Bent Paddle ESB

Bent Paddle ESB

Bent Paddle ESB ABV: 5.6% IBUs: 32 With their ESB, Bent Paddle rounds out a diverse and stellar core lineup that rivals any available in MN! A pleasantly light but expressive hop aroma of citrus and floral floats above toasted malt notes. The medium body presents slightly sweet, but finishes dry and extremely clean with [...]

Summit Brewing Company Horizon Red

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Summit Brewing Company Horizon Red ABV: 5.7% IBUs: 70  An updated recipe for this beer has brought an extra punch of citrusy hops. There’s still plenty of malty goodness to love, but the addition of Mosaic hops and a few more IBUs has worked wonders. With the dry finish and all around clean feel you come [...]

Indeed Brewing Company Let It Ride

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Indeed Brewing Company Let It Ride ABV: 6.8% IBUs: 90 First, let’s all thank our local friends at Indeed for canning this beer. Thanks Indeed! Now let’s introduce “Mr. Melon” to everyone because he is very prominent in this beer and will come up in conversation a lot. Grass and watermelon splash out at you in [...]

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA

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Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA ABV: 6.4% IBUs: 60 Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA is a hop nerd’s dream come true. The beer pours a dark orange with an off-white head. The lacing dropped to leave a ring that looked like some sort of elven writing, but I couldn’t read it—I understand there are few who can. Intense [...]

Burning Brothers Pyro

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Burning Brothers Pyro ABV: 4.6% This brew is impressive. Having to live up to some set standards of other “gluten-free” or “gluten-extracted” beers is never an easy task, but it has done the job and done it well. Being sorghum-based, there is a particular metallic flavor that is noticeable and very different, but by having a [...]

Stone Brewing Company Double Bastard

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Stone Brewing Company Double Bastard ABV: 11.2% This is a sight to behold. It’s mostly translucent with this super-cool, vibrant blood orange thing going on. The head is almost nonexistent. Tropical fruit and nectarines and burnt sugar jump out of the glass. Is this Cointreau? Some alcohol sharpness is also present. It becomes a nice melange of [...]

Brau Bros Hundred Yard Dash

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Brau Bros Hundred Yard Dash ABV: 6.8% This beer has a bright copper color with an ivory colored head. It smells of grapefruit with a hint of pine. The flavor is light and citrusy. The bite from the hops grab your tongue and make you want more. You can find touches of caramel towards the back [...]

Lakefront Brewery IBA

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Lakefront Brewery IBA ABV: 6.5% If our neighbors to the east know how to do anything, it’s how to make beer. Lakefront Brewery is located in the beer nucleus known as Milwaukee. The beer pours a deep brown with an off-white head that will always stick around. It is a black IPA that is balanced and [...]

Straight From The Source: Bang Brewing

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Straight From the Source samples some four-letter beers at Bang’s St. Paul location. by Doug Hoverson Bang Brewing Company’s cylindrical metal brewhouse stands out from the rectangular warehouses that dominate its neighborhood. While the facility of Bang Brewing Co. has been referred to as “grain-bin style,” it actually is a 30,000-bushel grain bin, purchased in [...]

Alaskan Hopothermia

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Alaskan Hopothermia ABV: 8.5% This beer pours a nice, dark golden amber color.  It smells of a green hop, very floral, with a lingering citrus scent that reminds you this beer is all IPA.  From the first drink to the last, the hop flavors keep changing.  It is a double, after all, and a great [...]

Alaskan Brewing Company ESB

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Alaskan Brewing Company ESB ABV: 5.3%, IBU: 42 Citrusy nose with a great bright ruby color and a cream colored head. First, you taste mostly citrus hops with slight earthy, piny notes. The bitterness from the hops linger on your palate, then dries out your mouth with its 42 IBUs. I also notice a bit of [...]

Two Brothers Sidekick

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Two Brothers Sidekick ABV: 5.1%, IBU: 36.1 Sidekick pours bright golden orange and immediately fills the room with honeyed tropical fruit aroma. The first time I put this to my lips it was magnetic—I couldn’t pull away, and soon a second can was opened to make sure it was really that good. ‘Twas indeed. Pairs well [...]

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 [...]

Mendocino 30th Anniversary Pale Ale

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Mendocino 30th Anniversary Pale Ale ABV: 7.0%, IBU: 55 Opened in 1983, Mendocino is hailed as the first California Brewpub to open their doors since Prohibition. Three decades later Mendocino celebrates by bottling three different ales to commensurate their 30-year anniversary, paying homage to what is near and dear to many breweries—the illustrious hop. This Limited Edition [...]

Antwerp-Belgium Brewing Seef Bier

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Antwerp-Belgium Brewing Seef Bier ABV: 6.5% This unique recipe dates to post WWI (1918-19ish). With its Belgian roots, this pale ale pours like a traditional Belgian, but the aroma and the thick head sets this beer apart from the others. Seef Bier is a really earthy, cloudy beer (hence the swirling needed in this traditional [...]