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most sessionate beers. It’s light in color and effervescent, with subtle hops and mildly malty with strong grapefruit notes. • Smooth Operator, a cream ale with an ABV of 3.8 percent, is RBB’s answer to light beers. Made with crystal clear Lake Michigan water, it offers satisfying notes of honey and biscuit. Other brews include a lineup of fruit-flavored beers featur-ing northern Michigan apples, cherries and blueberries. All of these, along with a pecan ale, are made by mashing up 40 whole pies, specially made for Right Brain Brewery by another Traverse City landmark business: Grand Traverse Pie Company. RBB brewed 3,000 barrels last year, but Kolt foresees between 5,000 and 6,000 barrels this year. Through nine distributors, the beers are only sold in Michigan. Right Brain Brewery is at 225 E. 16th St., Traverse City. 231.944.1239, rightbrainbrewery. com. ExploreThePour.com { July 2014 } 15

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