Minnesota welcomes another small brewer to the metro area in the form Maple Island Brewing. The brewery doors are open in Stillwater, MN near the St. Croix River, just off the nearly constructed Brown’s Creek State Trail.
The 3,700 square foot brewery runs a 7-barrel brewhouse. Maple Island projects they’ll produce approximately 350 barrels in their first year. Owners and operators Frank Fabio and Nick Brau will feature an Oatmeal Stout, Kolsch, and American IPA. Filling in the gaps will be a variety of other brews including a coffee, wheat, and a wit.
No Minnesota brewery is complete without a taproom, right? The taproom will follow the typical Minnesota model of working with foodtrucks and local restaurants to satisfy any hungry patrons. Very, very conveniently situated next to Northern Vineyards Winery, Maple Island Brewing taproom hours are: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays from 5-10 p.m., and Friday, Saturday and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m.
Currently on tap:
Mosaic Wheat – IBU 29
This cloudy piece of art is made with an ample amount of white wheat giving it that great dirty blonde look. It is also given a nice size dose of those mosaic hops everybody loves.
Burlesque Kolsch – IBU 19
This super easy drinking Kolsch has a bit of Canadian honey malt and low bitterness to it so have another my brother from another mother and my sister from another mister.
Bearded Lady IPA – IBU 56
This crazy IPA has it all with pale and crystal malts, flaked maize and Belgian Candi sugar. It is nicely hopped with Simcoe hops giving it unique passionfruit, pine, earth, and citrus characteristics.
Dragons Breath Kolsch – IBU 30
Yes we love our Kolsch beer! This one has a special blend of 3 German hops. It is also has extra flavor from the addition of Munich malt and Caramel Wheat malts. Fire it up Dragon Slayer.
Cup of Joe Freak Show – IBU 12
Invented by the Head Brewer Nic Brau and his son Joe Brau (9 years old at the time) also named by his son Joe. This coffee oatmeal stout has it all! Chug it anytime of day or night with its creaminess of oats, smooth cold pressed coffee and a hint of vanilla.
Peel Me Wit – IBU 12
Ahhhhhh, time to bring back summer with this super fresh wheat beer that collided with crazy flavors of orange, lemon, and coriander.
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