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Studying homebrewing at Stiggs Brewery and Kitchen

Final 12 months in January, Brenda and I had our first brewing expertise because of Mike Castiglione at Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen in Boyne Metropolis. We brewed up a improbable candy stout which we named Tenting With Uncle Charlie. Stiggs shared our beer on the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer fest in Grand Rapids in 2022. We had loads of enjoyable and hoped we may brew it once more.

Quick ahead to September and Mike talked about that he had brewed one other batch of Tenting With Uncle Charlie with the Stiggs Homebrew membership for the Detroit Fall Beer Fest. He then invited us again as much as Boyne to brew one other batch for the 2023 Winter Beer Fest. We, in fact, advised Mike we might be there and set a brew date for January fifth, 2023.

This 12 months, we had the pleasure of sharing the brewing expertise with the Stiggs Homebrew membership. The membership members in attendance included Gabby, Bob, Steve, Lisa, Barbara, Mike, and Matt.

We requested Bob when the homebrew membership was began, Bob requested “What number of years has Stiggs been right here?”


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“5 years,” Gabby mentioned.

Bob smiled, “So we have been doing this most likely, I betcha, no less than 4 years. Me, Mike (Castiglione), and Alexa began this, and we have been doing it most likely for a great six, eight months, after which Steve got here and simply form of expanded it.”

Whereas speaking with the Stiggs Homebrew membership, I realized about Tuesday Brew Days at an area farm.

“Each Tuesday night time, we brew out, I believe, 15 faucets on the market,” Gabby mentioned. “And at Christmas time, six of them have been mine. I believed that was fairly good.”

Mike’s spouse, Barbara just isn’t a beer drinker however enjoys the brewing group. She additionally prolonged the welcome to return out.

“All of us convey a plate to go — crackers, dip, you understand?” she requested rhetorically. “Within the summertime, they’ve guitars and banjos enjoying exterior. We even have a hearth pit exterior within the summertime. It is simply loads of enjoyable.”

Discuss to somebody with the Stiggs Homebrew membership and in case you are round on a Tuesday night time, they may invite you to hitch them.

The brewing was nicely underway once we arrived. Mike had the firepit roaring. In the meantime, David Osterhouse (brewer at Stiggs together with proprietor Mike Castiglione) collected the wort from the mash after sparging into buckets which he hauled to the brew kettle to boil.

This newest version of Tenting With Uncle Charlie goes to be an enormous high-octane beer. Mike and David doubled the marshmallows and added 50% extra graham crackers together with the chocolate, brown sugar, lactose, and native honey from Black River Apiary in Cheboygan. The hops are additionally native Magnum hops from Hop Alliance.

As David mixes within the chocolate and honey, the fireplace smoke causes tears to circulation down his cheeks.

“He is crying, making beer,” Bob mentioned as he seems over and smiles. “He loves it a lot. I’ve cries.”

With the wort boiling laborious, it’s time for the marshmallows and graham crackers. Luggage of crackers are handed out and crushed earlier than including to the kettle. 4 baggage of marshmallows are poured on high. The kettle seems like an infinite mug of scorching chocolate. The aroma is delicious.

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