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!
As we wind down our fine year of 2015, we continue to locate and find unique delicious beers to drink. Over the past week or so, Stone Brewery’s 24 Carrot Golden, stood out the most. The carrot cake inspired Belgian Style-Ale, is one to try just for the experience. If you’re not a fan of carrot cake, then maybe not so much.
While this beer has had mixed reviews by many, don’t let that fool you. It’s not often that you will ever find a beer such as this one. The beer has an intense initial taste of spices and semisweet raisin like flavors. There are subtle notes of cinnamon, vanilla and carrots to go with it. Honestly, this beer is the closet thing you can come to tasting like an actual carrot cake, yet keep a belgian beer undertone. Sitting at 8.4% ABV, this beer will keep you on your toes.
Little over a week ago, we finally made our way over to Insight Brewery in NE., MPLS. After the visit, we found a delicious IPA, which can now be found in stores.
Grabbing a growler and finishing this one in one sitting, was no problem. The West Coast Styled IPA, is refreshing to say the least. Full of tropical fruit flavors and hints of lemon zest – this brew would go down easy as a day beer. Sitting at a solid 7% ABV, you can expect a bit of buzz after finishing a jug of this brew. Keep your eyes open locally and make sure to grab yourself some Troll Way.
Victory Brewery has been consistently making some of the best beers in the U.S. Just this past weekend, I was gifted a bottle of one of their IPA’s – Moving Parts (The Ever-Evolving IPA) Batch No.4.
After loading up the canoe and riding out, it was time to crack open this unique IPA. Every four months, the guys from Victory decided to change things up by adding new ideas to put a twist on brews. With Batch.04, Victory added belgian yeast with mosaic and Madarina Hops. This brew has a lot going on – with fresh fruit and strong wheat flavors, it couldn’t of tasted better while on open waters. Sitting at a solid 7% ABV, Victory is one delicious brew. Make sure to grab a bomber if you come across one – it’s damn good.
Hell Hath No Fury Ale
By now, we should all know Bell’s brewery. One of Michigan’s finest brewery’s, has released a delicious Dubbel styled ale. Hell Hath No Fury features some delicious characters to it, making for a well rounded brew.
Brewed with Abbey-styled yeasts and blending the flavors of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. After pouring, let this one sit for a few minutes and open up. The brew tastes dark and fruity – yet offering deep chocolate undertones. After finishing a single bottle, I felt myself reaching for more. . . unfortunately it was the only one. If you are looking for a solid mid-fall brew, this one will do you well.
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.
Just over a month ago, we were down in Kansas City and decided to check out their city market. To help set the scene, it was 100 degree’s out with the heat index. As if that wasn’t bad enough, it was nearly 100% humidity that day as well. Welcome to Kansas City everyone.
The city market was bustling and no one was going to let the heat stop them – hell, it didn’t stop us. The culture and city was very much alive. One thing I was able to take from the experience, was how genuine everyone was – especially the farmers. The man above, made an impact on the day for many, as he barely broke a sweat performing. I have counted eight instruments, can you spot more?The farmer above was stationed in his wheelchair in the shade. He was completely content watching crowds pass by. After asking if I could take his picture, he was shocked, yet happier than ever to do so. I think this may have been my favorite person that we had met that day.
Peaches were a hot commodity, as farmers were either competing near by one another, or they were simply sold out of their fresh produce. The young girl above was helping her father clean up the left over peaches that didn’t make the cut.
After trying fresh cheeses, fruits, vegetables – we broke down and grubbed at one of the restaurants near by. I would highly recommend grabbing a beignet from Beignet KC. Overall, the city market has a lot to offer and would definitely do it again. If you’re in the area, make plans to hydrate and explore one of the staple locations in Kansas City.
This past Saturday, the Minneapolis’ Totally Gross National Product held an outdoor concert series at Icehouse. The lineup featured: Lizzo, Jason Feathers, Psymun, Stolyette,Poliça, and many more (visit the link above for full lineup). The event featured some very talented performers, and it showed. While we were only able to make it for the last half of the lineup, every artist put it down for the city. Flip through some of the events highlights and continue to stay locked for more local recaps to come!
This weeks Brew of the Week goes out to Minneapolis’ Bent Brewstillery. This brewery may not be the most well known out of the dozens that exist in the Twin Cities, but they should be. Making anything from experimental brews to bourbon – they should be highly recognized in the area.
Bent Brewstillery’s Uber Lupin Swarz IPA, is one tasty brew. While its taste is more related to that of a Porter, it still is one that hits the spot. The flavor profile is quite robust, featuring: Malts, Chocolate, Coffee, Pine and maybe even toffee. This brew is quite unique and deserves a try from anyone that enjoys a dark beer – I mean this beer is as dark as they get. Sitting at a whopping 8.3% ABV, this one should be a staple dark beer in the Twin Cities.