Welcome to Bar Freed

Way back in the year 2008, three friends turned a garage into a Brewery/Draft Haus. (picture) The given name Lake Forest Tavern, or 'LFT' stuck and never left. LFT served over 100 gallons in one year, making it quite popular around our complex.

After moving to another apartment in 2009 the outdoor tavern was brought inside from the cold Michigan winters. (Thank you to my wife) With a new classy location comes a new classy name, Bar Freed was born. (picture) A new bar was built and flat screen was mounted. For 5 years Bar Freed served over 500 gallons of draft beer to friends and family.


Bar Freed Bar Progress

8/6/2014 9:05:22 PM

Despite an incredibly busy summer I have made great progress on the actual bar in the name "Bar Freed". A few late nights and some help from my neighbor and we are well on our way to having an amazing New Year's celebration. There would be no better way to ring in 2015 than with a brand new fully finished bar. I am trying to work on at least one aspect each day in hopes we have a rockin' New Year's Eve. In beer news, we have hit an all time high on drafts at Bar Freed. We have two beers from Bell's on draft as well has three beers brewed by yours truly. Stop on by and try a refreshing Lime Cream Ale or a floral and spicy Rye Pale Ale. It's all good over here at Bar Freed!



23 Katz RyePA

5/14/2014 9:08:14 PM

There is a man...well more of a legend, that has an unusual fascination with cats. Specifically cats wearing pajamas. Some have even referred to him as, "The Cat's Pajamas." In celebration of his 23 years we decided to give him 23 cats wearing pajamas. This Rye Pale Ale is packed with stinky cat nip smelling hops sending all 23 dressed cats into a state of delirium. Mr. "Katz"-ner can you handle the grassy, earthy, floral hops? After 23 Katz you might bust out your pajamas and party. Check out the recipe here : 23 Katz.



Bar Freed Web Enhancements

5/8/2014 9:24:10 PM

BarFreed.com has been up and running for 3 years now and it needed some much needed TLC. All of the data you see now is database driven. We have the ability to post updates remotely and keep you in the loop with the latest events. Each beer listed on the side will soon have a recipe link with some helpful information to help you brew it on your own.



DIRT Brown Ale

5/4/2014 8:47:21 PM

May the fourth be with you! Two weeks from today we are firing up our annual DIRT Brown Ale. Each year we have an offsite meeting for work and I try to bring a few fresh beers from Bar Freed. I work on the the 'Default Information Reporting Team', thus the DIRT Brown Ale was born.



Bar Freed Memorial Day Brew & Q

4/29/2014 9:50:33 PM

May 26th 2014 we will be brewing a fresh batch of Kayak Jockey and smoking a monster pork shoulder. The party starts at 11:00 AM EST and goes until my wife kicks you out. Bring your friends and RSVP to Bar Freed by May 12th. Please bring a 6 pack of your choice (we will be doing an IPA themed tasting) and your favorite BBQ side.



Bar Freed on Social Media

2/9/2013 8:16:01 PM

Hopefully no real business ever opens up named Bar Freed because I have just locked down the social media scene. I guess a new 2013 resolution is born. My basement is the most socially connected basement in all of Portage.



Seasonal Beer Dinners

2/8/2013 8:22:11 PM

I heard rumors "Beer Dinners" were sweeping the state of New York. A good friend of mine Andrew S. explained that brewers from all over the country would come to 'Tap and Mallet', a bar near his home, and pair food and beer together. Fast forward to 2013 they are having beer and food pairings at almost every tap house in Kalamazoo.



Two Thousand and Thirteen

2/5/2013 9:10:01 PM

Looking back at my resolution for 2012 I don't know if I lived up to the hype. 2012 was a great year with the birth of my son, and all of the excitement of his milestones. JJ is fascinated with the process when I brew on the screened in porch. I can't wait to have my very own full time brewing assistant. In January I brewed the first addition to his 20 year vertical a 12.5% American Barleywine. I have it in the brite tank clearing currently and the first taste was amazing. My brewing goal for 2013 is to focus on my process and where I can improve control and save time during the brew day. I look forward to this year being an epic brewing adventure. Drink less, brew more.



Larson's OGD Pale Ale

7/1/2012 8:22:01 PM

What happens when you combine four hop additions with four types of malted barley and oak soaked in Old Grand-Dad whiskey? We call it Larson's OGD Pale Ale. September 7th my good friend is getting hitched, and he has an unusual penchant for Old Grand-Dad. Why not light up the night with this strange brew?



35 gallons is a lot of beer

6/24/2012 6:45:33 PM

On Saturday I had the pleasure of brewing with my good friend Nate E. His new system has the capacity to brew 35 gallons of beer. For the 3 run on his system we decided on a Chocolate Milk Stout. We also assembled his brand new 40 gallon fermenter. Great times with great friends.



JJ's Vertical Birthday Series

3/21/2012 9:27:01 PM

Last year when Megan and I found out we were having a son I decided to do a vertical brewing series for JJ. I would brew a special beer each year on his birthday and when he reached 21 years of age there would be 21 beer styles aged anywhere from 0-20 years. Since we live in the era of social media I decided to set up a voting system on the left hand side of the site. Click on the familiar facebook thumbs up button to vote for a style, or click 'suggest a style' underneath to select a BJCP style.



A new year, a new commitment

3/19/2012 5:42:01 PM

This past year I spent considerable time and money on beer research. I call it beer research because sampling as many good craft beers as possible has helped my brewing abilities and refined my palate. In 2012 I vow to brew more of my own beer and spend less money drinking 24.99 4 packs. This past weekend hit 80 degrees on St. Drinking Day, and I decided to brew a light summer beer that could potentially be a BarFreed regular. I have always been fascinated by the Cream Ale style but during my previous quest for high gravity beers, this didn't quite measure up. I have a boss at work that enjoys a specific style/brand of beer. (Bud Light Lime and Miller Chill) I was up to the challenge to create a Lime Cream Ale that would bring the loyal BMC drinker to the 'Craft Side'. This will be on draft next week and I am excited to keg it. If you haven't signed up for my mug club you better do so. 2012 is going to be a rocking brew year!