Did you hear about the concert that happened last Saturday night? It’s been plastered all over social media. It feels like it will go down as one of the most talked about events of the summer. No? (I’m pretending you haven’t heard about it) I’m talking about the show that those monsters of dad-rock preformed. No, silly I’m not talking about Metallica. I was referring to the Wilco show. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend. I had to live vicariously through The Current’s live stream. All the photos from the show had one thing in common, people with smiling faces and plastic beer cups in hand… even the folks hanging out on the barricade. What is it about live music and beer that makes them such a perfect pairing? You don’t see nearly as many people holding cups full of vino or mixed cocktails. A part of it might be the lower ABV, but that wouldn’t stop most people from consuming their drink of choice. I think it might have something to do with the ongoing camaraderie between breweries and musicians. Bauhaus Brew Labs is comprised almost entirely of musicians. Lift Bridge brewed an absolute crusher for 93x. Day Block is heavily invested in the blending of craft brews and live music. Summit is ubiquitous with live music venues across Minnesota because everybody asks for it and that’s nothing to balk at… The amount of Summit EPA I’ve consumed at First Ave alone could give a herd of elephants a wicked hangover. I guess what I am trying to say is that beer and music that color outside the lines will always be the perfect pairing.
…oh I should probably mention that our Blaine location is giving away a pair of tickets to Summit’s Backyard Bash at their Brewers panel on Friday. Just another fine example of live music and craft beer.
And Now, the Brews
|Summit | 30th Anniversary West London-Style Ale|
|Rich and complex like London’s history. Lighthearted and welcoming like it’s people. A call back to traditionally brewed ales from across the pond long ago. Light, floral and biscuity in flavor profile. This malt heavy ale is perfect for the cold days ahead of us. Pairs well with fish (fingers crossed for fresh walleye) and chips or a heated argument about who made the most impact in the early British punk scene. I cast my vote for Joy Division.|
|6pk cn | 4.6% ABV | 40 IBUs|
|Tin Whiskers | Schottky Pumpkin Ale|
|Lace up those Ugg boots and take an Instagram photo of your cat… don’t forget the artsy fartsy filter! It’s that time of year again, where your seasonal beer choices are pretty narrow. You’ve basically got two choices, Marzen or Pumpkin ales. I love a good pumpkin ale, but I am really happy that they are only available this time of year. Tin Whiskers has outdone themselves with this one. Balanced to perfection in body and a beautiful dark amber in hue. I can’t say I was shocked when I caught a mouthwatering aroma of pumpkin pie on the nose… and guess what? It tastes like a sessionable pumpkin pie to boot! I didn’t even know that was a thing. Pairs well with carving a pumpkin or turkey and arguing with in-laws.|
|4pk 16oz cn | 6.6% ABV | 28.5 IBUs|
|Lagunitas | 12th of Never | Pale Ale|
|Welp, it happened and they NEVER said it would. Lagunitas caved and made a beer for a can. I for one could not be happier. Bright, crisp, tropical, predictably dank and stoopid crushable. I don’t really have much more to say other than it might be one of my favorite new hoppy brews from one of the finest makers of ales. I’ll keep this one short and sweet. Buy it, try it, love it, and repeat. Pairs well with almost any occasion involving one or more people who are of age.|
|12pk cn | 5.5% ABV | 45 IBUs|