Curator: One who has the care and superintendence of something; especially one in charge of a museum, zoo, or another place of exhibit… including your fridge!
We’re fortunate enough to live in a city full of amazing and unique tastemakers that have the knowledge and ability to enhance our spirits, warm our hearts, and/or challenge our minds. Just ask these curators in town: Ron Platt at GRAM, Rich App at Richard App Gallery, Ben Tobar at A.K. Rikk’s, Jeffrey Roberts Design, Michele Bosak at KCAD, Katie Moore at ArtPrize, Jonathan Shotwell at Books & Mortar, and Chris Perkey at Osteria Rossa. In addition to these curator greats, we welcome Jason Kasdorf—Certified Cicerone for 7 Monks Taproom.
Beer recs from our friends at 7 Monks?! Yes, please!
We’re bubbling with excitement for the opening of 7 Monks Taproom, our newest curatorial addition to 616 Lofts on Michigan and Eastern on Friday, April 21. When asked about curating a great selection for your fridge, they offered up these favorites from their portfolio. Our team had a taste test and here is what we thought of the awesome selection…
Brewery Vivant Farmhand
Saison · 5.5% ABV
Rustic, bright and slightly cloudy with a chance of hay baling! Crafted by Brewery Vivant, Farmhand is an homage to old world France when nearly every family farm had a brewery. A necessary part of farm life was to provide a ration of beer to sustain and nourish the laborers, and beer was safer to drink than the water of the time. And we thought adding fluoride to the water was a good idea!
Founders Oatmeal Stout
Stout · 4.5% ABV
Breakfast of champions! This beer is truly a Wheaties Gold Medal finish. A Founders take on a classic style, brewed with a generous amount of flaked oats, chocolate malt, roasted barley and a healthy helping of Nugget hops, Founders Oatmeal Stout is nitrogen-infused to give it an extra smooth and creamy mouthfeel. An attractive cascade effect gives this beer its forthright visual appeal—and the body and clean flavor deliver on that initial promise.
Short’s Bellaire Brown
Brown Ale · 7.0% ABV
If you’re struggling over which beer to serve your wacky Aunt Sally at the family reunion, Short’s Brewing’s Bellaire Brown is the one! Pour her a pint of this Northern Michigan heaven. Bellaire Brown is fermented from wort extracted from the hearty pale ale malt, toasted specialties, chocolate and Munich selections resulting in a toasted brown color. Very light hop additions from the Cascade variety allows the sweet malty and caramel notes to shine through for a duration of its time on your palette. Learn more of the Short’s story here!
Boulder Shake Porter
Porter · 5.9% ABV
Can we have an order of fries to go with your shake? Boulder Beer’s twist on the traditional robust American Porter, Shake Chocolate Porter is dark black in color with rich, sweet aromatics and flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and caramel. This unique brew blends five different grains, including Chocolate Wheat, that along with cacao nibs create a devilishly delicious chocolate finish with a velvety mouthfeel. Honestly, we were tempted to cap it off with some Rediwhip!
Amber Ale · 5.3% ABV
This beer is definitely a trip—and even had us thinking of whale watching! Alaskan Amber is richly malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored beer notably well balanced.
Chimay Grand Reserve
Belgian Strong Ale · 9.0% ABV
Reverence and honor—a Little John to anyone’s Robin Hood. Chimay Grand Reserve has an especially pleasant fragrance of fresh yeast with a light, flowery rosy touch. Its flavor accentuates its satisfying aroma while revealing a light yet satisfying touch of roasted malt. This top fermented Trappist beer, refermented in the bottle, is not pasteurized.
Unibroue Apple Ephemere
Fruit Beer · 5.5% ABV
The Unibroue Apple Ephemere reminds us of our first kiss under the apple tree with a delicate balance of fruit and spice, hint of sweetness, hint of tartness, and redolent of Granny Smith Apples. From the very beginning, Unibroue has carved out a special niche in the beer world with top-quality products and a brand rooted deep in Quebec culture. It made history by becoming the first North American beer maker to use a brewing method inspired by the two-centuries-old tradition developed by Trappist monks in Europe—particularly in Belgium. Over the years, Unibroue has remained faithful to its origins even as it has grown to become an icon of the brewing world. Unibroue products take you on a journey filled with legends and fabulous tales.
Pale Lager · 4.7% ABV
Grand Rapids may be Beer City USA, but even we know that you can’t go wrong with a can of schwag now and then! Hamm’s is America’s classic beer, first brewed in Minnesota in 1855 using the purest water and the choicest barley malt, grain and hops. When sippin’ this can of schwag, you can expect to experience a low-to-moderate body and bitterness and a low-to-moderate happy aroma.
Whatever beers may be in your fridge, leave them be for a day and join us for the grand opening of 7 Monks Taproom at 616 Lofts on Michigan this Friday, April 21 at 4 pm—the perfect excuse to ditch work early on a Friday!