Oliver Brewing Co. out of Baltimore, Maryland, has made a beer in homage to Ann Arbor-based heavy rock group Blue Snaggletooth.
The brew is officially titled Blue Snaggletooth Serpent and the King ESB (extra strong bitter). The band’s front man Chris Taylor told us the brewer at Oliver Brewing was a fan of his band and decided to name a beer after it. “Serpent and the King” is the title of one the stoner rock group’s songs.
Originally, Serpent and the King ESB was only available on tap at the Oliver brewery in Baltimore. Taylor says the brewery was going to pay them a royalty for using Blue Snaggletooth’s name and logo, but the band opted to get paid in bottled beers instead. So Serpent and the King was put into 22-ounce bottles with a label designed by the band’s guitar player Casey O’Ryan.
It will be available in this area only on Saturday in Ann Arbor.
The release party is 9 p.m. at Vault Ultralounge, 219 S. Main St. Admission is free and for $5 guests get a cup of the beer and pizza. The band will have a limited supply of bottles available for sale at $25, which come with a signed silkscreen black light poster for the event.
The members of Blue Snaggletooth aren’t the only local musicians to have had a beer named in their honor.
Dark Horse Brewing Co. of Marshall has been brewing Scotty Karate Scotch Ale for about a decade. Scotty Karate is a punk/country songwriter who performs solo and with local groups such as the Webbs and Black Jake & the Carnies.
Scotty Karate Scotch Ale, available September through February, won the silver medal at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival.
Dine Drink Detroit: More than two dozen participating restaurants will offer a special fixed price featuring at least one item of food and one drink for $15. Some of the participating spots are Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, Jolly Pumpkin, Bobcat Bonnie’s, Antietam and Batch Brewing Company. Promotion runs through Saturday. dinedrinkdetroit.com
Michigan Craft Beer Stroll in downtown Royal Oak: Sip samples of craft beer at 24 participating restaurants during this self-guided walking tour of downtown Royal Oak. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. $40 in advance, $50 day of. www.dineroyaloak.org
Hamtramck Biergarten: Part of the Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival, this pop-up beirgarten serves local craft beers this Saturday, along with live music and maps for the art walk. 2 p.m.-midnight Sat. Free. 10024 Jos Campau, Hamtramck.
PROST Pointe at the Hill: An Oktoberfest celebration with full bar, food trucks and live music from the Howling Diablos and more. 4-10 p.m. Sat. $25 in advance, $30 day of (includes two beers and commemorative stein), $15 for admission only. 41 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms. dabblegp.com.
Detroit Fall Beer Festival at Eastern Market: One of the largest and most popular beer festivals in the state, this two day event has more than 600 products from Michigan breweries. 5-9 p.m. Oct. 23 and 1-6 p.m. Oct. 24. $40-$45 in advance, $45-$50 at the gate. $5 for designated driver tickets. 2934 Russell, Detroit. www.mibeer.com
Motor City Brew Tours Brewery Bus Tour in Detroit: Tickets include transportation to Jolly Pumpkin, Brew Detroit and Batch Brewing, plus a tour of each stop, a light lunch and beer samples. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 7. $55. Pick up location is at 514 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. motorcitybrewtours.com or (248) 850-2563.
Made in Michigan Craft Beer and Wine Festival at Diesel Concert Lounge: Locally-made beverages, plus bands and 50/50 raffle. 7 p.m. Nov. 20. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. 33151 23 Mile, Chesterfield Township. (586) 725-2228.