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]

Indeed Brewing Company Hot Box Imperial Smoked Porter

Indeed Brewing Company Hot Box Imperial Smoked Porter 9.0% ABV For this smoldering winter seasonal, Indeed teamed up with their friends at Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub in South Minneapolis. Hot Box is a robust porter aged on hickory-smoked poblano and jalapeno peppers, giving it a smoky, spicy, and subtly sweet flavor. With hints of roasted … [ 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]

Milwaukee Brewing Company O-Gii

Milwaukee Brewing Company O-Gii 9.2% ABV MKE is on the forefront of experimental, unique, and delicious beer. O-Gii is an imperial wit brewed with chamomile tea, which works so well it’s surprising more brewers haven’t followed suit. O-Gii’s flavor is a deep bready base punctuated by coriander spiciness. The body is fuller than a typical … [ Read more]

Ommegang Brewery Gnomegang

Ommegang Brewery Gnomegang 9.5% ABV Ommegang teamed with Brasserie d’Achouffe to brew one of the finest Belgian-inspired golden strong ales ever to grace a fermenter. The Chouffe yeast gives this beer distinct spicy clove and bubblegum aromas, and the carbonation is aggressive enough to scrub away all that Roquefort cheese you’ve been gorging on lately. … [ Read more]

Odell Brewing Mountain Standard

Odell Brewing Mountain Standard 9.5% ABV This sought-after seasonal black IPA arrived late to MN this year, so get your hands on it quickly! It features the best chinook and cascade hops Colorado has to offer. The aroma features beautiful pine resin, juicy citrus, and rich chocolate, followed by flavors of chocolate, bitter cocoa, and … [ Read more]

Brooklyn Brewing Company Black Chocolate Stout

Brooklyn Brewing Company Black Chocolate Stout 10.0% ABV Brooklyn was a pioneer in the craft beer movement and has been brewing this Russian imperial stout since 1994. It pours like oil and is pitch black in the glass with a dark mocha head that fades quickly. The chocolate malt stands out and the roasted malts … [ 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]

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Celebration Fresh Hop IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Celebration Fresh Hop IPA 6.8% ABV, 65 IBU An early example of an American-style IPA, it is one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Celebration pours with a creamy, beige head. It has a deep copper/amber color with citrus and pine aromas. The crisp, herbal hoppiness comes off as assertive but not overwhelming. … [ Read more]

Millstream Brewing Company Raspberry Latte Stout

Millstream Brewing Co Raspberry Latte Stout 7.6% ABV The espresso aroma leads off this coffee-colored brew, before a sweet raspberry smell enters your nose. It has a very light mouthfeel despite big black coffee notes. The tart and sweet raspberry flavor creeps up on the finish and lingers on your palate. Pair with a rich … [ Read more]

Fulton Brewing Company Worthy Adversary

Fulton Brewing Company Worthy Adversary 9.5% ABV, 81 IBU Pours pitch black with a mocha/hazel head. A deep chocolate aroma is first, followed by a slight smokiness. The silky brew hits your lips with a burnt coffee bean flavor and a slight alcohol burn. It then changes to a creamy, vanilla softness before finishing with burnt … [ Read more]

Big Wood Brewery Wicked Ex

Big Wood Brewery Wicked Ex 7.6% ABV The first smell is sweet pineapple, but it’s quickly taken over by earthy, woodsy hops. The color almost matches the can—a cloudy, almost dirty red. A full, thick mouthfeel delivers a kick, and a slight sweetness up the front slowly turns bitter. You continue to feel the bitterness … [ Read more]

Rush River Brewing Minion IPA

Rush River Brewing Minion IPA 7% ABV The aroma hooks you with an explosion of lemon citrus. The color is bronze and crystal clear. It slowly coats your tongue with a velvet silkiness that starts to bite just before the hops dry you out, leaving you wanting more. This is a very refreshing brew that … [ Read more]

Bent Brewstillery Maroon and Bold

Bent Brewstillery Maroon and Bold 9.1% ABV The color is a rich maroon/bronze with a cream-tinted head. A dank, piney, and earthy hop scent turns to a vanilla/marshmallow aroma the longer it sits. It has a smooth and bitter mouthfeel that slowly sucks the moisture from your tongue. Dried apricots are the dominant fruit, while … [ Read more]