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Brewery and website partner on beer

February 24, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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Brewery and website partner on beer
Grandma’s Cookies is a dark amber ale created by Rockford Brewing Co. and MittenBrew. Photo via

A brewery and a craft beer website have teamed up to brew a beer that’s being released tonight.

MittenBrew and Rockford Brewing Co. came together earlier this month to make a beer named Grandma’s Cookies.

The beer will be released at 5 p.m. at a party at Rockford Brewing.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with RBC on this collaboration,” said Bryan Esler, partner, MittenBrew. “As we’ve grown over the past few years, we’ve always wanted to think outside the box on how we approach our collaborations.”

Grandma’s Cookies

The two entities decided to partner in preparation for the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival this weekend at Fifth Third Ballpark.

They made a dark amber ale with a resemblance to an oatmeal-raisin cookie.

MittenBrew staff members, Rockford Brewing co-owner Jeff Sheehan and head brewer Brian Roeters brewed the beer in late January.

To obtain the cookie taste, the brewers used grains that contribute the dark, dried-fruit character, as well as oats and cinnamon.

“I was thinking about making an oatmeal-raisin cookie beer for a long time,” Sheehan said. “We discussed it, and the suggestion came up that we make a beer that tastes like cookies, without actually using cookies. That was a good direction to go.”

Grandma’s Cookies will also see draft accounts across the state.

MittenBrew brews

It’s the second collaboration MittenBrew has done with a brewery, following 2013’s Nutter Berry Wheat with Saugatuck Brewing Co.

Esler said the website plans to release two branded beers a year, with a fall release already in the works. 

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