Brew Review: Whitsun by Arcadia

The return of select Arcadia beers to the shelves was probably one of the greatest things that happened in 2020. To be fair, though, 2020 was, in general, not great. Perhaps you recall this.

Anyway, Arcadia Brewing, out of Kalamazoo, Mich., closed suddenly in fall 2019, and in June 2020, Short’s Brewing (also out of Michigan) announced that it had purchased the rights to begin brewing some of Arcadia’s greatest hits. Whitsun and Jaw-Jacker were available in limited quantities in 2020, but in Michigan only, and I didn’t get out much in 2020, and I didn’t get my hands on any of the resurrected Arcadia brews until August 2021, when I visited my best friend in Detroit for a few days.

To my surprise and utter delight, her fridge was well-stocked with Whitsun, which she said had been readily available at her favourite bottle shops and grocery stores all summer long! I made sure to pick up a couple of six-packs before I went back home to Cleveland, so I could pour the fella a glass in the proper glassware.

Oddly enough, I wasn’t a big fan of Whitsun the first time that I had in 2015, when I was just a baby beer drinker. I’d blame my palate, but the fella didn’t like it much either, so maybe it was a badly maintained tap, or a weird batch? We both liked it a lot more when we tried it again in 2017, and now, the summery, mild wheat beer is a solid four stars for both of us.

Whitsun will hopefully/likely be available again next summer, and according to my fave Michigan beer scout, Jaw-Jacker (pumpkin spice amber ale) has been available this fall, although perhaps a bit less distribution than Whitsun had, at least in Detroit. Their next offering is “Lagerhosen,” a NEW dry-hopped Bavarian lager in a super cute can. You can read more about the Arcadia beers that Superfluid Supply Company is making on Instagram. They also have a website, although it has limited information, and I have not had any luck finding them with the “Find Us” feature.


photo of Arcadia Whitsun in an Arcadia glass, with the can next to it

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