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Griffin Claw Brewery and Buddy's Pizza team up for Bocce IPA

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
Buddy's Pizza and Griffin Claw Brewing have teamed up again to release Bocce IPA, out Friday.

Buddy’s Pizza and Griffin Claw Brewing Company have teamed up for another signature brew: Bocce IPA.

To honor the pizza mainstay’s 70th anniversary in 2016, the Birmingham brewery collaborated to produce Buddy Beer, a drinkable American Pale Wheat Ale. That’s still in production, and on Friday, they’re to release their second project, Bocce IPA.

Bocce is being described as a “smooth IPA” and is 7 percent alcohol by volume, and clocks in at 60 on the bitterness scale. Made with four types of hops, the beer will be served at all nine of Buddy’s full-service locations.

“We’ve enjoyed a good game of bocce as long as we’ve enjoyed providing the original Detroit-style pizza: 72 years,” said Wes Pikula, Buddy’s Pizza chief operations officer. “We’re thrilled to partner with world-class Brewmaster Dan Rogers and the Griffin Claw Brewing team to provide another Michigan-brewed craft beer option while paying homage to a longtime Buddy’s tradition.”

The beer is named for bocce ball, a non-contact ball game popular in Italy and other parts of Europe. The original Buddy’s location at 17125 Conant in Detroit has a bocce court that is open to diners.
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