When Life Gives You a Polar Vortex – Make Eisbock

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

Photo by Aaron Davidson

Even more rare than the weather phenomenon it’s named after – Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub‘s Polar Vortex Eisbock is to be released on Monday, February 10th at 3:00pm (CST).

Many believe that this unique style of beer was actually invented by accident in Germany in the 1890’s. According to lore, Reichelbräu Brewery in Kulmbach, Germany left some of their Bockbier outside on a bitterly cold night and the casks froze – leaving behind only a small amount of liquid that had a high concentration of alcohol because the water froze out.

According to Northbound, this is the first example of the style to be produced in the state in the past several years. “I wanted to do something unique that no one else in Minnesota was doing,” said head brewer Jamie Robinson. “With all the great new breweries opening there are not a lot of styles that haven’t been brewed locally.”

A limited amount of the beer was produced and Northbound suggests getting in on Monday if you want to try it. “We hope that our customers are as excited about this beer as we are”, said Robinson. “It’s about the only good thing that you can get from the Polar Vortex.”


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