Brewery News and Events

I was one of the home Brewers who came to teach home brewing at the Redwood Lodge, on Saturday the 5th of November. I just wanted to Thank The Redwood Lodge, the Brewers Konrad and Dan, and especially Chef Fernandes for the Hospitality, wonderful pizza and the warmth of the staff. As always we had a great time, again, Thank You.

Regards The Cass River Home Brew Club

Head Brewer - Konrad Connor
Updated November 21, 2012

Redwood Brewing Co Wins Medal at the Great American Beer Festival®
GABF Silver medal is among the most coveted in the U.S. brewing world.
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A note from the Brewer ...

Redwood Brewing Company is dedicated to providing a quality, true to style beer. Sometimes we wander, but for the most part, this is our goal.
We entered the Munich Helles at the 2011 Great American Beer Fest in Denver, CO. The beer received a Quality Beer rating. This is one step from going to the medal round. (That’s a good thing!)

This gave us confidence to enter this beer in the World Beer Cup in San Diego, CA. in May 2012. This means we will be competing against German Breweries that have been making Munich Helles, category 33, for hundreds of years.

As the guidelines and some judges are the same for both competitions we took their comments to heart and have changed the Munich Helles recipe so that we can be more in line with their guidelines.  See below for GABF/World Beer Cup Style Guidelines.

33. Münchner-Style Helles
This beer should be perceived as having low bitterness. It is a medium-bodied, malt-emphasized beer, with malt character often balanced with low levels of yeast produced sulfur compounds (character). Certain renditions of this beer style approach a perceivable level of hop flavor (note: hop flavor does not imply hop bitterness) and character but it is essentially balanced with malt character to retain its style identity. Malt character is sometimes bread-like yet always reminiscent of freshly and very lightly toasted malted barley. There should not be any caramel character. Color is light straw to golden. Fruity esters and diacetyl should not be perceived. There should be no chill haze.
We are think we have made a good attempt at the description above. Hopefully you will enjoy the change and wish us luck in the World Beer Cup.
If you have any questions regarding the change, please email Konrad at

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Redwood Brewing Co is proud to be as sponsor of the Mid-Michigan Chapter of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America Winterfest.
Join us Saturday January 21st at Dom Polski Hall in Flint. For details go to then click Events Calander on the left. Look for Winterfest 2012. Click Flyer & Map.

Saturday, January 28th (Noon – 2pm) Redwood Lodge

On Saturday November 5th, 2011 Redwood Brewing Co hosted their first Teach A Friend to Homebrew Day.
This is a national event started by the American Homebrewers Association. Brewers from Cass River Homebrewers Club and S.C.A.B.S. (Shiawassee County Area Brewing Society) participated by brewing 4 batches of beer on the patio and in the parking lot. The first beer, an extract brew, started @ 9:30am. Brewed by S.C.A.B.S member Brent.

Homebrewers Day

The next 2 brews were a combination of extract and grain brewed by Cass River Homebrewers Club members Lee (left) and Ray (right).

Home brewers day

Home brewers day

The last brew was all grain and started around 11am brewed by Cass River Homebrewers Club members Pat (left) and Mike (right).

Home brewers day

The weather was excellent allowing approximately 25 people to participate by brewing, watching and taking notes. Pizza and beer, both homebrew and Redwood Brewing Co, were enjoyed throughout the day. Redwood Brewing Co staff Konrad and Dan want to thank everyone for making this a great day. We think a couple new homebrewers may have been bitten by the bug! Next event will be Big Brew – A Celebration of National Homebrew Day Saturday May 5th, 2012.

2011 Great American Beer Festival - Congratulations Konrad Connor

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Flint, MI • 10.06.2011 Redwood Brewing CO recently claimed a Silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival competition, the largest national beer competition recognizing the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 83 beer-style categories were announced October 1 at the 30th annual Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

Konrad Connor, Redwood Brewing CO’s Head Brewer shown at the Redwood booth at the GABF® prior to winning the Silver Medal.
“I could not believe it when they called out our beer. We are very fortunate” says Konrad Connor.

Redwood Brewing CO was recognized in the Sweet Stout beer-style category (78) for its Cream Stout, a  classic dark English Stout with medium to full body and added lactose sugar. Redwood Brewing Co is a 900+ barrel Brewpub located in Flint, MI that specializes in true to style European and American Ales and Lagers.

The 2011 Great American Beer Festival competition winners were selected by an international panel of 169 expert judges from record number of 3,900 entries received from 522 U.S. breweries. “The Great American Beer Festival is the premier beer competition for the American beer industry,” says Nancy Johnson, festival director. “Winning a medal, no matter if gold, silver or bronze, is truly an accomplishment.”

For more Great American Beer Festival competition information, including the 2011 winners list and photos, visit

Redwood Lodge sponsors the Michigan Homebrew Fest

This event recently took place at Groveland Oaks County Park where over 220 people and 9 Homebrew Clubs participated in festivities.

The Feast of Friday was held on Friday August 19th.  People were asked to create dishes cooked with Redwood Lodges Dark Mild ale.  The recipe for this beer came from Home brewer Lee Cruppenink, who helped make the beer with the Redwood Brewing Team. This beer is entered in the 2011 Great American Beer Fest (GABF) in the Pro-Am competition. The beer will also be served at the GABF. It is currently on tap at Redwood.  Some dishes included- Dark Mild Chili, Dark Mild Rabbit Stew, Artisan Pizzas, Smoked ribs and chicken, dark mild Gumbo with Alligator, chicken, frog legs, and homemade sausage.


 It was an overwhelming success.

The focus on Saturday August 20th was the Homebrew Competition Awards. Rex Halfpenny, of the Michigan Beer Guide, and long time supporter of Michigan Beer was the MC.

There were 707 entries in 28 categories of Beer, Mead, and Cider.

A total of 84 medals were awarded

Phil Sullivan won the Rex Halfpenny Award, given to the person winning the most medals.

Best of Show winner was Nelson Gomoll with his American Pale Ale.

Kuhnhenn Guild of Brewers (KGB) won the Beer Cup for having the most metals.

The People’s Choice award went to the Cass River Homebrew Club.


Participating Homebrew Clubs 
Ann Arbor Brewers Guild, Brewing Network,
Cass River Homebrew Club (CRHBC),
CRAFT which included the Mead Mama’s, Kuhnhenn Guild of Brewers (KGB),
Lapeer Area Brewers (LAB)
Motor City Mashers,
The Shiawassee County Area Brewers (SCABS), & Society of North Oakland Brewers (SNOBS),  





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