Aside from visiting a friend pouring for Transient Artisan Ales last year at the Michigan Brewer’s Guild‘s Detroit Fall Beer Festival, I had never tasted any of the Bridgman brewery’s beers before. No real reason why. They just didn’t come across my radar and I don’t get out to the west side of the state very often.
Recently, my trusty beer guru, Ashley of Holiday Market, pointed me in the direction of Transient’s Poppin’ Pastels, a sour wheat ale with blackberry, raspberry, lemon, and vanilla.
At first, none of these ingredients in a beer appealed to me. Wheat? Nope. Sour? Probably not. Berries? Yeah, no… I shared with Ashley my thoughts and he said, “Just try it. I think you’ll be surprised.” Considering how right he has been with beer suggestions for me thus far in our professional relationship (see my review of One Well’s Xalapa), I took his advice and brought home a can.