By Brian Kaufenberg
A new Minnesota-based contract brewery called Lake Monster Brewing is launching its first two beers tomorrow in the Twin Cities. The company is made up of Matt Lange, former assistant brewer at Madison, Wisconsin’s Ale Asylum, and Matt Zanetti, the son of a former Napa Valley vineyard manager.
Their first two beers were born out of their philosophy to “make unique versions of classic beer styles for our friends in the Twin Cities” and are styles that are “most likely to be in [their] fridge.” Empty Rowboat IPA is made with a blend of “classic and new American hops” including a newer hop variety called Meridian, which lends to what their website calls a “firm bitterness… [and] intense citrus-hop aroma.” Their second beer is a Czech-style pilsener called Calhoun Claw “brewed with a blend of Czech and American hops and lagered for a clean finish.”
According to an interview by The City Pages, Lake Monster’s name came from a “long, weird brainstorming session” in which they narrowed down a list of 150 names to “one that said the most about Minnesota while still having fun.” They developed their brand by commissioning local artist Jeff Nelson, who drew the logo and labels featuring Minnesota’s lakes and the mythical creatures that may lurked beneath.
The release event is happening tomorrow night at Old Chicago Eden Prairie (12300 Singetree Ln., Ste. 100) where Lange and Zanetti will be on hand to sample their beers and answer questions from 5 to 7pm. Can’t make it tomorrow night? You will be able to find Lake Monster on draught this October with bottles hitting the shelves of your local liquor store later this fall.