Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse
Gaylord, MI

Style: Amber Ale
ABV: 5.0%
I reviewed a bit of Big Buck’s background in my review of their Big Buck Beer some time ago.

Their beers are by and large “training wheel” brews – nothing too extreme, in an effort to attract “mainstream” beer drinkers and their food was an ode to the carnivore who liked his protein cooked thoroughly.

I stopped by their flagship location on a recent trip to Mackinac Island and was pleased to discover that original brewer and manager Scott Graham was back at the helm. A large figure in the Michigan beer scene, Graham has also served numerous roles as a brewer, distributor, and leader. Since 2007, he’s also served as Executive Director of the Michigan Brewers’ Guild.

They only had a half dozen brews on tap – down from their usual dozen or so – but each was much improved from recent experiences.

Antler Ale is their amber brew. Pouring light red in color, it was relatively flat, with a mildly bitter bite on the front of the palate balance with a lightly malted body and lingering dry finish. There’s certainly nothing fancy about it and it would’ve been better had it not unfortunately marred just a bit by mild DMS.