Well, it is that time of the year again as fall weather approaches and Oktoberfest beers flood the market. One of my absolute favorite Oktoberfest beers this season, has to be Great Lakes Brewing Company’s.
This beer must be created by descendants of German beer gods – it is that good. A six pack an hour wouldn’t be a hard feat with this Oktoberfest. Poured with a copper gold color, with malt forward presence – the beer then soothes as a light bitter hops linger. Super clean, refreshing, and lastly, it sits at 6.5% ABV. This beer is remarkable and I highly suggest grabbing a six pack while you can.
Mad River is one of those breweries, where everything they touch turns out to be gold (or damn near close). With a badass label attached to this imperial red ale, I knew I had to grab this at the liquor store ($8.99 for a four pack).
This Imperial Red, pours a deep and dark amber red. The lightly carbonated brew, has little to no head and sits at a solid 8.6% ABV. The most immediate feature of this brew, is how fragerant the brew is – it immediately reminds me of one of our homebrews. Heavy on the caramel malts and strong on the sweet citra-fruit style hops – double dread is as one smooth imperial red ale. Make sure to leave a little beer in the bottom of these, as they are full of sediment.
Another one of MADE’s favorite breweries, happens to be Victory. This should be apparent by now, as we feature our third beer by Victory. Victory’s Winter Cheers, is labeled as a celebratory Wheat Ale, when it is really more of a Hefeweizen.
The brew pours a light color with a bit of haze tint to it. This one had me scratching my head at first, “a Hefeweizen served as a winter beer?” Turns out, the beer serves rather delicate, with a slight mix of hops, lemon and bananas. It is absolutely delicious and even comes off a bit of a saison. If you are looking for a light, yet tasty, holiday brew to compliment some of g-ma’s holiday baked goods – look no further.
Indeed Brewing Company will be hosting their 3rd annual Hullabaloo party at their headquarters today. The event is all ages and will feature music from Tired Eyes, John Swardson And Bad Blood, The Crossing Guards, Nato Coles & The Blue Diamond Band, Mike Gunther, and The Dand Ole’ Tri’Ole. In addition to the live music there will also be a couple of limited addition brews and plenty of food for those who come hungry. This weekend is going to be a busy one with the Zombie Pub Crawl going down as well, if you can fit it into your schedule the Hullabaloo is definitely worth a stop.
When thinking of Lino Lakes, most tend to think of milk and dairy products, not beer. The guys from HammerHeart opened up their brewery this last August, and lets say there is a bit of a backstory to why they chose Lino Lakes.
The two brewers, Austin and Nathaniel, moved to Minnesota just a few years ago in hopes to soak in our Nordic history with dreams to open a brewery. Austin, the head brewer, went out to Norway to help brew beer at Haand Bryggeriet. After making his way back from Norway, it appears that Austin had all the knowledge needed to open up his very own brewery with Nathaniel. Lino Lakes was simply chosen as a primary location because it is near Minneapolis, but yet offers some wonderful nature right in the breweries backyard.
Now lets talk beer. These guys have to be some of the most unique brewers ever. I say this because their experimental style brews are absolutely delicious and offer a variety that you couldn’t get anywhere else. I mean, where else have you tried smoked a habanero imperial porter, oak rye stout, or a oatmeal maple coffee stout on a regular basis. If this doesn’t sound good to you, trust us when we say these are absolutely incredible beers. HammerHeart Brewing Company has all the tools to be a great brewery and we truly believe this brewery will be here for a while.