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Bauhaus Brew Labs

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Bauhaus Brew Labs. Aesthetically pleasing, tasty brews, all tucked neatly in the heart of the Brew District (NE Minneapolis). If you were to ask me what my favorite brewery is to attend, it is now Bauhaus Brew Labs. With open space, a large covered outdoor area with lights hanging overhead; it is the perfect place to go with larger groups.

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Bauhaus also has an outdoor/indoor stage for live music, board games, bag toss, and a kid play area. These are all things that make this brewery unique to the scene around it. Just a block down from 612 Brew, placed alongside the railroad tracks, Bauhaus Brew Labs is just the new brewery we needed to liven up the brewery scene yet again.

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[MADE] Brew of the Week

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This brew is entirely inspired by my recent trip down to the KC MO area. After living in Lawrence KS for a number of years, we were limited to keystone light and these delicious brews. It turns out, while I was away, they have come out with one hell of a summer IPA – which is only fitting to what our stormy weekend has brought us.

Free State Brewery, out of Lawrence KS., brings a smooth and refreshing brew to the table. The Storm Chaser Summer IPA, is a thing of beauty. The beer is perfectly hoppy with just the right amount of bitterness and refreshing citrus tart flavors. Put it this way, it is a well balanced IPA that will leave you wanting more. Sorry guys, this one can’t be found anywhere outside of the KC area, but feel free to ask your local liq store if you’re really that interested.

[MADE] Brew of the Week

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As promised, we’re here with a fresh spring time brew. Destihl Brewery, out of IL., has brought these delicious cans to our neck of the woods. I found this one over at Central Liquors for a low price of $3.99 a six pack and could not resist trying it – and it was well worth it.

I’m going to say this now and get the negatives out of the way, make sure to open these nearby a sink or outdoors, because it is bubbly to say the least. After the initial volcano out the top, this brew will deliver. Light in color and feel with a sweet lemony zest – this Belgian Style Pale Ale can be drank for breakfast lunch and diner. Sitting at a low 4.9% ABV, you can take a few down like a champ in no time – not to mention, Abbey’s Single is quite refreshing.

[MADE] Brew of the Week

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Only one brew featured this week, but it is definitely one well worth it.  The brewery out of New York, Southern Tier, makes some not so common beers. Anything from a creme brûlée beer, to their belgian styled IPA such as the Tier De Garde – they have everything and then some. Over the weekend, a local liquor store had these big bomber beers 50% off and I just couldn’t resist.

This belgian styled IPA is brewed has some added flavor with grapefruit peels, making for one damn good beer. The limited brew, which is only available once a year, pours a deep golden orange color, as if it were damn near a glass of orange juice. After my first sip, I was immediately surprised by how much flavor it had. Extreme citrus flavors balanced with hops and spices – the Beer De Garde is refreshing and smoother than ever to drink. Sitting at a solid 8.1% ABV, this might be my favorite beer from the New Yorkers out of Southern Tier.

[MADE] Brews of the Week

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It looks like spring beers are beginning to roll in sooner than later. One of the first to hit the liquor stores, is brought to you by the great Sierra Nevada brewery. This year for their Beer Camp series, they are featuring a spring seasonal titled, “Hoppy Lager”.

The brew, which tastes just like its title, is spot on delicious. Sitting at a whopping 7% ABV, it is virtually hidden with taste. Clean, crisp, hoppy, all with an earthy lager taste – Sierra Nevada has made one fine beer with their Hoppy Lager. For under $10 a six pack, this will be a spring favorite.

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Wow. . . so after recently discovering our fellow midwest brewery, Saugatuck Brewery, out of MI., it is apparent that these guys know what they’re doing. A few weeks back we featured their unique Neapolitan Milk Stout and now we’re featuring they’re silky smooth Bonfire Brown Ale.

The Bonfire Brown ale would be prime sipping on next to a fire chillin’. The brew pours with little to no head, and features a dark brown / reddish color to it. This brown ale first tastes of roasted nuts and maybe toffee, with a light smokey malt finish. Absolutely this beer is very well balanced.

[MADE] Brews of the Week

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Where do we even start with this beer. This vicious single-hopped IPA leaves taste buds wanting every last drop. The Hop Devil, has a whole lot going with it. In each sip, the sweet nectar fills your mouth with piny-grapfruit-tangerine flavors, backed by a solid biscuit malt taste. The finished product is rather juicy yet dry.

Some of Victory’s beers can be found at your local liquor store. For some reason, this brew can be hard to find in the upper midwest. If you ever stumble across this brew, make sure to grab a sixer if you already haven’t

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Two Brothers Brewery, out of Warrenville, IL., now has been featured twice for our Brews of the Week. This time, we would like to feature their delicious Peppermint Porter.

Their latest winter release of this brew is absolutely delicious. If you’re into experimental beers, this one is a must try. The peppermint porter pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head – which immediately you will notice it’s peppermint aroma. After taking the first sip, I found that it has a balanced taste of peppermint bark, chocolate, roasted malts and a creamy smoothness to it. At this time of the year, it is only right to enjoy a delicious porter.

The Beer Dabbler: Winter Carnival 2015

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When: Saturday, January 24th | 3:30-7pm |
Where: MN State Fairgrounds | Tickets $40 Adv. $50 Doors|

The Winter beer dabbler is the real fuckin’ deal. We have attended the last two years, and nothing really compares to it. Bundled up from head to toe with a pretzel necklace on lock – the Winter Beer Dabbler will leave you stumbling with patchy great memories.

Just like last year, the beer dabbler will feature: 120+ breweries, food trucks, silent disco, Hammerschlagen and many more activities. Hopefully, like last year, Red Bull will sponsor the festival with DJ’s, and a snowboarding/skiing competition. Keep in mind, this is THE largest beer festival in Minnesota. There is something about crazy Minnesotan’s, wanting to stand outside for hours in the blistering cold, all for some delicious brews. Peep the video below and we hope to see you there.

 

[MADE] Brews of the Week

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Neapolitan Milk Stout. . . That’s right, just like how it sounds. The classic strawberry-chocolate-vanilla milk stout is a tasty treat come true. I was very skeptical diving into what sounded like, an overly sugary artificial tasting brew. Having never heard of, or tried Saugatuck’s beers, it turns out this is one for the ages.

This brew pours darker than a midnight’s sky, with little to no head. Immediately you can notice how spot on this smells to a classic Neapolitan.  The stout is light in strawberry and chocolate and very, very creamy smooth. It does this so well, all while having that textbook stout flavor.The beer comes in a four pack for $10.99, which is a little higher than expected. Nonetheless, never let the price discourage you, as I highly recommend this brew.

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If you haven’t noticed outside, it is that time of the year to drink some stouts. Whether you’re cooped up indoors or relaxed at the bar, a creamy milk stout will satisfy the mind. While Boulevard has never really been known outside their community for stouts, they continue to hit the nail on the head with this style of brew.

For their winter pack, Boulevard has released a few new brews, including this Oatmeal Stout. Sitting at a light 5% Alcohol, this stout fills the taste buds with roasted malts, dark chocolate and a decent hop presence. Ultimately, this is an all around fresh tasting oatmeal stout by Boulevard brewery that deserves a try.

[MADE] Brews of the Week

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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.

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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.

[MADE] Brews of the Week

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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.