Now, I could have done some good ole danky beers for 4/20, but I figured that may be too on the nose. Plus, I can’t let the boss man know that I know what 4/20 celebrates. Besides, last week, the Brewers Association released their list of Fastest Growing Craft Breweries of 2017. Minnesota, being the great craft beer state that it is, has a whopping three breweries make it on that list. To keep it short and sweet this week, I figured I would feature those three breweries by reviewing/recommending one beer from each of those breweries.
As to maybe keep with that 4/20 vibe, I am going to feature the top-rated beers from each brewery that we currently have in our stores. Now, you’re probably wondering how that keeps within that vibe. Well, more than likely, all of the best-rated beers will be IPAs, the most dankolicious beers available. Without further ado, here are the three fasted growing craft breweries in Minnesota!
And Now, the Brews
|#3 Beaver Island Brewing | ’39 | Red IPA|
|Haven’t heard of Beaver Island before? No worries, you’re not out of the loop on this one. They recently came into the Twin Cities market, maybe, a month ago, and that’s only after they’ve taken over the upper Midwest with their fantastic beers. All of them are insanely well balance, and easy to drink. ’39 is no exception to these high standards that they have set for themselves. Loaded with aromas of caramel, toffee, orange peel, grapefruit peel, pine, resin, and that ‘purple kush’, ’39 is ready for any and all holidays where drinking isn’t frowned upon. There are explosions of grapefruit right up front on the tongue followed by orange, pine, red berries, and a nice hint of chocolate to bring this beer to a close. Maybe not the dankest beer you could be drinking today, but 100% worth every drop that may enter your body!|
|6 pk Cans | 6% ABV | 68 IBUs|
|#2 Lupulin Brewing | Hooey | American IPA|
|Did you know, in order to keep up with the demands of the Twin Cities market, Lupulin pretty much brews beer around the clock? It’s true. Luckily for you all, they will be expanding, even more, this year, adding more tanks, a bigger kettle, and even more beers! Hooey is one of the beers that put Lupulin on the maps for the “haze bros” out there. That and Blissful Ignorance #4. Hooey is a straight up juice bomb, not only in taste but look and aroma as well! A beautiful two finger head embarks you on a journey through your senses with aromas of apricot, mango, pineapple, papaya, and sweet pine (aka ‘that dank dank’). Don’t forget, you’re drinking a beer, not a refreshing glass of freshly squeezed juice. Your taste buds may deceive you, except for that initial hoppy bitterness which quickly divulges to orange, mango, and pineapple that is finished off with some bitter grapefruit. The finish is rather dry yet somehow still juicy.|
|4 pk 16 oz Cans | 6.2% ABV | 60 IBUs|
|#1 56 Brewing | Nose Hair Bender | New England Style IPA|
|Not to brag or anything, but when 56 was busy building their new brewery/taproom space, I gave a bit of a helping hand by painting the wall leading up the stairs to the upper deck. It’s gray. No big deal. While I was there, they were brewing Nose Hair Bender, and I got to try it as fresh as fresh can get. It was, and still is, delicious! That new space, compared to their space before, is the exact reason why they’ve landed in at the #1 fastest growing brewery in Minnesota. Correct me if I am wrong, 56 Brewing, but I believe they quadrupled in size? Not only did the new space help, but the beer quality improved. Nose Hair Bender reeks of the ‘green giant’ blended with bready malts, orange peel, caramel, and a hint of pine needles. There is a solid malt backbone to support the caramel forward, herbal, and grassy bitterness which builds into piney tones. There is a sweet finish of honeydew that is most pronounced in the aftertaste.|
|6 pk Cans | 7% ABV | 75 IBUs|