It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year, The Great Minnesota Get Together has officially started. Did you see the list of new unique beers? I’m gonna feature a few of those for next week, but for now, I’m gonna serenade you with a few beers are range from classic to strange. All, in my opinion, are delicious, but you will need to be the judge of that.
If you’re at all interested, I will be at the fair Sunday and I plan on tweeting and adding my adventures to Instagram stories. Feel free to give me a follow and tag along on my tasting adventures! Find me at @teehitch on either platform and let me know what beer’s you’re looking forward to trying, have tried, and what you think of your selections and mine!
And Now, the Brews
|Big Axe Brewing | StoneHouse | Coffee Stout|
|There is the old adage, “You can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning”. I don’t know about you, but I have coffee pretty much every single morning, and often again in the afternoon. I don’t think it gives me an extra oomph of energy, I just like the way it tastes. Now, if I’m gonna drink all day, I would prefer to start the day with some sort of coffee drink. I could go with an Irish coffee, or I could go with Big Axe Brewing‘s StoneHouse. Big Axe took their stout and infused it with a dark roast from StoneHouse Coffee, which is less than 800 feet away from the brewery. This blend of dark roast and stout is a fantastic mixture. The nose is ramped with freshly brewed coffee and notes of barley and chocolate. The palate is reminiscent of a fresh cup from the French Press. Crisp barley with undertones of chocolate and toffee compliment you’re morning routine. No noticeable alcohol notes, yet still, a bit warming, like a good cup of joe should.|
|6 pk Cans | 6.5% ABV | 46 IBUs|
|Hammerheart Brewing | Gesik | Finnish-Style Sahti|
|Sahti is one of the oldest styles of beer, with writings reaching back to the 18th century, but with references to something very similar all the way back to the 15th century. Traditionally, Sahti was an unboiled wort that was filtered through juniper branches and then allowed to ferment on wild yeast resulting in notes of juniper and tart sour flavors. Hammerheart‘s version of a Sahti was filtered in this traditional method, and, in classic Hammerheart fashion, with smoked malts. This juniper ale has the classic Hammerheart nose of mesquite smoke which, once your nose is accustomed to the smoke, gives way to juniper, biscuit, stone fruits, and caramel. On the tongue, sweet smoke combines with juniper, toast, stone fruit, biscuit, and a touch of yeast. No hop bitterness, or any noticeable hop presence, to be honest. Balanced, sweet, savory, and unlike anything else you’ve probably tried before. Super delicious. I swear, Hammerheart is the best brewery in Minnesota, and you’re missing out.|
|750 ml | 7.6% ABV | N/A IBUs|
|Boom Island | Witness | Witbier|
|Boom Island is pretty cool. Brewing a bunch of traditional Belgian style libations, and I don’t think they get nearly as much recognition as they should. On top of making awesome beers, Kevin Welch, Owner & Head Brewer, takes a group of people to Belgium every year for a fun beer-fueled tour. With his knowledge of Belgian beers, love for professing the greatness of beers to willing participants, and beers steeped in tradition, Kevin has created a brewery that allows you to visit Belgium with a simple car ride into NE Minneapolis. Witness is a classic Belgian style Witbier with aromas of orange, banana, wheat, yeast, and a touch of spice. The flavor starts with refreshingly tart lemon and orange which turns to slight banana, wheat, and some warming spice. Crisp, clean, and super easy to drink. A smooth beer that’s always tasty and refreshing.|
|4 pk Bottles | 5% ABV | 13.7 IBUs|