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]

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]

Bent Brewstillery Moar Scottish Session IPA

Bent Brewstillery Moar Scottish Session IPA 4.7% ABV, 47 IBU Moar is mysteriously labeled as “Historical India Pale Ale.” What does that mean? In this case, a Scottish-style, medium-bodied, session pale ale that’s a change of pace from other IPAs. Initial flavors of spice and malt lead into bright fruits and a dry, bitter finish. … [ 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]

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]

Avery Brewing IPA

Avery Brewing IPA 6.5% ABV After a long hiatus, well-regarded Avery Brewing from Boulder, CO, returned to the Twin Cities market this fall. Revisiting a quality brewery like Avery starts with the new benchmark of hop handling, the India Pale Ale. Avery’s doesn’t disappoint with earthy hop aromas leading to layered hop flavors of pine … [ Read more]

Fargo Brewing Wood Chipper IPA

Fargo Brewing Wood Chipper IPA 6.7% ABV The classic American IPA is full of citrus and piney hops, dry hopped to give even more aroma. Orange marmalade on the sip with a lightly bitter finish, this is super smooth and somehow easier to drink than a lot of smaller IPAs. The name and red can … [ Read more]

Sneak Peek: Sisyphus Brewing

“Aye, and I saw Sisyphus in violent torment, seeking to raise a monstrous stone with both his hands. Verily he would brace himself with hands and feet, and thrust the stone toward the crest of a hill, but as often as he was about to heave it over the top, the weight would turn it back, … [ Read more]

The Mill: Summer Celebrations

The Mill is ready to party. We’ve got a holiday weekend, a big match against Belgium, and The Growler’s 2nd Birthday party, Thursday from 6-10pm at the Nomad World Pub. Join us for special firkins, DJ Backpain, food trucks and more. Events: Eat Street Social announced that their Polynesian cocktail annex, the Torpedo Room, will be … [ Read more]

Beer/Cheese: Hitachino Nest IPA & Blue Mont Bandaged Cheddar

By John Garland Once you become enamored with Wisconsin aged cheddar, there’s no going back. You’ll become wrapped up in the stories of those artisans, and begin to identify with them like you would an artist or musical act. Their work becomes canon, as you rattle off producers and ages the way a Scotch aficionado would … [ Read more]

Summit Brewing Company Horizon Red

Summit Brewing Company Horizon Red ABV: 5.7% IBUs: 70  An updated recipe for this beer has brought an extra punch of citrusy hops. There’s still plenty of malty goodness to love, but the addition of Mosaic hops and a few more IBUs has worked wonders. With the dry finish and all around clean feel you come … [ Read more]

Indeed Brewing Company Let It Ride

Indeed Brewing Company Let It Ride ABV: 6.8% IBUs: 90 First, let’s all thank our local friends at Indeed for canning this beer. Thanks Indeed! Now let’s introduce “Mr. Melon” to everyone because he is very prominent in this beer and will come up in conversation a lot. Grass and watermelon splash out at you in … [ Read more]

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA ABV: 6.4% IBUs: 60 Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA is a hop nerd’s dream come true. The beer pours a dark orange with an off-white head. The lacing dropped to leave a ring that looked like some sort of elven writing, but I couldn’t read it—I understand there are few who can. Intense … [ 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]