MKE Louie’s Resurrection Barrel Aged Amber

MKE Louie’s Resurrection Barrel Aged Amber The boys at MKE took their already stellar Louie’s Resurrection Ale and aged it for two years in bourbon oak barrels. The whiskey-soaked wood adds complexity, vanilla tones, and alcohol content to make this an amber ale on steroids. The warm, almost creamy mouthfeel and agreeable toasty finish make … [ Read more]

Excelsior Brewing Co. Bitteschläppe Brown Ale

Excelsior Brewing Co. Bitteschläppe Brown Ale 6.5% ABV, 25 IBU What’s the translation of “bitteschläppe” you may ask? Well, you won’t find it, but you’ll want to enjoy this brown ale nonetheless. This beer is perfect when a cool Minnesota spring day urges you toward a heartier beer but you desire something a bit lighter. … [ Read more]

Saugatuck Brewing Company Bonfire Brown

Saugatuck Brewing Company Bonfire Brown 5.5% ABV This malt-forward ale pours with a fluffy khaki head atop its alluring reddish-brown body. This is a savory brew with wafting hints of chocolate, dark roast coffee, and faint smoke. In many ways, it’s quintessential American brown ale, but the delicate smoky notes bring a unique and satisfying … [ Read more]

Bad Weather Brewing Windvane

Bad Weather Brewing Windvane 6% ABV As the seasons transition from one to the next, Bad Weather Brewing is also transitioning from its current home in Minnetonka to the Saintly City. Changes aside, their flagship beer remains consistently balanced and suitable for any time of year and any part of town. The subtle, toasty caramel … [ Read more]

Northgate Brewing Parapet ESB

Northgate Brewing Parapet ESB 5.6% ABV Nestled in Northeast Minneapolis in a brand spankin’ new facility, Northgate Brewing’s mission is to focus on session beers and British styles. Parapet ESB delivered on both promises, as this is a nicely hopped ESB for IPA drinkers. Aromas of spicy hops, citrus, and a hint of coriander give … [ Read more]

Nebraska Brewing Brunette

Nebraska Brewing Brunette 4.8% ABV, 15 IBU You want something with body, but that is not heavy, something flavorful but not overpowering, and you want to be able to have a few. Then you want Nebraska’s Brunette Nut Brown Ale. This is a great version of the English-style browns. It pours a deep caramel brown … [ Read more]

Rogue Ales American Amber Ale

Rogue Ales American Amber Ale 5.6%, ABV 53 IBU Rogue Amber Ale is American through and through: from home-grown hops and barley harvested in Rogue’s own fields in Oregon, to the 16-ounce grenade can made as a special thanks to American troops and soon to be distributed to military bases around the world. This refreshing amber … [ Read more]

Tallgrass Pub Ale

Tallgrass Pub Ale ABV: 4.4% IBUs: 20 This beer is mild—a dark mild to be exact. Clean malt shines with bready, caramel, and grainy notes, and there’s some crisp chocolate and lingering fruity esters. It’s earthy and sweet like a fine tobacco, with a medium body and creamy mouthfeel, yet remains light and refreshing. Floral hops … [ Read more]

Left Hand Sawtooth NITRO

Left Hand Sawtooth NITRO ABV: 5.3% IBUs: 27  Nitro is the new black. First their legendary Milk Stout arrived on Nitro in six packs, now their Sawtooth Ale gets the Nitro treatment. It pours a gorgeous copper with a creamy head, thanks to the Nitro. A nice nutty base to the beer with a slightly grassy … [ Read more]

Bad Weather Brewing Company Windvane

Bad Weather Brewing Company Windvane ABV: 6.0%, IBU: 65 A great addition to the Minnesota beer scene, Windvane is Bad Weather’s year-round flagship beer. The amber-red color and hoppy aromas announce that this beer is going to make a statement. On the palate the hops immediately assert themselves. It’s medium-bodied, dry and spicy, with a … [ Read more]

Lakefront Brewery IBA

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 … [ Read more]

Indeed Brewing Company Stir Crazy

Indeed Brewing Company Stir Crazy ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 22 The label promises an “Ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, raisins, brown sugar & natural flavors.”  That leads some to think the beer might be too sweet. Fear not—Indeed deftly combines these ingredients into a supremely balanced and delicious brew. It’s full-bodied, yet doesn’t feel heavy. When … [ Read more]

Atwater Brewery Decadent

Atwater Brewery Decadent ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 11   Decadent pours a very dark brown color, with room-filling aromas of sweet chocolate. Then it plays a trick on your palate, because this beer really isn’t that sweet. It’s medium bodied, surprisingly dry, with bitter dark chocolate flavors supported by a brown ale structure. This pairs well … [ Read more]

Third Street Brewery Sugar Shack

Third Street Brewery Sugar Shack ABV: 6.5% I wanted to try this beer because it sells well at our store. The smell is full of brown sugar and roasted coffee notes. At first sip it is roasty and a little nutty, then moves into malty smoothness. Then it is followed by a brown sugar sweetness that … [ Read more]

Deschutes Jubelale Winter Ale

Deschutes Jubelale Winter Ale ABV: 6.7%, IBU: 60 Once you crack open a bottle of Deschutes’ Jubelale, you’re submersed in the aroma of Christmas—notes of chicory, spice and fruit. This festive winter ale pours with authority, a dark red hue, and a nice frothy head. As a medium bodied brew, this will pair well with pastas, … [ Read more]