One of the things on my 2015 “Bucket List” was to make beer at Saugatuck Brewing Company! Back in March and April, I had the opportunity to do just that—along with my daughter, Mollie; her friend, Kailey; the notable musician Delilah DeWylde and her friend Natalie Biddle. Our finished product: Borealis Blonde (named because I now am finally able to see the Northern Lights where I live and, well…I’m blonde!).
My experience with making Borealis Blonde is featured in the July, 2015 issue of Women’s Lifestyle Magazine and you can read the pretty formatted article there on pages 34-35 (along with some basic beer definitions, ingredient lists and additional sources). Or, you can click below and read the article here—along with photos from our days at the brewery. And, since July is Michigan Craft Beer Month it seems appropriate that this story be published this month. Cheers!
The year was 1915. World War I was underway; Henry Ford was rolling Tin Lizzies off the assembly line; prohibition had yet to be put into law; the Detroit Tigers won a then club-record 100 games, yet narrowly lost the American League pennant to the Boston Red Sox; and five Detroit men each slapped down $14 on a table to launch the Bayview Yacht Club.
While E. Lloyd Kurtzwarth, Percy Williamson, Floyd Nixon, Paul Dietrich and Perc Scott weren’t financially rich, they were loaded with dreams of establishing an organization that would celebrate the Detroit area’s boating and sailing culture. Ironically, only one of the five original investors was actually interested in sailing—or yachting as it was referred to in 1915—and that was Perc Scott, who served as third Commodore of the club.