November 30, 2023

Stormcloud Brewing Company’s The Hat Dept.

Bottoms Up
By Anna Faller | July 29, 2023

Ever heard of a Belgian-style Pilsner? We hadn’t either, until we discovered Stormcloud’s seasonal brew, The Hat Dept., and we can’t think of a better sunny day pairing! Belgian-inspired, but with a local twist, this crusher of a summer lager blends Belgian malt with Michigan Saaz hops for a full-grain flavor with a zesty backbone. The result is an easy-drinking beer that floats on the palette and finishes dry with a crisp snap. Treat it as a digestif (we’re told it’s all the rage in Belgium), or, for some extra European flair, enjoy a pour from the Taproom’s new side pull faucet. Shots of frothy beer foam are highly encouraged! Grab a pint of The Hat Dept. ($6.50) at Stormcloud Pub (303 Main Street) and Parkview Taproom (366 Parkview Lane) in Frankfort, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for its upcoming release in 16-oz cans!


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