Hunyuck Brew Co. to Hit the Beer Market This August

Hunyuck. A term of endearment from Dave Gronert’s “tough, old Norwegian” grandmother, and the basis for the name of a new beer brand hitting the market this August: Hunyuck Brew Co. “Hunyuck was a term that my grandma used to describe backwoods folks in northern Minnesota that are basically real renaissance men,” says Gronert, co-founder … [ Read more]

Fair State IPA

Fair State Brewing Cooperative IPA 6.4% ABV, 64 IBU Way to go, Fair State. Not only do you have an awesome co-op business model, but you also brew one of the tastiest IPAs in town. It’s a bold move to make an IPA this dry, but when you’re dealing with such a killer hop profile, … [ Read more]

New Belgium Slow Ride IPA

New Belgium Brewing Company Slow Ride IPA 4.5% ABV, 40 IBU Summer in Minnesota means beaches, bikes, beers, and backyard hangouts. There’s no better beverage option on an adventurous day than a can of bright, delicious, low-ABV session IPA, and New Belgium’s Slow Ride delivers. Savor the generous aromas of fresh grass, grapefruit, and lemon … [ Read more]

Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA

Oskar Blues Brewery Pinner Throwback IPA 4.9% ABV, 35 IBU Pinner is a great choice for anyone looking for big flavor and low ABV in a beer. A brilliant golden body and beautifully delicate head is a sight for sore eyes. The nose is big and dank, bursting with citrus and pineapple notes. A bold, … [ Read more]

Element Plasma Sake IPA (Gluten Free)

Element Brewing Company Plasma Sake IPA (Gluten Free) 9.3% ABV, 64 IBU Celiac disease? Gluten intolerance? No dietary restrictions, but you want an awesome bottle-conditioned, unique IPA? Fear no more, Element Brewing has a beer to solve all of these problems! Using brown rice and malted millet in the grain bill, this hop-forward golden IPA … [ Read more]

Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red Ale

Oskar Blues Brewery G’Knight Imperial Red Ale 8.7% ABV, 60 IBU Oskar’s G’Night is a beauty of an imperial red. Really: the shiny mahogany, blood-orange appearance is completely alluring. A thin, off-white layer of foam lies peacefully at the surface and the nose beckons memories of the sweet orange marmalade that topped the plain white … [ Read more]

Uinta Wyld EPA

Uinta Brewing Company Wyld EPA 4% ABV, 29 IBU First sniff, this EPA exudes a strong, dank, damp-grass smell—the same aroma that you kicked up when you ran around the yard as a kid. You would think with such a strong smell, the hops would overpower in the taste. Not so: the malts balance out … [ Read more]

3 Sheeps Really Cool Waterslides IPA

3 Sheeps Brewing Company Really Cool Waterslides IPA 6.2% ABV, 60 IBU We love IPAs. We also really like cool waterslides. So naturally, an IPA called Really Cool Waterslides is going to rank pretty high in our books. An aroma reminiscent of oranges dumped in soap takes over the smell profile. Don’t worry: that is a … [ Read more]

Boulevard The Calling IPA

Boulevard Brewing Company The Calling IPA 8.5% ABV, 75 IBU From Boulevard’s Smokestack Series comes this lovely American IPA. With more hops than Timberwolves rookie Zach Lavine, this pale-gold elixir leaps out of the glass with bright grapefruit and pine aromas, does a 360 mid-air showing a hint of peach, and then slams it down … [ Read more]

Castle Danger 17-7 Pale Ale

Castle Danger Brewery 17-7 Pale Ale 5.8% abv Up the North Shore we go! Bike? Check. Hiking gear? Check. Map to Castle Danger Brewery? Checkmate. The 17-7 refers to the address of the brewery’s new location in downtown Two Harbors, Minn, and is a tart, tangy, crisp little pale ale with orange peel on the … [ Read more]

Rogue Ales Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA

Rogue Ales & Spirits Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA 8.02% ABV, 90 IBU The Pacific Northwest, where Rogue is located, conjures visions of burly, bearded lumberjacks. Although the beards are bigger than ever these days, men are more likely to be downing Voodoo donuts than giant redwoods. However, their taste for bold beer hasn’t changed, and … [ Read more]

Odell Runoff Red IPA

Odell Brewing Company Runoff Red IPA 6.5% ABV, 50 IBU In 1989, Odell Brewing set up shop in a converted grain elevator outside Fort Collins—the second microbrewery in Colorado. For a while, brothers Doug, Wynne, and Corkie Odell spent a lot of time explaining to people what craft beers were. Explain no more. Educated palates … [ Read more]

Indeed Haywire Double American Black Ale

Indeed Brewing Company Haywire Double American Black Ale 10.5% ABV, 100+ IBU This brew carries notes of toffee, coffee, pine, cocoa—oh yeah, and 10 pounds of hops per barrel. You have not had hoppy until you have had this! Wondering what to serve with this hops-forward beast? Our favorite pairings include honey ham, buffalo wings, … [ Read more]

Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Hop Hunter IPA 6.2% ABV, 60 IBU The hoppiest of hoppy IPAs, made using the wet-hop method in which just-picked hops are steam distilled before they even leave the fields. As if that weren’t enough, Sierra Nevada adds pure hop oil to the mix to give the brew a rich, intense … [ Read more]

Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin

Ballast Point Brewing Company Habanero Sculpin (Limited Release) 7% ABV, 70 IBU Holy crap, that is hot! Sure, this IPA has some fruity and hoppy flavors, but dang them chilies. Named after the sculpin, a poisonous, spikey, stinging fish, alone this IPA is a crowd-pleaser, but with the added habanero, it’s not for the faint of … [ Read more]