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 [...]

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 [...]

Straight from the Source: Day Block Brewing


A closer look at Day Block Brewing. Photos by Brian Kaufenberg Minneapolis tore down so many its historic buildings that it’s a refreshing change when one of those still remaining gets a makeover, and even better when it includes a brewpub. Jeff Hahn, owner of the Day Block building on Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, [...]

Bent Brewstillery Dark Fatha American ‘Emperial’ Stout


Bent Brewstillery Dark Fatha American ‘Emperial’ Stout ABV: 9.3% IBU: 57 Well of course we should highlight our next-door neighbor’s beer. Dark Fatha pours a clear dark brown—almost black with a rich tan head. Nice aroma of chocolate, some coffee bitterness, toasty notes, and biscuity goodness. There’s a good amount of carbonation and the finish is dry. [...]

Boom Island Silvius Belgian Pale Ale


Boom Island Silvius Belgian Pale Ale ABV: 5.5% This Belgian pale ale pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a nice off-white head. Mmmm, summer—this beer was made to be consumed a lot on a gorgeous sunny summer day. The aroma is fresh baked biscuit dipped in sweet, citrusy marmalade with little hints of toffee. Tastes [...]

Mankato Brewery Haymaker American IPA


Mankato Brewery Haymaker American IPA ABV: 6.5% IBU: 92 This American IPA pours a nice amber color with a slight bubbly head. Aromas of little pine trees growing in an earthy forest, subtle hops and a little caramel sweetness. The taste is quite similar to the aroma—piney, citrusy, a little bitter, and good biscuit maltiness. Nice [...]

Big Wood Brewery Morning Wood Coffee Stout

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Big Wood Brewery Morning Wood Coffee Stout ABV: 5.5% IBU: 35 This award-winning coffee stout is a true eye opener. Pours a dark rich chocolate coffee brown with a creamy head. Strong aromas of fresh roasted coffee beans and malt. Drinks like a good cup o’ joe—full, rich, and flavorful until the last drop, leaving [...]

Hacker-Pschorr Hubertus Bock

Hubertus Bock

Hacker-Pschorr Hubertus Bock ABV: 6.8% We had the great honor of hosting brewmaster Dr. Martin Zuber during our grand opening. He sampled many beers, but the biggest crowd pleaser was Hubertus Bock. This golden yellow beer had a nice frothy head that seems you could bounce around on. Aromas of sweet malt, a little bit [...]

Brouwerij Martens NV Martens Witte


Brouwerij Martens NV Martens Witte ABV: 4.8% Martens Witte pours out a hazy yellowish color. It has a decent sized and frothy-textured head that sticks around a while. The carbonation is fairly light. Both the aroma and flavor are dominated by the addition of coriander and orange peels. It is slightly sweet and there is [...]

BOMBrewery Triporteur From Heaven


BOMBrewery Triporteur From Heaven ABV: 6.2% IBUs: 35 Triporteur From Heaven (brewed at Brouwerij Anders) is made by the first brewery in Belgium to bake its own malt to infuse spice flavors including coriander and sea salt into the base ingredients. It pours a bright golden color and has a large, fluffy white head with large [...]

Sunner Kolsch


Sunner Kolsch ABV: 4.8% Sünner Kolsch pours a rich straw color. It has a very bright white head that disappears quickly. The aroma is somewhat mineral and a bit hoppy. The taste is primarily malty with flavors of bread and fresh grains, but finishes with a crisp, grassy hoppiness. The minerality of the nose carries [...]

Odell Loose Leaf Session Ale


Odell Loose Leaf Session Ale ABV: 4.5% IBUs: 20 Loose Leaf pours out a fairly light straw color with a thin white head. The aroma is bright and piney with a bit of funkiness. It is very light bodied and crisp. The flavor is a little herbal and somewhat lemony. Don’t let the IBU’s fool [...]

Destihl Hoperation Overload Double IPA


Destihl Hoperation Overload Double IPA ABV: 9.6% IBUs: 85 Destihl Hoperation Overload pours amber in color with a generous off-white head. Its carbonation has large, fluffy bubbles. The aroma is a mostly piney and a bit earthy. The mouthfeel is big and viscous. This is a very balanced beer with a firm, biscuity malt backbone [...]

Duvel Tripel Hop Belgian IPA

Duvel Tripel Hop

Duvel Tripel Hop Belgian IPA ABV: 9.5% This beer pours a cloudy yellow, like sunshine in L.A., with a thin bubbly head that dissipates quickly. It is noticeably hoppy, though not bitter and stays true to the Belgian golden style. The mosaic dry hopping added a faint but airy bouquet. Grasses and tropical fruit abound [...]

Full Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout


Full Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout ABV: 9.84% IBUs: 40 A fun Stout for the rainy days we’ve been having. Dark brown almost black in color, no light shines through this one. Thick chocolate and bourbon on the nose—it smells like an afternoon with a southern grandpa. Dark, roasty malts impale the surface with [...]