Homebrew Recipe: Ras Neckbeard Tropical Stout

When we 21st century beer folks think of summertime seasonals, we most likely envision something yellow and light-ish—Berliner weisse, pils, a wheat beer. But 19th century English brewers exporting their ales to the small latitudes didn’t necessarily think the same way. We’ve explored historical IPA in this column before, but the brewers supplying the far-flung … [ Read more]

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Insight Brewing fends off winter with new collaboration beer

In August 2015, Insight Brewing Company co-founder and lead brewer Ilan Klages-Mundt traveled to England. While he was there, he partnered with Elgoods Brewery to brew a collaboration beer in honor of the brewery’s 248th anniversary. The result, A Loosened Bold on the Battering Ram, a 7% ABV export stout, will be available on tap and in growlers at … [ Read more]

Chocolate Stout Devil’s Food with Rosemary Buttercream

Nothing caps off a holiday feast like the right dessert, and Zoë François baked us a showstopper. Rich and roasty Fulton Worthy Adversary is our pick for baking into (and drinking alongside) this cake for a truly memorable holiday pairing. Chocolate Stout Devil’s Food with Rosemary Buttercream and Sugared Cranberries By Zoë François, ZoeBakes.com 1 … [ Read more]

Holiday Survival Guide

Need a festive cocktail to shake up for your guests? Not sure how to navigate your holiday office party? Did mom tell you to bring a side dish to dinner? We’ve got you covered. Welcome to The Growler’s Holiday Survival Guide, everything you’ll need to make this year’s holiday season memorable. DRINK There’s a certain type of drinking … [ Read more]

Nebraska Black Betty Imperial Stout

Nebraska Brewing Company Black Betty Imperial Stout 11.3% ABV, 67 IBU The jet-black liquid supports a sandy-colored cap of carbonation that fades to a translucent film. Bakers chocolate and burnt bitterness jump out of the glass, as does a trace of gaminess. The body is surprisingly light, given the color. The whiskey barrels in which … [ Read more]

Guinness Brewery Guinness Foreign Extra

Guinness Brewery Guinness Foreign Extra 7.5% ABV Now this is an Irish stout! Dark fruits and rich caramel come to the forefront on the nose with an underlying hint of alcohol heat. The palate is surprisingly smooth with notes of chocolate, red grapes, and roasty espresso. Let it warm to room temperature and molasses and brown sugar … [ Read more]

Odell Brewing Company Lugene

Odell Brewing Company Lugene ABV: 8.5% With the first sip of this beer you are transported back to your childhood and an ice cold glass of chocolate milk. This beer pours dark as night with a nice brown head. Raising your glass delivers a sweet aroma—no coffee or hops here—just milk chocolate and possibly a hint … [ Read more]

Bad Weather Brewing Company Ominous

Bad Weather Brewing Company Ominous ABV: 7.5% IBUs: 40 This dark brown ale is dangerously drinkable. The nose is dominated by fresh, aromatic cocoa nibs, and hints of caramel and toffee. Dark chocolate and bready malt are the primary flavors, giving way to coffee, caramel, and a bit of vanilla. It’s not overly sweet, and … [ Read more]

Indeed Brewing Company Stir Crazy

Indeed Brewing Company Stir Crazy ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 22 The label promises an “Ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, raisins, brown sugar & natural flavors.”  That leads some to think the beer might be too sweet. Fear not—Indeed deftly combines these ingredients into a supremely balanced and delicious brew. It’s full-bodied, yet doesn’t feel heavy. When … [ Read more]

Stout-Braised Chuck Roast, Big Wood Blue Cheesecake & Barleywine Fig Compote

Dinner on the Farm presents its latest farm to table recipes. Recipe By Dan Parker Photos by Aaron Davidson The days are getting shorter, the nights colder, and while the long months of winter weather are just beginning, the holiday season brings great food, great beer, and most importantly, the great company of those we … [ Read more]

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Look for Summit’s 2nd Union Series Brew: Rebellion Stout

The second brew from Summit’s limited-release Union Series, available very soon, is called Rebellion Stout. So what’s with the name? Summit chose to call this special edition “Rebellion Stout” to acknowledge the independent nature of Cork County, Ireland — also called “The Rebel County” — where the excellent Stout malt used in this brew originates. … [ Read more]

Rye Pale Ale at the Herkimer in Minneapolis

Straight from the Source visits a Minneapolis institution. By Doug Hoverson Photo courtesy of The Herkimer It’s been a successful neighborhood bar—and a popular Packer bar during football games. Minnesota’s fifth-oldest brewpub has developed along the lines founder Blake Richardson set back in 1999. However, one part of the founding vision may have kept The … [ Read more]