Last Sunday, Phantogram headlined the Palace Theater for the final night of the venue’s re-opening weekend. The sold out space was HUGE, cavernous at the upper levels, but the views were solid from pretty much all angles. The crowd arrived ready to have a good time and opening band, The Veldt, did a great job of harnessing that energy. The snow was falling outside, but you wouldn’t have known it by the size of the crowd just before Phantogram went on. The stage display made their performance even more dazzling and lead singer Sarah Barthel was electric from the moment that she stepped on stage. The sound throughout the evening was excellent as well as the lighting, the Palace is worthy of it’s place among Minneapolis’ top venues. Phantogram played a gamut of their most recent hits, including an encore performance that gave everyone more than their money’s worth. A stunning display, I’d recommend buying your tickets early the next time they’re in town. Check out the photos above and be on the look our for more from Phantogram.
Last Friday, we had the privilege to catch Fool’s Gold artist, Black Atlass, live at our own 7th Street Entry. The evening started with a bang once local producer, c. Kostra, began playing gems off of his new project Now I Feel It. His ambient production and distorted vocals draped the crowd in a warm atmosphere that lingered well into Black Atlass’ energetic set. From the start you could tell that Black Atlass is a professional artist who is conditioned for stage performances. Each movement seemed deliberate and his vocals were unwavering. The poise and command were apparent as he breezed through last year’s Haunted Paradise, standing out with “Tonight” and the title track, “Haunted Paradise.” As he wrapped up his set, the energy in the venue was palpable. The headliner for the night was lauded producer and DJ, OVERWERK who took things up yet another level. His remixes brought majority of the venue onto the dance floor capping off an immersive evening. With the floor packed and everyone getting down the night ended on a high note, I was most impressed by Black Atlass, but each artist had a good set. Check out some of the pictures below and keep an eye out for more.
As the craft beer scene continues to explode around the country, breweries like Tallgrass are finding new experimental beers to stand out from the rest. A few months ago, Tallgrass released their latest version of their sought after Buffalo Sweat – only this version has a little bit more pizazz to it.
The Bourbon Barrel-Aged stout brewed with vanilla beans and cinnamon, is not only a lot to say, but it has a lot to offer. While it isn’t my favorite beer from them, it is a must try for all beer connoisseurs. The taste is as described on the can, while offering a sweeter side to it, similar to a cookie. The brew is velvety smooth and packed with flavors. The biggest downfall for me, was the lack of bourbon taste to this one – it would have taken it to a whole new level. Overall, this is a solid beer, and if you find some, try some!
This weeks beer goes out to Surly’s ninth anniversary release, appropriately titled NEIN. The Imperial Smoked Dunkelweizen was inspired by Surly’s head brewer, Todd Haug’s trip to Bamberg, Germany. The bottle, which you may recognize, also features the familiar Erica Williams intricate artwork.
I’m not one to over hype, but this beer is absolutely a must try. This might possibly be my personal favorite from the highly sought after brewery. Brewed using hefeweizen yeasts and oak-smoked wheat – this beer evolves with every sip. You might taste cocoa, vanilla, banana, and smokey wood, to name a few. This beer is insanely complex, yet so balanced. Seriously, sitting at 10%ABV, I could hardly taste a drop of alcohol. If you come across one sitting on the shelf, please do yourself a favor and purchase a bottle and enjoy.
As chocolate peanut butter porters start to become full effect this season, we came across another that came out on top. The brew is made by our brothers to the east in Wisconsin, at Horny Goat Brewing. If haven’t tried a brew of this style, I highly recommend it.
This brew pours thick and dark as molasses, with a yellowish head to it. This beer is what I like to call a dessert beer, because you can only have one. Rich in chocolate and peanut butter, this beer is bold and rich in roasted malts with a creamy marshmallow feel to it – it’s delicious. Overall, it is very well balanced in flavors, mixing both chocolate and peanut butter – even those who hate dark beers tend to enjoy this one. Sitting at a solid 6.5% ABV, you are getting your money worths with this brew. Grab a sixer and enjoy!
It has been a minute since we have featured a beer from Minneapolis’ Indeed Brewery. Just recently, a friend stumbled across a bottle from a local liquor store – so we did what was best and drank it. While the beer is out of season, it seems to have aged to perfection.
The Mexican Honey, is an Imperial Lager that sits at a whopping 8.7% ABV. The beer tastes nearly as they advertise. The brew has smooth pale malts, citrus hops and a light taste of honey and biscuits. Absolutely is this one a must try, especially for those who aren’t into the hoppier beers. Keep your eyes open for a bottle and drink up!
Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ This beer is no surprise, as it has been around for a few years now. Lagunitas has some of the most remarkable beers around, and they constantly do things their way. One of their highly sought after brews that they continue to pump out during the winter season, is their Brown Shugga’ American Strong Ale.
First off, do not let the price tag fool you ($9.99 a six pack), because these beers are pushing 10% ABV. Literally two beers in, am I am feeling warm and buzzin’ heavy. For real, don’t sleep on this beer if you have been. Each sip brings sweet carmel malt flavors packed with heavy fruit hops – this brew is velvety smooth, leaving me wanting every last drop. If you’re into hops, this beer doesn’t disappoint. Did we mention this one’s seasonal? Yes, and this is why Lagunitas continues to be different, releasing a sweet and hoppy, yet powerful brew for the winter months – instead of a porter or stout.
Strap up your with your drinking shoes because October is nearly upon us. This week we feature yet another Oktoberfest and rightfully so. Sierra Nevada teamed up with Brauhaus Riegele to make one tasty seasonal brew.
The beer is being hyped by many, so I figured I’d snag a sixer. Well, no need to waste time, because this one is up there with the best. The beer pours a nice gold color and immediately smells of honey and malts. The beer has a great balance of caramel, malts, nuts, and a dry hop finish. Crisp, clear and very little head – this ones gone before you know it. For $7.99 a six pack, you can never go wrong with anything Sierra Nevada does, and this one is up there with the best Oktoberfest’s on the market.
This week, we bring a second consecutive brew from Free State Brewery, with Ad Astra Ale. Ad Astra, comes directly from the Kansas state motto, “Ad Astra per Aspera”. These are Latin words meaning “To the stars through difficulties”.
The brew itself, is an Altbier, which is a German old-style brew. This style of brew can be less common by american breweries, as they yield high malted caramel, smooth bitters and nut flavors. The brew is most similar to a brown ale. Sitting at lighter 5.6% ABV, this brew is as smooth as they come. With a large amount of the flavors upfront, the finish is near impeccable. Crack a brew and turn on the ole Nintendo and you’re set.