East Lake Craft Brewery sits nestled in Midtown Minneapolis, occupying the old Sears & Roebuck building. Its brews represent a wide variety of styles, and can satisfy the hardened beer nerd or the occasional craft taster. That is, while the beer tends to be well crafted, it remains approachable. With an outdoor patio and nearby food options, it should prove to be a popular lazy summer day hangout… and now for the reviews… *hiccup
And Now, the Brews
|Blueliner American | Pale Ale|
|By far the most approachable of Eastlake’s line-up. A real crowd pleaser to say the least. Pleasantly sweet malts round out the perfectly smooth flavor profile.|
|22 oz. | 5.1% ABV | 33 IBU
Serving: Pair well with spicy takeout from Tacocat or humid summer evenings when you don’t need to endure dinner with your in-laws… ugh.
|Mud in Your Eye | Brown Ale|
|This brew stays true to its name, pouring dark and murky. Notes of coffee and dark chocolateare in the forefront almost reminiscent of a porter. It finishes dry and clean.|
|22 oz. | 5.5% ABV | 33 IBU
Serving: Pairs well with seared steaks and flame-broiled hamburgers. Share this brown ale with your friends longing for dark ales on those long winter nights… snobs.
|Shoot from the Hip | Belgian IPA|
|A true humdinger of the style. Tropical and funky on the nose. Well balanced in flavor and fruit forwardness. Notes of cracked black pepper and banana take the reigns on this flavor ride. Tread lightly and slowly sip this big brew-it’s 8.5% ABV.|
|22 oz. | 8.5% ABV | 92 IBU
Serving: Pairs well with summer sausage and ice cream sundaes… just not at the same time… weirdo.
|Nicollet Mauler | Black IPA|
|An entire bomber of this beer was drank before this review was drafted. It’s that solid. It pours dark, exemplifying the style. On the nose, hints of coffee and a dash of lemon tickle the nose hairs (I’m no scientist). A hint of anise along with roasty chocolate and coffee notes. Overall, a well done affair.|
|22 oz. | 6.3% ABV | 63 IBU
Serving: Pairs well with artisanal chocolate, cheat days and… “knocking out all those overdue household chores.”
|Dank Aaron | Double IPA|
|Talk about knocking it out of the park, this one Trojan Horses its mighty punch in a whirlwind of delightfully approachable flavors. It pours copper in color, and the West Coast influence is apparent but not overpowering.|
|4 pk 16 oz cans | 5.3% ABV
Serving: Pairs well with over-indulgence, late night pizza orders…and poorly worded text messages to ex-lovers… Oops.