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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Defining Moment. A Defining Brew.

A quick google of "gulo gulo" finds these items:

The wolverine, pronounced /ˈwʊlvərn/, Gulo gulo (Gulo is Latin for "glutton"), also referred to as glutton, carcajou, skunk bear, or quickhatch, is the largest land-dwelling species of the family Mustelidae (weasels). It is a stocky and muscular carnivore, more closely resembling a small bear than other mustelids. The wolverine has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times larger than itself.


Each player is a Gulo, or wolverine, trying to rescue a baby Gulo who got caught by the swamp vulture whose eggs it was trying to steal. Unfortunately for the baby Gulo, all the adult Gulos are distracted by all the delicious swamp vulture eggs, and it has to wait very, very patiently as the adults constantly trip the very, very sensitive "egg alarm" rigged by the vulture to scare off the pesky Gulos.
There is a nice wooden bowl filled with multicolored swamp vulture eggs of various sizes, into which a long thin dowel with another egg at one end is inserted, like a flagpole. As you can imagine, lots of M&M Peanut-shaped wooden bits banging around together in a polished wooden bowl makes it rather difficult to keep a thin dowel with weight at the top balanced...
The essential mechanic of the game is to try to pull an egg of a particular color and move to a tile of that color on the linear path toward the bowl, and the little stack of tiles hiding the baby Gulo tile. If you set off the alarm, or knock any eggs out of the bowl, your Gulo is sent back to the previous tile of the attempted color. If there's no such tile, then back to the start he goes!

ok, this was a new one to me...
 Oh. and of course this:
but you knew I'd throw HIM in, right?


We here at the Wolverine State Brewing Company in A-squared (a.k.a. "Almost" Beer City U.S.A. considering that whole "per capita" thing) have something else in mind when we use the phrase. 

When the concept of "lager centricity" was proposed to our brewer, he was all "No, really?" When we emphasized the "revolution" with our own "I know, right? But...um...yeah," I firmly believe the gulo gulo concept of a hoppy "India Pale Lager" style beer hatched, fully formed into the man's brain pan.  The Gulo Gulo as we call it, is one of our Original Lagers. It's been around since the heady days of Yours Truly along with The Man and The Brewer and our various and sundry loved ones opening, pouring, closing the Tap Room.

It's been through a few alterations, but it, like the Premium, Amber and Dark lagers is with us to stay. It's a best seller, as we say, in the Tap Room. Very popular with a following so rabid that when it is off the bar staff fields daily cries of "when?" until it's back on the board.

So we are taking yet another step with it.

On Friday, May 17 (that's this week if you're lost) we will release this delicious concoction of amazing hops and malt balance with a serious bite on your tongue in bottled version. Six-packs and cases will be available in the TAP ROOM ONLY.

We will celebrate with some new bands, The Jo Serrapere Trio and The Path, beginning around 7 pm on Friday. But when the doors open at noon, this Friday, May 17 it's no holds barred on the sixers and cases!  Here are the guys who Pre-purchased a case a month ago:

Join us as we toast to "Lucius" with the release of "his" beer: Gulo Gulo.

a happy hop-headed

1 comment:

Fredrik A said...


We have recently launched a new magazine called Craft Beer Magazine:

Any way I could reach you?