The 2017 Great Minnesota Sweat Together kicked off yesterday. I didn’t go, not sure when I will get the chance to go but have you seen the list of all of those “gimmick” beers that are going to be there this year? Check them out here and tweet at me (@teehitch) which ones you’re going to try. As much as I would like to get paid to go, review all the beers, and not remember a single thing that happened, I can’t.
Instead, I have three beers that you WILL NOT find at the State Fair this year, as well as one beer that you won’t find at any other liquor store. Yeah, you read that right. You can’t find it anywhere else, outside the brewery’s taproom.
And Now, the Brews
|Fair State | Pils|
|There may be a lot of fuss over Ratebeer right now, but they recently named Fair State’s Pils as one of the top 50 best Pilsners in the world. That’s some high praise no matter where you stand on the Ratebeer issue. That being said, Pils is, simply put, a solid beer. The thing about Pilsners is that there is nowhere to hide any flaws, a true testament to the brewer’s care and technical ability. Light notes of toast, spicy hops, and lemon zest give way to an incredibly balanced beer that is crisp, clean, and flavorful. I highly recommend this beer.|
|4 pk 16 oz Cans | 4.9% ABV | 40 IBUs|
|Bauhaus | BeechBaller | Double Alt|
|If there is one thing… scratch that… two things that Bauhaus does well, it’s beer and marketing. I Guarantee you that they have some of the best video marketing around, and not just within the Minnesota beer scene. Case and point, the video they made to promote Beechballer. So, this is Bauhaus’ take on a traditional Altbier but doubled to bring out an even more intense version of a traditional German beer. Slightly smoky, with complimentary aromas of sweet malts and a floral sweetness. So much smoother than you would expect, with just the right balance of maltiness and bitterness. A fantastic nod to Imperial Altbiers.|
|750 ml | 8.3% ABV | 48 IBUs|
|56 Brewing | Railyard | Scotch Barrel Aged Porter|
|As I mentioned above, there was a beer that I was going to review that you can’t get anywhere else. Here is the story; We had a Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams barrel sitting in the back. I asked Kale at 56 Brewing if he wanted to put some beer in it. He said yes, and a little over a year later, here we are. Only 72 bottles made it out of the brewery and into our stores. Super limited, one-time only, deliciously unique beer. Some great aromas got extracted from the barrel, dark chocolate, stone fruit, and roasted malts. With an interestingly light body, this beer boasts flavors of raspberry chocolate, vanilla, cocoa nibs, and roasted malts. A decently dry finish making this the perfect beer to finish off a meal or to have with/as a dessert.|
|750 ml | 6.8% ABV | 40 IBUs|