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The Hymn of Ninkasi

Ancient Sumer, located south of the heart of mankind Mesopotamia, is the most ancient civilization currently known. Credited with not only the invention of farming as early as 5300BC, written language in 4000BC, and perhaps socialization of…

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A Visit to Ellison Brewery

With the couple hundred of breweries opening up in Michigan, we at 8º Plato thought it would be fun to start visiting as many as we can and sharing their inside scoop. This week I visited Ellison Brewery and Spirits in East Lansing, who ha…

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These beers were made for summer

Heat waves, cook outs, fireworks... all signs that summer is finally here. We've got a cooler full of summertime staples and surprises to keep you quenched throughout the thirstiest season. The summertime staple: citrus-y Wheat …

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Taste our three-way collaboration beer

Back in February we pumped a Two James Madeira Whiskey barrel full of  Motor City Brewing Works Imperial Stout and stowed it safely at the front of our Detroit store to work its oaky, boozy magic over the course of a year. The three-wa…

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Cheers to 150 Years of Vernors

Vernors, Detroit's iconic ginger pop, celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The fizzy, golden ginger drink got its start in a Woodward Avenue soda fountain, and, as the beverage's popularity grew, a bottling plant and company headquar…

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Staff Picks of the Week

Zach: Avery Perzik Saison “Avery Brewing Co.’s newer cans (Raja and Liliko’i Kepolo) have been an awesome addition to the shop. I’ve been digging their…

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Will Run 4 Beer

We believe beer can play a role in an active lifestyle, both for its nutritive value, and for the strong sense of camaraderie that exists both in sport and craft beer. Thanks to its water, carb and protein…

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What is a firkin?

Last Friday we tapped our first-ever firkin as part of our Tappin’ Happenin’ with Farmington Brewery. Many of you wondered what made that curious little keg so special. A firkin is a unit of measure eq…

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