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Posted: 10/10/12

Trisha, right, a volunteer at Starkweather Arts Center, pours a tasting of Saugatuck Pier Cove Porter for Jerry Tryloff of Waterford during the Harvest Moon beer tasting at the center on Oct. 6.

(Observer photo by Kelli Kreger)

Starkweather's Harvest Moon
beer tasting a new fall favorite

Observer Special Writer
      On the evening of Saturday Oct. 6, Starkweather Arts Center was transformed into the premier beer tasting event of the season.
       Underneath an autumn sky, the Harvent Moon Beer Tasting in downtown Romeo brought the art center to life from 7 p.m. to midnight, with the sounds of live music, clanging glasses, and cheerful chatter.
       Admission to the beer tasting fundraiser event was $15, of which proceeds will go to benefit the preservation of the Starkweather Arts Center.
       The ticket price included three beer tastings, a commemorative mug, live music and delicious food. Additional tastings were available for purchase.
       Porters, ales, pale ales, pilsners, doppelbocks, steam, stouts, hard ciders, weisses, lagers, and dunkel styles were all on hand.
       Inside the center, attendees could choose from 17 different types of beer that were available. Just to name a few, Boulder Mojo IPA made with a unique Amarillo hop, Woodchuck Fall a cinnamon nutmeg hard cider with a hint of American white oak, and Hacker-Pschorr Weiss a cloudy beer with flavors of banana and clove. To keep hands free for the beer mug, pretzel necklaces were available for purchase. They are also a good way to clear the palate when sampling a variety of different beer styles.
       Leffe Blonde, an elegant, smooth and fruity beer with a spicy after-taste, seemed to be a popular pick among guests.
       "I tried a dark chocolate beer but it tastes like coffee, I like this one," said Amy Maitland of Romeo of the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout she was sampling.
       Guests could mingle with beer in-hand in the closed off Starkweather Alley under tents that were lined with glowing lights.
       Even though it was a brisk windy night, patrons still gathered in the alleyway and many made their way outside as live music began to fill the air.
       With a mix of banjo and acoustic guitar, the folk band The Hand In The Ocean quickly grabbed the audience's attention.
       Ernie and Nancy Sittaro from Romeo sipped beer and kept cozy by a crackling fire inside the SAC carriage house that was open to guests that night.
       "This is our first time coming to Starkweather. Its very nice," said Ernie.
       The event, a unique venture for Starkweather, helped to introduce new faces to the art center. Many guests said if the tasting was held again next year they would definitely make the trip out.
       The idea for the beer tasting fundraiser had been "brewing" amongst board members and volunteers for years and this was the year they finally decided to hold it.
       "We're hoping it will become an annual thing," said Joan Ziolkowski, office manager at the center.
       Michigan brewed beers at the tasting included Cheboygan Lighthouse Amber and an IPA and Porter from Saugatuck Brewing Company.
       Belgium, Germany, California, Ireland, Ohio, and Colorado also showed off some of the beer stylings of their regions.
       Sponsors of the event included Sterling Printing and Graphics, Thee Office Pub & Cookery and Romeo Party Rental.
       Visit Starkweather Arts Center at 219 North Main, Romeo or online at

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