Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild events just keep getting better. Autumn Brew Review 2013 looks to continue this upward trend by offering a huge variety of beer from an ever growing list of craft breweries.
Unless your name is Andre the Giant, there is no way you will be able to fit all these beer samples into your afternoon. Nor should you try. When attending a beer festival I usually divide the program into 3 tiers; a must try, really want to try, and all the rest. Below is a few of the brews that will be going into my “Autumn Brew Review 2013 must try beers.”
Bent Paddle Brewery
Nitro Cold Press Black with Whole Bean Madagascar
Cold Press Black infused with Madagascar vanilla beans and served on nitro.
Creamy and roasty with coffee and vanilla? Oh, hell yes.
Lucette Brewing Company
Hips Don’y Lie – Fruit Bowl
Hips Don’t Lie is a slightly bigger interpretation of a traditional German wheat beer featuring a refreshing light body with a crisp, dry finish. A high proportion of malted wheat lends a round, pasta-like character that is complemented by a delicate balance of clove-like phenolics, banana esters and just a hint of sulfur from the classic German weissbier yeast strain. Rose hips give this beer a subtle floral note while the honey lends to the dryness in the finish. The beer has been infused with bitter and sweet orange peel which along with the banana characteristics gives this beer the ultimate fruit bowl in a glass.
An easy drinking beer with subtle flavor layers you can explore for days. I’m excited to see what the addition of fruit via cask will do to this one.
Bourbon County Stout
Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at our original Clybourn brewpub. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer.
This beer is legendary. Ever since the change in ownership I feel uncomfortable drinking it, but that has yet to stop me. It is just too good.
Fresh Hop (Mn version)
This Minnesota Fresh Hop ale was brewed with 10-pounds per barrel of Cascade hops from Goat Ridge Farm in New London, Minnesota. Deep amber in colorthis session ale carries the typical citrus and floral hallmarks of the famed Cascade hop but with a juicy fresh twist that drips flavors and aromas of a spicy orange marmalade. Available: September
Tis the season! It is nice to see a session version of a local fresh hop beer. With an ABV of 4.2% and unmistakable fresh hop aroma you can (and will want to) rock this beer all day long.
Green Flash Brewing
Double Stout Black Ale
Golden naked oats mashed with dark crystal and robust roasted malts create a luscious black brew with satin smooth finish. An old-world style, done the Green Flash way. Big, bold, flavorful and complex.
Green Flash is new to the market. A quality brewery with lots of street cred, their IPA often overshadows other great beers in their portfolio like this black beauty.
I hope you enjoy my suggestions. Hit the link to the full Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Autumn Brew Review 2013 program to check out all the beer and make your own “must try” list. Don’t forget to thank the brewers for making events like this special, as well the volunteers that work hard to make these things happen. As always, eat a big breakfast, stay hydrated, and consume responsibly.
Is there glaring omission? Totally off with a suggestion? Leave a comment below and let us know what in your “must try list.”