Founders All Day IPA


Founders All Day IPA 4.7% ABV, 42 IBU This is exactly what a good session beer should be—complex enough flavor with a substantial enough body. Tons of citrus on the nose, and fresh tasting through and through. Fruity and balanced, more bitter than you might expect, but a sweet maltiness leads the way. A session beer [...]

Petrus Aged Pale Ale


Petrus Aged Pale Ale 7.3% ABV, 10 IBU If you are looking for a face tightening sour, this is your companion. This Flaunders Oud Bruin really brings greatness to the table. It pours with a two finger fuzzy head, exciting your nostrils with sour aromas, lemon, and a touch of funk. As you touch the glass [...]

Mankato Brewery Duly Noted American Pale Ale


Mankato Brewery Duly Noted American Pale Ale 5.40% ABV, 40 IBU Mankato is the site of Minnesota Vikings training camp, and during camp is the temporary home of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, aka “All Day.” All Day would also be a great nickname for this beer, because you can drink a few throughout the day. [...]

Bell’s Oarsman


Bell’s Oarsman 4.0% ABV, 10 IBU Bell’s Oarsman offers us a different take on a session beer. Oarsman is a sour mash wheat beer created with a brewing method used in classic Germany, giving this beer its effortless tang. Having complex flavor and hitting only 4.0%, this beer has definite drinkability. Pours a light golden color, [...]

Finch’s Beer Co. Fascist Pig Red Ale


  Finch’s Beer Co. Fascist Pig Red Ale 8.0% ABV, 72 IBU Finch’s Beer Co. has recently arrived in Minnesota from Chicago with much fanfare. Their Fascist Pig is a malt-forward red ale, pouring an appealing deep amber color with a tan head. The touch of rye used in the brewing gives a subtle spiciness while [...]

Style Profile: Vienna Lager


By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint A phenomenon of human migration is that traditions, customs, and cultural idiosyncrasies may be retained in the adopted land long after they have died out in their place of origin. A good example of this is the archaic version of the German language still spoken by the Amish of [...]

Indeed Brewing Company Mexican Honey Imperial Lager


Indeed Brewing Company Mexican Honey Imperial Lager 7.2% ABV Previously only available at their Northeast Minneapolis taproom, our friends at Indeed Brewing have graciously chosen to bottle this imperial lager for the first time. It pours an enticing golden color with an attractive white head. The orange blossom honey really comes through on the nose, with layers [...]

Stillwater Artisanal Ales Saison Darkly


Stillwater Artisanal Ales Saison Darkly 8% ABV Saison-style beers have found themselves in my beer fridge more and more frequently. There is so much variety in this style and Stillwater Artisanal’s Saison Darkly embraces this. For starters, it poured darker than limo tinted windows and I wondered if I had a stout that was mislabeled. It’s [...]

Cisco Summer of Lager


Cisco Summer of Lager 5.5% ABV, 36 IBU A Bohemian style pilsner, it is a perfect companion to a Minnesota summer. Crack a can, pour it into your glass, and notice a large white head shrink to a thin line. Aromas of citrus and toast with some underlying grassy notes on the nose. What a thirst [...]

Lakefront Extended Play IPA


Lakefront Extended Play ISA 4.2% ABV A beautiful light orange/gold color and nose full of citrus and resinous hops. As the name implies, it’s a sessionable, light-bodied brew with enough bitterness to keep the sip intriguing before fading away to a super clean finish.   Reviews by Revival Wine, Beer & Spirits 141 E 4th [...]

Brauerei Heller-Trum Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock


Brauerei Heller-Trum Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock 6.5% ABV, 40 IBU Some beers have a subtle hint of smokiness to them. This is not one of those beers. This German Rauchbier (smoked beer) is a full-on smoke bomb, a campfire in the glass and a barbeque in the mouth. Aromas of smoked ham, smoked sausage, and smoked Gouda [...]

Rogue Ales American Amber Ale


Rogue Ales American Amber Ale 5.6%, ABV 53 IBU Rogue Amber Ale is American through and through: from home-grown hops and barley harvested in Rogue’s own fields in Oregon, to the 16-ounce grenade can made as a special thanks to American troops and soon to be distributed to military bases around the world. This refreshing amber [...]

Redstone Meadery Nectar of the Hops


Redstone Meadery Nectar of the Hops ABV: 8% Mead has been exploding as a category in the last year, and we’re privileged to have two from Redstone. The sweetness of the honey shows itself right away, but it is quickly balanced out by the astringency of the dry hops. Instead of a cloying honey wine, this [...]

New Belgium Gruit

New Belgium

New Belgium Gruit 6.6% ABV A hazy, light yellow brew with pineapple, citrus, and floral aromas. It doesn’t use hops as its bittering agent, making the balance very complex. It has a substantial, hefeweizen-like taste about it, with some bitterness up front leading to a sip of woodsy and sweet malt flavors. A beer that proves the [...]

Lucette Brewing Company Ride Again Pale Ale


Lucette Brewing Company Ride Again Pale Ale 5.2% ABV, 33 IBU A quick drive down Highway 94 brings you to Menomonie, WI, home of Lucette Brewing. Their Ride Again Pale Ale pours a deep copper color with a generous head. Citrusy, floral, piney hops come through on the nose. The bitterness is kept in check by [...]