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PubCast #301 – That’s How We Brew, Gearhead Brewing Company

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PubCast #301  

PubCast 301

So, you live near Lansing, Michigan. You’re a home brewer, and you’d like to scoop up a fresh batch of grains, hops and yeast to brew up a tasty beer of your own design. Where do you go to get your brewing supplies?


The Michigan Brewing Company closed it’s doors this spring, and with it, their homebrew supply shop “Things Beer”. The Red Salamander, is  “all the way” over in Grand Ledge – truthfully, it’s not that far, and it’s a great place for homebrew supplies, but everyone likes convenience, right?


It would be great if there were a home brew supply store right here in Lansing….


Enter “That’s How We Brew“, a full-service home brew supply shop located on the border of Lansing and East Lansing, right across from Jet’s Pizza by the Frandor Shopping Center.


That’s How We Brew held an Open House on August 26th to introduce itself to Lansing, so TripleNad and I paid them a visit, and had a chance to interview Owner/Manager Patrick Brazil  to see what this new homebrew supply store has to offer.


We found a great selection of hops, grains, yeast and other brewing essentials so you can make your own concoction, as well as all-in-one homebrew kits so you can just grab one, and go! With a malt grinder on-site, and all the bottling and kegging supplies on-hand (or available for order) you can brew just about any beer you can think of. That’s How We Brew is sure to have you covered the next time you’re feeling like firing up the burner on your brewing rig.



Also present at the open house was an up-and-coming brewery, Gearhead Brewing Company based in Haslett. The Gearhead staff had samples of, their “Flathead” Creme Ale and “Hopped Rod” Double-IPA,  among others.


These guys have some great beer. If you want a chance to try some, they’re getting feedback about their recipies in a very unique way: A five-division Road Rally.  Each stage of the rally pits three beers against each other in a specific class (Amber Division, IPA Division), and randomly selected “testers” are delivered a Six-Banger of Gearhead Hop Pops, along with a unique code, so they can vote on the Gearhead Brewing website for their favorite brew.


Want to throw your name in the hat for the next Gearhead Brewing Road Rally? Sign up here.


We were able to capture an interview from Gearhead as well. We heard about their humble beginnings, as well as plans to ramp up production for world domination regional distribution.


Check out both interviews, in an unconventional PubCast where we get a little serious, and only make one crude joke (…maybe two).


Gearhead Brewing: What ThePubShow will be in 15 years!


So DC and I were able to successfully mingle amongst the crowd at the grand opening of That’s How We Brew in Lansing on the 26th.  There were a few tables setup with different promotions going on at each, but one my favorites was the Gearhead table.



Gearhead had 5 different kinds of brews out there for folks to sample (there was also some private stock that was sampled by DC and myself, which I have to say was darn good!).  Todd, Steve, and Mike were all great guys and we had even told them (without revealing the age of TPS crew or Gearhead, that would be downright rude) that we looked at them as us in 10-15 years.


When asked about their brewery, they don’t have a store front just yet and are in fully blown (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?  “Gearheads” will get it) promotion mode right now.  Once all the stars align just right, they’d like to be able to compete in the Midwest region.  Keep your eye out for this new up and comer.


Check out their Facebook page or their webpage itself.  They have what they call a Road Rally going on where you sign up, and they will pick a bunch of people at random and deliver the beer to them and these people will help pick the winners.  Cool idea! 

That’s How We Brew!

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DC and I will be heading to a new home brew shop called That’s How We Brew on Sunday the 26th.  With the fall of Michigan Brewing Company and ThingsBeer with it, it has given other folks the opportunity to hop on the mash wagon (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?!?).  This new shop opened up on July 26th, but are having a Grand Opening on August 26th.  Join us for free beer samples from THWB and up and coming brewers from Haslett, MI: Gearhead Brewery!


Time is from 12-4.  See the attached flyer for details