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As winter rolls on, regardless of how warm the week actually was, I’m definitely in a bit of a beer slump. Most winter beers are heavy on the roast, dry, and not all that exciting. Now don’t get me wrong, I love me a good dry porter or stout, but it can get boring pretty quick. So, to give my taste buds, and hopefully yours, a little bit of a jolt, I’ve got a few beers that are not lacking in flavor, complexity, or creativity. I think these beers are all unique in their own right and sure to wake you and your t-buds from the deep slumber that winter brings. Whether it’s raining in January or snowing in mid-April, these beers are perfect.

– Tyler – Certified Beer Professional

And Now, the Brews


Pryes Brewing | Royal Raspberry | Raspberry Sour
Pretty new to our stores, Pryes has been making great beer for a couple of years now. They’re Royal Raspberry quickly became a crowd favorite. This kettle sour has a strong nose of sweet and tart raspberries. What comes off as an almost creamy body is accompanied by tart raspberry, mild passionfruit, and a nice sweet finish that ends with a nice crisp finally. The flavor lingers into a pleasant aftertaste. Fruity, tart, and sweet. A winning combination. Hands down one of my favorite fruited kettle sours coming out of any Minnesota brewery at the moment. I am willing to fight you on that statement.
4 pk 16 oz Cans | 4.8% ABV | 5 IBUs



Oliphant Brewing | Hunk Boy | Robust Porter
Oliphant-Hunkboy So, I need to admit something to you. I have reviewed Hunkboy before, but since that was almost two years ago to the day, I figured I would revisit it. Since Oliphant has grown a lot since then I wanted to see how, if at all, Hunkboy has changed. The nose boasts of roasted malts, strong espresso, raisin, and a touch of burnt orange. Either Hunkboy has become more complex or my nose has gotten a little better at sniffing. On the tongue, you’ll find notes of milk chocolate, coffee, dates, raisins, and a nice mild acidity to round it out. Roasty and warm but filled with more than enough to help it stand out from the rest of the crowded porter market. I have to say, I think that it’s better now than it was when I first tried it. If you haven’t had it in a while, I suggest you give it another whirl.
4 pk 12 oz Cans | 6% ABV | N/A IBUs



Broken Clock | Law & Porter Special Chocolate Unit | Chocolate Porter
Broken-Clock Are you a chocolate fan? Do you enjoy supporting local business? Do you like co-ops? If you said yes even once in the past 24 hours, you’re going to want to try Law & Porter from Broken Clock. Delicious aromas of chocolate, toffee, and coffee jump from the glass. The late addition of unsweetened chocolate towards the end of fermentation resulted in lush flavors of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a minimal hop bitterness, and toffee. With a full body and creaminess, it’s almost a sin to keep the entire crowler to yourself, but I mean, it’s only 6.8% and it sooooo delicious!
Crowler | 6.8% ABV | 46 IBUs


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