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Steel Toe Brewing Size 7 IPA

Steel Toe Brewing Size 7 IPA

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You are going to get more than you bargained for in this review. Why? Because I’m going to tell you about an incredible craft beer store first. This has got to be a destination store for you. Come to Minneapolis/St. Paul or at least plan to spend an extra couple hours in our fair cities […] ... [Read more]

Summit Pilsener

Summit Pilsener

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The illustrious ‘bachelor weekend’ isn’t quite what it used to be. That’s because my beautiful daughter entered the world a little over a year ago and changed things up a bit. So the last few days as her mom travels halfway around the world I am no longer bored to the point of Bejeweled and […] ... [Read more]

Summit Honeymoon Saison

Summit Honeymoon Saison

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Honeymoon Saison is an ironic choice tonight, because my wife left me. Okay, yes, she’ll be back in four days, but even so, ironic. The latest offering in Summit’s unchained lineup, batch 07, was made just in time to be ready for brewer Sam Doniach’s wedding, thus the name. Cleverly named on so many levels, […] ... [Read more]

Summit Extra Pale Ale

Summit Extra Pale Ale

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I’m in the last hour of playing Mr. Mom for the weekend. My daughter is asleep and I have a few minutes before a crazy Sunday afternoon begins. The final orphan from my Summit Sampler was their flagship, this EPA, and I felt it time to do right by the brew and pour myself a […] ... [Read more]

Surly Hell Lager

Surly Hell Lager

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Its another day at the cabin. I know, I’m spoiled, but I’m going to take advantage of an impending storm developing over the lake by sipping on a new-to-me Surly brew. As always when passing through Minnesota, I snagged up a four pack of whatever Surly looks good. This trip, Hell stared me down, devilishly […] ... [Read more]

Surly Four Double Espresso Milk Stout

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After several months of sitting in my fridge and repeated trips to and from my parents ending in unsuccessful sampling, I have finally come to the perfect tasting time. Amidst the feet of snow on the suburban Minnesota lawn out the window, and a long night ahead, a beer brewed with coffee seemed the perfect […] ... [Read more]

Surly Smoke Lager

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When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in MN? Drink Surly. Today, I had the pleasure of drinking my second in a series of Surly special release beers. Less impressed than I had hoped with Four, I still had high expectations of Smoke. My father’s generous gift pours like a root beer, a […] ... [Read more]

Summit Imperial Pumpkin Porter

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Michael:  A few months ago a couple of PHM reviewers and I toured St. Paul’s very own Summit Brewing Co. A beautiful facility and an informative tour, it all ended with a few sample pints poured Summit’s very own brewmasters. We spoke with one of them, who we soon found out was next in line […] ... [Read more]

Lake Superior Mesabi Red

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The Mesabi Iron Range in northern Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region is rich with history of mining, drinking, Kevin McHale and Bob Dylan. At one time all were doing well. Today McHale lives in the Twin Cities and out of the public eye, Bob Dylan left long ago and trying to make a comeback, mining is experiencing […] ... [Read more]

Great Waters St. Peter’s Pale Ale

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On March 17 I purchased my first growler! For those who are new to the beer world a growler is 64 oz of beer in a bottle. Great Waters doesn’t sell their beer any other way. I had some extra on may GW gift certificate and wanted to spend it ASAP. So I bought the […] ... [Read more]