Style Profile: Holiday Ales


Illustration by David Witt Cue the sleigh bells. Winter’s cold has arrived and brought with it the holiday ales. Liquor store shelves are lined with poinsettia and elf bedecked bottles. Winter warmers can be found by the dozens. There is even a Hanukkah beer or two out there. What is it that makes these beers […]

Wyder’s Cider Reposado Pear Barrel Aged Series

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Wyder’s Cider Reposado Pear Barrel Aged Series 6.9% ABV One tequila, two tequila, three tequila… Wyder’s popular dry pear cider can now be found aged in reposado tequila barrels. Yes, tequila barrels! Reposado is the name given to tequilas that have been aged in oak barrels for two to twelve months. This barrel-aged cider pours […]

The Bruery (Famille Rue) White Oak Wheatwine


The Bruery (Famille Rue) White Oak Wheatwine 11.5% ABV, 20 IBU Barrel-aged blended beer, say that five times fast. The Bruery’s take on this style of beer is sweet and fruity taking on characters from the bourbon barrels in which it was aged. Notes of vanilla and dark fruits rub off on this blended wheatwine. The Bruery […]

Woodchuck Hopsation Hard Cider


Woodchuck Hopsation Hard Cider 6.9% ABV Beer drinkers, your cider is in. Yep, Woodchuck hopped up some cider for you. It pours a light straw-yellow, much like a pilsner, but the head does not linger long. Tight tiny champagne like bubbles continue to be released as you sip and agitate your glass. On the nose it […]

Southern Tier Warlock


Southern Tier Warlock 8.6% ABV Making its second bottled release is the darker variation of Southern Tier’s popular Pumking. Billed as an imperial stout, this newfound holiday favorite pours a cola-colored brown with an off-white, thin head. The aroma is quite similar to that of Pumking—baked, sweet pumpkin that’s heavy on nutmeg and cinnamon with small […]

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

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Dogfish Head Punkin Ale 7% ABV, 28 IBU Named after one of the greatest events on TV, and I’m not talking about the super bowl or Olympics. This is Punkin Chunkin, a festival in Delaware where groups of people try and see how far they can launch pumpkins across a field. This pumpkin ale won first […]

New Glarus Brewing Thumbprint Series Apple Ale


New Glarus Brewing Thumbprint Series Apple Ale 4% ABV, 15 IBU ONLY IN WISCONSIN! That’s right, the New Glarus distribution ring is limited to Wisconsin and Wisconsin only. With apples harvested in Wisconsin and every piece of this brew being sourced locally, you begin to see why the “Drink Indigenous” label on these bottles makes sense. With […]

New Belgium Gruit

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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 […]

Angry Orchard Iceman


Angry Orchard Iceman 10% ABV This gem is #2 in the Ciderhouse Collection by Angry Orchard. Iceman uses traditional methods exercised in ice-wine, or ice cider from Quebec, Canada. This process allows the apples to freeze on the tree during the first part of the cold winter. Once harvested the frozen juice is very concentrated giving […]

Steel Toe Brewing Provider Ale


Steel Toe Brewing Provider Ale ABV: 5.0%  IBUs: 15  Yahoo for spring, right? Although it’s a year-round beer, Steel Toe’s Provider is a perfect beer for spring. Light, crisp, refreshing, awesome. Lemon zest on first sip. Although staying zesty, there is a lemon meringue pie fatness that fills your mouth. This beer offers so much, but […]

Landing at Read’s Landing Brewing Company


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 […]

Brewery Vanhonsebrouck St Louis Framboise


Brewery Vanhonsebrouck St Louis Framboise ABV: 4.5% If the Lozen Boer is the brooding Belgian patriarch, then the St. Louis Framboise is the whimsical, aloof, stylish cousin of the Belgian family. The palate is filled with ripe raspberries and a tart refreshing finish. It’s a total gateway beer because it lets you dabble in beer without […]

Stone R & R Coconut IPA

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Stone Brewing ABV: 7.7%, IBU: 90 R&R Coconut IPA is a collage of flavors. This beer pours with a nice, golden color and has a fruity nose filled with coconut complimented with citrusy hops.  The subtle sweetness won’t overwhelm your palate as it blends perfectly with the fruity hops. R&R finishes hoppy with a nice bitterness […]

New Belgium Coconut Curry Hefeweizen

New Belgium Coconut Curry Hefeweizen

New Belgium Brewing ABV: 8%, IBU: 14 Take a leap of faith with Coconut Curry Hefeweizen from New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series. This truly unique beer has a bright and hazy golden color, that would leave King Midas himself envious!  It’s 8% ABV is flawlessly disguised among a menagerie of spice notes including cinnamon, nutmeg and […]

Big Discount Liquor Reviews Some Brews for October-November 2013

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BIG DISCOUNT LIQUOR 3900 CEDAR GROVE PARKWAY EAGAN MN 55122 BDLEAGAN@GMAIL.COM FOLLOW US: @BDLEAGAN   Big Discount Liquor is a store specializing in having something for everybody. With a fine selection of wine, liquor, and beers of all types BDL tries to please a wide variety of customers. Expansive craft beer selections help solidify the […]