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Stormcloud Brewing Company debuted in June 2013 in the Michigan port town of Frankfort. Stormcloud is a brewery that specializes in Belgian beers, including the traditional Dubbel, Tripel, and Strong ales, as well as standard beer varieties including Blondes, Pale Ales, IPAs, Porters, and Stouts. It is tucked amid towering sand dunes and stormy shores of northern Lake Michigan.
The Belgian-inspired beers are brewed at Storm Brewing Company with special attention paid to the yeast profiles and served in the 85-seat vintage-inspired taproom or outside on a 1200-square-foot covered beer garden. Salads, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, charcuterie (cheeses, cured meats, and house-made pickles), distinctively flavored popcorn, small snacks, and desserts are all featured in the pub menu as these delectables go well with the beer selections.
Rainmaker, the signature beer of Stormcloud, is a traditional Belgian Pale Ale with malt and hops perfectly balanced in the middle. It is brewed with hops grown in northern Michigan with 5.9% ABV and 20 IBU. Rainmaker Ale was awarded a Bronze Medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in Denver in the Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale category.
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USA Beer Judges Tasting notes for Rainmaker Ale:
“Great Belgian-y notes driven by flavors of caramel, spice, biscuit, floral, and marmalade on the nose. Moderate to high bitterness with a slightly rough mouthfeel followed by a spicy finish.”
It is a big win for Stormcloud Brewing Company this year.
Beer of the Year - Thomaston Lager, United States
Brewery of the Year - Stormcloud Brewing Company, United States
Best Beer by Quality - Thomaston Lager, United States
Best Beer by Value - Thomaston Lager, United States
Best Beer by Packaging - Cheater 5, United States
Check out the full list of medal winners here.
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