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Anamakee Bay IPA, the beer that keeps on giving

(Photo Courtesy/Mike Beiermeister) Jeff Kowalski pours an Anamakee Bay IPA for one of the creators of the beer.

Alpena, Mich. — Some adults enjoy a good beer, especially, a beer that keeps on giving.

It’s the debut of Anamakee Bay IPA. Anamakee translates to the Chippewa word ‘thunder.’ Ed and Audra Smith, Jackie Krawczak, Krista Morrow, and Lora Greene helped create this new adult beverage.

“The folks here that made the beer picked a great name,” said Latitudes Tavern owner Jeff Kowalski. “Anamakee Bay IPA has a lot of history here in this area.”

The five bid on the experience to brew their own beer at a United Way auction event. Huron Distributors donated the item for folks to bid on. The group of five submitted the winning bid for $1,000 which was donated to the United Way.

They came up with a malt-forward, orange citrus, and zesty tasting IPA with an alcohol content of 6.7%.

“I didn’t have expectations,” said Jackie Krawczak. “I just wanted it to be good, and it’s really good, so I think it will go over pretty well.”

This beer is one that keeps on giving. Latitude’s owner Jeff Kowalski is allowing one dollar for every pint sold to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Alpena.

“I’ve gone down to the Boys & Girls Club and seen the activities and lunches, and they definitely do a great job,” said Audra Smith. “It’s good to know that they’re going to have funding to continue that.

The goal is to have fun while creating fun while drinking responsibility. Head to Latitudes Tavern at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night to try it out.