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Friday, June 14, 2013

Fun with brewery names

The craft brewery revolution is still going strong.  Michigan, for example, now has about 100 breweries, with several more in various stages of planning.  Other states are experiencing similar growth in their brewing industries.  One of the things I particularly enjoy is finding out the names of the new breweries and where the names come from.  I noticed that some of the names are amusingly similar in some interesting ways.  Here are some examples.

Right Brain Brewery (Traverse City, MI)/Left Hand Brewing (Longmont, CO)
Schmohz Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, MI)/Shmaltz Brewing Company (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Clown Shoes (Ipswitch, MA)/Jester King Craft Brewery (Austin, TX)
Boulder Brewing Company (Boudler, CO)/Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, CA)
Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company (Mt. Pleasant, MI)/Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project (Westport, MA)
Witch’s Hat Brewing Company (South Lyon, MI)/Magic Hat Brewing Company (South Burlington, VT)
Goose Island Beer Company (Chicago, IL)/Frog Island Brewery (Ann Arbor, MI)
Short’s Brewing Company (Elk Rapids, MI)/Red Jacket Brewing Company (Calumet, MI)
Original Gravity Brewing Company (Milan, MI)/Final Gravity Brewing Company (Decauter, MI)