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So my last blog was about Local Craft Gateway Beers, which can he found here. I ended up catching some flak for a couple of the beers that I chose. To be fair, the person giving me a hard time about it is a pretty big beer snob, and one of my good buddies, so I took it at constructive criticism. This week, I decided to write about my personal Gateway Beers at different stages of my Beer-ing. I am very confident that I won’t be given a hard time this week, because everything I’m writing about this week would impress the biggest beer snob out there.

– Will

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And Now, the Brews

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. | Chico, CA | Pale Ale | American Pale Ale

My diehard readers know that I’ve talked about Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale before. Well, there aren’t any rules against doing it again! Especially because this is literally the definition of a Gateway Beer. And because my flak-giving buddy was mainly upset that this beer wasn’t included in my last blog. This is an awesome beer that opened my eyes to Craft.This Pale Ale is brewed with Cascade hops which gives its fragrant bouquet and spicy hop flavor. It is deep amber in color, full-bodied and complex. It will forever be a staple in my head and in my heart. Whenever I need to do a palate-check and take a break from the juice bombs, I go to Sierra Nevada. Picking up some beer to bring to a party? Sierra Nevada. Bloody chaser? Sierra Nevada. Day drinking? Sierra Nevada. Roadie? Sierra Nevada. Introducing someone to Craft Beer? Sierra Nevada.
6 pk btls | 12 pk cans |12 pk btls | 5.6% ABV | 38 IBU

Modist Brewing Co. | Minneapolis, MN | DREAMYARD | New England IPA

I have a lot of love for Modist. Like, they’re easily one of my favorite breweries. They have a killer taproom in an awesome location, they’re a bunch of super cool people, and last but certainly not least, they make outstanding beer. DREAMYARD is their flagship IPA, and with good reason. Aromas of stonefruit and citrus come from the insane amount of Citra and Denali hops, which lead into flavors of mango and papaya. The strict malt bill of oat and wheat caters to the soft, pillowy mouthfeel of a classic New England style IPA. Which brings me to my point: DREAMYARD was my Gateway Beer into the world of Juice and Haze.
4 pk 16 oz cans | 7.1% ABV | No IBU

Ska Brewing | Durango, CO | Mod Project Pink Vapor Stew | Sour Ale

This isn’t the first sour beer that I had; in fact, now that I think about it, I honestly don’t remember what my first  but I know I won’t forget the way it tasted. I know it was a super funked up lambic or kriek or something, so it smelled like gym socks and tasted like sour grassy awfulness. The Beer Dude at our Chanhassen store told me that if I was going to be selling beer, I needed to know what sours taste like, because they’re becoming more and more popular in this beer market. After diving in face first, I took a step back and started trying some lighter kettle sours.

The Pink Vapor is the first one that I remember actually enjoying, the first one I tried that made me want to buy it again. It is a tropical medley of citrus, sour, and tart flavors that was originally brewed to celebrate Ska’s 21stanniversary. Citra and Belma hops combine with beets, carrots, ginger, and apples, which turns this unique brew into a Pink Vapor Stew.

6 pk cans | 5.1% ABV | 20 IBU

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