Southern Tier Warlock

Southern Tier Warlock 8.6% ABV Making its second bottled release is the darker variation of Southern Tier’s popular Pumking. Billed as an imperial stout, this newfound holiday favorite pours a cola-colored brown with an off-white, thin head. The aroma is quite similar to that of Pumking—baked, sweet pumpkin that’s heavy on nutmeg and cinnamon with small … [ Read more]

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale 7% ABV, 28 IBU Named after one of the greatest events on TV, and I’m not talking about the super bowl or Olympics. This is Punkin Chunkin, a festival in Delaware where groups of people try and see how far they can launch pumpkins across a field. This pumpkin ale won first … [ Read more]

New Glarus Brewing Thumbprint Series Apple Ale

New Glarus Brewing Thumbprint Series Apple Ale 4% ABV, 15 IBU ONLY IN WISCONSIN! That’s right, the New Glarus distribution ring is limited to Wisconsin and Wisconsin only. With apples harvested in Wisconsin and every piece of this brew being sourced locally, you begin to see why the “Drink Indigenous” label on these bottles makes sense. With … [ Read more]

New Belgium Gruit

New Belgium Gruit 6.6% ABV A hazy, light yellow brew with pineapple, citrus, and floral aromas. It doesn’t use hops as its bittering agent, making the balance very complex. It has a substantial, hefeweizen-like taste about it, with some bitterness up front leading to a sip of woodsy and sweet malt flavors. A beer that proves the … [ Read more]

Angry Orchard Iceman

Angry Orchard Iceman 10% ABV This gem is #2 in the Ciderhouse Collection by Angry Orchard. Iceman uses traditional methods exercised in ice-wine, or ice cider from Quebec, Canada. This process allows the apples to freeze on the tree during the first part of the cold winter. Once harvested the frozen juice is very concentrated giving … [ Read more]

Steel Toe Brewing Provider Ale

Steel Toe Brewing Provider Ale ABV: 5.0%  IBUs: 15  Yahoo for spring, right? Although it’s a year-round beer, Steel Toe’s Provider is a perfect beer for spring. Light, crisp, refreshing, awesome. Lemon zest on first sip. Although staying zesty, there is a lemon meringue pie fatness that fills your mouth. This beer offers so much, but … [ Read more]

Landing at Read’s Landing Brewing Company

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 … [ Read more]

Brewery Vanhonsebrouck St Louis Framboise

Brewery Vanhonsebrouck St Louis Framboise ABV: 4.5% If the Lozen Boer is the brooding Belgian patriarch, then the St. Louis Framboise is the whimsical, aloof, stylish cousin of the Belgian family. The palate is filled with ripe raspberries and a tart refreshing finish. It’s a total gateway beer because it lets you dabble in beer without … [ Read more]

Stone R & R Coconut IPA

Stone Brewing ABV: 7.7%, IBU: 90 R&R Coconut IPA is a collage of flavors. This beer pours with a nice, golden color and has a fruity nose filled with coconut complimented with citrusy hops.  The subtle sweetness won’t overwhelm your palate as it blends perfectly with the fruity hops. R&R finishes hoppy with a nice bitterness … [ Read more]

New Belgium Coconut Curry Hefeweizen

New Belgium Brewing ABV: 8%, IBU: 14 Take a leap of faith with Coconut Curry Hefeweizen from New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series. This truly unique beer has a bright and hazy golden color, that would leave King Midas himself envious!  It’s 8% ABV is flawlessly disguised among a menagerie of spice notes including cinnamon, nutmeg and … [ Read more]

Big Discount Liquor Reviews Some Brews for October-November 2013

BIG DISCOUNT LIQUOR 3900 CEDAR GROVE PARKWAY EAGAN MN 55122 [email protected] FOLLOW US: @BDLEAGAN   Big Discount Liquor is a store specializing in having something for everybody. With a fine selection of wine, liquor, and beers of all types BDL tries to please a wide variety of customers. Expansive craft beer selections help solidify the … [ Read more]

Pyramid Apricot Ale

Pyramid ABV: 5.1% | IBU: 11 Pyramid’s Apricot Ale tastes much like it smells, of fresh apricots. It pours a hazy, unfiltered orange with a fair amount of carbonation added to its light body. Its refreshing fruit flavor gives the ale a change of pace than that of the traditional wheat beer. Sweetness carries all … [ Read more]

Boom Island Yule

Boom Island ABV: 12% | IBU: 12.2 After working their butts off to create a rooted line-up of year round offerings, Boom Island Brewing is ready to introduce us to their first ever seasonal. Yule No. 1 is a gently spiced holiday ale that sits quietly confident after being poured with the appearance of mahogany … [ Read more]

21st Amendment Fireside Chat

21st Amendment ABV: 7.9% | IBU: 45 “Good evening, friends.” was the typical introduction from President Franklin Roosevelt on his Fireside Chat radio sessions. And a good evening it is when you’ve got a six-pack from 21st Amendment. Their winter seasonal has the flavor of gingerbread, but added hop presence assures that you aren’t drinking … [ Read more]

Anchor Christmas Ale

Anchor ABV: 5.5% | IBU: — Every year this beer is different, but at the same time, familiar. When customers ask how it tastes I know every year I can say “like Christmas morning.”  Imagine you could shove everything involved with Christmas: the tree, the presents, the food and the overall feeling into a bottle … [ Read more]