Schell’s Brewing Company Bock

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Schell’s Brewing Company Bock ABV: 6.1% Why has bock fallen off the craft beer radar? Leave it to Schell’s to admirably keep this German style alive and well. This beer pours a gorgeous, shiny brown/copper capped with an off-white head, which doesn’t hang around for long. Bock is meant to be sweet and rich and the Schell’s version [...]

All About Bocks and Dopplebocks

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Style Profile looks at a German (and Minnesotan) original. By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint Illustration by DWITT “Is it true that bock beer is made from the dregs left in the tanks at the end of the year?” I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked that question. I don’t know [...]

Landing at Read’s Landing Brewing Company

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Straight from the Source explores the past and present of beautiful Read’s Landing. By Doug Hoverson Photos courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society and Doug Hoverson   While still scenic, Reads Landing isn’t what it used to be. Once a thriving river town, only one of the buildings pictured in an 1873 photo of Upper Main [...]

Duluth’s Pike Lake Liquor Reviews Some Brews for October-November 2013

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Pike Lake Liquor facebook.com/pikelakeliquor 5686 Miller Trunk Hwy Duluth, MN 55811 218-729-6474 Open since May of 1990, Pike Lake Liquor has remained a father-son operation fueled by the desire to remain a leader in our market. This has been accomplished by the constant expansion of both product and square footage as we’ve strived to introduce [...]

Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock

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Aventinus ABV: 12% | IBU: 20 This intense beer is produced by freezing a portion of the water out of Aventinus, creating one of the most potent beers in Germany. Caramelized fruits dominate the banana and clove flavors hiding within. An effervescent body adds to the perception of spiciness, and a loving booziness envelops and [...]

Minhas Huber Bock

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Minhas Craft Brewery ABV: 5.5% | IBU: – It used to be that one could only get Bock in the Spring and Oktoberfest in the Fall. For too many of us that was not enough. The aroma is very clean and slightly yeasty. The beer pours dark brown and delivers a malty, cocoa flavor. The [...]

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Straight from the Source: Rock Bottom Brewery

Rock Bottom Brewery: I Like Big Bocks Doug Hoverson After finding a spot at the end of the crowded bar, I ordered a glass of the seasonal. “When in doubt, always go with the seasonal,” is my motto. The bartender then informed me that my first glass was free, since the keg had just been [...]

Schneider Aventinus Weizenbock

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Schneider ABV: 8.2% | IBU: – Authentic German Weizenbock? Yes please! This beauty pours light copper brown with a thin off-white head. The ever present banana and clove typical of German wheat beers is apparent on the nose along with lingering toffee and caramel aromas. The smooth and creamy texture is accompanied by flavors of [...]

Wasatch The Devastator

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Wasatch The Devastator ABV: 8.0% | IBU: – How awesome is this label? That is a ram busting through the Mormon temple with flames everywhere. Anywho, dark ruby red color with just a tiny lacing of off white head. Very faint sweet apple and roasted pork on the nose….it’s a good thing. Balanced all the [...]

Schell’s Stag Series Czeck Dark Lager

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Schell’s Brewing ABV: 5.5% | IBU: 30 This dark lager is mostly opaque and deep mahogany in color with big, lively bubbles at the top. The moderate but sweet nose reminds of the roasted nuts at the Old Town Square in Prague. Serious caramel notes on the tongue are seductive enough to entice the next [...]

Beer Review: Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock

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Reviewed by The Four Firkins Photo courtesy of Schneider-Weisse AVB: 12%, IBU: 20 This intense beer is produced by freezing a portion of the water out of Aventinus, creating one of the most potent beers in Germany. Caramelized fruits dominate the banana and clove flavors hiding within. An effervescent body adds to the perception of [...]

Prost! Digging Down on the Origins of Oktoberfest

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Style Profile with Michael Agnew By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint  Munich’s Oktoberfest is the biggest beer festival in the world. It’s been held nearly every year on the famous Theresienwiese since 1810 when Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig organized a series of horse races to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese of Bavaria. Ironically, beer [...]