All posts by Don Manfredi

Yooper, Spartan, martial artist, friend to most things fermented.

Fear and Loathing In Livonia

I saw a t-shirt once that had the saying “you can’t drink all day if you don’t start early” emblazoned on the front of it.  Don’t get me wrong, I have always been a gigantic fan of day drinking. Some of my fondest memory lapses have come on the tail end of all-day drinking marathons. Thing is, it has probably been over 20 years since I decided to saddle up to a bar stool in the a.m. with the intention of staying until after dark.…

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First Impressions of 2017 KBS

Well, my love hate relationship with Founders has reached a new level with 2017 KBS. As I patiently waited for the release in Southeastern Michigan, I was able to get a bottle to try from KBS week. If you remember last year, I was floored by how strong the coffee was in the 2016 version. In that post I mentioned that I would age some and try them at 6 months and 1 year. I am happy to report that some age on 2016 KBS made…

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Profmanfredi’s Top and Bottom Beers of 2016

Before I launch into my best and worst here are the qualifications: all the beers listed were tried for the very first time in 2016. It does not matter when the beer was released, only that I tried it for the very first time in calendar year 2016. Please note that the bottom ten are mostly styles that I tried and did not like and are not a slam on the brewery or the beer, just not my cup of tea for whatever reason (although…

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Profmanfredi’s Favorite Holiday Beer

I have heard it said that it is about the journey not the destination. I agree with this most of the time but the beer I look forward to every year created an embarrassing start to my Belgian beer journey. Before I go there, I want to talk about the Blues. No, not seasonal affect disorder caused by lack of sunlight that some of us experience during the holidays, but the grimy gut bucket music that I love so much. Listening to Albert King or…

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The Fight Against Sensory Overload Temporary Amnesia #SOTA

The Fight Against Sensory Overload Temporary Amnesia When I was growing up there were a couple of places that I used to frequent that are slowly starting to disappear. One was the record store, and the other was the video store. Both of these brick and mortar businesses had something in common for me: they induced sensory overload temporary amnesia (SOTA). Here is how it worked: before I went to the record store I thought of at least ten albums I wanted (for those of…

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Strohs from the “D” – Beer Review

If we’ve said it once on this site we’ve said it a thousand times, Detroiters are a prideful bunch. It’s been over 30 years since Stroh’s Brewing Company had brewed their iconic beer in Detroit and recently the news was dropped that the classic Bohemian Style Pilsner would once again be produced in the Motor City at Brew Detroit.   Since Sommbeer has some pretty strong Detroit and Michigan roots Don Manfredi pitched the idea that he, David, and myself (John) should dive in and review…

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Dark Lord Stout Review – A two-fer with a non-binary twist…

There are times in your life where the disappointment is palpable and stays with you. Like when you asked a girl to dance and she said “no”, or you got to the cafeteria late on stromboli day and had to eat a day old cheeseburger. Maybe not life changing disappointment but something I categorize as “slumped shoulder events”. The events that you walk away from the same way Charlie Brown did all the time. There are also times when something pleasantly surprises you. Dark Lord…

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Dark Lord Day – The Truth is Out There

Three Floyds is one of my favorite breweries. I have gone on record claiming that I have never had a bad beer from them. In fact, I declared their flagship IPA Zombie Dust as the best single IPA on the planet. So when I heard that they make a stout that is so amazing that it has a whole day dedicated to it, it got my attention. That stout is Dark Lord, and the event is the annual Dark Lord Day at the end of…

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Bastone Brewery Review

Bastone Brewery located in Royal Oak, Michigan Thursday morning I went outside to find that all four of the wheels on my vehicle had been stolen. I live in Plymouth Michigan so this was not an expected site. The thing is, I had to get to Royal Oak to meet Easy E., my only buddy silly enough to split the $200.00 Westie six pack with me, at Bastone for a business meeting. I had to act quickly calling the police, the insurance company, and the…

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2016 KBS – First Impressions of Kentucky Breakfast Stout

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) Beer Review – First Impressions of Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2016 I have made no bones about the use of beer mules to help me get my hands on beers across the country. My favorite is Loman, a sixty-something non-drinker that travels the country non-stop for his job. One thing I neglected to mention about Loman is where he hangs his hat; right outside of Grand Rapids, MI Aka Beer City USA Aka home of Founders Brewing Company. Did I also mention…

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