Winterfest 2015 and Beyond: What’s On Tap at the Minnesota Brewers Guild

Winterfest 2014 // Photo by JaneCrane Photography

Winterfest 2014 // Photo by JaneCrane Photography

Bent Paddle Brewing:

Harness the Winter IPA – With a deep malty aroma, this is a nicely balanced rye IPA with a prominent malt character that creates the heavier winter body. Available in cans.

Brau Brothers Brewing:

Barrel and Bog Sour – Premiering at Winterfest, this barrel-aged sour has a fruitcake aroma and a very sour cranberry-based profile in flavor, complemented by a soft mouthfeel.

Carmody Irish Pub & Brewery:

Auld Robbie Scottish Ale – This winter-themed beer is brown in color with a caramel malt aroma. It’s a bit on the sweet side with caramel and roasted chocolate coming through its light body.

Black 47 – This is a stout that pours black as coffee and carries coffee characteristics in the aroma. It’s a hearty and bitter winter beer.

Indeed Brewing:

Wooden Soul #1 (Saison w/ Brett) – An excellent “gateway” sour (technically a wild beer) with the Brettanomyces yeast giving a lemon-fruity character with an earthy tone. More saison than sour and a good pairing of styles.

Insight Brewing:

Gravity Well Imperial Stout – This was sampled in its regular, non-barreled variety while it will be oak conditioned at the festival. It carries hints of chocolate, dark fruits, and just a touch of cranberry and coffee, all topped off with a boozy sting on the lips.

Yuzu Pale Ale – This is a taproom exclusive beer available at Insight since opening in November. It’s clean, light on the tongue with a quick zesty citrus that complements the hop notes well.

Tin Whiskers Brewing:

Barleywine – The next entry of the Fourier Series pilot-system program, this mid-body English-style barleywine has a strong toffee profile and uses molasses in brewing.

Town Hall Brewery:

Manhattan Reserve Cherry Grand Cru – This beer kicked off Barrel Aged Week at the brewpub and is a strong beer led, powered up with a Woodford Reserve barrel and tart cherries, making it the beer equivalent of the classic cocktail.

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