1347 Frost Ave, Maplewood, MN 55109
We’re a diamond in the rough. Don’t be fooled by the less than desirable exterior, the foundation for this store was built on a deep passion for craft beer. Emphasizing customer service and one of the best craft beer selections in Minnesota, we strive to have that beer you want and also recommend that beer you didn’t know you want.
Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA
ABV: 5.6%, IBU: 55
A fluffy white head, Belgian ester aroma and typical wheat ale cloudiness are your first clues that this beer is first and foremost a witbier. But at 55 IBUs, fruity hops like Citra and Cascade compliment additions of sweet orange and coriander for a flavor profile perfect on a warm summer day. Deschutes’ brews are all about balance and they do a great job here of not going overboard with spices and Belgian phenol character, using a deft hand that allows each component its place in providing layers of depth without dominating. The genesis of this hot new style began last summer with a Deschutes/Boulevard collaboration, but I doubt its evolution will see one better crafted than this excellent year-round addition to their line-up.
Although this White IPA pairs well with grilled fish tacos, it would complement almost any food choice and could become your go-to brew with just about any meal.
Hop Syndrome Lager
Epic Hop Syndrome is the latest brew in the Exponential Series. It’s an American Pale lager made with all German pilsner malt and lager yeast. Poured into a pint glass, this beer is a hazy light yellow, with a pitted thin white head with great head retention, and a nice long lacing down the side of the glass. Aromas of bright lemons and real noticeable citrus as well as a pleasant grassy aroma. The taste is a clean, crisp pilsner malt with slight spice undertones, and a mild hop bitterness, it’s not going to knock you over like a big IPA, but definitely more bitter than the average lager.
Enjoy with a great cut of steak, twice baked potato with the fixings, and sweet corn. It’s a session beer, so it will leave you with a bit more room for food.
Laguitas Brewing Company
Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale
ABV: 9.75%, IBU: 74
Breaking down the barriers of traditional beer styles, the birthname of this beer came from an investigation by the California Alcohol Control Board of the weekly parties that were taking place at the brewery. ACB deemed Lagunitas was running a “Disorderly House,” potentially allowing the state to seize the brewery, but instead, Lagunitas received a 20-day shutdown of operations. This beer does not come off as big and bold as the ABV would lead you to believe, pouring amber red with a nice off-white head, the aroma of pine and citrus compliment a fresh and crisp mouth feel with a refreshing Grapefruit finish.
Would pair well with Asiago, Pecorino Romano, or other sharp pungent cheeses.
Grand Cru Rodenbach Ale
Grand Cru Rodenbach Ale is delicious to drink any time of year, but is especially refreshing in the summer months. With a deep brown color and persistent off-white head, complexity is already obvious at first glance. The aroma of musty cherries, green apple, and damp wood are striking. As you take a sip, you will notice a balsamic tartness that balances nearly perfectly with caramel and vanilla notes. Grand Cru Rodenbach has a substantial mouth feel that finishes dry, leaving you wanting more.
Pair with bacon wrapped pork tenderloin for an impressive sensory experience.
Goose Island Brewing Company
ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 25
Aged in wine barrels and on orange peel, you instantly pick up the smell of citrus and vanilla on the nose which continues through with the first sip delivering a tart, yet dry, mouthfeel. Add to that a wild yeast fermentation imparting a subtle pepper spiciness with a soft, champagne-like carbonation bringing you to a creamy vanilla finish and you have a complex ale we are lucky to have available year-round.
Pairs well with most shellfish, especially Shrimp Scampi and lobster.