Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse
Gaylord, MI

Style: ESB
ABV: 6.0%
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. Their beers do change often, however.

Doc’s ESB is their interpretation of the classic British beer style. It poured a light brown/deep red in color, with a touch more body than some of their other brews. It was balanced, possessing a mildly sweet body and nice little hoppy, crispy bite. The finish is herbal and dry, as it should be.

This was their best effort on this particular visit.