If you are new to the MADE Blog, or simply haven’t noticed, we have featured our favorite brews on a weekly basis for a year. Thanks to beer and the extra effort, you can further explore two of our favorite new found brews on a weekly basis. Our first choice, goes out to Minnesota’s very own Bent Paddle Brewery’s Cold Press Black Ale.
This one has turned me away for a few weeks now due it’s surcharge of $12.99 for a four-pack. After some time, I was finally feeling well off enough and purchased the four pack with no regrets. Cold Press pours blacker than black, with little to no head. After pouring and taking my first sip, I couldn’t help but notice the thick coffee and chocolate notes this beer brings , and is it ever smooth. One of the better coffee ales to DATE, if not the BEST — Bent Paddle linked up with Duluth Coffee to create one fresh tasting brew. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, all perfectly balanced to sooth the soul. I highly recommend this brew to any coffee/beer lovers out there.
After making a trip down to pops house, I opened up the fridge to find a gem of a beer sitting there. All the way from Nebraska, Zip Line Brewery’s NZ IPA fell into the palm of my hand and into my bloodstream.
The NZ IPA, is loaded with the bitter yet citrusy New Zealand Hops (Hence NZ IPA). This is not your typical American IPA, as I personally found it to be quite complex. The beer itself is more than carbonated and pours a nice golden color. The label states, “it is bursting with tangerine’s and blackberry’s,” which is quite misleading, as this is a lot less bursting. The brew smells like this, but yet has lighter notes of tangerines, making for a awesome brew for warmer weather. I would definitely give this one a go in a full sixer to see how it grows, but overall it is unique with bitter hops with sweeter malts backing it.