Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Nooner Pilsner

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Nooner Pilsner 5.2% ABV, 38 IBU The Nooner pours a pale yellow with citrusy and piney hops on the nose. Its light body and grassy notes are quickly followed by a hoppy finish. Thank goodness there are still breweries out there that are willing to get creative with classic German styles. … [ Read more]

Stone Delicious IPA

Stone Delicious IPA 7.7% ABV, 80 IBU It’s pretty hard to find gluten-free or nearly gluten-free beer that is still quite tasty. Thankfully, Stone has created a nice, lemony IPA that fits the bill. A great pale amber color, you can hardly tell that this beer is lacking a quintessential brewing component. Try it with … [ Read more]

Indeed Brewing Let It Ride IPA

Indeed Brewing Let It Ride IPA 6.8% ABV, 90 IBU It’s a shame we had to wait an entire year for the re-release of this IPA, but the wait is over! This beer is brewed with a combination of calypso, mosaic and el dorado hops, which lends to a myriad of aromas from tropical fruit … [ Read more]

New Belgium Brewing Cocoa Mole Spiced Chocolate Porter

New Belgium Brewing Cocoa Mole Spiced Chocolate Porter 9.0% ABV, 20 IBU Forget sugar – chocolate and spice make everything nice! Cocoa Molé has a harmonious blend of Vietnamese cinnamon, sweet cocoa, chipotle, guajillo and ancho chili peppers, with a touch of allspice that combines for a complex and decadent porter. Right from the start, … [ Read more]

Joseph Wolf Brewing Berlin Style Weisse: Sour Wheat Ale

Joseph Wolf Brewing Berlin Style Weisse: Sour Wheat Ale 4.3% ABV After 93-years since Joseph Wolf last brewed in Stillwater, his granddaughters began reviving his legacy with three flagship beers, including this sour wheat Berlin-style weisse. This straw-colored ale has aromas of tart lemons. The taste is slightly sour with a bubbly champagne mouthfeel that … [ Read more]

Schell’s Dawn of Aurora

Schell’s Dawn of Aurora 8% ABV, 5 IBU Schell’s is on a beautiful track. With the Noble Star Collection, they have shown that they can still surprise us and Dawn of Aurora is no exception. This Berliner weisse has been carefully crafted to provide a light, slightly tart experience laden with notes of sweet fruits. … [ Read more]

Third Street Brewhouse Spotlight IPA

Third Street Brewhouse Spotlight IPA 7.5% ABV, 70 IBU Once a year, the brewers at Third Street split up into pairs to create a brew. After a round of blind tasting, the most worthy brew is chosen to be in the Spotlight. This year’s winner was a rye IPA brewed with cascade, centennial, and columbus … [ Read more]

612Brew Gateway Park Lager

612Brew Gateway Park Lager 5.6% ABV, 23 IBU 612Brew paid homage to their roots by naming this lager after an iconic part of Minneapolis landscape history. The Gateway District once housed the Great Northern Depot, the Milwaukee Road Depot, and the beloved Metropolitan Building, which was unfortunately demolished in 1961 due to urban renewal. This … [ Read more]

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Venture Pils

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Venture Pils 5.0% ABV, 38 IBU Soft water is an essential feature of the Czech and German regions that popularized pilsners in the 19th century. Fortuitously, Lake Superior has naturally soft water that, combined with the skillful brewing of Bent Paddle, allows us to enjoy this delicious pils. Venture Pils presents flavors … [ Read more]

Full Sail Brewing Session Black Lager

Full Sail Brewing Session Black Lager 5.4% ABV, 18 IBU What a beautiful lager! It pours dark brown with sweet and toasted malts on the nose. It has a great roasted malt profile and is smooth and crisp on the tongue with a nice finish. This is definitely a beer to be enjoyed with friends … [ Read more]

Surly Brewing Furious

Surly Brewing Furious 6.2% ABV This beer is a glorious one and holds one of the few spots I have in my fridge for complex IPAs. Deliciously complex tropical fruits as well as traditional hop notes dominate the nose. Furious is an IPA that screams hand-crafted. What else can be said about the beer that … [ Read more]

Left Hand Good Juju

Left Hand Good Juju 4.5% ABV Seems fitting a store with a 666 address should be reviewing this beer. This year’s almost sessionable version of Left Hand’s Good Juju herb beer is less gingery and more citric than prior releases. The bright grapefruit and passion fruit notes play well off the hops and light toasted … [ Read more]

Finch’s Hardcore Chimera Imperial IPA

Finch’s Hardcore Chimera Imperial IPA 9% ABV This is a solid beer from the Finch’s Beer Company in Chicago. This is an innocent looking IPA with a sneaky 9% ABV. The citrus notes of grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest play off the soft caramel and grain notes whispering in the background. If this beer was … [ Read more]

Sweetland Orchard Roundabout #5, Barrel-Aged Rye

Sweetland Orchard Roundabout #5, Barrel-Aged Rye 7% ABV First: it’s important to drink this cider at a warm enough temperature (at least 50°F) to allow all of the flavors to express themselves. Your reward is a refreshing, white wine-like experience. This cider is almost clear with just a hint of gold color. Carbonation is light … [ Read more]

MKE Louie’s Resurrection Barrel Aged Amber

MKE Louie’s Resurrection Barrel Aged Amber The boys at MKE took their already stellar Louie’s Resurrection Ale and aged it for two years in bourbon oak barrels. The whiskey-soaked wood adds complexity, vanilla tones, and alcohol content to make this an amber ale on steroids. The warm, almost creamy mouthfeel and agreeable toasty finish make … [ Read more]