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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]

Lucky Bucket Certified Evil

Lucky Bucket Certified Evil

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My favorite beer man is high on this newly arrived Nebraska beer. Lucky Bucket may have been around for a while but it is new to Walt’s Wine and Spirits in Oakdale, Mn. This is my first Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Technically Belgian strong dark ales are similar to to Belgian dark ale with a […] ... [Read more]

Lucky Bucket American IPA

Lucky Bucket American IPA

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Walt’s Wines and Spirits (www.waltswine.com) is a new wine and spirits store in our part of town. The Watson Fong family does a great job welcoming and making customers feel like they are important. Like so many locally owned businesses the staff at Walt’s understands how important customer loyalty is. One of the ways they […] ... [Read more]

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

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Our 3 day beer crawl in the Napa Valley of brewers was outstanding. 3 dedicated days to tasting brews and talking with brewmasters was a highlight of the year. One of those highlights was the┬áRogue Ales Public House near downtown Portland. So many beers to chose from and so little time! Upon my return from […] ... [Read more]

Goose Island Night Stalker Imperial Stout

Goose Island Night Stalker Imperial Stout

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On 5/15/11 I read the date on the bottle “02/19//10”. Over one year this wonderful stout sat in the darkness of the cellar and grew–matured. My first impression–heavy mellow. Everything is heavy and mellow after 15 months. This is another example of great brewing by GI. It pours black, very black with just a hint […] ... [Read more]

Central City Red Racer IPA

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I was on a “beer drop mission” from Minnesota to Binny’s in Chicago when I picked up this little gem. I was dropping off some Surly’s when I asked “the beer man” at Binny’s about a good IPA. He said Red Racer was voted the best IPA of the Binny’s Liquor Store chain for 2010. […] ... [Read more]

Bells Batch 10,000

Bell’s Batch 10,000

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If I was to name this beer I’d call it “Deceptive”. I was surprised by this beer. Tricked! Deceived! I’ve never had a “hoppy porter” or a porterish IPA. I picked up two bottles of Batch 10,000 thinking one for “now” and one for later. This is the “now” one. Batch 10,000 poured the color […] ... [Read more]

Stone IPA

Stone IPA

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I first tried Stone beer in a Chicago area pub and low and behold 6 months later it showed up on shelves in Minnesota. I had tried 5 Stone beers one night but this IPA was not on the menu. This is a great beer. Stone has a strong reputation where it is available and […] ... [Read more]

Widmer Brothers W'11 KGB Imperial Stout

Widmer Brothers W’11 KGB Imperial Stout

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The name KGB conjures up dark, clandestine operations of power. It also conjures up cold. Russia, the home of KGB, was cold. That’s an understatement. So my photo is perfect for introducing this dark Russian imperial stout. Perhaps the brew master was clandestine in his pursuit of creating this winter brew whether it was out […] ... [Read more]

Bells Expedition Stout

Bell’s Expedition Stout

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I was driving through St. Paul yesterday and found myself following a Bell’s delivery truck. For the first time in my life I wanted to hijack a truck! Rather than risk incarceration I went home and broke out a bottle of Bell’s Expedition Stout that I had put down a year ago. It’s been hard […] ... [Read more]