh’s is available starting Monday in six-pack bottles and on draft. Some spots will have it on draft, making it the first time in 20 years you can get Stroh’s on tap in Metro Detroit.
On Aug. 26, several bars in Metro Detroit will host a 4 p.m. Stroh’s toast. Some of the businesses scheduled to participate are the Butter Run Saloon and Shores Inn in St. Clair Shores, Jim Brady’s in Royal Oak, Winter Garden in Livonia, Clubhouse BFD in Rochester and M-Brew and Public House in Ferndale.
Besides the throwback packaging, there are several differences between Stroh’s Bohemian-style pilsner and the American-style lager. Marketed as a craft beer, the pilsner has a golden color and tastes like a European beer. It clocks in at 33 on the IBU scale, which measures a beer’s bitterness, has 5.5 percent alcohol by volume and is around 170 calories. It’s not overly hoppy.
To compare, the Pabst-made Stroh’s lager is 4.6 percent ABV, has around 150 calories (according to My Fitness Pal app) and only has an IBU of 14. Perfect for after cutting the lawn on a hot day.
Kuhnhenn’s turns 15 with a bash
It’s been 15 years since Kuhnhenn’s in Warren transitioned from a home brewing supplies store to a licensed brewery.
Co-founders and brothers Bret and Eric Kuhnhenn will celebrate the milestone 3-9 p.m. Saturday with 40 house-made brews from rare stuff to longtime favorites. Look for bourbon barrel-aged Raspberry Eisbock, White Devil Braggot, root beer mead, double barrel french toast mead and more.
A $40 ticket includes 12 two-ounce samples and a $5 voucher toward food. There will be some food trucks on hand, as well as items from the kitchen of their new Clinton Township tap room (a favorite spot of mine) like wurst platter and coconut almond chicken strips. Additional beer samples are available for purchase.
The party, at 5919 Chicago in Warren, also has live music and beer-friendly activities like ladder ball, bag toss, stein hoisting and a dunk tank.
■Calexico is officially open at 1040 Woodward in downtown Detroit near Campus Martius where Olga’s Kitchen was. The concept pays homage to the city bordering California and Mexico, and started out as a food truck in New York City. It was named by Zagat as the No. 1-rated Mexican restaurant in the Big Apple in 2011. It’s brought to Detroit by Randy Dickow, who also owns Lunchtime Global and Freshii in downtown Detroit and Sweet Lorraine’s Mac n’ Cheez in the Renaissance Center. Calexico is open 3-11 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thurs-Sun. The interior has been completely changed from the Olga’s days, with modern lighting, exposed brick walls and light wood trim.
■This weekend is Bring Your Own Cup day at 7-Eleven. From 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday you can bring full up any size cup you like for $1.50. Containers must be leak-proof, sanitary and fit within the in-store display’s 10-inch-diameter hole.
■TAP at MGM Grand Detroit, a spacious spot that is attractive to craft beer and sports-lovers, has transformed a dining area into a game room with giant Jenga, shuffleboard and darts. A late-night menu with fried green beans, Reuben egg rolls, mussels and calamari is available until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. TAP is open daily at 7 a.m.
■Cider Dayze at Blake’s Hard Cider Co. returns for a second year Aug. 27-28. Sample hard cider and other products from companies in Michigan and beyond. The two-day event also has food, games and live music. Tickets are $30-$35 and bus transportation is available from Woodward Avenue Brewers in Ferndale for an extra $5. Visit ciderdayze.com.