Bite of the Week: House Beef Roll at Tea House Chinese

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. We’d like to thank Dual Citizen Brewing Company for their underwriting support. Getting a good appetizer is half the battle of any meal, but if you can get a great appetizer—a craveable, inhalable, delectable appetizer—you can almost quit right … [ Read more]

21st Amendment Monk’s Blood Belgian Strong Ale

21st Amendment Monk’s Blood Belgian Strong Ale 8.3% ABV Apparently when Belgian monks would fast for Lent, they would still allow themselves to drink beer. If they were drinking anything like this delicious meal in a glass we doubt they would have gone too hungry, much less remember fasting at all. Leave it to the … [ Read more]

Avery Brewing Hog Heaven

Avery Brewing Hog Heaven 9.2% ABV, 104 IBU When you think of Avery, you think of big, aggressive brews and Hog Heaven does not disappoint. While categorized as an American barleywine this beer blurs the line, drinking more like a rich and robust imperial IPA. Pouring a deep, rusty copper hue with a sticky off-white … [ Read more]

Lagunitas Brewing Brown Shugga’

Lagunitas Brewing Brown Shugga’ 9.9% ABV, 51 IBU Lagunitas turned a mishap into a miracle when a botched batch of their Olde GnarlyWine was transformed into this luscious and frighteningly drinkable seasonal favorite. This amber beauty sports a plush beige head with strong notes of citrus, pine, and candied tropical fruit. A wave of rich, … [ Read more]

Castle Danger Danger American Strong Ale

  Castle Danger Danger American Strong Ale 6.5% ABV Just up the shore from Duluth, Castle Danger has delivered a subtle, yet intriguing flagship into the market. Danger Ale’s warning is that it is a decidedly drinkable 6.5% ABV. Amber in color, the nose keys in on the malt with a hint of raisin character … [ Read more]

Evil Twin Brewing Even More Jesus

Evil Twin Brewing Even More Jesus 12.0% ABV Coming in at a whopping 12% ABV, share this bomber with a few friends! Pour into a snifter and marvel at the jet-black color while you let this one sit for at least 10 minutes to decant. A creamy, mocha finish follows a slightly boozy, semi-sweet chocolate … [ Read more]

Style Profile: Barley Wine

We explore barley wine, an often misunderstood style that warms the throat—and heart. Illustration by David Witt As much as many of us wish it weren’t so, winter is on its way. Already there is a chill in the air and the long days are quickly losing their battle with the night. But the inevitable … [ Read more]

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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 … [ Read more]

Oskar Blues Brewery Old Chub Nitro

Oskar Blues Brewery Old Chub Nitro 8% ABV “Brilliant” is the best adjective to describe this beer. Crack the can, pour vigorously, and be entertained as nitrogen bubbles meander to the top, swirling like a huge school of ocean fish swimming in unison. Once the head settles the beer is so black it actually absorbs … [ Read more]

Alesmith Brewing Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

Alesmith Brewing Wee Heavy Scotch Ale 10% ABV, 26 IBU The wee smell of booziness, a wee caramel sweetness, and some wee fruitiness are noticeable right off the bat. This wee heavy Scotch ale from Alesmith Brewing is brewed year-round and has won many accolades for the style. The large ABV that comes with this beer … [ Read more]

Northgate Brewing Fiddle Smasher Scotch Ale

Northgate Brewing Fiddle Smasher Scotch Ale ABV: 8.0% IBUs: 30 Do you think the local craft beer scene is coming along okay? Who said no? You’re wrong. Northgate is just one of the many talented newcomers. They brewed this beer to celebrate their one-year anniversary. Thanks for the gift, Northgate! A real grainy wheat bread smell pops … [ Read more]

Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher

Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher ABV: 11.0% Well, apparently some winery didn’t enjoy “Vampire Slayer” being used in this beer’s title. So we now have Undead Party Crasher. Wow, does Clown Shoes knock it out of the park when it comes to stouts. Molasses and a vanilla sweetness battle with each other immediately. There is a … [ Read more]

Stone Brewing Company Double Bastard

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 … [ Read more]

Pour Decisions Brewing Company Maroon and Bold

Pour Decisions Brewing Company Maroon and Bold ABV: 9.0% Whoa! This is way darker than I anticipated. It’s a deep, cloudy brown (maroon, if you will) with the head timidly convening as you pour it. Alcohol, dates, and dark bread are prevalent, but none will assault your olfactory senses. This is like no other beer … [ Read more]

Indeed Brewing Haywire Double American Black Ale

Indeed Brewing Haywire Double American Black Ale ABV: 11.5%, IBU: 100+ Using ten pounds of hops per barrel and “Hopped Wort” as mash water, this beer screams HOPS! With distinctive notes of citrus and the feel of sappy pine, they top it off with malt to give a subtle hint of coffee, toffee, and cocoa on the … [ Read more]