Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale

Lagunitas Brewing Company ABV: 9.75% | IBU: 74 Breaking down the barriers of traditional beer styles, the birthname of this beer came from an investigation by the California Alcohol Control Board of the weekly parties that were taking place at the brewery. ACB deemed Lagunitas was running a “Disorderly House,” potentially allowing the state to … [ Read more]

Epic Hop Syndrome Lager

Epic Brewing ABV: 4.8% | IBU: — Epic Hop Syndrome is the latest brew in the Exponential Series. It’s an American Pale lager made with all German pilsner malt and lager yeast. Poured into a pint glass, this beer is a hazy light yellow, with a pitted thin white head with great head retention, and … [ Read more]

Dark Horse Black Ale

Dark Horse Brewing Co. ABV: 7.5% | IBU: — If you want to look through your beer and see something, this is the wrong beer. Black black and more black. The head looks like the chocolate milk your mom made for you. The smell is mild camp fire with some bitter chocolate overtones. Well, well, … [ Read more]

New Belgium Shift

New Belgium Brewing ABV: 5.0% | IBU: 29 The beer pours a bright, shimmering light gold capped by a creamy, lasting white head. Initially the nose presents notes of creamy malted barley. Light notes of grassy and slightly citrusy hops with a touch of honey as well. The flavor is so clean, crisp and delicious. … [ Read more]

Gluten Free Beer: Better All the Time

This special Style Profile focuses on the infinite variety of Gluten Free Beer. BY MICHAEL AGNEW, A Perfect Pint To readers of The Growler, the disease’s triggers are familiar: wheat, barley, rye, and oats. They just happen to be the main grains from which beer is made. This means that for the one percent of Americans … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: Irish Red Ale

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. Citizens, a disclaimer: even with St. Patrick’s Day almost upon us, this is not going to be about homebrewed Irish Red Ale. Well, it is, but only insofar as to frame up some guidelines … [ Read more]

Straight from the Source: Wild Brunette

If there is one beer that embodies the spirit and flavor of brewing in Minnesota, it is the Wild Brunette. Barley John’s signature beer, this brown ale recipe has been a house favorite since the small brewpub opened 13 years ago in New Brighton. Head Brewer Brian Lonberg says the large percentage of Minnesota-grown wild … [ Read more]