Something that seems to lack with in the beer world, more specifically on the brewing side of it, is the artistic skill of writing. I suck at it, most brewers suck at it, I mean we aren’t in the business to write pretty words that people adore. No, we are here to drink, make, sell, and enjoy beer (that’s the life). That being said, one of Minnesota’s up and coming breweries is Insight Brewing. What sets them apart? What do they do that makes them so special? Well, let me tell you. Each beer that they make isn’t just a clever recipe, but a story, a story that has inspired the beer. These stories, inspired by Ilan Klages-Mundt, head brewer & Co-Founder, and, I assume, beautified by Brian Berge, Marketing Director & Co-Founder (it may have been written by a guy named Jake Kluskowski, he designed all of Insight’s marketing) are written in chapters. According to each of the chapters given to the beers, they have at least 99 chapters. I’d be curious as to where all of the other chapters are. Also, the art work is fantastic!
These two have teamed up, not only to brew delicious beers but, to tell an adventure and take you around the world all in one pint. Out of the 5 beers that they can I have chosen 4 of them to talk about. Yes, I could have done all 5, but this is my turn to write the blog and I will do what I damn well please. Anyhoo, if you don’t believe me about the artfully written stories behind the beers, check out their website, or, hell, head to their brewery and ask them yourself!
And Now, the Brews
|Chapter XXXIX: Return of the Lambton Dragon | Session Ale|
|Inspired by his time in England, (Who hasn’t been inspired there, am I right?) this is a true sessionable British bitter beer. Drinking this brings the memories of freshly baked bread, followed by a nice touch of earthy bitterness. A true homage to them Brits. Oh, did I mention that this beer won them a gold medal at the Best of Craft Beer Awards?|
|4 pk 16 oz cans | 4.1% ABV
Serving: Instead of crumpets and tea, make it a crumpets and Return of the Lambton Dragon Session Ale (I know it doesn’t flow as well, but I don’t really care).
|Chapter LXXIV: Taming the Devil’s Companion | London-Style Porter|
|Ilan must have had one hell of a time in England because this beer tells the tail of another time that he was in England. Inspired by a stray four-legged counterpart labeled “The stray devil”, this London-Style Porter is pitch black. The tongue catches notes of chocolate and coffee, plenty of coffee. This one also won them a gold medal at the Best of Craft Beer Awards.|
|4 pk 16 oz cans | 5.3% ABV
Serving: This beer pairs well with “the stray devil” in your life. If you don’t have one, maybe try it with some bbq.
|Chapter VII: In the Halls of the Sunken City | Saison & Sauv Blanc Grapes|
|As I stated in my second blog post here, Saisons are one of my favorite styles of beer (my most favorite style being beer). They’re so versatile, and lend themselves so wonderfully to the more savory things in life. This one is no exception. Inspired by his time in France, which makes sense because, as I am sure you’ve figured out, this Saison is brewed with Sauvignon Blanc grapes, and yes it is the same grape that the wine is made out of. At first sip, this beer can give you an off vibe, but keep on sipping, I promise you the fruity spiciness paired with the grassy characters from the grapes will grow on you!|
|4 pk 16 oz cans | 7.8% ABV
Serving: Drink this beer the same way you’d drink a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, the whole thing, by yourself, and watching Desperate Housewives re-runs.
|Chapter XXIX: An Obstruction on the Troll Way | Citrus IPA|
|This wouldn’t be a blog post without an IPA mentioned. Now it seems as if this dude has travelled all over Europe, as this beer is inspired by an experience in Denmark. I don’t know how a West Coast style IPA reminds him of Denmark, but I guess that isn’t my job to figure out. First off, if you don’t know, A West Coast style IPA simply means that the malt flavor is subtle while the hop flavors dominate. This beer is just that. The hops bursts with grapefruit, peach, and a touch of lemon zest at the end. What stands out about this beer, besides the giant troll on the can, is the intensity and consistency of the bitterness that comes fourth.|
|4 pk 16 oz cans | 7.0% ABV
Serving: Whether you’re trying to stump a troll (Read the description on the can), baking your skin to a nice medium rare in the sun, or drinking with your buddies, this beer handles every situation.