Deemed a ‘scatterbrain’ for applying the scientific brewing techniques he learned during his many travels, Anton Dreher used his progressive skills to expand his family’s brewery leading to the invention of the Vienna Lager. Brewed in collaboration with our friends at 3 Gatos for our shared 1 year Anniversary. Clean malt bill, crisp.
Our approach is simple: recreating historic and forgotten styles of beer from around the world tapping into ancient brewing processes, ingredients, and recipes. We want to stay true to the styles of brews our ancestors would have consumed, whether that be beer, cider, or mead, in an effort to preserve what history created.
GRAND ISLE CREW
Translating to “Great Growth”, Grand Cru is a Belgian-style ale brewed with Golding hops and traditional English base malts. Medium body with Belgian yeast ester profile and a slight lingering sweetness. Signifying our growth from Grand Isle Golf Club into Archival Brewing, Grand Isle Crew was also brewed for the 25th anniversary of Michigan Brewer’s Guild!
With a little nudge from his friends, Belgian milkman Pierre Celis began homebrewing at the age of 40 in hopes of (and effectively) reviving the Witbier style, later starting his own brewery. Dutch for ‘white beer’, Witbiers are typically lower ABV, brewed with coriander and orange peel. Slightly tart with a hint of spice and a dry finish.
Brewed as a shoutout to our favorite quirky doctor, this relatively modern style ale is brewed with orange peel, coriander, and grains of paradise. Munich and pale malts create a clean malt profile, with strong Belgian esters, low bitterness, and bright citrus notes.
Diverging from its English Porter cousin, the Irish Stout came about after an Irishmen in 1817 invented a malt roaster that could produce darker roasts without any smoky bitterness. Packing a punch, Murphy Mac pays homage to Irish engineering and is named after the hotheaded McManus twin of Boondock fame. Showcasing dark, roasted malts, this medium-bodied ale has a lingering finish of dark malts and English yeast esters.
CATE THE GREAT
Catherine the Great was known for, among other things, her love of Russian Imperial Stouts, routinely ordering large shipments for herself and her court from Thrale’s Anchor Brewery in London. Rich, roasted malt character, full body and mouth feel with notes of prune. Moderately sweet finish.
ACTS OF UNION
In 1707, the Acts of Union were passed significantly stimulating the Scottish brewing industry. Taxes on Scottish beer were lower than in other areas of the UK and tax on malt was non-existent. Our version of the historic Wee Heavy boasts a high ABV full of malt character and notes of plum, caramel, and toffee.
THE DUKE SAYS NEIN
The Duke of Bavaria was ultimately the reason for the Reinheitsgebot, otherwise known as the German Purity Law, effectively putting out of production brews such as the Kottbusser. Brewed with the traditional wheat, oats, honey, and molasses, The Duke Says Nein is a gold medal award-winning clean ale with Kölsch yeast. Light and refreshing.
Created by an Einbeck brewer recruited by a royal Munich brewery back around 1592, the Helles Bock, or Maibock, was crafted in an effort to emulate bock beers from Einbeck, Germany. Quite different than the traditional bock beers, however, Helles Bocks use lager yeast and were historically brewed in the winter, left to ferment til springtime. Royal Envy features a clean maltiness with low hoppiness and slight, smooth bitterness.
Inspired by the Māori name for New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mt. Cook, this lager is clean and crisp with New Zealand hops emitting tropical flavors and aromas. Crisp, clean, mild hop bitterness.
Named after West Coast IPA’s creator Fritz Maytag, Fritz’s Folly is brewed and dry hopped with traditional Cascade hops for bittering and aroma with a medium-bodied malt profile.
Originally brewed by Trappist monks of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance in the Belgian Westmalle Abbey, this malty brew has a rich color and medium body with a roasted malt profile.
Translating to ‘old beer’ and brewed as a rebellious act against lagers, Altbier originated in Dusseldorf, Germany around 1838. Olde Towne reflects the brewing techniques of yesteryear as a top-ferment creating a malty sweetness with a light hop aroma and medium bitterness.
Kränz (meaning wreath) references the picturesque tray of Kölsch-filled stange glasses served at brewhouses in Cologne, Germany. This light ale, nicely balanced with malts and hops, is a favorite here at Archival. Served in a traditional stange glass.
JACK’S PAL AL
An ode to Archival’s true MVP and a real ‘Jack of All Trades’, this pale ale has a mild hop bitterness crafted with Newport and Golding hops. Low maltiness with a traditional mix of pale English base malts.
Born out of the growing Brazilian craft beer industry and the collab between craft and home brewers, this style is kettle soured with lacto and fermented with pink guava. Lightly hopped and slightly tart with a clean malt bill.
English farm worker’s wages from the 13th to the 19th century often included up to 4 pints a day of hard cider. Refreshing after a hard day’s work, our Worker’s Wages is a semi-dry scrumpy style hard cider.
Spontaneously fermented right outside the brewery, this cider is a bit funky, mildly dry, and wildly (yet enjoyably) sour, made with local cider.
Norse mythology regales the tale of a goat (heidrun) that would feast on the foliage of the læraðr tree, producing mead for soldiers who died in battle and were brought to Valhalla. Heidrun’s Cauldron pays tribute to those valiant soldiers; a clean viking-style mead inoculated with lutra kviek yeast and fermented with local honey.
Our heather flower-infused mead is inspired by a touching tale of a Scottish lass and her dearly departed husband. With multiple heather flower additions and a base of raw local honey, this mead is mildly dry and highly sippable.
Looking to take Archival home with you? Order 16 oz Crowlers of anything on tap from your server or bartender!
Relax with a meal or a drink in any of our dining spaces including our newly built biergarten which offers pergola-covered seating, bar area, limited indoor seating space, fire pits, and yard games.