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The Beer List

It's a (somewhat) complete archive...

of all of the beers we've brewed to date, excluding those that we've forgotten.

See what's currently on tap 

Flagships

Year-round

*All availability subject to change.  Give us a call to confirm availability.

CEO STOUT

Style: Coffee Stout 
ABV: 5.5%
Package: 16oz Cans, Draft. 
Description: A light bodied American Style Stout brewed with locally roasted espresso beans from Roaster Jack Coffee Co. This beer was designed to be sessionable and consumed every day of the year, including summer. CEO Stands for Chocolate, Espresso, & Oatmeal. This is the perfect beer to start drinking in the morning. And yes, there is caffeine. This is Right Brain's number one selling beer!

NORTHERN HAWK OWL

Style: Amber Ale
ABV: 5.8%
Package: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Description: A medium bodied Amber Ale with a lovely red hue, malty nose, and packed full with notes of caramel and toffee with a clean, not sweet, finish.

SMOOTH OPERATOR

Style: Cream Ale
ABV: 3.8%
Package: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Description: Right Brain's answer to 'light' beers. Made with crystal clear water from Lake Michigan. An approachable Cream Ale made with Pilsen Malt. Not too hoppy, not too malty. Winner - Best of Show at the 2015 World Expo of Beer®.

WILLPOWER

Style: Pale Ale
ABV: 4.2%
Package: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Description: One of Right Brain's most sessionable beers and a bona fide classic! Made with all local Cascade Hops. Effervescent, light in color, subtle malt with mildly hoppy notes.

SPINAL TAPPER

Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 7.5%
Package: 6-Pack 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Description: A well balanced IPA with 55 IBU's, made with two blends of North American malts. Brewed with Calypso Hops, and dry hopped with Amarillo. A large malt bill, including a blend of American and Canadian Two-Row, provides a strong backbone to balance out this big IPA. Get ready for an IPA sensory overload. 

DEAD KETTLE

Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 5.8%
Package: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Description: A classic American Style IPA dominated by citrus aroma and flavor, strong grapefruit notes and a sharp, clean finish. At 70 IBU's, Dead Kettle is brewed with Centennial and Citra hops, and dry hopped with Citra.

SPINY NORMAN

Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.2%
Package: 12oz bottle exclusively in Head Case IPA Variety Pack.  Draft. 
Description: A light rice IPA. Brewing with rice and 2-Row Barley creates a light-bodied IPA. 100% Simcoe© Hops give this a piney and citrus finish. Clean, sharp, and vibrant. Fear the hedgehog!

CONCRETE DINOSAUR

Style: Brown Rye IPA
ABV: 7.2%
Package: 12 oz Bottle 6-packs, Draft.
Description: 60 IBU's. Giant notes of Rye accented by subtle citrus undertones. An interesting combination of barley, hops, and rye. Compared to other Brown Rye IPA's in the market, this rye will give you a lingering spice-like effect that will stick to your palate. 2015 Silver Medal Winner for Best Rye Beer at the Great American Beer Festival®.

CAKEWALK

Style: Vanilla Cream Ale
ABV: 4.5%
Package: 6-packs 12oz Bottle. Draft.
Description: An extremely light and approachable cream ale brewed with real Madagascar Vanilla Beans. The addition of corn yields a light creamy mouth feel. This finishes smooth, not sweet.

SATISFACTION

Style: Extra Special Bitter
ABV: 6.0%
Package: Draft.
Description: The key to Satisfaction is balance...and this ESB is just that. A perfect marriage between malty and hoppy notes. Expect notes of caramel and toast with a mild finish.

Irish Goodbye

Style: Irish Red Ale
ABV: 4.8%
Package: 22oz Bottles. Draft. 
Description: Smooth, easy drinking Irish Red. Notes of caramel with a slight hop finish. A great choice for someone new to craft beer. Have you ever done an Irish Goodbye?

FLYING SQUIRREL

Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 5.7%
Package: Draft.

Description: A traditional American Brown Ale with chocolate and roasty notes leading towards a clean and mild hop finish.

BROKEN NOSE

Style: Double Black IPA
ABV: 7.8%, 60 IBU's
Package: 22oz Bottles, Draft. 
Who said an IPA and a dark ale can't get along? You're looking at a double-black IPA brewed with Midnight Wheat malt. It's dark like a stout, but don't let your eyes deceive you. Summit and Simcoe round out the bold hop flavor, followed by more Simcoe dry-hopping for a substantial hop aroma. 

THAI PEANUT

Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 7.9%
Package: 22oz Bottles, Draft. 
Inspired by an incredible Pad-Thai dish. We custom blend our own peanut butter, with flaked coconut, coconut oil, Thai chili peppers, and dry hopped cilantro. This beer is spicy! The peak of Right Brain's culinary obsession, this beer tastes very similar to a traditional Pad Thai.


Seasonal

*All availability subject to change.  Give us a call to confirm availability.

FIRE STARTER

Style: Chipotle Porter
ABV: 5.9%
Package: 22oz Bottle, Draft.
Availability: January
Description: A medium-bodied roasty porter with strong smoky notes and a mild spicy finish. The smoke and spice come from real chipotle peppers. Flavor profile very similar to that of traditional Mexican Mole' sauces.

MANGALITSA PIG PORTER

Style: Porter brewed with real, cold smoked, Mangalitsa pig heads and bones
ABV: 7.0%
Package: 22oz Bottle, Draft.
Availability: Limited
Description: Real smoked pig heads give it the smokey flavor. There is no smoked malt in this recipe. The beer that put Right Brain on the map. A rich and chocolaty porter brewed with real smoked pig heads and bones. Not for vegetarians! You simply have to experience this beer and describe it to your friends.
2011 Gold Medal Winner for Best Experimental Beer at the Great American Beer Festival®.

SPEAR BEER

Style: Asparagus Ale
ABV: 5.3%
Package: Draft.
Availability: May, Limited
Description: A very light bodied ale, with a strong asparagus aroma. A hazy straw colored body with earthy, nutty, and sweet notes imparted by real asparagus. Real lemon peel adds a slight brightness to the flavor profile. And.....yes it does.

BLUE MAGIC

Style: Extra Pale Lavender Ale
ABV: 4.5%
Package: 12oz Bottle six-packs, Draft.
Availability: April-August
A light, unobtrusive lavender nose and flavor. A slight hint of cinnamon comes from lavender stems. Our answer to shandy-style beer. This is designed to be a light, easy-drinking porch beer (or lawn mower beer!).

CHERRY PIE WHOLE

Style: Amber Ale
ABV: 5.4%
Package: Draft. 
Availability: July
Description: Made with A LOT of real Cherry Crumb Pies from Grand Traverse Pie Company. Expect light notes of the crust with a big cherry finish. It's beer made with pies. It's not pie. Expect beer made with pies.

APPLE PIE WHOLE

Style: Amber Ale
ABV: 6.5%
Made with A LOT of real Apple Pies from Grand Traverse Pie Company Expect apple pie in a pint. The baked apples give it a slight cider flavor. Malty pie crust and spices are subtle yet present. It's beer made with pies. It's not pie. Expect beer made with pies. 

PECAN PIE WHOLE

Style: Amber Ale
ABV: 6.2%
Made with A LOT of real Pecan Pies from Grand Traverse Pie Company! Expect a roasted pecan flavor with a slightly sweet finish. Pie gives it notes of malty crust. It's beer made with pies. It's not pie. Expect beer made with pies. 

CHUBBY SQUIRREL

Style: Spiced Amber Ale
ABV: 5.5%
Package: 12 oz Bottle 6-packs, Draft.
Availability: September
Description: A seasonal spiced ale brewed with real Madagascar vanilla beans, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and lemon peel. Spice aromas balance out notes of toffee, brown sugar, and vanilla. Medium bodied with a nice dry finish. Perfect for sipping on the porch with friends while watching the leaves fall.

NAUGHTY GIRL STOUT

Style: Stout Brewed with Mint
ABV: 6.3%
Package: 12 oz Bottle 6-Packs, Draft.
Availability: November-March
Description: Naughty Girl Stout is deeply flavored, yet refreshing and cooling. This sensual, full-bodied stout combines rich chocolate flavors with an infusion of Biodynamic Peppermint from Light of Day Organics in Traverse City, Michigan. Our chocolate mint stout delivers everything you love about chocolate mint cookies without the crumbs in your sleeping bag.

IGOR TAKES A DIGGER

Style: Imperial Brown Ale
ABV: 7.7%
Package: 22oz Bottle, Draft.
Availability: December
Description: Smooth, malty, and full bodied ‘Igor’ is a high gravity brown ale showcasing complex notes of earth, dried fruit, and Subtle Toast.

FAT LAD

Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.2%
Package: 22oz Bottle, Draft.
Availability: December
Description: Baker’s Chocolate, Black Licorice, Charred Oak, and A Subtly hoppy Crispness. Deeply satisfying in both flavor and warmth, Fat Lad is ideal for the cold winter months.

THE SECOND COMING

Style: Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV: 8.3%
Package: 22oz Bottle, Draft. 
Availability: December
Description: An extremely well balanced IPA for being 80 IBU's. Large floral hop presence, but with surprisingly little bitterness. A must try for every Hop-Head.

NORTH SHORE IRON WORKS

Style: Barleywine
ABV: 9.6%
Package: 22oz Bottle, Draft.
Availability: December
Description: A big boozy brew made with Michigan Maple syrup and Honey. Brewed in honor of our neighbors in Sofo as thanks for all their hard work around the brewery.

PEANUT BUTTER CEO STOUT

Style: Coffee Stout
ABV: 5.5%
Package: 22oz Bottle, Draft. 
Availability: Coming Soon: 12oz 4-Pack Bottles!
Description: Our flagship CEO Stout brewed with house-made peanut butter.

PUMPKIN SPICE CEO STOUT

Style: Coffee Stout
ABV: 5.5%
Package: 22oz Bottle, Draft.
Availability: Limited
Description: Our flagship CEO Stout brewed with pumpkin and fall spices.

BARREL-AGED CEO STOUT

Style: Coffee Stout
ABV: 5.5%
Package: 22oz Bottle, Draft.
Availability: Extremely Limited
Description: Our flagship CEO Stout aged in whiskey barrels from Grand Traverse Distillery.

IMPERIAL CEO STOUT

Style: Coffee Stout
ABV: 9.6%
Package: 22oz Bottle, Draft.
Availability: Limited
Description: A high-gravity version of our flagship CEO Stout.


When we feel like it

1225 IPA

Style: IPA
ABV: 6.3%
Four strains of hops in one IPA. Medium body with big citrus and herbal notes. Brewed in honor of the Pere Marquette 1225 Locomotive.

COOL HAND CUKE

Style: Extra Pale Cucumber Basil 
ABV: 6.1%
Availability: Summer
Our house Saison is aged over fresh cucumber, basil, and coriander. What you're left with is a light bodied belgiany brew packed with strong vegetable and herb notes.

LIPS LIKE SUGAR

Style: Belgian Tripel
ABV: 9.35%
Brewed using homemade Sugar Beet Syrup from Michigan-grown beets! 320 lbs of beets to be exact. Lots of clove, banana, and bubble gum notes, plus a high ABV make this an extremely satisfying beer. Collaborative brew with Stormcloud Brewing Company.

LOOPING OWL

Style: Barrel Aged Amber Ale
ABV: 6.8%
Availability: Extremely Limited. In House. Occasionally, rarely distributed. 
Our Northern Hawk Owl Amber Ale laid down in Grand Traverse Distillery whiskey barrels. Expect major notes of oak, vanilla, and of course, bourbon.

MIDNIGHT RENDEZVOUS

Style: Black Ale
ABV: 4.0%
A light bodied dark beer! Very easy to drink with low IBU. Complex malt character and an earthy hop finish.

SCHRUTE FARMS

Style: Beet Saison
ABV: 5.8%
Yes, the color is natural. Made with real Detroit Beets and coriander, this brew is mildly tart at first and then earthy with Belgian overtones.

SHADOW WATCHER

Style: American Style Stout
ABV: 7.1%
A masterfully balanced American Style Stout showcasing strong notes of baker's chocolate, a mild roasted malt quality, and a clean semi-dry finish. One of Right Brain's classics!

THE BAD

Style: American Red IPA
ABV: 7.6%
Part of a three-way collaboration with Greenbush Brewing Co. and Paw Paw Brewing Company. Each brewery used the same hops, but different grain bills. "The Bad" strikes a tender balance between malty notes of caramel and an 80 IBU hop profile.