Axle Brewing Co.'s Very Stable Genius beer part of wide naming landscape – Crain's Detroit Business

Axle Brewing has huge expectations for its Very Stable Genius beer, which will be available for a limited time starting in February in Axle’s Livernois Tap taproom and restaurant, which opened in Ferndale.

“It’s definitely gonna be, you know, huge and, like, really delicious and very powerful, but also limited and fragile and delicate,” Axle Brewing President Dan Riley said of the new brew.

“Do you want me to stay in character?” he asked.

All joking aside, Riley said he isn’t sure how the beer will do. But there’s little risk for Axle, whose scale means it can try out new brews in small batches to experiment and judge customers’ tastes.

The company may also donate some of the sales from Very Stable Genius to a charitable organization, he said.

This isn’t the brewery’s first beer with a political reference in its name, either. The “14th Amendment” is a popular Kölsch-style beer named after the change to the constitution that promised all citizens equal protection under the law, and “AlternaFacts” was a black India pale ale that had a limited run.

And Axle Brewing isn’t the only microbrewery referencing politicians with its beer brewed in Michigan.

The Lansing Brewing Co. opened its doors just over two years ago with a crowd-pleasing beer that reflected the capital city’s bombastic mayor, Virg Bernero, called “Angry Mayor IPA.”

On Tuesday, the Lansing brewery owned by real estate developer Pat Gillespie unveiled a new cream ale called “Schor Style” in honor of the city’s new mayor, Andy Schor.

The Grand Rapids Brewing Co. appears to have been one of the first brewers in the state to name a beer after a politician. For at least five years, the brewery has had a beer on tap called the Rosalynn Bliss Blonde, named after the mayor

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