Thursday, July 30, 2009

RIP King Brewing

Yesterday night, we attended a wake. A wake that featured a Zappa tribute band, which is a little different than the typical wake. After 15 years, King Brewing in Pontiac lost their lease and shut down. Here's owner and brewer Scott King's announcement:
Comrades in Beer:

Well.... You can't say we haven't tried. Unfortunately, we came up short. King Brewing Co., after almost 15 years of fighting the good fight, will be closing on July 29th. We have laughed, we have cried, we have lost money....In the end, our landlord wanted his building and we couldn't do a thing about it.

Maybe in the future we will have an opportunity to brew again, but right now we are focusing on the next two weeks. Therefore, we are going to party like rockstars! There is beer to be consumed!! Please, please, please come by. Drink beer. Get your mug. Say goodbye for now. We will be filling mug club beers for happy hour prices until the 29th. On the 29th we are celebrating, appropriately, with ZAPPA. Ugly Radio Rebellion will be here to say goodbye. Please come by, often, to see us off.

If you have time and want to move large sh*t, we could certainly use the help. And please if possible, attempt to say little about our situation. Or at least nice things about us. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support and allowing us to enter your lives. I can't imagine a better group of people. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. It has been an amazing run and you have been the most important part.

Sincerely thank you,

Scott King

This was a sad day for us here at Chez Cicerone. We have enjoyed some great times at the pub, especially the annualish Guitar Virtuosos night. We've been pleased to recommend King's Irish Red to everyone who thought the style was without merit. Mocha Java Stout bested every other contender in our beer float studies. Scott and (King GM) Kristy Smith have been stalwarts in the Michigan beer scene; generous and enthusiastic in every way, people that put a smile on your face just thinking of them.
Mr. Cicerone judged his first-ever beer competition at the pub, with Scott.
The dream scenario would be starting up another brewery in a more favorable location. Here's to King.

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