Craft beer is great. With so many options on the market, there is no shortage of fresh beer to choose from. But while fresh beer is great, aging or cellaring a beer for a while can change and even improve the flavor in wonderful ways. A couple months or even a couple years can allow the alcohol heat of big beers to mellow and the malt flavors to change while the hops fade out with time. This bottle of Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Solstice d’hiver sat in the cellar since 2003 and aged wonderfully in that time.
A hoppy anniversary beer from Stone Brewing?! No way. They’ve done hoppy anniversary beers in just about every way possible. They did an imperial rye IPA for their 16th Anniversary beer, an Imperial Black IPA for their 15th Anniversary beer, and British like Emperial IPA for their 14th Anniversary beer. You get the picture. With the release of the 17th anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA, Stone took a German pilsner, made it imperial then hopped the heck out of it using German hops.
When the sale of Goose Island to brewing giant AB-InBev happened back in March of 2011 took place, many craft beer fans swore they were done with Goose Island and wouldn’t give any of their hard earned dollars to a company owned by a multi-national brewing conglomerate. While many may have said such things at the time, it’s apparent that few have kept that promise when it comes to Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout.
While beer is awesome to drink, that doesn’t have to be the only way you consume it. It can be used in cooking, baking, and even making delicious frozen desserts like this ice cream. Two local Twin Cities ice cream makers have taken local Minnesota brews and used them in making delicious ice cream flavors.
New Glarus is the Wisconsin brewery that we all wish was available in our home state. For years they’ve been cranking out one hit after another with beers that run the style spectrum. They offer amazing beers at a reasonable price with most everything they make seeing great distribution throughout the state. Even special releases like the Thumbprint Series shows up in gas stations all over Wisconsin. The current Thumbprint Series is the Wild Sour Ale and it delights like the rest from this brewery.
Surly’s Brewing Company in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota has been brewing awesome beer for Minnesotans for over 7 years now. With head brewer Todd Haug in creative control, Surly has brewed up quite a following. Each year the number of Surly lovers has grown substantially and to mark each awesome year brewing, Surly has released an anniversary brew. While not all of their anniversary beers have been bottled, the most recent 4 have been along with Surly Two.