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The Beer Blog, or “Brew Bros Blog” as it is currently named, has seen many writers come and go. Each with his or her personal writing styles, beer influences, and nuances. It has now come to be run by one person, me… Tyler. As I am now the soul ghostwriter, I feel like it needs to change a bit. To reflect a bit of my personality, give this old blog some new bones.

As I begin to figure out what that looks like, I’m simply going to be featuring some beers that I’ve purchased and giving my tasting notes and thoughts. I plan on giving some sort of structure to the blog, but that may be a slow process. Bear with me and I promise you’ll learn a thing or two or, at the very least, find a new beer to enjoy.

– Tyler

And Now, the Brews


 

Cascade Brewing | Sang Noir 2014 | Bourbon & Wine Barrel Aged Sour Ale w/ Cherries
Cascade Sang Noir 2014
So, if you’ve been to any one of the Top Ten locations you may have seen some clearance beers on the shelves. When you think of Clearance, you probably think out of date beers that no longer taste great. Well, for some of them, you may be right, but you can also find a few gems that will easily age well. Sang Noir is one of those. Cascade Brewing creates some world-renowned beers. They don’t fly off the shelves, though, which is why it’s now on clearance at the Ramsey store. It doesn’t help that they are a bit expensive, but, lucky you, it may be on clearance at some locations! This beer is really interesting after it’s aged for 4 years. An Imperial Spiced Red Ale that was aged in both bourbon barrels and white wine barrels and then aged on Bing cherries, this beer has a lot going on! On the nose, oak, tart, and mild cherry tantalize the senses. As you sip, you’re hit with an initial vinegar undertone that, once you’re used to it, actually taste pretty good and compliments the sourness, oak, mild spice, and cherries. I imagine this would have been stellar two years ago and is a bit past its prime. Still, for a clearance beer, it’s pretty solid. This would be a great dessert beer, German Chocolate Cake, cheesecake, or even some Asian Fare.
750 ml | 9.8% ABV | N/A IBUs

 


 

New Belgium | Hemperor | Hemp Pale Ale
New Belgium HOA So, I’m sure we have all had some “Dank-Forward” beers where that Dank aroma came from the hops. Now, New Belgium has figured out how to use hemp in a successful way and package it on a larger scale. They used the hemp hearts (seeds) much like they would barely, ground up and thrown in at the beginning when producing the wort. The minute you pop off the cap, the aroma of cannabis fills the room, they were not joking on their website, “Aroma: Herbal cannabis in a big way”. This medium bodied beer has strong notes of hemp, both in aroma and flavor, mixed with other flavors of sweet grains, green apple, and a touch of citrus. The finish is slightly dry like a good IPA should be. I don’t recommend opening these near police officers, your mother, or your boss… They may get the wrong idea. Pairs well with the munchies.
6 pk Btl | 7% ABV | 55 IBUs

 


 

Stone Brewing | Vengeful Spirit | Unfiltered IPA
Stone Vengeful Spirit Stone makes a lot of IPAs. I mean a lot (Italic) of IPAs. They also like to pay attention to trends. And what’s trending right now? Tropical hazy IPAs, that’s what’s trending. ‘Sup Haze Bros! Holla! Vengeful Spirit is an unfiltered IPA brewed with pineapple and Mandarin orange. With lively aromas of fresh pineapple, orange, a fair amount of malt, and pine resin. Sitting at 7.3%, Vengeful Spirit is a lot lighter and easier drinking then one would think. The juice forward aromas give way to even juicier flavors of pineapple, tangerine, and a little creaminess with underlying notes of pine, lemon zest, and malt. This is the beer your sit outside on your lawn with and imagine you’re on the beach somewhere and not in Minnesota. Also, a great beer to match with any grilled meats!
6 pk Can | 7.3% ABV | 57 IBUs

 


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