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Rating: Solid This is the Schell’s Brewery 150th anniversary beer. They list it at 5.8% ABV, and say it combines “the elegant drinkability of a Pilsner, the bready maltiness of a Vienna Lager, and the hopping of a Pale Ale.” Let’s see how it measures up. Sampled a pint, on tap at Common Roots, Minneapolis. … More Schell’s 150th Anniversary ("Hopfenmalz")
Bell’s, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has for years been one of the most respected breweries in the upper Midwest. They brew tons of excellent beers, but I feel that this one, HopSlam, has earned a spot near the top of the pile. HopSlam is an imperial IPA, weighing in at 10% ABV and all kinds … More Bell’s HopSlam
Surly Mild Rating: Solid There was once a time when mention of a mild would earn me quizzical looks. Not so any more – at least, not in the Twin Cities, where Great Waters, Town Hall, and now Surly have all brewed their own terrific examples of the style. Today’s milds are a reincarnation of … More Surly Mild
Breckenridge Brewery is located in Breckenridge, Colorado. I’ve seen a few of their beers around Minnesota, but tonight is the first time I’ve tried one. Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout12oz bottle, sampled from a pint glass. Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout poured black as black can be, with no hues, tints, or hints of light allowed to pass through. … More Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout
Stub & Herb’s has become one of my regular beer oases in Minneapolis. Formerly little more than a college students’ drinking bar, Stub & Herb’s changed course a few years back, in order to survive the addition of Sally’s up the street. Under the direction of John, the bar manager, S & H became a … More Stub & Herb’s – "Your Grandpa Drank Here"