Ah, March 17th. Good old St. Patrick’s Day. One of the only days of the year that people are encouraged to wake up at the crack of 4:00 am and start drinking. What do you start with; a beer, an Irish coffee, or just some Irish cream on ice? The correct answer to this question is: Yes. However, for this particular holiday I choose Irish Car Bombs. As someone very wise once said to me, “If you aren’t on the third bomb by the time the sun comes up, you’re doing something wrong.” While that seems a tad excessive, to each their own.
If Irish Car Bombs aren’t for you but you still want to roll with style on St. Patrick’s Day, fear not. I have you covered in my beer choices for this week which just so happen to be exclusively limited. I didn’t set out to create this week’s blog with exclusively limited in my mind and the selection doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m a beer snob (although I might be thanks in part to the wide-selection I’ve been exposed to in our Chanhassen store), but I did set out to create a list of really cool beer which just so happens to be limited in availability. To give some background on limited availability, some beer is limited in simply because it is produced in small batches that use extremely high-quality ingredients. All of the beers I chose this week are produced this way and, in my mind, awesome. Have a fantastic holiday and make sure you try some of these really awesome brews.
And Now, the Brews
|Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. | Irish Cream Stout | Sweet Stout|
|Looking for an Irish stout that has a ton of flavor and doesn’t need a shot of Bailey’s and Jameson in it to make it tolerable? Tin Whiskers is here to hook you up. This is a variant of Short Circuit Stout that is infused with coffee, chocolate, almond, and vanilla. Roasted coffee bitterness is the prominent flavor at first, but this complex brew softens and opens up as it warms. Vanilla and chocolate are the next flavors to show through, followed by almond and smooth coffee undertones. The perfect beer for the holiday weekend ahead of us.|
|4 pk 16 oz cans | 5.8% ABV | 55 IBU’s|
|Ballast Point Brewing Co. | High West Barrel Aged Victory at Sea (2018) | Imperial Porter|
|Victory at Sea is an imperial porter that is brewed with San Diego roasted coffee and vanilla. It’s truly a great beer and gets even better after it rests in whiskey barrels for 7 months. Aging in both rye and bourbon barrels prior to blending brings up new layers of complexity, ranging from notes of soft caramel and smoky oak to sweet bourbon and dark chocolate. As it warms, intense notes of vanilla and toffee shine through. An incredibly soft mouthfeel leads to a wonderfully smooth and lingering finish that will leave you craving more. This is a special release beer that certainly won’t sit on shelves for very long, so if you are lucky enough to find some, snag it up! No need to drink it fresh either, as it only gets better over time in the bottle. I know there are some currently at our St. Louis Park and Woodbury stores, but it may be popping up elsewhere so keep your eyes peeled if you want to get your hands on some of this.|
|4 pk btls | 12% ABV | 35 IBU’s|
|Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. | Galaxy Dry Hopped Pseudo Sue | American Pale Ale|
|Soft. Juicy. Easy. Smooth. More. That’s pretty much my train of thought during a sip of this beauty. This is one of those ‘wow’ beers; one that makes you stop what you’re doing, what you’re thinking about, and what matters most to you. This all citra hopped hazy pale ale receives an absurd dose of dry hopping with the galaxy hop, giving the beer huge tropical aromas. Using the galaxy hop in the dry hop as opposed to the whirlpool helps to preserve the flavors. This is another limited beer that is produced in very small batches, which is why it is always so fresh and fleeting.|
|22 oz Bomber | 6.8% ABV | 45 IBU’s|