I am a craft beer fan and, if you’ll permit me this brag, I have been on the bandwagon longer than most. In the years before the craft beer boom hit Michigan full force, my friends and I used to make the 20-mile drive east to Michigan Brewing Co. in Webberville at least once a month until the whole operation went belly up. I am a beer guy. But every once in a while, a beer guy needs a break from beer.
Hypothetically speaking, perhaps said beer guy went to a wedding the night before, and this wedding, hypothetically, had an open bar, and perhaps beer guy indulged in an inadvisable number of IPAs and now can’t look at a beer without his stomach twisting into knots. Hypothetically.
So when I stopped in to meet up with a friend at Lansing Brewing Co. this weekend, head still cloudy from my hypothetical activities, I was thrilled to find that the cocktail menu is not just adequate, but actually quite good.
Lansing Brewing Co. makes its cocktails using a signature line of liquors, Hard Nose Spirits. Of the cocktails I’ve tried — and I fully intend to work my way through this whole list — my favorite so far is the Urban Storm. This flavorful concoction combines Lansing Brewing Co.’s Mitten Rum with house-made ginger peppercorn simple syrup and a splash of ginger beer. It’s like a Dark and Stormy but with a peppery kick that really highlights the rum’s citrus flavors.
Whether you’re a beer drinker in need of a break or one of those weirdos who doesn’t like beer at all, the Urban Storm is a great option. For maximum enjoyment, I recommend sipping this drink on the bar’s patio while the Michigan weather still permits. On a good night, you can hear the crack of the bats from the Lugnuts game down the road while taking in the downtown skyline. Not a bad way to spend a summer evening.
Lansing Brewing Co.
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday- Thursday; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday 518 E. Shiawassee St., Lansing (517) 371-2600, lansingbrewingcompany.com
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