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New Thriller ‘Mojave’ Opening In Theaters January 22nd

William Monahan (The Departed, Body of Lies) is taking his second jab at directing his own script with a new thriller called Mojave. Starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Garret Hedlund (Four Brothers, Tron: Legacy), the film follows a rich, suicidal artist as he ventures into the Mojave Desert, only to encounter his doppelganger: a homicidal drifter. Appearing in the supporting cast are actors Walton Goggins (Shield, Sons of Anarchy), Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, Lone Survivor), Dania Ramirez (X-Men: The Last Stand, American Reunion), and Matt Jones (Breaking Bad, Red State). Monahan’s last writing/directing project was a film called London Boulevard in 2010, but since The Departed opened in theaters in 2004 the writer has really failed to attain a solid following in terms of highly popular projects, like Edge of Darkness (2010) and the remake of The Gambler in 2014. The trailer does look pretty wild, though, making the film read more like a modern Western thriller with a plot of cat and mouse cowboys. Hopefully it will be enough to get Monahan back on the Oscar-worthy list, but we’ll see. The trailer is here on MADE. Enjoy!

[MADE] Brews of the Week

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Just a few miles across the Minnesota/Wisconsin boarder lyes Dave’s Brewfarm. The brewery, which is just like how it sounds, is self sustainable by growing their own hows and using solar and wind energy to help power the brewery. Bottom line is, they help by making efficient beer that is delicious.

After landing my hands on their chocolate porter, titled, Cow Pie – I was very surprised by how complex the brew was. The brew features sweet chocolaty notes packed with flavorful hops – which make one hell of a experience for this brew. I can say, this may be my first brew by these guys but it won’y be my last. Oh, sorry for lack of info on pricing and finding this beer as it was gifted to me.

For more info: Dave’s BrewFarm

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We featured this brew last year and we need to once again. Every Valentines Day, Boulevard Brewery’s highly sought after Chocolate Ale is released. This cocoa infused ale just hit the shelves a little over a month ago (mainly in the KC area), and it is safe to say it sold out a looooong time ago. From my brief time living there, this was a great day for beer lovers to rejoice and share the limited time release.

The brew only comes in a bomber with a corked top, for a relatively low price around $10. After popping the cork and getting the initial smell of delicious chocolate, it is officially game on. The beer is so well balanced between the bitter chocolaty notes and nut malt flavor. It is safe to say It leaves you wanting every last drop.

Don’t worry people, this brew does surface in in the Minneapolis area as I randomly stumbled across two bottles on the shelf. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the ever delicious Chocolate Ale in a nearby pub or liquor store.

[MADE] Brew of the Week

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As promised, week in and week out we discover and try new beers and bring them to you. Some…not so great. It’s others that leave you wanting every last drop that we feature. Save the troubles of spending cash and drinking something you wish you hadn’t by taking a little bit of our advice and try a few of the featured brews.

After that quick rant, lets get down to business. This weeks Brew of The Week, is Boulevard Brewery’s limited Imperial Stout. Sitting at a complex 11% ABV, Boulevard brings us one delicious, yet heavy brew. Poured into a smaller 10 oz glass, the Imperial Stout sat with some nice head before being able to drink it. The first initial taste, comes off as a raisiny plum taste, backed by chocolate and caramel characters. It is afterwords, you feel the warm booziness filling fill up your gut. At $10.99 a bottle, your drunk, and it is 100% worth it.

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Boulevard offers a wide variety of brews. Light to dark, or hoppy to malty – they have something for everyone. A few days ago I picked up the latest version of “Harvest Ale”. This wheat wine ale, is one hell of a brew to remember.

After pouring a hazy and dark golden color, a whirlwind of fruity scents flood the nose. This English styled wheat ale taste of mellow fruit hops backed by a strong dry wheat finish. Sitting at close to 10%ABV, this brew is as close as it gets to a wine – it is incredible. For $10 a bottle, Boulevard’s Wheat Wine Ale is not one to pass on.

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Third Street offers a nice selection brews, including: Jack’d Up, Honey Do, and Sugar Shack. This stout is definitely one you could drink with a breakfast sausage and pancakes. The maple syrup they used to make this stout, is harvested fresh from Saint John’s Abbey Arboretum and Forest, in Collegeville, MN. The beer has strong notes of roasted malts and sweet n’ tasty syrup, mixed with a nice balance of hops. If you haven’t had a chance to grab this one yet, it is quite tasty, and definitely recommended.

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Alright, this week we feature some rare hard to find brews for the upper midwest. Both of these beers are completely unique from one another, yet they are quite amazing in their own respects.

Over the Christmas holiday week, there was a lot of great beers consumed and these were among the top two. Victory’s Red Thunder is our first spot, which features a Baltic Porter aged in Wine Barrels. After popping the wood cork and pouring this into a glass, you can’t help but notice how dark the brew is. The tricky part is putting together what it is exactly that you are tasting, because this brew is quite complex. Throughout my first sip, there were notes of nuts, chocolate, sugar, raisins and malty breadness to it as well. One may taste these exact flavors, or maybe not at all – this one is a must try for beer lovers, as there are not many who can successfully create a complex brew as this one. Average price – $8.99 a bomber.

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The second brew goes out to one of our favorite breweries, Boulevard Brew and Odell Brewery. The two released a collaboration ale, titled Silver Anniversary Ale. The brew was made in tribute to the two breweries selling their very first keg on the same day, 25 years ago.

This American Strong ale is as smooth as they get. Upon pouring, you will immediately notice the dark golden color, followed by a nice haze to it. With a decent amount of hops, toffee and heavy maltiness to it – you are set for a great brew for a having during lunch. It sits just over 7% ABV, so it isn’t as strong as some of Boulevard’s bomber beers. Average price – $9.99 a bomber.

[MADE] Brews of the Week

Boulevard’s Sixth Glass

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If you follow the Brew of the Week posts, you may be familiar with our love for Boulevard Brewery in Kansas CIty by now. Perhaps it was because I lived there for sometime, or maybe it is the simple fact that these guys continuously release some of the best beer around.

The Sixth Glass, is a Quadrupel that will knock your socks off and have you snoozing before you know it. This brew is loaded with dark fruits, such as plums and raisins, all while being balanced with some caramel sweetness. The beer is very strong, sweet, and not very hoppy whatsoever. The Sixth Glass will have you feeling great anytime you drink it, as it sits at a whopping 10.5% Alc/Vol. You can find this one in either a 4-pack, or as a bomber for $10 each. . It is worth every last drop.

Batch #6 – CITRA Hopped Double IPA

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You probably have never seen or tasted this home-brewed MADE affiliated beer, but we are putting the plug on this one for a number of reasons. Batch #6 is by far the best brew from the crew, and it certainly will be making rounds at parties and events this summer. Slightly illegal? Yes, but who the hell cares, it is real tasty and they are free. Everything above is in the works and is subject to change, but as their equipment continues to be upgraded, so is the production and accuracy that comes with the new tools.

This Citra based double IPA, is one that can be drank year round, especially in the warmer seasons that are approaching. Batch #6 is backed heavily with a trio of hops: Citra, Amarillo and Nugget hops, making for more of a sweet and florally DIPA. Sitting at a lower 8% Alc. by volume, this DIPA is smoother than a new Tesla as it hits the pallet nicely. Make sure to stay tuned as more changes are to come.

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It is that time of the year my friends. Every Valentines Day, Boulevard Brewery’s highly sought after Chocolate Ale is released. This cocoa infused ale just hit the shelves yesterday (mainly in the KC area), and it is safe to say its pretty much sold out already. From my brief time living there, this was a great day for beer lovers to rejoice and share the limited time release.

The brew only comes in a bomber with a corked top, for a relatively low price around $10. After popping the cork and getting the initial smell of delicious chocolate, it is officially game on. The beer is so well balanced between the bitter chocolaty notes and nut malt flavor. It is safe to say It leaves you wanting every last drop.

Don’t worry people, this brew should surface in a few weeks in the Minneapolis area. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the ever delicious Chocolate Ale in a nearby pub or liquor store.

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Lake Monster Brewery is one of the latest breweries to emerge in Minnesota.  Their beer is currently being produced in Wisconsin, but they hail out of the MPLS area. It is a unique set up for the time being, but it is apparently working out pretty damn well.

While both of their flagship brews taste great, the Empty Rowboat IPA is absolutely our favorite. This IPA is a  rather citrusy-hopped brew serving to be smooth from start to finish. While It is  a rather sweet beer, it is still backed with a dry finish. The single-hopped IPA really delivers as a very drinkable brew. It look like Sweet Child of Vine found its main competitor.

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The Bully Porter by Boulevard in Kansas City is hands down one of the more drinkable porters out there. The Kansas City brew holds to be one of Boulevards trademark beers in my opinion, although it doesn’t get the fame as many of the others. Bully comes off upfront as surprisingly bitter with a nice mixture of hops, this is rare for most porters. After the initial bitterness comes the silky smooth caramel/espresso flavor, making it one easy beer to drink overall. This one is a must buy if you can find it, as it is mostly sold in the KC/MO area.

Modus Hoperandi. Say it one more time now, it is pronounced Mo-Dus Hop-Erandie. This brew is made by Ska Brewing Company, in the great state of Colorado. Trust us, this American IPA is a true IPA for everyone. The beer pours a dark amber color and has a rather pungent and dank taste to it, followed by a lot of fruity citrus notes. Sitting at a solid 6.8% ABV, the brew serves very well balanced overall. Believe us when we say this beer is World Class 10/10.