Midwest microbreweries have been popping up left and right lately. There are over 50 breweries in Minnesota alone and I am constantly hearing about new brewery releases — within the last few years, the number of microbreweries has doubled in Minnesota alone.
After constantly trying to keep my beer IQ up to date, I have come up with five different must-try microbrews for the cold Minnesota winter that you can find at any Eden Prairie Liquor location. I have included some information on each beer from the breweries’ websites.
Summit Winter Ale
Summit Brewing Co. describes this seasonal beer “as comforting as a down blanket, but way better tasting. A nutty roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee, caramel, cocoa and a dash of hop spice.” Summit Winter Ale can also be found in Summit’s 12-pack sampler.
“A tempest on the tongue or a moment of pure hop bliss? This year-round IPA is brewed with a dazzling blend of American hops and Scottish malt, this crimson-hued ale delivers waves of citrus, pine and caramel-toffee. For those who favor flavor, Furious has the hop-fire your taste buds have been screaming for,” as described by Surly Brewing Co.
Third Street Sugar Shack
According to Third Street Brewhouse, “this seasonal Sugar Shack Maple Stout is a truly unique brew enhanced with maple syrup harvested at the Saint John’s Abbey Arboretum and Forest. This full bodied stout has subtle but distinct hints of roasted and specialty malts. Its dark appearance is a testament to its robust nature but it is delicately balanced with sweet and hoppy notes to produce a smooth, slightly creamy stout with an insatiable pleasant maple syrup flavor.”
“Much like snowflakes, no two Snowstorm beers are alike. Once a year, the brewmasters lock themselves in the testing room with a secret selection of fine malts and hops, only emerging when they’ve hit upon something truly extraordinary. This year it is a Belgian–style Golden Ale brewed with spices,” as described by Shell’s Brewing Co.
“Late hops, dry hops, hops, hops, and more hops create a power citrus aroma and flavor in this year round IPA. We use a whopping 4# per keg to create a delicious explosion. The late hopping process in FOTO allows this beer to present the full flavor and aroma of the selected hops without creating an overly bitter experience,” according to Lucid Brewing.
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