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Right Brain Brewery announces CEO Stout Day

Right Brain Brewery is one of my go-to destinations in Northern Michigan and was included as part of Marshall King’s recent Foodie Tour to Traverse City.

Unfortunately for us Hoosiers, Right Brain does not currently distribute outside of Michigan. However, it’s only a short drive across the border to pick up some of their cans or 22-oz. bombers.

I have long been a fan of owner/brewer Russ Springsteen’s beer and appreciate his ability to brew both traditional styles and beers with interesting twists.

“One off” beers are Right Brain’s specialty, and I’m looking forward to the four CEO Stout variants.

Right Brain’s Leif Kolt told me that because of the three tier distribution system, he is unable to tell me what 11 other locations around Michigan will feature the CEO stout variants. However, based on past Kalamazoo Right Brain events and distribution in that area, I believe that the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange (located at 211 E Water St. in Kalamazoo, Mich.) will be a very strong contender.

If I get a heads up before the event, I will surely pass along any information about where you will be able to enjoy Right Brain beers close to Michiana.

From press release:

Hailed as “Michigan’s Favorite Stout” two years in a row by, Right Brain Brewery’s CEO Stout is one of the company’s most recognizable brands. However, as any good CEO will tell you, you’re only as good as the team around you.

Right Brain is heeding that advice, and has announced that it will be brewing four different variations of its highly popular Chocolate, Espresso, and Oatmeal stout: Smokey CEO, brewed with smoked malts; Overnight CEO, made using a sour mash technique; Whiskey Barrel Aged CEO; and a high gravity Imperial CEO.

This ultra-rare ‘Board Room Series’ will be found in limited quantities at only 11 select locations across the state, as well as being on tap at the Right Brain tasting room in Traverse City, and will make its debut at Right Brain Brewery as part of their CEO Stout Day, on Saturday, November 29.

Not only will CEO Stout Day be the best way for espresso junkies and rare beer hunters to ensure that they get their hands on a pint of these coveted brews, but Right Brain is upping the ante by offering limited amounts of a CEO Stout Collector’s Gift Pack, perfect the stocking of any discerning beer geek.

CEO Stout Day will also feature live music from Jake Allen, Oh Brother Big Sister, The Swan Bros, and Northern Michigan folk favorites, Kellerville. To top it off, Great Northern Roasting Company, the roasters of the espresso used in CEO Stout, will be on hand serving up their signature ‘strong brew’ and talking all things coffee.

CEO Stout Day is a free, family-friendly event and kicks off at 11am on Saturday, November 29, with music starting at 3pm. Right Brain Brewery is located in the Sofo District of Downtown Traverse City, Michigan, at 225 East 16th Street. For more information visit

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