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John Garland, Senior Editor
★ Ale Asylum Hu$h Money IPA
The first seasonal release to enter Minnesota from Madison’s Ale Asylum is a showcase of the Hallertau Blanc hop. A new member of the Cascade family released in 2012, Hallertau Blanc gives Hu$h Money a pillow-soft profile of white grapes, citrus pith, and honeydew melon, and a rounded, mellow bitterness that glosses over a surprising 7.8 percent ABV. It’s been filtering out to select locations throughout January and will be in wide release until April.
★ Lakefront Eastside Dark Lager
★ Domaine André et Mireille Tissot Crémant du Jura Extra Brut
★ Rye + Cynar (2:1) on the rocks
★ Bang Brewing Mosh
Joseph Alton, Editor-in-Chief
★ Venn Batch #18 Breakfast Stout
Almost every beer I’ve tried at Venn seems to land on the sessionable side of the spectrum. Perhaps that’s why their Breakfast Stout stood out to me. It pours deep black with a tan head. Intense coffee dominates the aroma. The beer is medium-bodied with a creamy, almost sparkly mouthfeel. Dosed with Ghanaian cacao nibs and vanilla, its sweet notes balance nicely with the tannins from the coffee and roasted barley. Though the coffee is absolutely a focal point in this beer, I also get a lot of roasted-marshmallows-in-hot-chocolate character.
★ Schell’s Lunar Interference
★ Northbound Barrel-Aged Snowmageddon 2017
★ White Oak Akashi Japanese Blended Whisky
★ Roets Jordan Berry Sour
Brian Kaufenberg, Managing Editor
★ Brau Brothers Moo Joos Oatmeal Milk Stout
Moo Joos was one of the first milk stouts I ever tried after I turned 21. Back then, the style was still relatively unknown to me and many other beer drinkers, with only a handful of commercial examples on the market. But even now that milk stout is a commonplace offering, Moo Joos still impresses with its lush body and rich flavors: oatmeal cookies, heavy on brown sugar; light roasted coffee; and milk chocolate sweetness cut with roasted malt bitterness. It’s 5.8 percent ABV and its affordable price point make this an ideal everyday kind of stout.
★ Old Forester 1870 Original Batch Bourbon
★ Kite & String Funkhouse Cider
★ Founders Breakfast Stout on Nitro
★ Forager Impeach Me
Kate Murphy, Assistant Editor
★ Central Waters Mudpuppy Porter
When winter is in full swing, it’s not difficult to find yourself cooped up, avoiding the bitter chill and dreaming of warmer days. And while Russian imperial stouts or other heavy-bodied beers offer comforting sensations when the temperature dips, I don’t always want an intense 11 percent booze bomb weighing me down. Central Waters’ Mudpuppy Porter lowers the ABV a couple notches to 5.5 percent for an approachable dark beer that doesn’t compromise on robust flavors. Faint cocoa scents give way to deeply rich milk chocolate and coffee aromas, as a wave of roasted malts glide onto the palate. Earthy hops balance the sweet sweep as a slightly dry bitterness completes the profile. Luscious and light, and ideal for a February night.
★ Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale
★ BlackStack Local 755
★ Du Nord L’Étoile Vodka
★ Fair State Vienna Lager