Hops harvested from our farm and walked right into the brewhouse! Fun With Hops 101. Juicy fruit, citrus and small piney notes leap from the glass. Multitudes of multifaceted fresh hops twirl and eddy and finish with a firm and balanced foundation of bitterness while the malt and rye provide the spicy base. Multiple varieties of whole cone hops from our hop yard were hand picked and walked right into the brewhouse for use in this special Harvest Ale.
Unfiltered American style Pale Ale, featuring all local hops. While the market is saturated with pale ales, Gladstone's unique character allows the hops to provide a spicy, satisfying palate cleansing finish, while still allowing the underlying malts to provide the foundation. This go-to pale ale also has the distinction of being brewed with 100% locally grown hops. Gladstone pairs with many foods including spicy grill smoked ribs, bratwurst, Thai or even just a simple salad. Named after a small town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Wonderful balance of malt and hops in this American-style extra special bitter. Makes for smiling taste buds. Copper Grasshopper was conceived while John was relaxing during a stay at the Inn at Black Star Farms. Our hero had retired to one of the many scenic, secluded spots at Black Star and was pondering new flavor profiles. As he sat, a dusty, copper-colored grasshopper landed on John's knee and settled in for a rather lengthy stay. The color of the critter set John to thinking of a nice, copper-hued beer, and of course it would have to be hoppy. Voila. Inspiration comes from everywhere.
Brewed with honey from our hives and whole heather flowers. 6.5%. A fruity, cozy and easy drinking beer with substantial depth and complexity. Broad appeal comes from a full, silky body and nice hop balance, the heather providing subtle floral notes without being perfumy. Finishes clean with light medicinal heather and fruit with a hint of honey. As always, no flavorings or extracts were used in brewing this beer, the unique flavor and color coming from whole Scottish heather flowers and honey from our own bee hives.
Chocolaty black IPA with a complex mixture of hops registering on the palate and in the nose. Our nod to Jim Morrison. While there are plenty of black IPA's on the market, there isn't one that stands out as having a flavor profile that sets it apart from any other IPA. John's take on the black IPA moves beyond color alone and imparts the beer with a deep chocolate flavor, yet still keeps hops in the forefront. Complex and balanced, Lizard King offers up everything that a black IPA should.
Subtle malt flavor is balanced with clean hop character, yielding a nicely rounded flavor profile. Light brown in color with a mildly nutty character.
Bright, tart citrus flavor is right up front in this summertime favorite.
We brew this labor intensive little jewel with hundreds of hand shucked, fire roasted, ears of local sweet corn from Stonyfield Acres in Empire. It’s fresh corn nose and subtle flavors make it the perfect beer for picnics, camping or just hanging out with friends.
Brewed with BTF Honey
harvested from our hives here on the farm. Light, crisp, and flavorful with
subtle honey aroma and just a touch of sweetness, the depth of flavor present
in this deceivingly pale and bright ale will surprise you.
Manitou Amber Bourbon Sour – 5.7%
Traverse City’s 1st Craft Beer is now Terra Firma’s 1st sour beer.
Manitou’s malt forward body and underlying hop foundation makes it great as a sour.
Aged in oak barrels from our friends at Grand Traverse Distillery.
“Imperial-izing” our flagship Triple IPA has been something we have been
thinking about doing for many years and well, that time has come. We scaled up
the malt bill, blew up the IBUs, increased the flavor hop profile ad then added
a bunch of our own 2020 honey from our hives in the south field. The results? A
big, beautiful hop monster that’s full of body, depth, and laden with
complexity. It has a lovely subtle warmth to remind you that it is a big beer.
It’s a great beer for a hop head who wants to contemplate the universe and sip
for a while.
Bright, crisp and refreshing, Little Italy offers up an enticing herbal/floral aroma and early basil flavors before giving way to a light, clean finish with just a touch of honey. Produced with whole leaf sweet basil, oats, malt and BTF Honey, this beer is another fine example of a culinary inspired creation from Brewmaster John Niedermaier.
The Batch is is back, and it's chock full of local hop goodness! A big, complex, well-balanced IPA with a bold hop character that isn't overpowering. This beer has an extensive malt bill and multiple hop additions, including local hops from Fresh Roots Organic Growers. Surprisingly easy drinking, the considerable alcohol content takes a back seat to the broad flavor profile. Batch 500 was brewmaster John Niedermaier's first solo commercial recipe, first brewed back in 1999.
Unfiltered American Amber Ale. Manitou has a rich, soft malt body, beautiful deep amber color and finishes with a bouquet of whole cone hops. Manitou was at one time one of Michigan's most widely recognized microbrewed brands. Originally produced by Traverse Brewing Company in Williamsburg Michigan, Manitou is now brewed in Traverse City, on the same equipment, with the original recipe by the same brewer. One of our flagship brews, you can find this beer at on draft and in 16 oz cans throughout our distribution area.
Malty with balanced, chocolate body. Man In Black is a classic American Stout with a malty, balanced, chocolate body. Rich and smooth with mild roast character, “The Man” is a laid back, easy drinker. Our tribute to American music legend Johnny Cash.
Amplified Fuzzy Farmer, that we all loved, this farmer is a 10% Imperial
IPA. It’s loaded with deep fruity, citrusy hops and a big malt body, Be
Our American version of an English Strong ale, this beer has a well-balanced, hop profile that leads to a substantial malty body. Enjoy this ale with strong cheeses, nuts, or good bread.
William Claude is our nod to comedian and film super star W.C Fields. It is brewed with rye, barley and a deep specialty malt bill that provides the big body of this 11% haymaker. The exotic hop varieties make its perfect balance interesting and extra flavorful. Then we laid it down in bourbon barrels from Grand Traverse Distillery until the flavor was just right. “A good cast is worth repeating”