This is it, my last entry in this blog of beer. I’ll keep it short because I’m not the only one here today, but before we get to the good stuff, I want to say thank you to you all. It’s been fun not interacting with you all. I sit here at a computer after I drank some (read too much) beer, type up my thoughts, and then hit send. You either read it or don’t, I continue with my work day. It’s my dream friendship. Low impact. Regardless, it’s been fun throwing my thoughts to the wind. If they influenced you to try a new beer, then I’m happy, if not, I’m still happy. Alright. That’s enough of that.
As I alluded to before, accompanying me today is the person that is going to take my place here on the blog. His name is Will and I’m stoked to see what he does with the blog. I’ll let him give you the full introduction, but he has a killer palate and loves himself a good craft beer. Take it away, Will.
Thanks, Tyler! I am very excited to take on the responsibility of informing our many, many readers of which beers are fulfilling my desires each week. However, I suppose I should start with the introduction! So, guys and gals, as Tyler previously mentioned, my name is Will. I am one of the newest members of the Top Ten Team. I worked with Haskell’s in Chanhassen for a number of years before the switch over to Top Ten, and I am currently posted in the St. Louis Park location. You know, the really awesome liquor store right in the middle of Miracle Mile. So, if you ever do want to meet the face behind the blog, feel free to stop in and harass me. Otherwise, I would be perfectly happy with not interacting with you, an art that Tyler has perfected. Anyways, there will be plenty of time for me to blab on and on, so let’s get to the most important part of this blog, which is probably the only part of the page that actually gets read by anyone besides Tyler and me… THE BEER!
– Tyler & Will
And Now, the Brews
|Modist Brewing | 2017 Lord Humungus | Barrel-Aged Imperial Rye Stout|
|I’ve been holding on to this beer for a minute. It was given to me in exchange for a bit of freelance work that I did for a buddy, and I am always happy to be compensated, in part, with beer. That being said, I can’t think of a better beer to say “bon voyage” to the fine folks at Top Ten Liquors and hello to my friends at Modist. If you’re able to find a bottle of this, it’s tasting absolutely great right now. The 2017 version of Lord Humungus was aged on marshmallows and vanilla to give it a nice kick. The nose has strong notes of roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, and espresso. It may look thick, but it’s surprisingly closer to a medium body with minimal carbonation. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate and vanilla lead the attack on the tastebuds. It is then flanked with some sweetness from the marshmallows, roasted coffee, rye, and a nice kick of booze. As it warms, more sweetness comes out and is even more enjoyable than when it’s cold, in my opinion. Cheers to you all, a toast to Top Ten, and thanks for the fun ride.|
|750 ml | 11.8% ABV | N/A IBUs|
|Mikkeller Brewing | Beer Geek Brunch | Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Stout|
|One of the main reasons that I am choosing to feature this beer is because of the crazy ABV of 10.9%. Not that I’m a booze hound by any means, but you won’t find many beers that are that high in alcohol and so insanely smooth. It’s super roasty, super toasty, and goes great on any winter day. Shoot, with all the coffee that it has in it, you could start your day with one! (Not that I recommend that but to each their own.) Mikkeller is a worldwide beer operation that is headquartered in Copenhagen. I say worldwide because, well, it is literally all over the world. There are breweries in Copenhagen, San Diego, and New York, and there are taprooms everywhere from Denmark to Japan to Iceland to Romania. The whole mantra at Mikkeller is to brew beers that challenge the concept of good beer and moves people. They do this by using the best ingredients and working with the most talented and creative minds around the world.|
|4 pk 16 oz Cans | 10.9% ABV | 25 IBUs|
|Talking Waters Brewing | What’s Shakin’? | Milkshake IPA|
|Okay okay, I know that a lot of people are wishy-washy on the milkshake IPA’s, especially because a lot of the milkshake IPA’s in the market these days are hit or miss. This style of beer is extremely new to the world of craft brewing. Brewers have long used lactose (milk sugar) in beers, typically in stouts and porters, but some have experimented with combining it with hops. The beer is then aged on vanilla beans to give it a true milkshake flavor. Low and behold, the style is taking the craft beer world by craze and every brewery is trying to put out their best take on it. Like I mentioned, some are better than others, and as someone who does like the milkshakes, I can tell you that this one is very solid. It’s a beautifully hazy milkshake IPA brewed with loads of oats and milk sugar to lend an incredibly soft mouthfeel. It was fermented on over a pound per gallon of peach and apricot puree and conditioned on a pile of Madagascar vanilla beans. Did I mention that they packed it with as many Citra, Amarillo, and Azacca hops as they could? That’s What’s Shakin’! Currently, this beaut is only available at our Chanhassen store, but if you make enough ruckus, you may be able to convince the other stores to pick it up too!|
|Crowler | 6.7% ABV | N/A IBUs|