These Michigan Beers Tell Us Spring Has Sprung

By: Michael Fossbakk | March 11, 2020

Pollination Sensation from Arbor Brewing Company. Photo courtesy of Arbor Brewing Co.

What makes a good beer? Is it the artisanal craftsmanship of the brewer? The complementary ingredients and flavors? The right time of year? If you ask me, it’s all of the above.

Now that spring has officially arrived in Detroit, sunshine and all, it’s high time we take a look at beers on tap from some of Michigan’s finest breweries. From lavender infusion to mangos galore (not the official names, I swear), these brews are a perfect accompaniment to the feeling that makes you want to swing the windows wide open and raise a glass to sunshine and happiness.

“Pollination Sensation” from Arbor Brewing Company

Dubbed a honey lavender ale, Pollination Sensation is brewed with fresh lavender and wildflower honey. The combination results in an ale that feels fresh and tastes of flowers and sugar. Springtime, here we come.

“Psychedelic Cat Grass” from Short’s Brewing Company


Psychedelic Cat Grass IPA from Short’s Brewing Co. Photo courtesy of Short’s Brewing.

This triple dry-hopped IPA packs a fruitful aroma and flavor profile. In one sip of this pale orange beer, you’ll detect notes of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. While Psychedelic Cat Grass was originally an exclusive for HopCat, Short’s has turned it into a seasonal release that is now available in bottles, cans and on draft.

“Mango Unchained” from Baffin Brewing Company

Located in St. Clair Shores, Baffin Brewing Company has become a neighborhood mainstay, serving up unique brews seven days a week. The flavorful pale ale, Mango Unchained, has a new batch brewed every couple of days and is dry-hopped with real mangoes and Mosaic hops.

“Whango” from Atwater Brewery

Available now through the end of summer, this mango flavored wheat ale from Atwater Brewery has a not-too-sweet, not-too-bitter flavor profile that is perfect for a Michigan spring or summer. Find it at Atwater’s Detroit Tap House or in stores across the region.

“Orange Whip” from Rochester Mills Beer Co.


Orange Whip milkshake IPA from Rochester Mills Beer Co. Photo courtesy of Rochester Mills.

Back for the spring and summer season is the Orange Whip IPA from Rochester Mills. It combines fresh oranges, sweet lactose and a dash of vanilla to create a beer that tastes just like an orange creamsicle. You know, like the ice cream pops you used to get as a kid — but it in beer form! Check out the release party on March 14.

If you’re interested in radlers, Rochester Mills will also be selling a raspberry radler starting in April called Gypsy Goddess. And, if you love IPAs but don’t fancy the sweetness of Orange Whip, check out their Homefront IPA starting in May.

“El Ligero” from Griffin Claw Brewing Company

Starting in March and lasting through summer, El Ligero is a Mexican lager from Griffin Claw Brewing Company that is brewed with lime to give it a fresh, crisp flavor. You can find it in cans and on tap at Griffin Claw.

If you want to try a bunch of different springtime Michigan beers in one place, check out the Michigan Brewers Guild inaugural Spring Beer Festival on May 16!

Remember to drink responsibly and plan ahead with a designated driver or take advantage of one of these local designated driving services.