Alright, so I know that we’re in Minnesota, and I know that it’s Winter, but I think that it’s safe to say that we’re all pretty sick of it. I mean, Spring will certainly be upon us sooner than later (hopefully), but in the meantime, this is getting to be kind of a pain in the buns.
I would absolutely love to bury my head in the sand (which I suppose is snow right now) and longingly await warmer weather, but I, unfortunately, tend to think logically: observations, facts, data, undying pessimism. Wait, that last one is definitely more emotional than logical… Anyways, I think the best way to get through these last few cold, long, dark months is to drink some beer. Which brings us to THE BEER!
And Now, the Brews
|Bell’s Brewing | Official | Hazy IPA|
|If you read my last post, or any of this post, or plan to read any posts in the future, you will realize that I am very opinionated about beer. I like good beer, I tolerate decent beer, and I do my best to not deal with bad beer. So when I choose to feature something, you know that it has my full endorsement. I will admit that as a Michigan State Spartan, I am fairly biased towards Bell’s, being out of Michigan and all. But this beer is one of the best Hazy IPA’s that you will be able to find all across the market year round. It uses pungent American hops, specifically azacca, citra, and mosaic, to please the buds with peach, stone fruit, and tropical notes. A huge dose of double dry hopping gives the beer huge tropical aromas and a pleasantly dry finish that makes this beer perfect for any day of the year. You’ll be able to find this beauty at all Top Ten locations year-frickin’-round.|
|4 pk 16 oz cans | 6 pk cans | 6.4% ABV | 60 IBUs|
|Hammerheart Brewing | Thor’s | Imperial Hot Pepper Porter|
|More and more breweries are heating their beers up by throwing in peppers and spices during the brewing process. As with any beer, especially some of the unique craft beers, some are done better than others. I’ve had some that I could have sworn were brewed with moonshine and fire, and I’ve had some that were probably brewed with 1 single sweet pepper. Thor’s is one that falls right in the middle, with the perfect amount of heat and spice. The rich, chocolaty malts are smoked along with the peppers to provide an even smoother mouthfeel that paves the way for an easy, palatable finish. Unfortunately, this bad boy isn’t currently available at all of the Top Ten locations, but trust me, it isn’t because our beer buyers are slackers – it all has to do with the fact that this beer is produced in such limited quantities that it can be pretty tough to get your hands on. That being said, be sure to snag some as soon as you see it!|
|500 mL | 9.5% ABV | N/A IBUs|
|Victory Brewing Co | Golden Monkey | Belgian Triple|
|Triples are typically loaded with ingredients, many of which are specific to this style of beer alone. The Belgian yeast is a staple of the style, which is why most are going to give off aromas of banana and clove. Golden Monkey is a perfect example of a classic Belgian triple with a little extra flavor to it. The nose is loaded with Belgian yeast characteristics of banana and clove with an equally fruity body that is balanced with a light, earthy hop character. Savor notes of orange and spice followed by a boozy, dry finish. After one of these guys, you’ll be feeling good. After two, you’ll be feeling better. After three, well, I would think that three of these would put someone right to sleep. The perfect way to end a cold, snowy, cold, cold, cold day.|
|12 pk bottles | 9.5% ABV | 25 IBUs|