New brew for Suds on the Shore

August 17, 2018 GMT

Craft beer, wine festival marks 10th year with ‘S0S.10’

The forecast is good and the spirits are sure to be high at the 10th annual Suds on the Shore Craft Beer and Wine Festival Saturday at Ludington’s Rotary Park.

Suds on the Shore — presented by United Way of Mason County in conjunction with local businesses and breweries — has been entertaining the Ludington community for a decade now, and the craft beer and wine-tasting festival’s 10th anniversary Saturday will be commemorated with the launching of a new beer that is as unique to the area as the famous shoreline that is the festival’s namesake.

United Way Executive Director Lynne Russell said the organizing committee for the event wanted to do something special for the 10th year.

To mark the occasion, three local breweries — Starving Artist Brewing, Jamesport Brewery and Ludington Bay Brewing Co. — joined forces to collaborate on the creation of a new beer dubbed “SOS.10” by the Suds on the Shore committee.

SOS.10 is the product of a collaboration between Starving Artist Brewery, Jamesport Brewing Company and Ludington Bay Brewing Co. The beer, which will be for sale exclusively at Suds on the Shore, is the end result of a more than month-long process, and Andy Thomas of Starving Artist said the work has paid off.

He was the first person to taste the brew late Wednesday morning, and said he thought it would be a hit at Saturday’s event.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” Thomas said. “I think people will like it.”

The beer, a cherry double-malt IPA, is as local as the Suds on the Shore event itself, made from locally grown cherries, lactose and vanilla.

“Everything’s blending really nicely, it’s a beautiful beer,” Thomas added. “There’s a ton of cherry, which is what we were hoping for. It really masks a lot of the hops flavor.”

Thomas added that working with other brewers in the area was a positive experience.

“It’s been pretty cool to be able to make a beer with all three breweries in town. I’ve had the pleasure of brewing with Ludington Bay before, but I had not yet had the pleasure of brewing with Jamesport Brewing,” Thomas said. “It was really cool to get all of our heads together and make something special for this event.”

Thomas, Russell and brewers Cory Wentworth and Doug Campbell of Ludington Bay and Pat Saxton and Tim Johnson of Jamesport gathered at the Starving Artist on Stiles Road Wednesday to taste the fruits of their labor for the first time. Joining them were Suds on the Shore committee members Adam Lamb of Ludington Yacht Sales and Tom Buchanan, head brewer and production manager at Ludington Bay.

The brew met with positive feedback from all involved.

“I think it is going to be a hit at the festival,” Russell said. “For being a double IPA it is very smooth. I think everyone will be pleasantly surprised.”

Thomas encouraged patrons to drink responsibly, because the 10th anniversary brew is a strong one.

DETAILS: More information

Suds on the Shore is Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Rotary Park.

Online tickets, available on the Suds on the Shore Facebook page, will be cut off at noon Friday.

Tickets can be purchased in person at Ludington Bay Brewery, Jamesport Brewing Co., The Mitten and Surroundings in Manistee.′

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